Wednesday, July 11

20 Hours With Him

Sometimes we sit by the window looking at the raindrops falling unto the window sill.  We would wonder how the heaven's tears were created.  We would find ourselves holding out our palms and feel the rain water quickly slip between our fingers.  Then we watch the earth swallow them whole, disappearing into the world down below.


Sometimes there are just no answers to some questions. Sometimes no matter what logical reasoning you apply to a simple query jumping around inside your head, there is just simply no explanation to the question why.

Five years ago, a friend and I traveled down to Bacolod City.  That trip was very memorable to me.  It was my first air flight. My first local travel to an unchartered destination. And my very first time to ride in a big white ship.


Yes, it was a trip of many firsts.  It was also the travel that played a big part of what I am doing today. A traveler who is ready to take on the world to look for something that will never be there again.


Here on this journey that I have met a very special friend.  A person dear to my heart.  Who accompanied us in the 20 hour travel time back to Manila.  Who entertained us with different tales of his work experiences abroad. Who ate with us.  Who roamed in that big white ship with us.  Who showed us the beauty of the night sky.  Who showed us where the life boats are located in case of unlikely events.  Who sat with us and chatted with us as the evening got deeper and quieter.

20 hours is too short to deeply know someone.  But it does not take a genius for you to know that someone you barely know could hold a special place in your heart.  Amiable love between two persons does not need to take years to develop, to grow, to deepen.  A simple smile shared between two caring hearts is enough.

As our ship docked on the shores of Manila, our hearts felt heavy that the trip was already coming to an end.  We do not know if we will see our dear friend again.  For some reason, we were unable to exchange numbers.  It seemed like someone tied our tongues, just content on looking at each other and shaking hands all the time as if to say, thank you very much!


Yes, he held a very special place in my heart.  But sadly, that would be the very last time we will see each other again.  Through common friends, I found out that he perished on board M/V Princess of the Stars back in 2008 due to Tyhpoon Frank.  


Photo source: Google

His body was never found.


From that day on forward, I knew that whenever I wander and wonder, his image will always pop-up somewhere.  I see him every time I see a tall, handsome guy.  I see him every time I see a guy wear a white cap.  I see him every time I see a big white ship.  I see him every time I see the sea. I see him every time I see the stars.  I see him almost everywhere.  

For my dear friend, you know wherever you are, I will always come looking for you.  In every place I travel to remember that I am with you.  No one may truly understand that special friendly bond we shared.  But I now know where you are.  But that is only for me to know.

That journey with him was the first and unfortunately, the last.




This post is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival for July 2012 with the theme "The Journey That Made Us a Travel Blogger". Edmar Gu-Quibb of Edmaration Etc hosts this edition of the blog carnival.

Visit Estan Cabigas' Langyaw to see the archive of Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival!

34 comments:

  1. ahh, this breaks my heart. say a prayer, it would help him heal. i, too, lost a friend from a tragedy. so i feel you. hugs, dear.

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    1. All things happen for a reason. But the thing is, sometimes you will not really know the reason...but there is still a reason.

      Thank you Rain.

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    1. Sometimes we need to get sad in order for us to understand the meaning of life.

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  3. Little mermaid, again, I have a surprise for you in the link below! Hope you like it! ^_^

    http://pinaythrillseeker.blogspot.com/2012/07/pinay-thrillseekers-versatile-blogger.html

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  4. Nakakalungkot naman to . Grabe ka alam mo naman na napakababaw ko. =( Divert divert~

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    1. Ikaw na ang mababaw ang luha..Light story-telling pa nga lang yan1 :-P

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  5. oh no this is so sad. But at least you have him in your memory..

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Violy...yeah...in memory he is always prsent...:-)

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  6. God's unique way of showing you that 20 hours with someone can live within you for a lifetime. Your post reminds me to treasure those who are dear to me. :)

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    1. And so I tell anyone I meet that if someone they love isn't with them, just be grateful to THE LORD that they are Alive. :-)

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  7. Thanks Paula for this entry. It gives spice to this month's blog carnival.yeah, that isn't easy, but you are still lucky because you were able to stay with him for 20 hours than nothing at all. God has plans for everything, I know. I love this entry, it is my honor to compile everything :) Cheers!

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    1. Thank you Edmar. It will never be easy. But definitely something is in store for all of us! :-)

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  8. Nakakaiyak :(
    I hate partings, I hate deaths. :(
    But everything happens for a reason and im pretty sure hes happy wherever he is right now. <3

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    1. Who hates partings and not-so-happily-ever-afters...but in the end...just like what the song says...it's not how long we held each others hands....:-)

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  9. awww.. I hate LDR but I can endure it as long as I know he's still there. But yours.. uhm I really can't help but cry. Pwede ba kita mayakap pag nagkita tayo? =(

    I'm sure he's watching you wherever you go. Isipin mo na lang. at least you had 20 hours together. Everything happens for a reason. Siguro sobrang bait niya. Ganun daw yun e. Kaya nga ayoko magpaka-bait. hihihi! God bless. Hope to meet you soon. Through Marx.

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    1. Thank you Kura! I definitely need a hug. :-)..Sure hope to see you soon too...and thank you for droppin' by.

      God bless you too!

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  10. Thank you for sharing this very personal story, Paula. It is really touching to discover how our passions started. It shouldn't always be about making money (and it never was invented for that). What a sad but beautiful way to start. May you always be safe. Happy blogging!

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    1. Thank you Drew. Yeah, money is and should never be the reason for doing what we do right. It's because we love it. Have fun and safe travels too! :-)

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  11. awww my hair on my arms stood up. but this is such a tearful piece... adieu to your good friend.

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    1. Hello Lakbay yeah it's a bit sad... but at least he is at peace...

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  12. :( This was a heartbreaking story. Then again, it's also good to know that he left you with so many good memories.. even if those were only 20 hours...

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    1. Ah, this is one story I won't get tired of sharing over and over again. :-)

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  13. This is heartbreaking :(
    Got hooked in your site esp with your India post!

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    1. Thank you Joann! Feel free to come back every week for new posts. :-)

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  14. Penge ngang tissue Pao! Hehehe! Kidding aside, I do really admire your sincere, honest and heartfelt writing. Nah! Sad but inspiring. Ito yung mga instances na applicable yung, say and do what you want 'coz you'll never know what is ahead of you! Cheers Pao!

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    1. Ei Billy, sorry the late reply. I was just reading back this piece again..seems that i will never get tired of reading this.. see you soon!

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