Fresh Oyster Feast

18 March 2008

I rewarded myself with a “fresh oyster” feast/lunch for running my first 100 kilometers on my “1,000 Km” Club in one of the seafood restaurants along the beach of Barangay Baybay, Roxas City, near the ancestral house of Senator Mar Roxas.

At 10:00 AM, I inspected the road project my men are contructing/cementing which connects our road to the camp with the national road of Jamindan, Capiz. A distance of almost two and half kilometers is not yet cemented and my “boys” are trying to pave this portion which was left unattended for the past 20 years. So far, we have cemented almost one kilometer but the weather in Jamindan is delaying the near completion of our road project.

From the site of the road project, I brought my “security detail” to Roxas City and treated them and myself for a lunch full of the famous oyster from Roxas City. They did not expect that we were going to the seafood restaurant and they thought we were going to Mang Inasal for our lunch. By the way, the oysters that are being served in the hotels and famous restaurants in Metro Manila are harvested in Roxas City.

We ordered fresh oysters, kilawen na tangigue (fresh/raw fish soaked in vinegar), inasal na manok (chicken barbecue/broiled), sinigang na blue marlin (blue marlin sour stew), and soda drinks. We enjoyed our lunch with the strong breeze coming from the sea, the sight of a group of fishermen casting their big net far away from the beach and later seeing them pulling their net towards the seashore, and  the music of the 80’s of Duran Duran and Boy George in the background. We were six in the table and we paid only One Thousand Two Hundred Pesos for our lunch with our “Fresh Oyster Feast”. A plate of fresh oysters (12-15 pieces) costs Forty Pesos Only! I finished almost two plates of fresh oysters.

On our way back to the camp, we have to stop along the way to supervise the “fixing” and filling of boulders and gravel to the muddy portions of the road that connects to the camp. The road had been muddy and soft due to the continuous rains. Our “boys” had been called to repair the road to make it passable from all types of vehicle. 


This is an ascending portion of the road where an old Ford Fiera was stucked on the road due to loose soil & muddy road.


Hopefully, this part of the road will be cemented as soon as the weather will cooperate with us. This is part of the road that connects to our camp from the Jamindan National Road which was neglected for the past 20 years.


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