There is alway a little bit of comedy to be had in a large block of ice being strapped to a tricycle or rickshaw or tethered by a narrow rope. Particularly when these huge ice blocks aren’t hand carved from the surreal mountain lakes of Disney’s Arendelle but man-handled by real people (poor people) in the tropical Philippines.

The little piece of ice-on-a-rope this morning was headed into the Estancia market, and I wouldn’t like to describe what might have wandered and excreted onto the pathway where that ice was headed. Like the travel website says “avoid ice cubes“.

Sometimes it’s really stressful living here in Estancia but my days are often relieved by these little  moments.

© 2017 Melinda J. Irvine


group of men handling large block ice
These blocks of ice at the Provincial Capital were looking a little worse-for-wear in middle of the day’s heat. The men were very happy to pose for a photo.

8 responses to “Ice-on-a-Rope”

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  2. Susan W Goldstein Avatar

    I like that you took the workers’ photo & made them feel respected and acknowledged.

    1. Melinda J. Irvine Avatar

      Thanks Susan for noticing that, the workers here do touch my heart with their hardwork and difficult circumstances. Mel.

  3. Anna Love Avatar

    Ha! The reality in the Philippines 🙂

  4. us4p Avatar

    Estancia is a particulary “word” and I love how you show us this wa of life

  5. us4p Avatar

    Estancia is a particulary “word” and I love how you show us this way of life

  6. Dina Avatar