aboard the king of sports iii

to say i was torn last friday between my saturday-fuego-trip-and-sunday-run-for-peace and an invitation of an old-client-turned-friend S aboard his “king” to explore islands is an understatement.


sure, these are completely two different bananas and infact should be a no-brainer thing. but if you have prepared more than 3 months (ok there was a gap inbetween) both physically and mentally for the run, and on top of that a chance to finally meet the people behind no-less-than-encouraging-and-sometimes-naughty comments, you’d ask for another few hours to accept such a generous invitation.

but 6ish, i cant find a sensible reason not to go, especially if the offer was extended to bring along a friend. so there, 11ish of saturday, was parking at myc, and next thing I know, i’m aboard the king of sports. wootwoot!

S wasted no time and showed us around the boat. i luv its wooden themed interiors. it has a welcoming ambiance, almost similar to my very home. we’re then showed to our rooms for the rest of the trip, but i was quick to ask, can i sleep on the sun deck? come on?! who would not fall in luv with such a great view, cool sea breeze and very comfy lounge seats? for 3 nights the lounge seats served as my bed, the starry skies my ceiling and the sun deck my room. funny how i spent all those 3 nights star gazing whilst my overly played jack johnson collection lulls me to sleep…utterly good sleep. aaaah this is life! why do we even have to be in the city in the first place when all of life’s amazing things are just right there…in the middle of the sea.

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days are spent scuba diving, kayaking and snorkeling. but unlike my previous dives, i can’t paint a splendid underwater adventure i had. i don’t know if it’s the depth ( i am used to diving 40-60’ only) or my inability to balance pressure or it’s just me and my fear of the unknown that has hit me on my first plunge. we’ve not even reached 40’ when i grabbed S mask. geeez! what am i thinkin?! so got to inflate my bc and went back to the boat. haaay :-( i have to commend J for being extra patient with me, especially when we did our second attempt to dive the next day. he waited for me to feel comfortable with water and to my bc, which i ended up snorkeling. hahah! i feel like i’m back to square one in diving. to my DM D, waaah! what’s goin on? :-( am i just made for the anilao waters? booo!

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but the sea was so inviting, i can’t just sit there and wait for them. i’ve asked one of the crew, E, to prepare the kayak and called M to go with me :p we hopped island to island…islet to islet. it was beautiful and very challenging. i used to paddle only on boracay’s waters (shallow and novice–friendly), but that time, we’re practically kayaking south china sea waters. you’d see how water changes from deep blue (reckon 200 – 300 ft or so deeper) to turquoise (6-10ft). we stopped on one of the island’s beach and snorkeled for a couple of minutes. then we lazed and basked in sunshine on its fine creamy white sand. we wanted to stay longer but current seem to be getting stronger, so M said we should go back. we never realized we went so far that when we paddled back, my upper arms and lower back felt sore because of exhaustion. but thanks to L, who served us a finely mixed scotch on the rocks. it gave me somehow a temporarily relief.

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it was as if the divers and us kayakers aint tired yet, that an ultimate frisbee on sand (beach ultimate?) was decided to be the next activity. we’re dropped by the motorized trailer to the next shoreline we see. we divided ourselves into two teams. after a couple of throws and toss, we lost from S, J & M’s team. waaah! i can’t even give a good throw-off. but my team captain T, would agree i played solid defense! hahaah! what a moral boosting attempt!:p

nights were highlighted with sumptuous dinner. i’ve completely forgotten my less carbo diet. it was indeed a gastronomic experience cruisin’ on S boat!

just to shed some fats off, we hopped again to the trailer and hiked the hill where a bizarre pantheon structure was built (and left unfinished) on top of it. for such an easy trail the reward was exceptional. i felt a deeper sense of freedom atop the hill. it is as if it’s just the pantheon, the water below and me in communion.

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i equally enjoyed our fishing sessions too. you see, it’s my first time to really hold a fishing rod and understand how it works. when i was still a gradeschooler my dad used to have a fresh water pond where he cultured tilapia and bangus, but i’ve never touched the fishing rod. i always content myself just counting his harvest kept on a cooler. i now think i should have been more curious then, that i grew up a fishing master like i mastered my arithmetic skills. oh well:p S taught me the basics in fishing and gave me some fishing techniques. he understands the sea more than anyone in the group, as he prides himself to be a genius fisherman. yeah yeah! he was able to catch one, yes just one squid the whole night. what a novice eh?!:-) but seriously he is a natural fisherman. was just playing a cheeky bugger :-)

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if on the first night we concluded the day with watching dvd, “into the blue” on a very comfy king size bed at the second deck, the next night jacuzzi at the stern was heaven- sent after such an activity-filled day. i’m not a big fan of warm water but i got converted when i felt its soothing effect to my tired muscles.

we started sailing back to manila 6ish of monday night. we anchored near corregidor island 10ish where we spent the night to rest. there was very little sign of activity on the island, much as i wanted to probe the fortress island. i was expecting a big activity going on to welcome the 12th of june, but there was none. then i remembered the government directed the independence day to be celebrated a day earlier. sayang! it would have beeen great if i can see the annual pyro exhibition by the bay on a yacht. :-)

whilst we’re watchin’ the sun sets on the horizon, on our way to corregidor lo and behold! school of dolphins approached us. more than a dozen at a guess. i got so ecstatic seeing those lovely dolphins swim side by side with us! i failed to take photo of it, but was able to camcord it :P (i’ll post my youtube link soon) just when you thought fun is about to end, it is infact just starting :-) how about something as amazing as that to conclude the cruise? :-) sweeeeeet!

7am, we’re back in myc. aaaaah! i know i’d be having a vacation withdrawal. i almost forgot how the city noise sounds. the only thing vivid to me is the splashing of water against the boat. the city’s polluted air was put to oblivion for three days of fresh and sometimes salty breeze. aaaaaah! i feel like dragging my feet off the yacht. I don’t want to be sentimental but i am missing the boat already :-(

back there in kos, i saw a different scott, someone who is easy and free-spirited, a totally different person i knew in the hamster world. i made new friends in trent, jenny and john. (oh! i have to mention max the bear!) i got reunited to myself. i’ve let loose pieces of me and regained my whole self.

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away from my cares, i experienced pure bliss. something i knew i can never have if i have decided otherwise last friday. and thanks to S for his persistence in invitation. i’m delighted to have made the better choice:p






21 Responses to “aboard the king of sports iii”

  1. 1 cooloperator 14 June, 2007 at 8:36 am

    haaaaaaayyyyooooooooooooppp….. aaaaassssssttiiiiigggg… visited the site… ang ganda ng boat mare… saan ba yun? di ko pa nabasa lahat eh….. may gagawin pa ako… jst dropping by…..

  2. 2 hitme64 14 June, 2007 at 8:44 am

    wahhh…you made me lose my appetite! frankly, you made the right choice banggi…i’d do the same thing IF i had my own yacht to boot…it so happens i’m only blessed with a pair of running shoes so my choice wasn’t a choice at all…wahaha…

    okay back to the real world…don’t want to lose those 3 months worth of training do we? so get on track and hit the pavement again as all roads lead to the Adidas KOTR…:D

  3. 3 hitme64 14 June, 2007 at 8:50 am

    okay so where did my comment go? if its somewhere up there then this one is just following up what i said earlier…banggi, you made me lose my appetite! wahaha!

    and i envy you…

  4. 4 banggigay 14 June, 2007 at 10:13 am

    kiddo, it’s now docked in manila yacht club. if im not mistaken, it would go back to cebu in a few days for a charter of some clients. it’s available for chartering, so spread the word! :-) if you are in quest of one dream vacation :-)
    hitme64, i wish to be onboard again on <a href=”http://sur.ph” rel=”nofollow”>the king</a> for my tubbataha adventure. i just need to save some moolahs and refresh my diving skills or betteryet hone it for that one big dive :-) so are you game? :p

  5. 5 hitme64 14 June, 2007 at 11:48 am

    wow…tubbataha..like i did my first few dives there in 2001 pa…spectacular undersea world…yep we went down 150 feet there…go ahead banggi…you want me to join you? :P

  6. 6 cooloperator 14 June, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    whooaaaahhh… i’m gonna build my own boat nalang harharharharhar

    wheeeewww, awesome island cruiser…..
    if ever u’r home earlier than usual or ur nocturnal curse is broken –which i really hope so hehehe– wouldja mind tellin me the whole story? i’m expecting the unfathomable exaggerations, mare harharharahar

  7. 7 sardonicnell 14 June, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    bangge, eto ang bakasyon grande! looks like you had so much fun. God bless =)

  8. 8 banggigay 14 June, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    hitme64, yesss why not :-) share the fun, share the expense. haha!

    kiddo, thats the better idea. build your boat. but you must know too that you’d still need couple of grands to build a decent one.

    nelya, i did. super. bigtime fun! :-) tara…bakasyon na dito pinas!

  9. 9 e-rod 15 June, 2007 at 2:17 am

    what a magical weekend you had. don’t what to say…i’m just speechless.

    greek ruins in a philippine island–just how surreal is that?

  10. 10 tina 15 June, 2007 at 7:42 am

    wow. you sure had a nice time. ive always wanted to try that ever since i read a book about it. hehe.. :) nice nice. reallY!!

  11. 11 Sabine 15 June, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    PFFT!!! i hate you…
    Fantastic Plastic Machine…

    hahahaha… older men? why NOT???? :)
    ym: ateniks


  12. 12 onlineguy 15 June, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    cool. i so miss the sea and diving now.

  13. 13 banggigay 15 June, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    nikkita amiga, we’ll go back there together. that is if your expat journey will ever finish. it’s a possibility i’d hear you out saying, bye mi amigas, i’m gonna be workin here where older chaps are hotter! hahaha!

  14. 14 banggigay 15 June, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    ei online guy! welcome to my crib :-)

    seas are one of those things that make me sane. when was the last time you dove?

  15. 15 e-rod 16 June, 2007 at 3:23 am

    i meant to write “don’t what to say…i’m just speechless.” must’ve had a brain fart when i pressed submit. :)

    easy to see you made the better of the two choices. there will always be another race soon. looks like you had a fantastic time. i am so getting on a plane for pinas soon, but i don’t think i can afford to hire a private yacht :)

    thanks for sharing not only the pics, but also your thoughts during the weekend.

  16. 16 Ferdz 17 June, 2007 at 9:34 am

    To choose between running and oining this trip. Pipilin ko rin tong “King” na to! Since every year me run naman. Hehe.

    Sobrang enjoy tong trip. Na intrigue ako dun sa merong mga pantheon columns. San makikita yun?!

  17. 17 banggigay 17 June, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    tina, i would really recom, go try it out! it always feels good to experience it after reading it.

    e-rod & ferdz as in! looks spooky though at night. kse it’s atop a hill of an uninhabited part of the island. if i’m not mistaken it’s at westernmost side of nasugbu. will get back to you on this, k?

  18. 18 tutubi 18 June, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    one of the things I’ve yet to try even if wish to do it long ago

    one of these days

    btw, can you please put me on the nomads list here?
    I belong there :)

  19. 19 banggigay 18 June, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    hahah! tutubi, as requested. :-) actually i wasnt able to categorise you yet when i added you, but now after some tambay sessiona at your page, i already knew i have to move you to nomads. hahah! inunahan mo lang ako! :-)
    if you’ve decided to take the cruise, without biases, you should go for the KING. :-) cool ang owner, i know him personally, kaya everything about the boat is cool. i’d shamelessly plug about it over and over. hahah!

  20. 20 bullrunner 19 June, 2007 at 9:56 am

    Okay banggi, now I can say that I’m glad you didn’t run with us last time. Had you chosen the race I would’ve ran down towards yacht club and taken your place! hahaha

  21. 21 banggigay 19 June, 2007 at 10:54 am

    hahahaha! you cheeky jaymie! :-)

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