|Everything happens for a reason.|
I guess it wasn't so bad that I was refused a ride
going to Malcapuya.
On my fourth day alone, I planned to tour Malcapuya and Banana Island. Expeditions & Ecotours didn't have a trip scheduled plus a solo tour was too expensive. To save money, they advised me to go to the port to try and hitch with people going to Malcapuya on their own.
So I did.
Unfortunately, a group of Pinoy tourists refused to let me join them. They even had their own "tribal council" to vote me out. I felt bad considering that I offered to pay for my share of the boat and would even bring my own food. But I couldn't blame them.
I ended up renting my own boat and headed out on my own. It felt liberating but painful to the pocket.
|In Malcapuya, my boat was parked beside the boat that I was hoping to ride on.|
I even saw the group that rejected me there.
There, I overheard a boatman telling his passengers that their boat had a problem. The gas leaked completely and their boat was now unusable. They were officially stranded and had to find another way to get back to town.
I approached the group. I apologized for overhearing their conversation but I told them that if they needed a ride, they were free to join me. After all, I had the boat to myself.
They accepted my offer and that's how I "adopted" them for the day.
I made four new friends that day: Maan, her sister Gian, and their boyfriends Jhonard and Jhay-R. They were really nice and down-to-earth. Funny, too!
|(L-R) Maan, Jhonard, Jhay-R, and Gian|
They invited me to a yummy lunch on their boat.
|After lunch, we moved to my boat and headed to Banana Island.|
Jhonard prepared some drinks.
|Sisters: Maan (left) and Gian (right)|
That's our boatman at the back.
|Group shot at Banana Island!|
(Sorry for the poor photo!)
|Enjoying the view while heading back to town.|
|Beautiful sunset. |
A few minutes earlier, the weather was horrible!
After "adopting" them for the day, turns out they'd "adopt" me for the night. I had a bad stay at Krystal Lodge and needed a new place to stay. They gladly offered their room since there was so much space.
When I got my belongings and went to their hotel, I wasn't the only one in for a surprise.
Maan, Gian, Jhay-R, and I had to wait outside the room because Jhonard had to "rush to the bathroom." When the door opened, candles and rose petals were all around.
My initial reaction: "Ang susyal ng kwarto!" (The room's so elegant!)
|Then Jhonard started singing a cheesy song.|
Then it hit me. Jhonard was about to propose! (Guys, here's a simple yet romantic proposal idea while on vacation!)
|"Will you marry me?"|
|"Totoo ba yan?!" (Is that real?!)|
Maan's reaction when she saw the ring.
|Rose petals and candles were hand-carried from Manila!|
|Congrats, Jhonard and Maan!|
|Dinner at Sea Dive to celebrate their engagement. Their treat.|
Not to delve into the deeper meaning of life here, but yeah, everything does happen for a reason. Perhaps it wasn't so unfortunate that the other group refused to let me hitch. After all, who would've thought that my day would turn out the way it did?
I guess in this case, it's true: share a boat and win a friend—or four.