During our first few nights in the Philippines, we were parking to get dinner when we saw Jason (13 yo) and Billy Joe (12 yo) hustling outside our restaurant. For a few pesos (43 pesos to 1 USD), a “watch a car boy” will help guide you fit into a tight parking space and perform rudimentary security duties by checking up on your car while you go about your business.

When we first approached Jason and Billy Joe, Karen spoke to them in Cebuano, the predominant dialect of the Visayas region of the Philippines, and asked them if I could take their pictures. At first they flatly refused, and thought I was going to kidnap them. Karen convinced them I was just a curious Filipino American and didn’t understand a lick of Cebuano. They asked me a few questions to which I gave a puzzled look and told them I couldn’t understand and they laughed in return. Karen further broke the ice by buying them a couple Pepsis and they slowly opened up and let us photograph them hanging out and working.

Before we parted ways, we bought them a few chicken sticks and rice for their troubles. It was interesting to watch them work and a good reminder how fortunate our family is.

Jason and Billy Joe eating their rice dinner by hand.

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