Tanjung Aru Beach is a public beach in Kota Kinabalu. When I was there to pass the time before going to the airport, I saw families and a group of young people having picnic, children playing, kite and ice cream ambulant vendors, and people waiting for the sunset. Some ladies, presumably tourists, dramatically posed for photos with the sunset as background.
A welcome (or goodbye) road arch depending which side of the road you are on is common throughout the country. Some have creatures on it like the carabao, while this one in Lian has a balsa (hut on a bamboo raft). I think this represents those picnic hut rafts that you see floating on Lian’s beaches.
A balsa at sundown during high tide
Several balsa as seen from the beach during high tide
At sunrise, I watched this couple from afar doing seine fishing by the shore, section per section of this long stretch of beach in Gubat, Sorsogon. At one point, I went near them as they fold their net and saw only a handful of about 4 inches long fish in their catch so far.
Man has been observing the phases of day through the sun since Paleolithic Era until now, the “Android Age”. So there I was very recently in a tiny island, very mindful of the colors of the day attributed to the sun. Well, it’s our human nature that makes us store in some a place the solar image we’ve seen though not in cave paintings this time.
Sunrise and the volleyball net on the sandbar
Another morning once again and this is the image just before the sun became visible
Either walk or paddle to Caalan beach from the town
One cannot resist self immersion in the clear waters of Caalan beach
Famished? Paddle (or walk) to Gawad Kalinga restaurant somewhere in the stretch of Caalan beach that is nearer to the town. The atmosphere was tropically idyllic as you sip fresh buko juice and snack on calamari
That's the Naval Forces Western Mindanao in the background
It’s a Sunday and locals trooped to this beach beside the Naval Forces Western Mindanao HQ. There were thousands of people in the beach today, including those from a high school grand homecoming group where one can see banners of different batches in different huts from 60’s to present scattered all over the beach.
Rocky at the shore but sandy a few meters past it. I went in for an uncomplicated fun of soaking in the waters of Basilan Strait
This government managed beach seems a favorite picnic place of the residents.There were other beaches farther from the city but due to the red alert status, locals don’t venture far. Generally, it has been peaceful here even on the day I arrived where the city was on a triple red alert status.