My original SISTAH is Ate Luz… She is the lifelong Ate I have… Even we were 8 years apart, I treated her as my first “best friend” in my toddler and teen years… She was my Ate, filling my summer childhood memories of her being there for us (me and willy). We were the regular tambay in their big “nipa” house… enjoying many summers playing and bonding with her, reading comics, playing text (mini-cards), taguan (hide and seek) or just being there watching her doing her household chores. She never grew tired of our kakulitan, she being already a teen-ager and us being just 7-9 yr old “alaga.”
Haha… if i will ever ask Willy to write with me here about Ate Luz, we might probably fill this blog with lots of memories….
Anyways, I promised my Ate Luz that we’ll have a spa-night together… since it will be a wedding of her son this weekend, I also feel this is a long-overdue bonding moment.
SO last night, she did facial spa and i did foot spa… she made the spa assitants laughed with her wacky remarks (it was her first time to have facial treatment)… we had a great time… Soon i will treat her to foot spa also.
Part 2 of day 2… The interesting and scary part of the adventure…
(See Day 2, part 1 here…)
So, we had the Children’s Island all by ourselves… And enjoying it… Then the great lightning and thunder all startled us! Seeing the storm from the “far” away made us decide to pack and go back! Apparently the storm is not that far!
Well, that hurrying to go back to mainland put us to a “dangerous” adventure. Something was also amiss since our two boats were docked at different sides of the island, that’s why we didnt see each other went. A single blow of the wind and sudden mild darkness made me wary and anxious. One can see an all-white horizon ahead of us. Storm! Our boatman said that we’ll dock for awhile at Cuenca’s Cave… Kuya Bong, the boatman said, “Sandali lang yan, palipasin muna natin” (that will only take fee minutes, lets just wait to let it pass)… that made another kabog in me (how about the other boat?) anyway we hope that the other boat will follow us and stick to the itinerary (the Cuenca cave).
I was really worried where’s the other boat, what if they went straight to that storm! Kabog kabog….
After awhile, Kuya Bong told us to go back to the boat, i am sure he was worried about the other boat too. After struggling thru rain and wind, we. eventually we found the other boat (full of green people) and I remember feeling the same way when I almost lost Jolo at Singapore train and later found him. The relief!! But Apparently, they have been through that storm and came back (all in one piece)! Speechless and non-smiling, traumatized and relieved… that’s what they all looked like.
Well, the story is more frightening based on their accounts (big waves, angry winds, water on the boat, all foggy-white surroundings, “apparitions”, their struggle to take the u-turn, their fear)… it is written somewhere in a facebook account… I know i cannot do justice recounting the story. The older people in the boat described it as “delubyo”… the younger members described it as just like riding anchors-away in Starcity… I will just leave to your imagination!
Back in Pantalan, one boatman said he had not experience that in his life; Aling Juliet said, it happened only in few times, its like twister that passed fast; another boatman said, he saw the “Monkey’s Eyebrow” kilay ng unggoy — apparently a sign of terribly bad weather. Well, we’ve been through that!
So that’s the extreme adventure we were looking for!?
But in the end… we all thank God we are safe and intact!
The sky before we left…
Boat 1 “Aquarius” – those who worried a lot… the “seniors”
Boat 2 “Nina” – those who experienced the great storm… the “adventurers”