• A day in a life of . . .A free-spirited research assistant

    The author on his way to a field research

    The author on his way to a field research

    5 a.m.—Woke up. It’s still too early. My other companions were still in bed.

    6 a.m.—Woke up. Actually got up.

    6:15 a.m.—Morning duties (shower, brush my teeth, etc.)

    7 a.m.—Breakfast and optional coffee

    7:45 am–Prepared my stuff. I always make sure my bag has the following: interview guide, umbrella, raincoat, cap and ball pen.

    8 a.m.—Headed out to interview fisher folks. I interviewed around four to six individuals during this duration.

    While interviewing a fisherman

    While interviewing a fisherman

    12 p.m.—Returned to staff house for lunch and a little rest.

    1:30 p.m.—Headed out again to interview more fisher folks. During this duration, my average number of interviews dipped from three to four because of the usual noontime heat waves.

    4:30 p.m.—Merienda time! We usually catch this on our way back to the rest house at our favourite burger and hotdog stand.

    5:30 p.m.—Headed back to staff house and washed up.

    6:30 p.m.—Dinner.

    7:30 p.m.—”Solidarity” with the residents. This could be anything from chatting over a few drinks to catching the latest “Wag Ka Lang Mawawala” episodes (in which case, bedtime is moved to 10 p.m.).

    9 p.m.—Bedtime. Got to have my handy malong.


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