A Walk through the Stinky and Muddy Landfill

Jeff’s little cousin, Jonna mentioned taking us to the nearby *ilog (river) to take some nice photos. She said she hasn’t seen it since the flood, but we went to check it out anyway. Little did we know what we were getting ourselves into.

Most of the homes are located in many areas inside miles of farmland. You can find rice fields, pumpkins, mangoes, pineapples, corn, papayas, and many others. It was a refreshing 3 day getaway to visit Baliwag after spending a week in Manila going to shopping malls. The scenery everywhere we turned was beautiful, whether it was the fields, trees, the people, and the food, it was a lot different from our lifestyle in the US. Life was definitely a lot simpler, peaceful, and the open breeze felt nice.

Local Landfill
Local Landfill

Our first night, Jonna, Auntie Josie, and Uncle Bong took us for a late afternoon walk to the nearby river. We went through a few fields and headed straight in the middle of a landfill. You wont find any fancy garbage men here, so most of the locals either burn their trash or take it to this area. Because of the recent flooding from Typhoon Ondoy, the water carried a lot of the trash and sewer all around the land and into the river. The flooding sadly made the area smell worse especially from the humidity. We had a fun, but stinky and yucky experience and watch the video to see what I mean. I think Jeff’s Uncle Bong brought us here on purpose to make fun of us sissy Americans.

Tagalog Translation
Ilog: River

Bathroom
“Wet Bathroom” Jeff’s First Time Using the *Tabo (a bucket to wash)
Carabao farming the Pumpkins
Carabao (Water Buffalo) Plowing the Fields
Local Landfill
Walking through the Landfill

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Our Walk to the Landfill and River
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2 thoughts on “A Walk through the Stinky and Muddy Landfill

  1. Baliwag is a nice town. It was definitely great to get away from Manila. They have a good sized marketplace where you can buy all sorts of fresh foods and a beautiful historic Church in the town square. Thanks for reading Shawn!

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