Latitude 14.6, Longitude 121.8. . . numbers that will forever be etched on my mind.


We were already travelling for more than 3 hours, and we’re actually asleep when one of the crew woke us up and asked us to stand up so he can open the engine cabin and let the heat out. The engine was over heating. We all rose and I was looking for signs of trouble or even danger. The boat was slowly moving. The passengers appeared uneasy, a little bothered and seems to be waiting of what is going to happen next. The boat slowly moved for another 3 or so minutes until it totally stopped.  It was noticeable that the crew were checking the entire boat. The Captain tried to revive the engine. Trouble, there is! And we expect the official account on what went wrong.


Within the hour after we stopped, showers of rain can be felt. Other passengers murmured “subasco, subasco!” Then it came, heavy rain with strong wind. The place grew dark despite the moon above us. We were advised to stay in the middle to prevent us from capsizing. I don’t know how long the rain lasted but I was so thankful when it stopped and then there was moon light once again. The sea was calmer with gentler waves.


I should say I was afraid, afraid that we might get shipwrecked, afraid that we might tip over, afraid that another typhoon comes, afraid that bigger than houses kind of waves will come upon us….. everything frightening and terrifying came to mind, and yeah, I should say I was afraid.


But, honestly, I was not! There was something inside me telling me to stay calm and just think of positive thoughts. Something told me, everything will be alright because I also heard that rescuers are coming and we will reach the shore safe. Something in me said that, this too shall pass!!


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