Towards the end of May this year, the family was finally complete. And the Boracay trip that came as a surprise was definitely a fabulous way to celebrate family togetherness and the summer’s end!
The early morning flight to Kalibo, Aklan was meant to excite the kids further. I remember their preschool years, seeing them wake up excitedly in the wee hours of dawn for their field trip, amused that they are leaving the house still in darkness. From the Kalibo airport, the 2 hour bus ride to the island ferry parking was nice enough as we through flora and fauna and little villages. The countryside scenery is always a nice sight. As I was trying to embrace vacation mode fully, something was not quite right.
At last, we reach Boracay. It never fails to beckon in an enchanting way.
My accountant called. He said, “You lost over a million dollars in the business.” (This is essentially not the literal figure but it was what it felt like.)
The resort was a small, nicely kept beach place offering good food, personalized service and enticing surroundings. It was so near the glistening beach.
My accountant sent a text message, “Your best friend embezzled most of the money.” Ah ha. By this time, I was already numb, wanting to cry but the tears were just stuck in my throat.
The kids were exploring the island, busy hopping on the waters, wondering which water ride to take, burying themselves in the soft, white sands. I still gave my best to encourage them to enjoy the moments. And then of course, I tried to be okay to just enjoy my husband’s presence. Boracay is always beautiful. I love the laid back atmosphere and the natural surroundings. I wanted to go out into the summer night and just enjoy.
I was talking to my mother when she suddenly said, “Wait, there’s an emergency, they found your dad lying on the floor, unconscious.” At this point, the tropical surroundings seemed to spin around me. I looked afar the blue Boracay waters. My husband had to hold me. It was only in his arms that I felt real.
I lost the words to utter. For three months.