The second reason of my absence is about my lola (grandmother).
I have receive notifications that she’s getting weak.
She won’t eat anymore.
She can barely breath.
Time is of the essence.
300 kilometers away from us. Separated by sea. We have to visit her while she’s still alive.
Budget constraints, the three of us cannot travel through plane. We can only do so through ship.
In The Ship
The ship embarks at 7pm. Arrives at 5am.
We bought the economy class. No aircon. Double decks are situated next to each other.
Here are a few sketches on the passengers of the ship.
He is sleeping in the upper part of the double deck. I am also in the upper part, so I have a good vantage point.
This guy uses his bag as a pillow. This servers as two purpose: as a pillow, and to guard the bag.
It is normal in Cebu (or maybe not all in the city) to guard their respective belongings at all times.
As an example, if a person visits Colon Street in Cebu, people are always alert on their surroundings and their belongings. Snatchers and thieves might come from nowhere without you knowing it.
So this being cautious is already imprinted in the minds of the people.
And that is the psychology behind the one I sketched. He guards his bag by making it as a pillow.
If somebody opens up the zipper, for example, he will be able to detect it by the bag’s movements.
Also, situating himself in the upper portion of the deck gives him additional security as compared to the ones below.
The next sketch shows another person sleeping in the upper portion of the double deck.
This one guards his bag by placing it near his feet. Some even place their bag below their knees.
Again, for the same reason cited above.
The next sketch is a girl sleeping in the lower portion of the double deck.
She is in front of me. And since I am situated in the upper part, I have the vantage point.
Surprisingly her belongings are not guarded. Maybe she has confidence or trust on the people on board. Or maybe she has companion near her that watches her belongings.
We docked at 5am. Did a quick breakfast, and then continued the trip by land.
We arrived at our destination at 10am. My grandma died at 7am. We are three hours late.
I won’t narrate the details here. Maybe on my next blog post, or maybe not.
After the burial, I roam around and sketched the place.
I went into this array of cottages. I sat, and sketch. Here’s the view:
I am on the third cottage. The next cottage can be seen through the window.
And so does the cottage next to it.
And then the view of the window of the last cottage shows the beautiful island.
Four round-like shaped islands lying on the sea.
In this sketch, the island is framed among the three windows.
Beautiful scenery. The cool air touches my skin as I sketched the area.
The read and yellow thing in the lower right are actually a pillow and a blanket.
It tells me someone is here last night, sleeping in the cottage.
What a beautiful relaxing place.
I was able to visit here before. I actually wrote a blog about it with pictures.
See it in this link: Surigao Del Sur, Philippines (2016).
This one below is the basketball court.
This basketball court has a cottage-like structure on each side.
I don’t know how to describe it, but it serves as a place where the audience will sit and watch the games.
I am sitting on one of those structure. Thus, my view was able to capture the insides of it, plus the basketball court outside.
Our trip is just a short one.
We went back through ship. (I think it’s the same ship.)
This is the view from our ship as we waited for the 7pm departure.
Two ships docked.
I have to sketch as fast as I can because the sun is setting down.
And it didn’t take long that the ship on the left left. (Pun intended).
Here’s another sketch from the passengers.
This is sketched at 3am.
Even at this late hour, people are awake, chatting, enjoying the ride, enjoying the breeze.
Pictures of me sketching on site: