We were ambitious, aiming to wake up at 5am to begin an early morning bike ride to catch the sunrise. Beep beep beep. The sunlight beamed through my room window and hit my eyes. (Crap, 7 am).
We quickly showered, and rushed our way out as we were aiming to catch the fish bidding at the docks. There was a cook downstairs preparing breakfast for the guests.
Staying in a house somehow made me feel like I was at home, with a living room surrounded by strangers.
Once my toast popped out from the toaster, I slapped on a big scoop of peanut butter and filled up a bottle of water. That should do it to give me some energy to cycle. (I hope!)
There was a bicycle rental shop located at the train station itself. We quickly chose our bikes, paid our rental (about RM40) and started our cycling adventure. Google maps was our favourite friend for the day.
Off to Fu Gang fishery harbour we go! The first 20minutes of cycling, I felt this unexplainable rush of joy and excitement passing through me. Then…the bright sunlight radiating through my skin started telling me another side of my cycling journey.
The heat began to take effect on me. However, the excitement still stayed on high with these captivating views that I encountered while cycling.
This was probably my first and last time cycling on a major highway. Having cars and lorries driving past me was quite nerve wrecking!
Gorgeous views on the elevated highway that distracted my mind off the heat and on-going vehicles.
This was my favourite shot along our way to Fu Gang. The sun rays escaping through the cotton candy clouds, hitting on the surface of the blue sea, making the sea glistened and glowed like magic.
The cycling journey would have been perfect if the weather was cool.
The cycling gradually got tougher when google maps showed us that we had to cycle nearly 1 hour to reach Fu Gang. (Gasps)
Compared to the many times i was at RPM class at the gym, I paddled most diligently here, aiming to reach Fu Gang as fast as I could so I could rest my legs and hide from the sun.
After 1 hour baking under the sun, I never felt more happier seeing people, boats and the pier.
Hurrah, we made it on time too! The fish bidding just started not long ago.
Various fishes, caught fresh at sea, were laid down on the green coloured floor, waiting to be bid at a good price by restaurant chefs, home cooked mamma chefs and grocery store managers.
Some fishes looked so weird, I have never seem them in the seafood section at the grocery stores. All of em’ fishes were freshly caught from the sea and directly brought back tot the docks for sale.
Doggies are also used to guard purchased fishes. Haha. He looked so adorable!
Not sure what type of fish this was but the moment the fishermen brought them out of their boats, many sellers rushed in to bid for them.
After observing the whole buying-selling scene, plus de-scaling and de-boning large sized fishes on the side, anyone can just walk over to the corner row of stalls where these sellers bid for the fishes earlier. These fishes were then sold to buyers like what you see in normal markets. Fresh can’t get any fresher than this!
You can also eat em’ fresh at these stalls! Although the surrounding condition was not optimally clean and designed to serve large group of patrons, the flip side was that your sashimis can’t get any fresher than this.
Having sashimis at 10am, was definitely a first for me..especially sitting on an old, worned looking rattan baby chair next to a bunch of elderly locals (about 60 – 70 years) having their sashimis, drinking beer and chewing betels. We looked totally out of place, and quite clearly they were speaking in native Taiwanese language about us haha. Oh well…we gave thumbs up to them on the fresh sashimis and their rawking lifestyle.
At the corner of the docks, there was a flight of steep steps, broken tiles, slight rubbish here and there. Being one who fear heights, climbing up was not a problem, and up here we were able to see this gorgeous view of the bright blue sea with waves crashing gracefully onto those man made erosion protecting rocks. The sound of the waves was so loud it buzzed through your eardrums like gushing waters. One of the most unforgettable views I had ever seen!
It was quite hard for me to walk towards the edge of the pier high up here, my legs were shivering and the wind was so strong that I worried I’d be blown off the pier haha. The sun really burned through my skin. I couldn’t stand up here for long. Climbing back down was nerve wrecking for me also, as the steps were so darn steep!
Cycling stop 1, Fu Gang fishery harbour, checked! OK let’s continue paddling!
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