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Showing posts with label Crabs. Show all posts

Crabbing in Umm Al Quwain

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Sometime in March of this year, when we still had Aero (our Pajero), we went crab hunting in Umm Al Quwain. Crabbing or crab hunting is some sort of safari or recreational activity offered by many hotels and tour company's here in the UAE mostly in the marshland of UAQ. But we like ours DIYed. It is fun and no need to pay extra money for something you can do on your own.

Crabbing is done at night until early morning and it is best to follow moon tides - when the moon is new and full, tides are higher and crabs tend to feed more, the more they are out feeding, the more chances of catching them. :)

It is important to locate a good spot in the marshland to have more catch. There are no lights to guide you so bring your own torch. The brighter the light the better because it is the same light you will use in spotting crabs in the water. Bring a long kitchen thong for catching them. Some use arrows/spears and of course a covered bucket. I say covered because your catch is alive, they will crawl out of the container and since you don't want to go home empty-handed, it is a must. You should also keep track of the path you take, it is easy to get lost in the dark.

While the girls put out the camping gears, the boys went out to hunt. We got tired of waiting after a couple of hours and so we camwhore in the dark with a little help from the full moon for light. After contenting ourselves with all the photos we've taken, we waded through the marshland in ankle-deep water until we found the boys by the sea.

Crabbing

It is not easy to crab hunt, you will get wet, you may slip and fall and you might get bitten by the crabs fighting for their lives (lulutuin at kakainin mo ba naman sila eh :)) but more than that, it is a fun way to chillax and bond with friends or family. It is also an experience that you can never forget, something extraordinary.


On the shore, we found a starfish.


Our bucket is not full but our heart is. A bountiful blessing.
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What's in a Dream?

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I hate waking up in the middle of the night to go to the W.C. I really wanted to continue with my sleep but the urge to go was stronger than my sleepiness. Even while half asleep half awake I was still contemplating wether to go or not to go. In the back of my head its says "I do not want to have urinary track infection just by holding it" so I decided to head to the W. C. with my eyes half shut.

Back to bed and I am trying to put my self to sleep but the annoying thing is that all kinds of dream started coming. It keeps coming and I would wake up with each thirty minutes or every hour. It seems that from 2:30 I am no at all sleeping.

The last dream I dreamed was... It was in the porch of my late Lolo's house in Malolos with all big and small crabs on the floor. I was with someone I dont remember but we were using a kitchen thong to catch each one and put away. I bravely thong one of the big crabs and went to the kitchen to put it aside on a big red pale. I try to open the light but it did not open so I tried searching for the pale hanging behind the door with my hands, when I get hold of the pale, one big spider like crab started crawling into my arm and I started screaming and jumping fearfully. Then with a loud scream, my husband started waking me up asking what is happening to me. I was still shaking and my heart pounding while I am telling him the story. I am an arachnophobic and the spider like crab really make me scream and jump out.

Then I wonder, why was I dreaming of crabs, is it telling of something or I was only craving for crabs these days? I tried to analyze the dream myself but could not figure it out. I decided then to check it on the internet and below it what I found out.


Meaning of Dreams about Crab: Dream Interpretation - Crab

Crab
At first glance a crab seems to be a very negative dream symbol. It could represent a "crabby" or unpleasant personality. The claws could be symbolic of a clinging and hurtful person, or a side of your own personality. There may be too much dependence, clinging and forcefulness in your life. The crab may also symbolize your inability to effectively move forward and address your own difficulties. (Remember the crab often moves sideways or backwards.) Some folklore interpretations say that the crab is an omen of poor health. However, there is a more positive interpretation for the crab in your dream. In some areas of metaphysics, the crab is a representative of the sea and the sky. It represents physical nourishment which can be obtained from the sea and also intellectual nourishment. As with all water dwelling animals, the crab could also represent something in the unconscious and the emotions.


Whatever reason I am dreaming about crabs, I hope that it will be for the better.
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Crabbing and Craving

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Friends were asking us to join them this coming Friday early morning to go crabbing in Um Al Quwain. They had been there last week and the treasures of the sea are bountiful, they had a full basket of fresh live crabs. When F told me this, I actually jump into conclusion that we are going with them for the crab hunting this weekend. F told me that mama can’t come (I am not allowed to stay up late for some reason) and I felt too upset, how come that I can’t come where all I can think of is to eat crabs and prepare them into different dishes. I am not sure if crabs are good for me this time of the year. Crabs have high mercury content that’s why I have to eat it in moderation.

Um Al Quwain is the best place for crab hunting. Most of the tour companies offer crab hunting for tourist in Dubai.

You can cook your crabs in many different ways. I always wanted my crabs steamed with little salt and served with vinaigrette. F loves it with squash and string beans in coconut milk with a little bit of spiciness. There are so many ways to cook crabs depending on your taste.

I wish we could go, one of F friends told him later on that he won’t be able to come as both of his kids are sick. I really wanted to go on this trip, it is more than an hour drive from Dubai but I think the experience is worth it.
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