Meet my stranger no 16, Ate Beh from Potipot. By profession she is a cook and owner of a food stop and a small shop in Potipot. When I reached Candelaria (the stop for Potipot), I was very hungry and with the help of a good contribution of the super hot day made me dehydrated and tired. I was desperately looking for some food & a place to freshen up. At this very moment surprisingly I discovered a small shop just after taking the turn towards the ferry. Ate Beh welcomed me with a chilled coke and later some delicious crispy chicken with sticky rice.
The photo is from last year during my trip to Potipot Island, used my 40mm 2.8 lens. Beh is a busy lady, selling various items, cooking food for customers and is mother too. Believe me or not she cooked the lunch in front of me and it took about 15 – 20 mins at max. Before leaving I asked if I can take her photo to add in my strangers project. She smiled and replied “I am no more stranger to you, Am I ?”
My plan was to go to Potipot Island after having some food and rest for few mins. She even helped me to rent a boat in a very good deal. When I was taking her photographs she was busy cooking and suddenly looked at my lens and started laughing. Even though she was shy in front of camera, she didn’t forget to pose.
It’s been almost a year since I took this photograph. When I was writing about this post, looking at this photo, I felt like I am still at Potipot. I have finished the masarap crispy chicken with rice. Still can feel the shy smile of Ate Beh and those naughty puppies over her place. I am sure they are much bigger now. I am sure she is doing wonderful & helping a lot of lost tourists like me. Sometimes even though the photos are not that technically sound, it has some incredible nostalgia attached to it. Isn’t that true ?