Life in a Ranch
My guide Mael found himself back to where he used to work. He worked on the “Vuhus Cattle Ranch” for at least a couple of years before he changed career as a tricycle driver. It’s a well ran ranch. A concrete headquarters with good supply of water, solar electricity but cellular signal on a certain spot by the window. I could see heavy farm equipment there as well. But he did admit getting lonely up here with nothing much to do. Being stationed here means staying a week or two away from his family on the island across. What he and his colleague did is to organize the farm. Being an agriculture graduate, he knows how to work on the farm and with cattles. They set up the fences, the water lines and feeding the cattle.
Mael explained that there are two types of free reign cows here in Vuhus Island, the real, wild and untamed one. He pointed them from afar and they are huge and goes in groups. Even from afar, they seemed to have noticed our presence and went hiding behind the woods. The tamed ones are on another area divided by a fence, it takes a while for the wild ones to be tamed here and goes through several process. Mael whistles and calls the cows which somehow they were still familiar with. Soon forth the cows were already behind us following Mael’s signal into the feeding and drinking area. Yep these cows remembers him. I don’t think people should get too attached to them though as the cows in Vuhus island is a source for “organic tapa” in the country. We were soon on our way that afternoon to avoid the low-tide but not helping ourselves first with a freshly boiled coconut crab which seems to be abundant in the area. We thanked the caretaker for the meal and headed back to Nakanmuan Village.
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.