About the Storyteller
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!"