Near death experience is my negative motivation to blog. Yeah, it sounds morbid... But true. Have you had a near death experience? In my life I had 2 so far. First one when I got nabbed in Manila, a guy put a knife in my back! For like forever because he can't decide what to take. He was able to run away with my necklace and he left me shaken to the core.
The 2nd is a few months ago, I went to Boracay alone for a week to celebrate my birthday. I went sailing with an amazing lady I met when I joined an island hopping tour the day before. We left White beach with sunny skies then in the middle of our trip we started to see dark clouds coming our way from Romblon. We never thought it would come so fast, but it did in a matter of just a few minutes! Our bankeros (boatmen) secured our life vest and told us to hold on to the ropes tightly and make sure not to fall off . Easier said than done..
The heavy rains came with strong winds, from sunny skies to typhoon #3! Visibility almost nil, and when you are sailing you rely on the wind to carry you away and with this weather it is so difficult to fight it off by going the other way. It brought us in the middle of nowhere, can't even see any island nearby. I was so cold and can't barely open my eyes, the waves are crazy and having it incessantly crushing on your small body is no fun at all, it is painful! With that heavy rain and water splashing on us from everywhere it is also so difficult to breath. And I know that with that strong waves and heavy rains, it can crush our boat into pieces and our life vest would not be enough to save us. Nothing can be heard from our boat, but the whooshing sound of the wind and our bankeros (boatmen) shouting at each other to control the boat from tripping over. And that's the time I prayed.
|Tita Sonia and our bankeros|
It's my Bday and I will die with strangers! I prayed for God to take care of my parents if I die, and since it's my bday for God to let me die pretty (haha at least I'll die in my 2 pc! ) and 3rd I told myself, there's no sense having adventures like this without letting the world know how fun it is to explore, so I promised myself that If I survived this ordeal, I will blog! I prayed hard and as fast as the storm came, in a matter of seconds it just stopped! It did! Wow! Thank you Lord!
Until the day I die I will never ever forget that moment of fear, the possibility of dying in the middle of nowhere. The truth is that at that moment, I realized I am ok to die, I had my share in this world, but I was thinking how it will break my parents' hearts and I can't have that.
finally... back to shore!
Life is all about taking chances or living with regret. I'd rather take my chance. Will I do it again? A loud YES! Because only in the comfort of nature and exploring I feel alive...
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