Lost in a Perfect Panorama
What if the perfection of the perfect panorama fades away just because of a situation you didn’t expect?
I am still holding her. It was around 3:00 in the afternoon when we left the school ground and spent around 20 or 30 minutes in a jeep. Then, we arrived at the buttom of the paragliding site in Maasim where we’ll start our hike. It’s a long walk in an uphill road and I was already worn out before we arrived at the top of the site. But before that, while we were going up we already saw the partial view of the Sarangani Bay. The Sarangani Bay looks so perfect from up there though it was drizzling. I keep on capturing using my camera the perfect view of the bay for my personal blog and a remembrance of the trip. We also took ‘groufies’ with my friends. Although, we were already tired and weary walking, we still manage to laugh and crack a joke with each other to ease tiredness.
It was already raining when we arrived at the top. I am already wet and tired. Me and my friends rest for awhile in the Kubo House before we head to the main site or at the Paragliding site where we will stay overnight. After a short rest, we head out to the site. We went to our cottage and pay for our foods and transportation. I am still holding her. We ate our dinner together with my blockmates and other AB-English students. After that, we rest for awhile. I changed my clothes and wore a sweater to fight the cold. Our teacher suddenly called us to have an activity, but before that the owner of the site gave us a speech and we acknowledged him because he let us stay for free. I put her in my bag. He grouped us into 7 and gave us the first activity which is to compose a cheer based on the television series “Encantadia”. My co-members decided that our team was “Team Danaya” and we composed our cheer with matching dance steps. And I just keep on laughing because I can’t get the dance steps properly, well, most of us actually except our leader. After we finished presenting it, the other groups also presented their cheers and we were so laughing aloud because of the different cheers and weird dance steps that my blockmates made. There was also a showdown held by every leader of the group and the winner will receive 100 pesos from the owner of the site. So, eager to win, every leader put their best and danced like there’s no one watching them just to win the price. The team leader of group 2 picked as a winner.
After that, the second activity was to write all the synonyms that will describe the trip and the view from the top. We were sitting down together with my groupmates and thinking possible adjectives that will fit in to our situation. While thing about adjective words, I was captivated by the spectacular view of the city lights. The lights were sparkling and like dancing in the buttom. Afterwards, the third activity was to write a funny story that needs to have the characters dictated by sir. The rain started to fall, so we decided to share our ideas and wrote our stories inside our cottages. I’m still holding her. I’m still using her. Later as we finished the story, the other members went back to their respective cottage to fixed their things because the rain falls heavily. I went to our tent to checked our things. I am still holding her. I am still playing her. I saw the water enter our tent but still, I’m playing her because I’m having. fun with her She’s the one I can rely on when I’m alone and depressed. I decided to went back to the cottage where my friend were and I’m holding her despite of the rain dripping into her. I went back again to our tent and called Kent to tell him I’m fine even though I’m already wet from rain. I’m holding her even though I’m holding another. I never expected that it would be the last time I’ll hold her.
I went back again to our cottage to find some help to fixed our tent because we can’t already sleep their because the water really entered inside. So, we put our bags on the open cottage and fixed our tent and fold it. I never tried to hold her again because I’m already wet and I’m afraid to ruin her. I slept at around 12 in the midnight because I can’t sleep because my things were all wet and it was so cold. Despite of the cold, I tried to slept. Around 5 in the morning, theview was so perfect because of the sunrise and the view of the whole Sarangani Bay. I decided to find her. I find it in my bag and I found nothing. I open the camera bag and I found nothing. “Stay calm Joanna” I said to myself. I tried to wake up my friend to borrow his phone to call her. “The number you have dialed is an unattended or out of coverage area” said the girl on the other phone. “Stay calm Joanna. Stay calm! She was just camouflaging inside your bag” I said again to myself. I open again my bag and this time I already dispersed my things outside my bag. I found nothing. “Inhale and exhale Joanna Mae” I said to composed myself. I kept on roaming around to find her and I found nothing. I declared that I lose her. I tried not to cry but I’m already shaking. Our professor tried to helped me find her. Bags by bags, still, I can’t find here.
I never expected that my perfect panorama will end like this. I was in the one of the best place in General Santos City where you can foresee the whole Sarangani Bay and the whole city. It was already a perfect panorama and experience for me. But, it fades away when the only thing I have been dreaming and wishing lost in an instance in one of the best place I’ve been. I accept my defeat. I accept that I lose her. I tried to composed myself. I called my mom, “Ma, I’m sorry. I took good care of her but I can’t control things away from thieves. I lost her. She’s gone.”