Of Ants and a Dead Shark
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We left Manila at 1 AM. Still tipsy and with some abberations, I decided to play dedma and forced myself to sleep. Well, I was not 100 percent successful about the sleep, but the trip from Manila to Bngy Pundaquit went so swiftly. It was a chilly morning when we arrived in Pundaquit where we would be taking a boat ride for less than 30 minutes to the remote cove of Anawangin. It was a pleasant and smooth boat ride with the sunrise embracing the landscape when the sight of Anawangin welcomed us. The place felt surreal despite of many places I have seen lately since if I have been travelling since Oct, Anawangin sights aroused me.
Upon our arrival to the cove, a weird (atleast for me) thing happened. The fisherman called our attention and flaunting to us his catch for that day... a small shark. It was my first encounter of shark apart from those in the zoo. I have not seen nor got so close to a shark when I was diving. The smell of a dead (not sure though) shark was unpleasant, a bit pungent but that didn't stop our group from taking photo of it and with it. Also, I am not sure if that shark posed a threat to humans, but it looked harmless. The one who caught it should have left the poor predator alone in the sea. Poor shark.
The group then setup the camp.
Then lunch, then a very uneventful afternoon. I was hopping for one place to another, trying to find the best and most comfortable sleep that I could possibly get. It was an afternoon of endless chatting, topics ranged from sensible talks to down right stupid topics.
Due to boredom, we decided to have a quick dip to the shallow waters of Anawangin. Despite being shallow, we were warned not to go very far. There were stories of sea sucking some individuals and leaving them to die. It was scary enough for us to be watchful for everyone. Everyone was just waiting for our ever mother goose (Reg) to scold us and call us to go back to the camp. Funny, we didn't hear anything from Reg. She was too busy preparing for our dinner.
Rinsing the seawater with a quick bath in the waterpump, we then enjoyed the beautiful sunset which was also a signal that darkness would be coming. I never had a recent experience of such thing, sleeping in the dark. I was feeling a bit claustrophobic, the darkness made me felt a tinge of panic. Anyway, I got no options but to savor the moment (of darkness) unless I have my own boat to bring me back to the civilization hahaha. We had a very good dinner of pork chop, eggplant salad, pork in tamarind soup and a lot more. It was a very good way to eat dinner al fresco by the beach with nothing but the moonlight and the gentle sound of the sea. Romantic? Nah... :)
After dinner was a socials. It was the part where everyone got drunk. Thanks for the always dependable DJ for mixing us Mindoro Sling. Lovely eh. :)