We had 4 free fishing vouchers at Eden Nature Park and Resort. We decided that before checking-out, we will spend a few hours at the Fishing Village and have the children Jeshca, Cacai, Clyde and Ivan try pond fishing.
|(From L-R) Ivan, Jeshca, Clyde, Cacai with their catch while me and Kuya at the back of the kids|
We presented our vouchers to the Fishing Village reception, where we registered our names then we're led to the ponds where "Kuya" (a man) was waiting for us. Kuya gave the kids their bamboo fishing rods (not the mechanical steel type) then led us to a platform located in the middle of the pond. The fishing rod is made of dried bamboo stick with attached nylon thread and a fish hook at the end. Earthworms were used as bait and it's Kuya's job to hook the bait. It only took a few seconds after tossing the hook into the water for the Tilapia to take a bite. The kids suddenly got excited, when they felt something was pulling their rods. When they finally pulled the rod, they were thrilled by the sight of a fish attached to their hooks, crazily moving and wanting to be released. I got excited and baffled by the sight of 4 children simultaneously caught fish that I didn't know anymore whom to help first. It was Kuya who unhooked the tilapia and placed it inside the pail to be weight later. Another round of tossing the hooks with earthworms was done and quickly they caught another tilapia each. I never imagined fishing could be this easy. In just a few minutes the kids caught 2 kilograms of fish. Now we have food for lunch.
When you do fishing at Eden Nature Park, take note that you have to pay for everything you caught. The tilapia was at P200/kg, you can either bring it home or have them cook it for additional fee. The children caught 8 tilapias, we had 4 grilled where they put tomatoes, ginger and onions inside the belly and grilled it in a very hot charcoal. The other 4 was cooked "pinaputok style", the fish together with some tomatoes, ginger, onions and some herbs and spices was wrapped in banana leaves then cooked deep fried in a very hot oil.
|Ate Jeshca with her catch|
|Dave borrowed one of the kids catch for picture taking =)|
|Clyde and Cacai extremely happy with their catch|
|Ivan with his catch . . . look at the kids smile . . . it's priceless|
While waiting for our food, the children keeps on talking about what they did awhile ago. They just couldn't hide the enjoyment and thrill this fishing experience had brought them. It may be a bit pricey considering the price of tilapia at the market downtown was far lower but the intensity of joy that we had with this activity can never be paid.
Not very long after we all shared the catch happy and with a full stomach.
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