Snapshots from my Hometown Zamboanga: Paseo del Mar

And I’m dreaming of home again… And when I say home, I refer to my birthplace, Zamboanga City. If you don’t know where Zamboanga City is, which is quite surprising (if you are a Filipino), I suggest you watch the news.

Homebound - One of the perks of taking a flight which is scheduled at about 5am is getting the opportunity to get a snapshot of the breaking dawn... And I thank the airline for (always) giving me a window seat. :)

Homebound – One of the perks of taking a flight which is scheduled at about 5am is getting the opportunity to get a snapshot of the breaking dawn… And I thank the airline for (always) giving me a window seat. :)

Anyway, I’m not doing a post to talk about my hometown’s peace and order situation, you can read about it somewhere else. I just wanted to post some of the snapshots that I took in my hometown, particularly at the famous (I should say) Paseo del Mar.

With my highschool friends... The usual people that I meet with during my homecomings...

With my highschool friends… The usual people that I meet with during my homecomings…

This is a well-known place for bonding with friends and family over good food (and some bottles of beer maybe), live bands and the sight of the sea and the sea gyspies. When with friends, we usually come here for the isaw and some other street food.

My family, especially the kids, also love it here at Paseo.

My family, especially the kids, also love it here at Paseo.

When I’m with my family, we usually come here for pizza and (oh well), some bottles of beer with my brothers.

The Lamp Posts

The Lamp Posts

I guess, there are a lot to see in Paseo now than the last time (a year ago) I went there. So if you are (brave enough) to visit Zamboanga, make sure you include in your itinerary chillaxing at Paseo del Mar. :)

More snapshots… (on the other side of the fun-filled Paseo)

Sea Gypsies at Work

Sea Gypsies at Work

Paseo del Mar is like Manila’s Baywalk, at the side of it, you’ll have the view of the sea–with the sea gypsies (Badjao). While some of them just wait for the people to throw coins into the sea, some also sell stuff like ash trays and other decors.

Gretchen

Gretchen

And some do entertain (dance) the viewers to get more coins… And the famous of them all (during the time that I took this photo) was Gretchen. She/he dances on their banca that viewers get so entertained and throw more coins into the sea, which they get by diving.

Apart from the sea gypsies, this side of Paseo is a good spot for sunset viewing…

Sunset view from Paseo del Mar

Sunset view from Paseo del Mar

Paseo Final03_Sunset

And after the magnificent sunset, a sad reality sets in…

Sea Gypsies and their “home”...

Sea Gypsies and their “home”…

Seeing something like this could break a heart… Just the thought of them, emphasis on “them with the kids/baby” sleeping on their (roofless) banca, could really break a heart… But you can’t do more than throwing some of the spare coins in your pocket…

And yes, I’m still dreaming of (coming) home…

 


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