the weekend before Christmas
How far is it to Guiuan, Eastern Samar? Roughly 40 miles on a straight line from San Jose, Tacloban, or 5 hours via a small fishing boat crossing a huge expanse of salt water.
The fishing expedition starts at mid morning with a crew of 3 persons on a small motor boat. Granting favorable weather and a bountiful catch, the fishermen should be back the following day.
There are no fishing nets onboard, only fish hooks, and there are about a hundred of these 3″ barbed metals. The catch consists mostly of jack fish, and each crew member takes home P2,000 ($50) on a good day.
Lamps for the dark nights on the deep blue sea.
I would most definitely want to join a fishing trip, but on a 40-footer fishing boat, not on this 12-footer.
On the side of the road stands a solitary wall that provides shade from the early morning sun. It is here where the fishermen gather before they head out to sea.
Back on the way home for breakfast, I saw one of Santa’s elves riding a bike on the way to work at the north pole. He’ll probably arrive too early for Christmas in 2015.
Local boys having fun diving into the water to escape the morning heat. I miss the days when we would spend Sundays at the beach. That was a long time ago at the time when we brought water in big Coleman jugs and soda came in glass bottles. That was when beaches were clean and the water was clear.
One more day to go before Christmas. Here’s wishing everybody a very Merry Christmas, and I pray that all of you are well and will be spending the holiday with your loved ones.