Beach view

Exploring Surigao City: Campsite in Nonoc Island

Two months ago, I was told that I will be assigned to the mine site after the holy week. In our company, you earn 7 days of field break when you are assigned to work at the mine site for 21 days. And since we do not have mining operation yet, we do not work on Sundays and holidays.

Our mine site is located at Nonoc Island in Surigao City. There is not much to do in the island on your rest day. No shopping mall, no fancy restaurant and there is no signal inside the rooms in the staff house. Three of my male officemates made it a habit of going fishing during our rest day. The first week that I was at the mine site, I was told that they are going fishing at the Campsite that Sunday and they invited me to join them.

Campsite is a beach area located near one of the jetties of the company. Though most company gatherings were held there in the past, I never joined any of those gatherings. That Sunday, we went there around 7 in the morning. There are no cottages in the area, only one table, and a bench. But there are plenty of trees where you can set-up your hammock.

One of the perks of working at the mine site is that free meals are provided to employees housed at the bachelor’s quarters. The boys request for their lunch to be packed when they go fishing. They are usually given fish and chicken that they grill at the Campsite.

While the boys were out on the water fishing, Mush, our Mining Engineer and I grilled the chicken and fish that were packed for us. After grilling, Mush stayed in her hammock while I looked for a shaded spot where I sat down to read the book I brought with me. After a few hours, the boys came back with their catch. We grilled those as well and had our lunch after.

They caught this cute fish.

catch

Catch of the day

Fresh catch

For most of us, we see this and we think this would make a nice decoration at home but people here eat what’s inside the shell. Locals call this “saang”.

After eating, the others took a nap while I collected coral fragments and shells which I later used to make a wind chime.

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