Are you the kind of guy who pays no attention to the stranger seated beside you in a bus? Well, I’m kind of like that. Last December however, while riding a bus to Baguio, I got curious when my seat mate took out his digital camera and started taking photos of the passing scenes. Because I have been planning to buy a digicam for the longest time, I asked him about his camera hoping that I would get some advice on the reliable ones to purchase. It turns out that he received the camera as a gift so he didn’t have much advice on what brand to buy, the best place to buy one, how much to spend, and all those things that we think about when we buy something that we hope will be with us for a long time.
Anyways, for some reason we started talking about each other’s job. This is how the conversation went:
Bill Bilig (BB): So, what are you doing in Manila?
Camera Guy (CG): I work for a company in Makati. I design websites.
BB: What websites? I wonder if you designed the ones I visit?
CG (hesitantly): Ummm. Pornographic websites.
BB: So what is it like designing porn sites.
CG: It was hard at first. It was like culture shock. But I eventually adjusted about two weeks.
BB: Would you consider this a dream job? You watch porn for free. And you get paid.
CG: Not really. It’s just a job.
BB: Did this change you in any way?
CG: I pity those girls being treated as sex objects. And the website owners and people who visit those sites are really into weird things.
[At this point, we talked about those weird things but I’m not gonna include it here because this blog is for general patronage.]
BB: So what countries do you get most of your clients from? Maybe those frigid Scandinavian countries?
CG: No. Actually most of our clients are from the U.S.
BB: Does the job pay well?
CG: Yeah it does, but the hours are bad. [Note: Sometimes he works the night shift.] And our pay is like four times lower than what our counterparts in the U.S. would receive.
Anyway, that is my recollection of how the conversation went. So why the heck am I blogging about this, you might wonder. Well, first to ask for advice from those of you who own digital cameras since I still haven’t bought one. I’ve been reading forums, product reviews, etc. etc. but I still haven’t made up my mind as to what kind of camera to buy. I’m basically looking for one that is reasonably priced, sufficient for blogging and general purposes, reliable, durable, and not bound for the trash can after only a year or two.
Secondly, the bus conversation above made me think about doing a blog series on interesting jobs that Igorots/iCordilleras are doing. We are good vegetable and rice farmers, woodcarvers, teachers, doctors, nurses, military men, rebels (this is a job no?), lawyers, activists, etc. etc. But some of us are doing interesting jobs that not a lot of people are doing and that not a lot of people know about.
For instance, Peter Chumawin is raising ostrich; TruBlue, one of our prolific commenters (thanks TruBlue) recently told us about an Igorot pilot; Gandang Igorota and her companions are translating the Bible into Kalanguya, Ivadoy Country worked to translate the Book of Ruth into Ibaloi, and I’m sure there are others out there who are doing interesting jobs which are worth blogging about. So if you know of anyone who has an interesting job (interesting because it is not common) and s/he would be willing to answer questions by email, you might want to suggest them to us so we will get in touch with them.
In our first post for the Obla (Work) Series we will be featuring Jay Watan, an internet entrepreneur who is into designing websites and web hosting. Just in case you wonder (because what they do are somewhat similar), Jay is not the Camera Guy mentioned above.
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