Jakarta, Aug 31, 2016 (Antara)- Dodoi (63) was fishing using a very simple string and a small hook. He usually got several small snake-head fish or sepat fish (Trichogaster leeri), and sometimes few shrimps, too.
Not much that he could collect but it was not bad as he fished from his home, to be exact in a hole that he made in his kitchen.
Like many inhabitants of Banjarmasin, he built his nice and quite big house above a swampy area with the support of a number of strong pillars.
Banjarmasin, in the old day called Bandar Masih, is an old city founded in September 1526, or 490 years ago.
Now having a population of nearly 700 thousand, Banjarmasin is basically a swampy area measuring 98 km2 with at least 102 rivers.
The major rivers are Barito and Martapura, which split the city and in fact the heartbeats of the city, as various daily activities particularly commercial ones, are carried out in the rivers.
When he was a little, Dodoi, his brothers and sisters, his parents and most of his neighbors had to go to Martapura River located across his home for bathing.
At that time, the water was relatively clean and clear as he could see fish and shrimp swimming around.
As there were 11 siblings in his family, which was not categorized as rich, Dodoi and his elder brothers had often gone for fishing in the river and later they had given the fish to their mother for additional meal of the family.