Monday, October 20, 2014

Wonder of Wonders in the Shore

This is the Bay that i always see on the first leg of my series of rides to the big city where i work and live. My home in the province is in the uplands, but the jeepneys taking us to the bus terminals are parked near this beach. At the other side of the bay is the international port, and that red thing we see is a very big cargo ship. I literally traverse the left side of the bay to the bus terminal beyond that red cargo ship, and my travel takes a bit more than one hour. Bus ride to the big city is another 2.5 hours.

 Brownish color of the water is due to the iron-rich soil brought by water down to the sea during heavy rains. This however eventually settles when the water gets smooth.

To the right from where i stand are debris brought by floods from the uplands. You can still see the reddish-brown stones rich in iron. The small cliff beyond the debris file is actually called "Pulang Bato", translated as Red Rock. That big mountain at the back is actually a big island, also inhabited, and reached by motor boats in 30 minutes. Wonder of wonders, i have not been to this island. If this happens in another farther away land, i wouldn't stay still until i can reach it. 

There is now a perennial yacht parked in that part of the bay. It has already been there for almost a year now. It is owned by someone in Manila and used only to cater visiting friends. In contrast, there is a parked old boat at the beach, owned by a local resident.



 To the left of the beach are private houses, sometimes built literally on the shoreline. Our Law prohibits such use of government property, however another "wonder of wonders", they are allowed by local government. If only i can implement the law, they will all totally vacate the 8 meter space from the shoreline, and it will be as pristine as it used to be, when people are not yet inhabiting this place. That is if i can implement the law, but i am not the implementer! That is the problem. So i will be perennially disappointed with our beach eyesores.

 These are the jeepneys i mentioned above, that will deliver us to the other side of the bay to the bus terminals. Our jeepneys are well-known and small replicas are made into gifts for our foreign visiting friends. The above sample is not as ostentatious as the original ones. But the colorful sides and designs are always there. Sometimes, the design depicts the country the owner worked for as OFW. The above side design looks like an old building in Rome! But the curtain in front is a different one, i haven't yet seen our Philippine flag used as a jeepney curtain. But maybe that is against the law.

Tall coconut trees make our skyline. And our beaches are normally lined with these trees, now very tall and difficult to get the fruits. Dwarf varieties now replaced the tall ones, and they provide accessible young coconuts to quench thirsts of the owners. Visitors can also easily sample the sweet coconut water from young fruits, a readily available treat in this part of the world.



19 comments:

  1. Your photos are lovely.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I do enjoy our 4 seasons of the year. It would be nice to visit your country though....it is just as beautiful.

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  2. Such gorgeous views and so beautiful photos !

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  3. That looks like such a beautiful, tropical beach. But it is a shame they let people build right up to the water. Don't they have trouble during serious storms?

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  4. Here is the information for your discussion groups Andrea... The Arbor Day Foundation had the best explanation and illustrations of those that allow reproduction. Here is the link to the leaf color change information instead of my blog post with my photos mixed in... http://blog.arborday.org/tag/why-leaves-change-color/ --Michelle-

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  5. I can almost taste the coconut water, smell the ocean and I love your photos of where you live.
    JM, Illinois-U.S.A.

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  6. I wish to thank everyone who visited and commented. At the moment i can't figure out why i can't reply to your individual comments, so please bear with me. I hope you still keep coming over.

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  7. You can always find something interesting if you look around and that yacht sure is interesting! Loving the jeepney, too.

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  8. Lovely pictures!

    Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  9. Great photo's. Love that yacht!

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  10. What a gorgeous place to visit.. I love the trees and the views of the water.. The jeepney is cute.. Great post, thanks for sharing..

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  11. The fore ground of our second pic I like is my favorite and of course the last one -made me smile!

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  12. I love the jeepney! That's so cool!

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  13. I understand your frustration. So much of human activity ruins pristine places. Even if we tried a little more. It is a beautiful place to live near and I find your iron soil interesting Andrea....Michelle

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  14. What a beautiful view to see on your way to and from work and home. Sounds like it's a long commute--but good that you have fabulous scenery! Coconuts on the skyline--that would be pleasant!

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  15. This is a great post and your journey well told. I enjoyed the many photos from your part of the world. Very beautiful indeed!

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  16. A long but beautiful ride...colorful too. Oh to taste fresh coconuts and coconut water.

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