About the Sto­ry­teller

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Story Nights -

with is­land 90s beats like the Macarena and Ragga­muf­fin Girl. With noth­ing else to do, I fol­low its source. It leads me to the house of a teacher who was about to re­tire and was hav­ing a "small party." She in­vites me in, gives me food, and lends me a boat for the cross.

Be­fore I leave, I ask one of the fish­er­men, a party at­ten­dant, why the mu­sic was so loud. I couldn't un­der­stand a word he was say­ing. More Than Words was play­ing through five-foot speak­ers. But through the mu­sic, the fish­er­man an­swers, "Aw, da­pat ana jud kaku­sog, Ma'am." It has to be that loud, he said, so that com­pres­sor divers, those div­ing for scal­lops un­der the sea could feel the vi­bra­tion, sig­nal­ing them to sur­face and join their com­rades. Jo­hanna Michelle Lim is an es­say­ist and travel writer in the Philip­pines. Her first col­lec­tion of travel es­says called "What Dis­tance Tells Us: Travel Es­says about the Philip­pines" was launched last Fe­bru­ary in Cebu and avail­able in all ma­jor book­stores soon. Her story was shared on Au­gust 3, Fri­day, at Han­duraw Pizza Mango with the theme "Oh! The Places You'll Go!"

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