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Mornings are a sign of a fresh beginning. One can wake up again after nursing one's wounds or resting one's tried body. Regardless of the endeavor done the day before, mornings give us all the chance to start again.
I read somewhere online that small-scale fishing has become the most marginal occupation in the coastal areas of the Lingayen Gulf. Walking towards the gray-colored sandy beach fronting the resort, I was not expecting fishermen at all but there they were. There were a few resort guests enjoying the cold sea water but the beach attendance seemed to be more of the fishermen, market vendors, and their support groups (kids, young nieces and nephews). Local residents were there hoping to share in the leftover catch for free.
The Curious Ones For The Catch
It has been reported once that the use of explosives and chemicals to augment the catch in Lingayen Gulf by its fishermen has contributed to rapid habitat degradation and diminution of fish stocks. That Sunday morning seemed to be clear of that. I only saw from a distance a throng of locals and a few tourists being curious about the fresh catch of the day. It was interesting to see residents living nearby clutching their young ones on bikes rushing to purchase fish that they could take home for a low price compared to the market price.
After an hour, the crowd was gone and what remained were a few locals who were trying to pull to the shore a net full of more fish.
It was a bit breezy that morning so I decided to put off getting wet before lunch break. I headed back to the resort for my free breakfast -- a delicious boneless bangus or milkfish!
I was glad that my pleasant Sunday morning consisted of seeing people and activities that I'm not accustomed to seeing in Metro Manila. The change of scenery allowed me to collect new memories to replace those that I perceive to be toxic. New days are always good for starting over... whatever it is that you want replenished.
|My breakfast: boneless bangus or milkfish|
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