roro roars my boat
gently down the strait
merrily steadily achingly so daily
life begins again
After JR and Crystal's wedding, where many of us cried as the bride walked the aisle with a microphone, singing so beautifully as Miss Esmero for the last time, where JR cried unabashedly as he thanked and honored his parents as the ceremonies began, where we had the privilege of witnessing a rarity in this day and age, a love kept pure until the marriage vows were exchanged, where three whole baranggays of family and friends, from Cebu, Dumaguete and Leyte, have labored in love to make the event a truly memorable one, I went home.
The trip home meant a three to four hour Ceres bus ride from Cebu to Bato, then a one hour RoRo boat ride crossing the Tanon Strait, from Bato, Cebu province to Amlan, Negros Oriental. A RoRo boat is the short name for a roll-on/roll-off sea vessel or barge that has built-in ramps which allow cargo such as cars and trucks to be efficiently "rolled on" and "rolled off" the vessel when in port. This is in contrast to ships that use cranes to load and unload cargo.
The RoRo boat approached the dock of Amlan at daybreak. And from the back rails of the RoRo boat, I watched the sun rise over the island of Cebu, now only a distant dark shadow. I was fascinated by the fast changing sea scenes as the sun and light shifted. So fascinated that I missed the bus going to the city.
But no problem. There's always the ever reliable jeepney. Para!