A Weekend in Carmen

One fine weekend in June, work led me to a small enclave of a paradise. How lucky was I to be working on a weekend and waking up with this view!

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This is in a private rest house. The place is beautiful that it makes me want to work hard in order to afford a little place of paradise for myself one day.

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The place is in Carmen, Agusan del Norte and it has access to a beach.  The beach was rocky. Although you need beach shoes to wade into the water, the water was so clear. I can see the fishes.

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I did not bring swimwear so I hang out in those rocks.  I saw this fisherfolk in a boat made of 3 halves of a plastic barrel. He said that the simplest boat would cost Php 5,000 (approx $110) and that is pretty expensive for him.  This is Filipino ingenuity.  This boat may not be seaworthy but it is enough for the fisherfolk to get a day’s catch for the family and more.

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Our host’s neighbor had these huts and tree house.

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Farther left was this view.

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What a weekend!  I would not mind working again like this: perfect views, great people and full of hope for the future! Even the food was great!

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Easy Ways to Find the Freshest Seafood

If you’re a seafood lover, you might be less than impressed with what’s on offer at the supermarket. The prices are always high, and the fish, crab, mussels, and shrimp don’t exactly look like they just came out of the net. Thankfully, you’ve got alternative sources.

Internet Shopping

Yep. That’s right. You can mail order seafood, even special items like cracking stone crab claws. Overnight shipping from reputable dealers will get you tuna, crab legs, and even caviar before the supermarket buyers can get a delivery from their distributors. When you find the right company, you’ll often be getting shipments packed and shipped straight out of the fishing boats.

Greater Online Selection

By shopping online for your seafood, you’ll have access to a larger selection. Your local market likely only has access to the most popular species. When you expand your options to the online market, you’ll be able to get items that might be rare. This will give you a chance to try that gourmet recipe that caught your eye in a magazine. Maybe you’ll even get to recreate that fantastic dish you enjoyed at a coastal restaurant while on vacation.

Catch It Yourself

Speaking of vacations, you could consider a fishing vacation. Joining a charter boat group at a coastal tourist destination is easy. You’ll need to buy a fishing license for that region and adhere to the rules that designate which fish and of what size you can keep. Then, you’ll get to keep what you catch. Be sure to pack the fish into an ice chest for transport home. You could even ship it to your home if you want.

Make Friends with a Fisher

If spending your vacation fishing does not appeal to you, then maybe you know someone who loves to go fishing. You could offer that person some money for a portion of the catch or barter for it.

Your local supermarket is not your only way to access the bounty of the sea. Online shopping offers you great convenience and a big selection. Going fishing creates the opportunity for outdoor fun and maybe even adventure.

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