The Great Escape

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Always Be Thankful for the Amazing Moments in Your Life


There are alway people who cross your path for a brief moment in your lifetime who make an imprint in your mind. This is Hover. He was the cook on our boat expedition the first time we were in Palawan. For five days as we cruised over the South China Sea, he slaved on a tiny stove in an incredibly small space to make sure we were well fed.

Not surprisingly he and ‘the Chef’ got along wonderfully. ‘The Chef’ even surprised him one night by taking over the stove to do the cooking. It was during this trip that we got the original idea to move to Palawan and open a resort. Half jokingly we asked Hover if he would work for us. With a big smile he didn’t hesitate to say yes.

Two years later we found out he was one of the casualties of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Never take for granted the moments that pass by.

This post is part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

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14 thoughts on “Always Be Thankful for the Amazing Moments in Your Life

  1. “There are alway people who cross your path for a brief moment in your lifetime who make an imprint in your mind. ” Hover is an amazing man. He reminds me of the many Hover I met way back in the Philippines who despite of lack of barely anything material has so much to give and share. I can’t forget each kind gesture and generosity, of the efforts they make to help and make sure we get to have the most memorable of experience.

  2. What a beautiful and poignant photo! How sad that he met such tragedy. Thank you for sharing this- it is good advice x

  3. Oh no… You never really think that a person you’re meeting or spending time with would be gone the next day or the next year. Aside from living life to the fullest, it also reminds me that I have to be kinder to people I meet because I don’t know what will happen to them.

  4. A sad story, but the silver lining is the joy of a life well-lived and appreciated.

  5. I couldn’t hit ‘like’ on this post, but I certainly enjoyed your memory of a special person who touched your life. 🙂

  6. Such a sad story but I totally agree that one has to live life to its fullest and appreciate the smallest of moments. I am glad that you had this moment with Hover and were able to share it here.

  7. Oh that is so sad. Life indeed is meant to be lived to the fullest each day.

    • Yes, it was incredibly sad. I remember following along eith the news as the typhoon hit Coron and hoping everyone we knew there was safe. Our hearts sank when we heard about Hover. You’re absolutely right. Live life to the fullest. 🙂

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