The Catch of the Day

My family and I and some friends wanted to enjoy the holiday, so we went out fishing along the Mussafah Park. We took advantage of the extra holiday because  United Arab Emirates is celebrating its 41st National Day.Fishing_Mussafah-0809

“Beginner’s luck” is what they call it. It was the first time I ever attempted fishing. And in my first attempt, I caught the biggest catch of the day.

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Me and my friend Heldon displaying the biggest catch of the day.

This one literally almost got away. As the fish got caught up in my bait, it jerked hard to free itself from the hook and in doing so tugged the fishing rod with it. I had to quickly run after the fishing rod as it was pulled by the fish into the water. Fortunately for me, I caught up with the fishing rod before the fish got away with it (though I strongly doubt that it was strong enough to bring the rod with it, but who knows?). And unfortunately for the fish, it ended up in the fiery grill that was prepared for fishes like him.

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Friends enjoying the day fishing.

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My two sons enjoying their fishing activity.

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My wife trying to catch something…

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My son proudly displaying his catch.

Fishing_Mussafah-0807A beautiful day for fishing.

Dates: Desert Fruit

Out here in the land of hot sands, the Date is king of fruits. The date tree thrives in the hot and humid weather of the middle east. I am no expert on this tree, but in my observation, the people here prize this tree so much that if you happen to be unfortunate enough to accidentally kill one these trees, you are in for a really hefty fine.

The date fruit is sweet, very sweet and chewy especially those that are already way into the ripening stage. There are many varieties of the date fruit. The fruit is available all year round and one can purchase these in the supermarkets anywhere in the Emirates. The fruit doesn’t rot (I guess). Because the more advanced in the ripening stage it gets, the sweeter and better it tastes. There are a lot of date trees that are planted in the Emirates. Several of these trees can be found planted along the roads and in the parks. There is even a dates festival wherein dates of every variety are displayed and sold throughout the festival. (Shown above are dates served that are already very ripe. And no, salt and pepper are definitely not added).