Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Day of Fun and Mourning

I had the opportunity to visit a southern island province last dry season. I took this chance because rainy season usually provides a more rough sea experience, and honestly i hate boat rides. It is not a real fun time though because it was the 9th day after death of my nephew's wife, who after 6 months of marriage succumbed to the BIG C. For Catholics, it is still spent for prayers for the deceased both in the house and the cemetery where the body is laid to rest. Relatives gather together to show the bereaved immediate kin of their support, both physically, spiritually and financially. Those who  can give some amount do so, while others just come for the needed presence. It was also a day of eating, talking and also a reunion. It is not uncommon for many family members to only see the clan when someone dies, most specially those who live in very far places or abroad. I am the best example here, as i stay mostly in the big city.

Calapan, Oriental Mindoro is 1.5 hours boat ride from Batangas International Port. Fast craft boats, which are actually hydrofoils are the fastest available. We left at 5:00am from Manila to catch the 8:00am boat trip, then commuted from the Calapan pier via jeepney and tricycle to the house of our relative.  We arrived just enough to rest a bit before lunch. The boat back in the afternoon was at 5:00pm, when the sea was already a little rough, and i got a little scared.

                                                        Calapan, Oriental Mindoro pier

                                            tricycles wait for passengers from the boats

                                           our boat's tail waves while at the middle of the sea

                          Sunset is lovely on our way back, but movements of the boat limit my PnS shots

    A lovely dusk sky silhouette greeted us in Batangas City, but it is totally dark when we reached the shore.

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  1. sorry for your loss. so sad to lose a love one after a short marriage.

  2. my condolences. so tragic, to die so young.
    i love your sunset's been years since i was in Mindoro. i have a standing invitation from a friend in Puerto Galera, maybe one of these days.

  3. I am so sorry for the loss of your nephew's wife.


  4. Sorry for your loss. I also don't like boat rides.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  5. Sorry for your loss. I agree funerals is most likely to meet and see relatives from far flung places. Your shots makes me missed the Philippines. ^_^

    Thank you for joining Water World Wednesday

  6. I am visiting your blog via Water World Wednesday. I am sorry for your loss. I'm sure your nephew appreciated the support of his family. So thoughtful and maybe a little brave of you to get on a boat.

    You captured some beautiful shots of the sky and water. I also like the wake of the boat.

  7. So sorry to hear about the loss of your nephew's wife.. Such a shame--and I'm sure she was very young... My prayers are with you and the family.

    Looks like a great boat ride. I especially love your sky photos. THANKS!!!

  8. I'm sorry that the death of your nephew's wife. She must have been quite young. But I hope you were able to visit with other family members. Although you don't like boat rides, you certainly got some great sky pictures on your way back.

  9. Thanks everyone for the sympathy, it is mostly appreciated.

  10. It's sad to hear about your nephew's wife. How could she pass away at such an young age? Hope your nephew is now doing alright. I wish you could go to the island during more fun time and enjoy it as it is indeed such a nice adventure to ride a boat, cross the sea, come to an island. I love it.

  11. Condolences on the loss of your nephew's spouse.

  12. I am sorry to hear of the death of your nephew's wife. How sad to be married for only 6 months and have death occur. I am sure, though, that your nephew was happy for the time that they had together.

    I like the mode of transportation (tricycles) once on the island.

  13. So sorry for your family's loss...those lovely sunsets bring some peace.

  14. Sorry for your loss Andrea, lovely photographs.

  15. simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

  16. oh, I'm so sorry about your nephew's wife.

  17. This is not the post I was expecting to see. I'm saddened by your nephew's and your family's loss. Belated condolences.


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