....Beyond the far bank where the coconut trees are lined, is about 4
hectares of rice paddies that are part of our farm, of course, fenced in.
Adjacent to the far side of the fishpond bank with the coconut trees is a
body of water called the "wa-ig". The wa-ig is a low lying area
that when the rainy season arrives, the water level rises amongst the rice
paddies. Then when the water level settles and lowers, the remaining water
collects in this low area. What you have left is a seasonal lake or pond.
This is the "wa-ig".
Fishes that are free to roam during the
height of the rainy season and high water levels are then trapped in the
wa-ig when the water level lowers. The rainy season ends, the water level
goes even lower, and these trapped fish become concentrated in a pool of
water that is basically only 40x60 feet wide and 2 ft deep of water. If
lucky, the pool does not run completely dry in the dry season. Occasional
years, it does run dry. Imagine all the fun we have fishing and swimming,
not only in the regular fish pond but also in the wa-ig.
palaisdaan and the wa-ig is something called the "bur-wang" or
opening. There is a series of contraptions that serve as either fish
blockages or fish traps. And so the term "tarik". The tarik is a
bamboo fence that can block passage of fish between the 2 bodies of water,
yet promotes the free passage of water so the palaisdaan can
"breathe". The tarik is set up so fish can enter from the wa-ig
into the tarik but prevented from going into the palaisdaan... thus
trapped. On the other hand, fish in the palasidaan are prevented from
going out at all. Only the baby fish fry can go in and out freely.
I do my
morning work. Later, I go down to the tarik and see if it has any fish. It
is nearing noon time and almost time to cook lunch....
    
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