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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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January 9, 2009

glan | gumasa: a bountiful morning

fish landing
Part of the reason why we stayed at the fishing village rather than the resorts in Gumasa was to be near the small-scale fish landings in the area. Thats where you can get the freshest of catches at a bargain, before they bring the bounty to the city (General Santos City) where the price doubles.

The boats started coming in at 2AM in the morning. These outrigger boats went out to sea the previous day and they fish close to shore using spear guns and small nets (and hopefully not with dynamites!).

The waves were still lulling me to sleep and my wife practically had to peel me off the bed (a straw mat on a hard bamboo floor - still very inviting given the cool breeze).

We arrive at the one of the fish landing just as they were offloading the catch. Then the transactions began - a few kilos of these, a few kilos of those. They were trying to sell me a good sized ray but I turned it down, don't know how to cook it :). We bought several kilos of indangan (surgeonfish) and a couple groupers (they only caught a few, mostly small ones). My wife wanted more groupers so we had to walk to another landing site and we see what they got there.

2AM at the fish landing

The prices went up a bit, probably because its New Year. It would be steeper if they figured you for a tourist. With my DSLR, I really looked like one. But I can haggle since I can speak their dialects, besides I'm practically a "local" :). In the end we still got a good price, knowing how much the groupers cost if we buy them at the local fish market.

some groupers and surgeonfish

I still had a few hours before sunrise so its back to bed. Sunset the previous day was far from spectacular and I was hoping for some colors on sunrise. I actually overslept and woke up at about 6:00AM! I had to hurry to the beach to find some rocks :D. Luckily its still overcast and I thought I can still get some long exposure shots given the lighting condition. Overcast sunrise may not be that bad sometimes :).

smoky waters and rocks
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ms firefly said...

freshly-caught fish!!!
pwede sa paksiw? yummmyyyyy. i miss pinamalhan!

Anonymous said...

smoky waters...fav!

Anonymous said...

Great post. I'm fascinated by the variety of fish available. And this last shot.... Wow! It's breathtaking!

MysLykeMeeh said...

Oh for the love of nature...wow! spectacular...how I wish I witness that smoky waters... and captured it by my own camera!

And...those fishes...that's my gramma's favourite fish...(when I was there--back home, she always asked me to buy those kinds...)

Anyways...loved the photos!

Anonymous said...

we once went here for a visit, i am definitely coming back!

dodong flores 도동 플로오리스 said...

Nice photos and interesting experience in that side of the country...

escape said...

astig allan! parang ordinaryong lang yata dyan ang grouper. ang mahal nyan sa manila. hehehe...

kakamiss ang basilan.

Anonymous said...

While growing up I spent so much of my weekend by the beaches of Quezon. I love going to the beach just before sunrise to see what the fishermen brought in for the day and go shop for breakfast :) This post really brought it all back to me.

Lantaw said...

@odette - nag luto man kami pinamalhan :D

@leonard - thanks bro!

@2sweetnsaxy - thanks, but it not as bountiful as it used to be due to overfishing in some areas :(

@myslykemeeh - you have to wake up real early for that smoky waters :). I bet your grandma's a great cook :)

@sheng - still lots of coves to explore there, come back soon :)

@dodong - few folks visit and blog about gumasa. come visit it if you have the chance to

@dom - oo nga bro, para sa locals e ordinaryo na ang lapu-lapu, sa city sobrang mahal na

@sinta - been to Real last weekend! I love the huge waves there at this time of the year, it was raining all the time though. I'm glad this post brought back happy memories :)

Anonymous said...

Daya mo allan! You didn't contact me.

Di mo tuloy natanggap Christmas gift ko sa iyo.

Happy New Year and more photos like this about our region! :)

Galing-galing mo talga! :)

AngelMD-No-More said...

im really amazed as to how you let those waves appear smoky!hahaha is there a touch of photoshop here?hehe talent gid na ya imo pariente! again, nice shots!

Lantaw said...

@cel - hello Doc! :) you can try the smoky water effect using a slower shutter speed. I used Photoshop for general post processing like levels and curves, etc, but the water effect is as is :). Thanks for the visit!

Lantaw said...

@bariles - Sorry jud bai! Perting hectic sa schedule (kay holiday season man) pati si Leonard di ko rin na contact. Last minute na mi nag decide mag pa Gumasa. Wow naa kuy gift? :D

Plan ko to visit farther down the coastline to Batolaki probably this summer (Holy Week). Promise mag coffee ta or something pag agi ko sa Gensan :)

The Islander said...

groupers made me drool. even when alive. i just saw them as delicious. whenever i see them swimming, i fantasize of them served in tinola. hehehe

fortuitous faery said...

the colors speak of their freshness!

Lantaw said...

@JP - LOL! I like them steamed :D

@fortuitous faery - thanks for the visit!

Tere Bernardino said...

sarap nmn ng mga fish na yan...
sarang Sinigang sa Miso...

Lantaw said...

@Tere - sinabi mo :D, fresh na fresh ang isda, thanks for dropping by

AirBlazer26 said...

Hi po, I've started a thread in pinoyexchange about gumasa. I've copied some of your pictures and posted it there. Hope you don't mind. Thanks... Anyways, just been in Gumasa 2 weeks ago. I'm actually from GenSan but stayed in Manila for almost 10 years now. I brought my officemates along with me since we work for Cebu Pacific our ticket is not really a problem. They were very impressed with the place and calls it a paradise. Some of them have been to Bohol and Boracay and told me that this was the beach they've been to. At least appreciated kaau nila tanan ang efforts naku na ma-enjoy nila ang ilang first trip to GenSan, thanks to Gumasa's beauty. Ngayon mga taga Cebu Pacific gusto nang mag GenSan hehehe

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