Tsinelas-wielding bandits Red Sea

In Featured, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Tsinelas-wielding bandits of the Red Sea in Jeddah

The Red Sea has been our go to place on long holidays, particularly during Ramadan and Hajj breaks. Either we stay there overnight, or just leave home between four and five in the morning and stay there until the sun starts scorching everyone’s backs.

The sun has started to rise when we reached the Red Sea and found a good spot. As soon as we had our breakfast, I left to check the water level. I’m not sure how long or how far had I been walking but my shorts wasn’t getting wet but I’m already too far from the shore. Suffice to say, the water level was so low so I decided it wasn’t a good spot for swimming. But no one wanted to go find another spot so I just went back and swim where the water was just about my thighs-deep which was the wisest thing to do if you’re aiming to get yourself a third-degree would in the chest. And was exactly what I got when I swam and hit my chest on a sharp rock. Lucky me!

But I digressed.

Instead of looking for another spot, the rest of us decided to do something else.

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Just kidding!

Tsinelas-wielding bandits Red Sea

Tsinelas-wielding bandits Red Sea

Tsinelas-wielding bandits Red Sea

Tsinelas-wielding bandits Red Sea

Tsinelas-wielding bandits Red Sea

If you’re still clueless about what these tsinelas-wielding bandits could be doing, perhaps these next photos will give you an idea.

Tsinelas-wielding bandits Red Sea

Tsinelas-wielding bandits Red Sea

Tsinelas-wielding bandits Red Sea

Haven’t figured out yet?

Tsinelas-wielding bandits Red Sea

They’re catching crabs using their ever dependable tsinelas (flip flops). These types of crabs are good with coconut milk and squash which was what they all ended up later into.

Tsinelas by Alvin Manansala

We only managed to catch around 25 pieces. We wanted to get more but the coast guards were already shooing us. We used to get as much as two bucketfuls but recently the guards have been driving away crab catchers in the Red Sea.

Special thanks to Alvin Manansala for lending me his photos for this entry. All rights reserved.

Last update: December 10, 2016

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