As you all know, I currently reside now at Calapan City. I went here last December 15, 2020. I will share to you how I traveled to Mindoro from my apartment in Manila.
So, my brother asked me to download an app called “Traze” from Google Play, then I registered there my phone number.
Then, a message was sent to my phone with the category heading of LSI, which has my name under it.
My destination is Sto Nino, Calapan City.
The date of travel validity is from December 15-17, 2020. In which I may travel from 7AM to 4PM.
A message was sent to me, which served as a travel confirmation. They asked me to reply upon receipt of the message. They also told me to travel safe.
On the 15th day of December, 2020. A van texted me that they will pick me up at Piy Margal Street before 10 AM. This van was booked by Paolo. He contacted the driver of the van and made some arrangements. So, after I bought food from Mcdonalds, and when they arrived.. I brought my “maleta”, backpack and my shoulder bag. I sat at the back of the driver’s seat, while I was eating my cheesy eggdesal and hot chocolate.
I was listening to songs with my cellphone’s “Wesing” app. Then, we had two stop overs. One at Pasig and the other was at Batangas. I urinated twice with those stop-overs. Upon reaching the Batangas pier, the van boarded the Starlite Jupiter Ferry. The van parked, then the passengers inside just left the van including me, to find a place to stay from the basement where the car was parked.
I immediately went to the ferries’ 2nd floor; the off limits door, where you can see the sea and the sun almost setting.
At 4PM, I bought a Hopia Roll Mongo and a mineral water, while I was waiting to watch the Lazada live of a colleague in St. Luke’s. She is a social media influencer. Her name is Angel Quilang, a floater nurse too. Her IG account is Morenachiq. She had a lazada live and I watched her doing makeup on her face while I was on the ferry.
A few minutes later, I tried to find a new spot in the Starlite. I went on the center part where most of the chairs are located but it’s open air. I saw a dog with sharp ears and a chain necklace to somehow tell that he is owned. While I was walking towards the captain’s deck, the dog stopped what he was doing and looked at me. I was scared. He was somehow smelling me. My heart skipped a beat. I am really scared of dogs, even for others, they seem harmless.
I have a traumatic experience with dogs because, back when I was a little preschooler at Jusmag Fort Bonifacio, I was bitten by a big dog that was owned by a military personnel, who was living beside our rented house in Fort Bonifacio during my childhood years.
So, back to the Starlite, the dog didn’t bark on me, but he growled, so I was scared. I meant him no harm.
Meanwhile, beside the captain’s deck. I sat down on a bench, and an African family approached me, where I was sitting. The mother was with her little son named Joseph and his husband. They were eating a Pinoy finger food. The mother offered me some food and I ate just one.
So, in that bench, there were three of us sitting. The African mother, her son and I. Then, I asked her if they were on a vacation, they said yes. After a few minutes more, I felt awkward that the African father was still standing and I feel like I took the place where he must supposedly sit, beside his son. I offered him my seat, but he gently refused me. That I should freely continue sitting instead. I was embarrassed, because I don’t know what topics to be discussed anymore with the mother and I was running out of English words. Haha! So, my excuse was.. I told them that I would just go to the comfort room. Just to have some space from them, because I was running out of topics to be discussed.
After I went to the CR. I found a new spot to stay, but before that I went back again to the family that I left just to say goodbye to the child and the family I talked to. I told them that I found a new spot. I said farewell to the child.
I’m thankful for that time. There were babies and toddlers on board the Starlite Jupiter and I was just observing them, until a little boy came across my view. He was a toddler, just walking in the aisle, holding a Skyflakes cracker. He was eating it, when suddenly it fell on the ground. He did not cry when the cracker fell. But when he caught my gaze on him, he somehow stooped down just to get the cracker. However, I didn’t blink an eye at him, I was staring at him and shook my head from left to right, then he started crying.
I just want to tell him, “Sorry, little boy, but I don’t want you to eat it because it’s already dirty.” But, I just looked at him, he cried towards his mom. I was such a bully. Sorry po. Hehe.
And so, after three hours, we reached Calapan Pier. Upon reaching Calapan Pier, my brother Paolo and his girlfriend was waiting for me. But I went to them, after I’ve shown my LSI to the deck at Calapan’s pier in trade for a stub to be given at the Barangay office for the following day.
The next day, I went to the barangay office and submitted my stub with Paolo. Thank God that his girlfriend knows how to drive for us to be there.
The barangay counselor, asked me to monitor my temperature daily, and that’s what I was doing for the next succeeding days until my fourteenth day of staying in Calapan just to monitor if I have symptoms of Covid. They are texting me daily just to be reminded.