And God granted my request.
Stepping out of the boat, I felt like Marco Polo discovering an uncharted island. A vehicle from Alta Vista was waiting for us and we quickly loaded the van with our luggage so that we could check into our respective hotels (I had a room reserved for me at Azul Boracay). The bad news was I didn’t know where my hotel is and neither did the people driving us around. So I had to get off somewhere and look for my hotel. I tried walking a bit to see if the hotel would suddenly show up. Alas, all I did was tire my Sanuk-ed feet. I ended up taking a P100 tricycle ride to my destination. Once there, I did what any first-timer in Boracay would do - I slept.
For several hours, I dozed in my 3rd floor hotel room while the TV showed HBO movies. I woke up just in time to answer my Nee-san’s call. It seems that Nyl, the wedding coordinator, wanted to go over a few details with me for the ceremony and reception the next day. It was then that I realized that I needed to do a lot of singing and playing. Thankfully, my experiences at the Acoustic Night Life have given me enough confidence and I didn’t really feel that pressured.
Dinner time was a little weird because I didn’t know where to eat. I finally decided to take out a porkchop and rice meal from Andok’s and ate it at the hotel while watching The Voice US Season 4 on AXN. To be honest, the meal was good especially for its price. There was no drinking water so I boiled some tap water and put it inside the freezer. Ingenuity has its uses. Afterwards, I went to Myit and Zee’s hotel, The White Coral, to rehearse the Bridal March song. I left their room past 12 midnight but I still wasn’t sleepy due to my unscheduled siesta. I practiced the songs I was to play on the morrow and felt good about how I sounded. Then, I tried to catch some sleep before our call time of 6am. It turns out that I would only be able to sleep for an hour.
Being a guy, I didn’t need much time to prepare for the wedding. I showered and dressed and went to the venue bringing Paolo’s guitar Pogi and the wireless microphone Ben lent me. The place was just short walk away and when we arrived, they were still setting up. There was no sound system yet but the production guys began to arrive a few minutes later. I was anxious to set up my guitar and the wireless microphone but I had to wait because I didn’t know these people that well. Unfortunately, the mixer overheated and wouldn’t turn on. They had to bring in another mixer but it took a good 30 minutes before it arrived. All this time I was communicating with Kuya Carlo just to keep him informed of what’s happening. The Panlilios arrived a little past 7am and we were distracted by Baby Kathryn. Eventually, everything was settled and the ceremony began.