Cruise ship chef turns into a fish vendor as COVID-19 pandemic continues

  • Rain Paul Cervantes has been a sea chef for three years but lost his source of income due to COVID-19 pandemic
  • Since then, he has turned into selling fish and cooking viand and barbecue
  • As a breadwinner, he said he couldn’t afford to be idle and had to find ways to make ends meet

A seaman has turned into selling fish amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Image by Buhay Seaman via Facebook

A sea chef could not just sit and wait for his next assignment aboard a ship; hence, he decided to become a fish vendor. As unemployment rate continued to soar, many Filipinos have learned to be resourceful to find a new livelihood to survive.

Rain Paul Cervantes used to be a chef at a cruise ship for three years, but now finds himself selling fish as a vendor. While being a fish vendor might be far from the comfortable job he once had, Cervantes said he was left with no choice but to make ends meet for his family.

He shared on GMA, “Sa una po talagang aaminin ko nahiya po talaga ako na ganito ‘yung ginagawa ko na dati isa akong chef sa barko tapos nang nangyari ‘yung ganito, diyan na lang po ako sa labas, nagtitinda, marami pong nakatingin na bakit naging ganyan.”

As the breadwinner of his eight siblings and the only one who was able to finish his studies, Cervantes had to work hard and not be idle while waiting to be called aboard their cruise ship. Aside from selling fish, he also made his day productive by selling meals and barbecue.

Image by Rain Cervantes via Facebook

Cervantes said, “So naisipan ko po na magnegosyo muna po ng paglalako ng isda. Pero hindi lang po ‘yun ‘yung naging isang negosyo ko na pangtawid sa pandemya ngayon habang wala pang trabaho. Nagtitinda rin po ako ng almusal sa umaga, ulam sa tanghali, atsaka nag ba-barbeque po ako sa hapon.”

Truly, no time is wasted.