"Big John" got me thinking...Why don't we have more of that going on here. What I mean is, the local people sharing thier talents and interacting with the tourists. Little John and his Carabao on the hill in Inarajan made such an impression on my kids and me for that matter.
Why don't we have local weavers who hang out in the Paseo D’ Marianas or other places frequented by tourists and weave fish, flowers, birds or coconut hats for the tourists? It only takes two blades of palm frond to weave a little fish and it brings so much joy to the tourists faces to watch the weaving and to get the fish when it's done. I don't know how to weave, but I have seen first hand someone weaving and handing out fish and flowers to tourists and they were full of "ohhh's and ahhh's" and smiles.
Why don't we have people with the talent to sing or play the Uke stop by for an hour or so and just sit around and play. I know that would attract tourists and make them happy. You could make a few dollars in tips too, i'm sure.
We have so many talented people on this island..young and old...If everyone could take an hour or two of their time each week and donate toward promoting tourism or improving the tourists visits here wouldn't that be totally awesome???
In Hawaii, there was a lady at the International Market Place who would put some local flowers together on a toothpick and then stick a bobby pin it and sell them for a few dollars. They were so beautiful and I'm sure the tourists here walking around the Paseo would be happy to pay a buck or two to put some fresh, fragrant local flowers in their hair.
I know there are a lot of people out there who are doing their part to promote our island and improve our tourism. All the divers who take the military guys out for dives, the locals who give free tours to some of our visitors, etc. But there are so many more of us and so many more things we could be doing, myself included, to improve our island and our tourism.
I cant sing, play uke or weave, but I have been seriously brain storming for ideas as to how I can do my little part...
On another totally different note, my stomach turned several times listening to a particular Tan Holding executive on the Harry Blalock show today speaking about stopping the next minimum wage increase set to take effect in May. I can't for the life of me begin to imagine how a person can survive on $3.55/hr or even $4.05/hr with the price of housing, electricity, food, etc. on this island. It's really sad..
And to hear someone who makes Bookoo bucks and lives in a million dollar mansion trying to stop a wage increase to $4.05/hr made me ill. I literally threw up a little in my mouth!!!