Island Lockdown: Beating Hunger and the Virus

We all have to face the community quarantine imposed to slow down the coronavirus. It’s called a “community quarantine” because, well, it’s designed to lockdown the entire community at home. When we stop moving around, the virus stops moving. That’s just the way it is. We need to come to terms with the lockdown. Some need assistance to survive the social isolation, others relish it. In an island. With a few people. And abundant catch from the sea, ready for lunch.

Cooking lunch at German - Inaladelan Island - Port Barton, Palawan.
Cooking lunch at German – Inaladelan Island – Port Barton, Palawan. Photo courtesy of JC Carino (check his Instagram account, @carinobrutal07, for more photos).

Cooking these for lunch,” says JC Carino, happy as a buff islander in German – Inaladelan Island – Port Barton, Palawan. Ang sarap ng inihaw buffet. Cook-your-own fresh seafood, eat-all-you-can buffet. Admit it, you’d give an arm and a leg to be somewhere near that grill and, for good measure, possess those abs in this time of fat-inducing home quarantine.

Oh, how we love the self-sufficiency in the province and the islands. How many islands do we now have in the Philippines? We lost count. It used to be simple as “high tide or low tide?” Now, it’s as complicated as “which among the awesome Philippine islands shall I go to?”

Is it isolated, you ask?

Bird’s eye view of Coron, Palawan. Photo courtesy of Cy Tampoya (check his Instagram account, @cytampoya, for more photos).

You see, there’s bound to be a Philippine island where there are more sea turtles than people. Good place to be stuck during the covid-19 lockdown, we think. In this part of the world, “summer never ends,” says Z. Yes, this travel photographer chose to use a single letter, Z, when his awesome photos speak volumes (a little nudging led us to his full name, Cy Tampoya).

Isolated island. Somewhere in the Philippines. Beach all to yourself. Summer sun. Fine sand. Deep tan. Paradise. Fresh seafood. But, wait. There’s more — you can wear what you ate. It’s one of those rare instances when you can have your cake, er, clams, and eat it, too. And if Kate Winslet of Titanic is around, she would ask the photographer to snap a photo, “wearing this… wearing only this.”

Seashells on the beach at Onuk Island, Balabac, Palawan.
Seashells on the beach of Onuk Island, Balabac, Palawan. Photo courtesy of Irene Key Ylanan (check her Instagram account, @ikeydy, for more photos).

Just a note: some clams are endangered species. If you can’t eat ’em clams, you can still have fun by doing some tongue twisters, like this one from Irene Key Ylanan (yep, she’s the one with the huge smile in that photo): “Sizt sells seashells by the seashore. The shells sizt sells are seashells, I’m sure. So if sizt sells seashells on the seashore, then I’m sure sizt sells seashore shells.” If you were able to do it, good for you. We couldn’t do it. Wearing just the clams, we mean.

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