20 hours is too short to deeply know someone. But it does not take a genius for you to know that someone you barely know could hold a special place in your heart. Amiable love between two persons does not need to take years to develop, to grow, to deepen. A simple smile shared between two caring hearts is enough.
As our ship docked on the shores of Manila, our hearts felt heavy that the trip was already coming to an end. We do not know if we will see our dear friend again. For some reason, we were unable to exchange numbers. It seemed like someone tied our tongues, just content on looking at each other and shaking hands all the time as if to say, thank you very much!
Yes, he held a very special place in my heart. But sadly, that would be the very last time we will see each other again. Through common friends, I found out that he perished on board M/V Princess of the Stars back in 2008 due to Tyhpoon Frank.
From that day on forward, I knew that whenever I wander and wonder, his image will always pop-up somewhere. I see him every time I see a tall, handsome guy. I see him every time I see a guy wear a white cap. I see him every time I see a big white ship. I see him every time I see the sea. I see him every time I see the stars. I see him almost everywhere. His body was never found.
For my dear friend, you know wherever you are, I will always come looking for you. In every place I travel to remember that I am with you. No one may truly understand that special friendly bond we shared. But I now know where you are. But that is only for me to now.
That journey with him was the first and unfortunately, the last.
This post is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ Blog Carnival for July 2012 with the theme “The Journey That Made Us a Travel Blogger”. Edmar Gu-Quibb of Edmaration Etc hosts this edition of the blog carnival. Visit Estan Cabigas’ Langyaw to see the archive of Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ Blog Carnival!