After lunch the boys began to prepare their rods and fishing gear. They brought galunggong (fish) for their bait while, our boys Tupe and Leo had UMANG as bait. UMANG are cocunut crabs and seashell. They cracked the shells and took the meat from them for bait. It was a surprise for our guests, and our boys from the resort challenged them for fishing. The prize was for 2 bottles of our local gin GINEBRA SAN MIGUEL. They brought snorkel gear too and I suggested they should see the reef just off the resort since we are just on the edge of the sanctuary. Tupe and Leo prepared the boat and all of them went off to the sea. As it iss Habagat, the sea was a bit rough, and they kept sailing to look for a catch. They stayed on the water till 4pm and when they came back, they had caught small fish and a big clam, but they lost the challenge to our boys.
Leo took the meat from the big clam and soaked it in vinegar with onions, garlic, chili pepper and salt. We call it KINILAW. Tupe cleaned the fish took out filleted them and fried them. They were served after dinner with the drinks.
Later we had dinner at our bamboo table which faces the sea. As the night fell we remained there and had drinks with the food they caught from the sea. Kiko and RJ were supposed to only stay overnight in our resort, but as we were chatting I told them they might enjoy going to Mt. Dagit Dagit for trekking and they decided to spend another day with us. At 10pm, as they were tired they decided it was bedtime.
We woke up early to prepare breakast for them. I made Japanese omelet, fried hotdogs and ham and miso soup, then I packed food for their trekking. At about 9am they headed off to trek up Mt. Dagit Dagit. About 1pm I was surprised to see they had arrived back from the mountain. They came back early because they wanted to have a rematch in fishing with our boys. This time at Mahabang Buhangin. So they prepared their fishing rods and gear and off they went to Mahabang Buhangin. Its on the easr coast of Isla Verde, with clear water over beautiful white sand. They got back to the resort before sunset, after once more losing to our boys.
Dinner was served at 6pm, and Junaly, who helps at the resort, came and joined us for dinner. After enjoying dinner we had drinks and relaxed. Junalyn joined us, too and she was the story teller that night. Our night was filled with laughter and fun and Junaly bid us good night at 9pm. After they finished 3 bottles of gin, all went to bed as RJ had to leave in time for his return flight to Brunei. His friends from Brunei will visit us this coming December.