El Nido's natives still live in extremely simple, if not completely rustic conditions. And what`s wrong with that? Fisherman head out daily in their small bancas, with nets and hand-lines, some spare fuel, a coke bottle full of drinking water and not much else. Locals collect food from surrounding trees, when in season, and cart them to town - by any means affordable to the individual - to sell to the locals and tourists alike. Carabao are still used as plow animals and for hauling anything from sugarcane to lumber, from rice sacks to people, in a way wonderfully reminiscent of simpler times the world over.