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The Value of Connection, The Awesomeness of Companionship, and The Importance of Togetherness

It is expected to feel the soothing vibe of the water when it’s calm and quiet– undeniably relaxing. But it is remarkable to experience the fun and laughter we shared whenever we jump on every big wave that scrubbed us while we hold each other’s arms, which reminds me that life on earth isn’t always peaceful, that challenges can come consecutively, that tests and trials can rapidly defy our strength, that we can enjoy while we overcome, and that we are not alone in every battle.

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No plan, no itinerary, no booking. The only info I have is that we’re going to Marinduque and we’ll meet at four in the morning of June 15 at JAC Liner Buendia. That’s it, so not me.

In every travel I had in the past, I usually do some research, look for accommodation, google images and ways of transportation, plan outfits, or at least get all the details I need from my companions. But this time, I just bought Brown Trekker backpack as my sole preparation for the tour. It was James who taught me during our Calatagan trip to bring one big bag only whenever I travel in order for me to minimize the possibility of leaving something behind. (I want to mention that he taught me as well to lessen the use of disposables for nature’s sake.  Wala lang sa itsura pero marami akong natututunan sa taong ‘yan. Hahaha.)

Not knowing what will happen, I trusted Jeff with the level of belief that I am certain I’ll be happy and fulfilled during the 3-day journey. As a natural traveler himself, I am confident that I’m in good hands. I know I’m protected– proven and tested. Not knowing what lies ahead, I boarded Starhorse’s MV Virgen Peñafrancia IX for the first time.

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The feeling of being cradled while sitting down, the feeling of being tipsy while walking, the feeling of excitement while we’re drifting away from Dalahican Port, and the feeling of satisfaction and contentment just by watching the sea, with hair being blown tremendously– all these, on the first few hours that we’re together. Lhory humorously uttered, “Okay na ‘ko. Pwede nang umuwi.” True enough, doing or experiencing something for the first time brings an unexplainable pleasure within. A sense of achieving one’s desire, fulfilling one’s dream, winning.

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No plan, no itinerary, no booking. We had to wait longer than expected at Balanacan Port for the next set of vans, which brought us halfway to our destination. It was still bright, though, when we reached the shore of Poctoy White Beach. Since we really do not have a plan, an itinerary and a booking, the “pinagpala” me stimulated as we landed on the last available room of the island. But thinking about it, there were no worries whatsoever as to where we will spend the night. We’re just so assured that everything will be fine as long as we are together. As we always say to one another, “Kahit nasa’n tayo, kahit anong ginagawa natin, basta magkakasama tayo, siguradong masaya ‘yun.”

The whole vacation was spent by playing in the water and the sand. I won’t forget how I chuckled whenever the waves approach me when the tide was high and when the sun was at its peak. I was just lying there while taking a big handful of its white granular substance. The exchanges of stories, as usual, made the day more noteworthy.

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When the youngest spilled out her idea on doing some burst shots to capture the funny animated acts, I felt freedom. I felt a sense of liberty by doing what makes me happy without thinking what others will think, or what others will say. The hammock. The photo shoot. The writing on the sand to preserve some memory. The swimming we did until darkness covered the whole beach and stars began to appear. The laughter that multiplied while we were struggling back to the shore, hand-in-hand. Overwhelming.

It is expected to feel the soothing vibe of the water when it’s calm and quiet– undeniably relaxing. But it is remarkable to experience the fun and laughter we shared whenever we jump on every big wave that scrubbed us while we hold each other’s arms, which reminds me that life on earth isn’t always peaceful, that challenges can come consecutively, that tests and trials can rapidly defy our strength, that we can enjoy while we overcome, and that we are not alone in every battle.

To top it off, my favorite part would always be the stargazing. As the first night welcomed us with heavy rain, Marinduque didn’t allow us to leave its scenery without seeing the stars, while enduring the cool sands on our back and breezy surrounding during our second night. We just laid there, not caring about anything, not thinking about the disarray of the world and all its unfairness. “This is not possible in Metro Manila,” I always thought. Looking at the stars in the sky in the middle of two significant persons in my life, I was reminded that darkness is truly essential to see and appreciate what shines the most. I was reminded that without the darkness, I won’t see those stars sparkle and glow.

When serenity is evident, we are designed to be grateful. But when tranquility bustles in messing us up, we have to stand firm and be prepared to conquer– not unaccompanied, but with people who’ll fight with us, who’ll struggle with us as needed, and who’ll triumph with us against all adversities– because we are designed to coexist, because we are not on our own. That’s the value of connection, the awesomeness of companionship, and the importance of togetherness.

Having said all these things, Marinduque, though unknown and unpopular compared to other travel destinations, will always have a special place in my heart. A memory that will last. ❤

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26 thoughts on “The Value of Connection, The Awesomeness of Companionship, and The Importance of Togetherness

  1. Ganda ng realizations sa big waves and stars in the sky.☺ Masaya din maging spontaneous paminsan-minsan noh?

    Para pala akong Metrobank, you’re in good hands. Hahaha.. And yes, we can enjoy while we overcome.. 🙂

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    1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Yung paghampas at yung paghila sayo pabalik kahit gusto mo nang mag-move forward. Ganyan ang malaking alon. Dapat di ka nag-iisa. Dapat may kinakapitan kang malakas. Hahahahaha.

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  2. Kaka envy yung experiences at bonding. So happy for you guys. Skillfully-written post, parang andun din ako habang binabasa ko.

    Enjoy the future getaways, keep it coming!

    Tsaka reassuring yung may mapagtatanungan tayo ng travel tips without hesitation, thanks jeff at #tfiob bloggers. Silent reader here, and a fan, big time 😀

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