Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Day 2 - Pattaya, Thailand

click "here" here for Day 1
click "here" here for Day 3

Despite my lack of sleep, I was still able to wake up early for Day 2. I actually had a good sleep, and boy was I excited for today! The weather was so much better.

We left at around 10 am. We were to go to the port where we would ride a boat that would take us to Uncle Joost's yacht. The plan was to visit a resort and we would spend the night there. 

Stop over

The port
I remember my mom telling me about the yacht since it was already her second time cruising in it. I believe it's one of the best parts of this trip. We sailed for quite a few hours, enjoying fresh lansones, rambutans, and lychees. Ninang Arlene, mom and Tita Annie also prepared fresh salads and adobo for everyone. I mean, could you believe it? All 60 of us fit in his yacht!

Chilling on the trampoline

The first island we went to was Koh Samed. We weren't dropped off at the shore, instead we just anchored there near the island and enjoyed the sea. Some of mom's friends took a dive while uncle Joost was cleaning the propellers. 

After almost an hour, we continued to sail. Good thing Tito Junny, one of the company distributors, knew how to play the guitar. He sang some classics from the Beatles, and at that moment, I knew I was having the best time.

"Comfort is one good adventure thief"
The next destination was a resort with fine white sand and crystal clear water. Even at 4 feet, I was still able to see the rest of my body that was submerged, from my torso to what I was stepping on. Yup, that's how majestic it was. 

We decided not to stay for the night since we learned that a villa costs 10,000 Baht a night which is around 13,000 in Philippine peso. 


Even though we weren't able to stay in the paradise much longer, the sail back to the port was undeniably surreal. I was just looking ahead at the port light blinking and the rest of the lights in the city proper when I suddenly noticed that we were already under a blanket of stars, probably the most I have seen in my whole life. It seemed like we were in a dome, like I was finally able to see the roundness (oblique spheroid-ness?) of this planet I live in. Unlike in the city, the sky only seemed like a flat out ceiling, an illusion made by too much visual distractions. In the city, majority of what we would be seeing when you look up would be buildings, electrical wires, or smogs. Right there in the ocean, in the vast darkness as we were sailing back, the stars were countless and they were much alive than anywhere else I have been. I had a hard time with believing what was right in front of my eyes. Too bad I wasn't able to photograph it, apparently iphones aren't made to do the job and I didn't know how to utilize my camera for it.

You know how people separated by long distance would tell each other to just look at the sky believing they're just under the same one? That's probably true. But during that mesmerizing night sail, I wasn't convinced. It felt like the sky was just for us, that we were in the center of everything and that was all that really mattered. 

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