|Yep. V sign for peace. Hehe.|
Yay because it's not a selfie~
I was accompanied by one of the research assistants of this project and her friend from her congregation. We left Davao very early in the morning, around 4AM, and arrived at GenSan at around 7AM. Since I didn't sleep the night before, I was in my own dreamland during that travel duration.
It wasn't my first time setting foot on GenSan, but the particular places we went to GenSan this time were new to me.
We first went to the famous Fishport Complex, which was really huge. Before we could enter the selling area, we changed our shoes into boots so we wouldn't slip from the wetness of the floor. Even if it was still 7:30AM, the place was swarmed by fishermen, fish vendors, everyday hagglers, and trucks of restaurant suppliers. Noise was everywhere. The smell of raw fish mixed with the odor of people was all over the place. It was truly packed with people that it would be impossible not to bump someone. Prices were fought over and were agreed on. For a moment I thought it was a battlefield of the raw fish specialists.
After getting our samples (It was a battle well fought), we stored them in an ice box filled with crushed ice to keep them cool, fresh, and frozen.
|We bought crushed ice from this ice supplier. I don't know the name of|
this ice-crushing equipment, so let me call it THE ICE CRUSHER.
While returning the boots to the changing center and wearing our original shows, I took a few photos of the charts available for the public to look on. I think the regulars of the fishport are experts when it comes to this kind of knowledge:
We left the fishport complex to go to our next destination for sample gathering. It was around noon that we came back to the center of the city to stroll
around inside the famous mall of GenSan, KCC. It was my first time ever to enter this place, so it was a very special moment for me. (I have classmates who live in GenSan.)
|Just before entering the mall.|
I wanted to have a memento of this ephemeral event in my life, since I don't know when I'l definitely be coming back to this city.
We went upstairs, too, and set foot in the new mall, Veranza. Yes, it was just beside KCC. The three of us didn't bother going beyond the bridge which leads deeper into the said mall, and only stopped to take photos of the artificial waterfalls. It is a famous spot in the mall for selfies.
|Veranza and the waterfalls: high costs for both water and wattage |
in exchange for this unnatural beauty.
We went back to KCC Mall since there wasn't much to do inside Veranza. After walking around, we entered the tiny space of books of cheap prices, Booksale! Well, well. It wasn't like a "holy place" for me as other people would call it for them. Nonetheless, I took time in trying to find good books, not that I could really tell which ones suit my preference and which ones do not. Looking at the cheap, ultra-within-budget paperbacks, I could finally appreciate this place. It finally occurred to me that it's no wonder that people, especially the bookworms, want to come back here again and again. There's no stopping these people.
I noticed that there was also a section for second-hand manga. I know some of them. Because I was still so unwilling to buy books, I just let myself search through the shelf instead of buying something. It was a miracle that I was able to spot an affordable piece out of the beyond-my-budget English-translated Japanese pieces. Yes, it was an English release by Del Rey of the debut work of NISIOISIN, Zaregoto Volume 2: The Kubishime (Strangling) Romanticist. Seeing a physical copy of a light novel made my heart beat abnormally fast. I was in my own heaven. Until this very moment, I'd only have digital copies of light novels. Of course, I'd want one for myself even more because physical light novels are extremely rare (and a cheap one at that). And I haven't even read Zaregoto Volume 1. Not minding that fact, I decided to buy it! It was actually a push-or-pull battle within my mind, and I concluded to push it. It's my only souvenir from GenSan.
|From top to bottom, left to right: when I saw it, when I newly bough it, |
and after I cleaned it at home.
It didn't take us a whole day to get our samples, so we were able to go back home earlier than anticipated.
What I really look forward to in coming back to GenSan is my next visit to BookSale. Hehehe. I might find more light novels there and, just maybe, I will buy some books for a change.