Sun, Sand, and Sea Urchins
After our quick ice cream break in Molave Milk Station, we drove our way to HK Resort. HK Beach Resort is one of the known resorts in Basdaku, Moalboal. Moalboal is a municipality about 90 kilometers southwest of Cebu City. From South Bus Terminal in Cebu City, Moalboal is a 3–hour bus ride away.
The resort offers open cottages for daytrippers, areas for camping, and overnight accommodations. Our room have 6 queen-sized beds, A/C, And toilet. Room rates range from Php 2,000 to Php 3,000.
Before heading to the resort, we made a quick stop-over to the Moalboal market to shop for our meal’s ingredients. As I walk along the wet pathway of the market, I noticed this round, spiky object. I thought it’s another type of coral, or perhaps a family of sea cucumber. So I stealthily took a photo of it (yes, that explains why it’s blurry. ?), and showed it to Jo in the car.
Jo said that this is locally called ” Swaki”, and this is an exotic delicacy here in Cebu. Some of it are sold fresh from their “pod” (I’m sorry I don’t exactly know what the name for their covering), while some are sold in Tanduay bottles. It made me more curious and made me want to try.
When we arrived at the resort, I got really hyped up! For someone who hasn’t set foot in Boracay, seeing the powdery, white sand beach of Basdaku, made me so happy!
So while they’re busy cooking, I roamed around to check out the place. HK Resort have a lot of open cottages. I think they are also trying to catch up with the number of rooms for overnight accommodations since there is a new building under construction. They also have a restaurant overlooking the sea, although I havent checked out their menu and prices. It’s around 1 PM, and the weather is hotter than Dutch love, so I decided to lounge in one of the open cottages and have a random chat with Twinkle.
Our chitchat was interrupted when a lady carrying a bucket approached us. She’s selling sea urchins. One order or one plastic cup is sold for Php 50.00. I guess today is the day I am fated to try this exotic food. And I am more than thrilled! Yay!
Manang shared with us a bit of her story, and how selling sea urchins are helping her send her children to school. She doesnt mind wandering around under the heat of the sun, offering her goods to both tourists and locals, since it’s her children’s “pambaon” that is at stake if she doesnt work hard. She mentioned that somehow, they were able to make it through the day and survive because of her “Swaki” business. She even shared with us how she got lucky the other day, when she sold a whole bucket of sea urchins to Japanese tourists and they paid her Php 1000.00.
?TRIVIA: In Japan, sea urchin is known as “uni”, and it can retail for as much as $450 per kilo.
Yes, I just learned about that too. The urchin’s gonads are it’s only edible part. There should be a fivefold symmetry of gonads inside. You basically scoop the soft, yellow, edible portion from the inside of the pod with your fingertips or spoon and pop it into your mouth. Don’t worry. It’s shockingly not bad. In fact, it tastes really good and oddly sweet when you expect a seriously salty flavor.
For today’s feast: kimchi, grilled pork belly, grilled hotdogs, stuffed squid, pinoy sawsawan (recipe here) and swaki!
After singing the birthday song for our “Queen of the day” and few snapshots, we heartily munched on and chugged down beer, not minding effect it’ll have on our bikini bodies. Swaki really tastes good with rice. No wonder its perfect for sushi.
Sky above our head, sand beneath our feet. Life is good! #BeachBabes
Sunset in Moalboal is enthralling ?❤☀
So never miss out a chance to do a bit of a photoshoot. Silhouette style photography, of course!
Me. Third wheeling, as usual.
Well, not really, I got beer! ??
?? Hey birthday girl! Happy happy birthday gengst! 🙂
Since day 1 training, I never actually expected us to grow into each other. We are so opposite in a lot of things, from vanity to personality. And yet, despite all our differences, here we are chilling together and celebrating your life. And with that, I thank you for letting me into your life.
Thank you geng for being a friend and for sticking by me, even though at times I blurt out overly sarcastic remarks or go full introvert on you. Thank you for letting me pour my heart out, for listening, and for not just telling me what I want to hear. Thank you for being my family here in Cebu. My Cebu life is more meaning, and more exciting because you are in it.
I know that you have a lot of dreams, many objectives and I will always try my best to help you to accomplish them, because friends exist for that, to help each other always. When I go back to Bacolod, you know how to reach me. 😉
Cheers for more happy and healthy years geng! Love ya!
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