Oroquieta City is the capital of our province, but Ozamis City is more developed with its malls, ports and airports. This is where you should go if you want to cross Panguil bay. Otherwise, you’d have to take the longer route via Pagadian City.
I used to escape afternoon naps. Now that I’m an adult, I wanted to escape all my responsibilities and take a peaceful nap under this bed. Trust me, you wouldn’t need an electric fan in your entire stay. Just let the windows wide open.
2. AFTERNOON SNACKS
I miss afternoon snacks after nap time. I miss being bribed and rewarded by food. I have quite the appetite even back in the day. And yes, we’re big on carbohydrates. Puto and saging are among my favorites!
3. AFFORDABLE, UNLIMITED SEAFOOD
To us, literally sea is life.
Sea urchins (suake, tuyom) sold in empty Tanduay bottles. Funny unit of measurement, right? “Tagpila ang isa ka lapad nga tuyom?” (How much is one bottle of urchin?) But wait there’s more! We also have “Isa ka Caltex”. Empty Caltex containers are being used to measure shells and other other seaweeds. “Isa ka-Caltex nga kinhason.” (One Caltex of shells)
These, my friends, are small unsegmented marine worms. When disturbed, they retract and resemble a peanut, hence the name. These have been cut and cleaned already. They’re not as gummy as balat or b’at (sea cucumber).
These are not so typical. They look like green sotanghon or pansit.
These are actually sea hare poop. These are secretions of sea hares or donsol. You’ll find these in clumps in between seaweeds. You can include in your salad or kinilaw, or just wash it off with saltwater and eat them straight — I used to do that back in the day. They’re quite salty and slimy (for some). If you’re a Potterhead, imagine a a gillyweed gliding down your throat. Ha!!
Q: Anong pinakamayaman sa dagat? (What is the richest creature in the sea?)
A: Edi Donsol! (It’s donsol!)
(GOT IT, HA? HA?? DON SOL?) I know, I know, last ko na ‘to. Haha!
Say hi to my willing assistant!
4. ANG HUNASAN
Hunas: low tide
Hunasan: tidal flat
I spent most of my childhood days watching the sun set here. I remember having early dinner with my family, seated in one of these flats, eating whatever we harvested.
Let’s offer a minute of silence for all the slippers that gave up in this battlefield.
5. THE BEACHES
When I was a kid, I relied heavily on calendars; the blues and the reds meant a lot to me. I was always on the look for high tides. I’ve always wanted to go out and swim. But my free-spirited self didn’t sit well with my mother, so I mastered the art of sneaking out. My father, on the other hand, was the complete opposite. He always wanted me to try something new and be a little daredevil.
The sea will always have a special spot in my heart. I grew up a mermaid by heart and I’ll forever be one. Hearing waves crash, taking in the sea breeze, feeling sand in my toes bring back a lot of wonderful memories. Living near the shoreline has its perks and they’re definitely hard to top.
SEA you soon, Mis Occ!