I love this day. And yesterday. And the day before yesterday.

I had breakfast with my hubby – home made daing na bangus (dried milkfish).

Fresh from yesterday’s catch from Aling Nene’s Pond in Valenzuela.


My angler boys made another trip to the pond sans the girls. Could they be challenged from our earlier visit where our one and only take home fish is caught by the mom (that’s me!)?

Here are the photos of the fishing trip 2 days ago and yes, let’s define ‘caught’ later on.


Here’s the first catch of the day! The fish is not big enough to take home so back to the water. And the triumphant smile goes to my heart!


Here’s the 2nd catch of the day! The fish is not big enough to take home so again back to the water. And the happy smile goes to my heart!


Here’s the 3rd catch of the day! The fish is too small to take home so again back to the water. And yes, the grateful smile goes to my heart! Finally, he caught one after several fishes got away from the hook.


Here’s the big catch of the day! Just big enough to take home for sinigang 🙂

And yes, I caught it and here’s how:

  1. The boys have been convincing me to fish instead of roaming around and so I agreed.
  2. My son put the mashed flour bait in the hook and cast it to the direction I pointed.
  3. I held the rod, occasionally looking at the floater, while I read a home magazine.
  4. Then I felt something is pulling my rod and so I screamed. I screamed!
  5. The boys saved me from the struggling fish!

It’s obvious I caught the fish, right?


Hurray for the girls!

And so the next day – that was yesterday, the boys were determined to beat the record. And they succeeded with 18 take home fishes! They were so excited that they forgot to take photos but it’s alright, I’m enjoying the daing na bangus. Not even the vinegar can stop me from smiling sweetly 🙂

There is so much to thank for…







And hey, don’t be disappointed with the small fish catch because there are large ones meant for the seasoned angler — 10 kilos and above.


As for the family, the priority is to catch smiles and we did!

Now going? Aling Nene has cottages on the side.


And in the middle — go rafting!


And yes, you can fish without renting a cottage.


Enjoy the day!


Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?

– Luke 11:11


12 Responses to “Gotcha!”

  1. Are they open on Sunday? And do we have to bring our own fishing rods and baits? I and my friends are planning to go there this weekend. 🙂 Thanks much.

  2. Joshua H Wu Says:

    Happy that your family got to enjoy a great time together! Great job on catching the fish. Screaming for the fish 🙂

    • bendedspoon Says:

      One of the secret of enjoying a great time together is for mom to join the fun and to give them opportunity to save me. Who wouldn’t want to be a hero? Lol!

      Thanks Joshua for that happiness 🙂

  3. A fascinating insight into such a different life from mine, here in the UK! Thanks. Great pics!

  4. I am so happy I read this post and got to see all of the pictures of that beautiful place and your beautiful family!


    • bendedspoon Says:

      Thank you so much Theresa. You know that this isn’t possible without our beautiful God. He always make the difference.

      Love much to you 🙂

  5. Debbie Says:

    I love all the love in this, sweet Spoon!!! Thanks for showing us how to catch fish too! 🙂 Love you and God bless you, mighty fisherwoman!

  6. Arlee Bird Says:

    Looks like everyone had a great time. I don’t know what dried milkfish is but I’d give it a try.

    • bendedspoon Says:

      Great time indeed!

      If you like vinegar, garlic and pepper you will like dried milkfish. Because the fish is simply marinated on those 3 ingredients then refrigerated — not necessarily sun dried.

      It’s good specially the belly part. Try it 🙂

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