Well, none of my plans pushed through because as we were just a minute or so away from the port, the heavy rains started to pour. Boy, they weren't just cats and dogs, it felt like cows and carabaos...
To answer the question above -- waters -- lots and lots of water. The Marikina River is trending today because the alarm has been raised as it rose to 15 meters and it seems to be not stopping.
I am a living witness on how quickly waters can rise. I grew up in a flood-prone area in Muntinlupa City and I recently witnessed just how much more powerful the waters can be in the middle of the San Bernardino strait (that body of water separating the province of Samar from the Bicol region). One can just imagine how high the waters could rise in the middle of the ocean!
We left the San Isidro port at around 6:00 P.M. that night. There were no ominous winds or rains to indicate the upcoming ordeal that we were about to sail into. Thank God I rode the Fast Cat. For the vessel's features, you can access this link.
I planned on sitting at the sundeck (or better known as the economy class) to enjoy a view of the setting sun and the lands disappearing by the horizon. Plus, I already rode their business class the first time I sailed with them so, this time, I wanted a different experience.
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Well, none of my plans pushed through because as we were just a minute or so away from the port, the heavy rains started to pour. Boy, they weren't just cats and dogs, it felt like cows and carabaos (for lack of a better description).
Anyhow, the Fast Cat crew started to lower the thick plastic sheets by the sides of the boat. Even those were not strong enough to keep the high waves from entering the deck. Pretty soon, everyone was clamoring to the middle of the deck. This was when I decided to upgrade and just stay in business class (yet again).
At first the waves were tolerable because I never get seasick and so I even ate a small pack of chips to ease my nerves. Little did I know that that food won't last in my tummy.
To cut the long story short, that was probably the longest 1.5 hours of my life. I managed to barf my last meal and snack (plus some of my innards) but thank goodness our vessel eventually rode out the waves. Overall, it felt like bungee jumping minus the fun.
When I was finally able to contact my husband, he simply texted, thank God you took the Fast Cat. Yup, it's the safest vessel out there especially in such unexpected 10-story-wave circumstances.
I hope this account does not deter you from enjoying a visit to the Visayas and a ride on this new sailing vessel. Below are the photographs of Fast Cat's three classes -- economy, premium economy, and business class.
E.S. Villamor has made a career in writing for a decade now. Her online business - GIML (Gabriela Isabel & Miguel Lucas) Publishing started in 2014. She advocated for women's rights and was once enamored with imparting financial literacy through training and blogs but she is now focused on propagating all things Filipino. This site is also being groomed as a rich homeschooling resource.