Boy Laki wrote:
Talking about consecutive fun thing happening in Pinas. Coming back from fishing, got a last minute invite from one of our PG brother who got an invite from a local Pampanga hunter to go snipe hunting the following day, leaving my house at 4 AM, somewhere in Mexico, Pampanga. I said somewhere as I will never be able to get back there alone if I wanted to, with all the turns we made thru numerous barangays. The only thing I remember sloozing along rice paddies was the back drop of Mount Arayat. Was told later by our local hunting newly acquired friend that the area we were hunting is a NPA turf. Umnnn, I kind of wonder why with four of us with sidekicks carrying our shells picking down birds, totting shotguns, sloozing the rice paddies blasting away like there is no tomorrow and nobody bothered us. NEVER GO HUNTING IN PINAS WITHOUT A LOCAL GUIDE WITH YOU.
Now if you think Dove shooting is tough, try snipes. You will suspect the ammo you just bought were all blank.
Um-mm, I'm sure you were not really "wondering" hard why not, were you, partner?
Why you were able to do this feat under the shadows of Mt. Arayat without a battalion of soldiers with you?... Ahr ahr ahr!!!
Surely you must have addressed your local guides with the old Tagalog word "Ka"
to denote co-fraternity as in Ka Tony, Ka Inggo, Ka Joey-- or, as in Ka Luis?
Ka Luis Taruc, the erstwhile Huk Supremo used to attend our Haribon Foundation (for the Conservation of Natural Resources) meetings at home. He learned that Haribon was considering having the Candaba Swamps declared a national treasure and a bird sanctuary. I was then its president and had taken several jeeploads of expats and school children for bird watching in Candaba. Of course he learned of my activities in his stronghold and he showed up at our meetings at home. My father was tickled pink to meet the famed Huk leader-- the years of imprisonment by the government had not dimmed the fire in his eyes, but I remember him as a kindly-faced, mild-mannered senior citizen.
But he obviously has not forgotten the lessons in martial warfare by the great Chinese general and strategist, Sun Tzu.
"If you know not yourself nor the enemy, you are a fool who shall lose in every battle.
If you know yourself but not the enemy, you will lose a battle for every victory.
But if you know yourself and know the enemy, you shall emerge victorious in every battle. And ultimately win the war."
I would like to meet your local Candaba "guides", hehehe...