Amanda Coolley Van Cooll and Mika Batchelor continued with the adventure package that they won in Survivor Philippines Palau. They had a chance to swim with the dolphins and later on, with sharks as well.
During this trip, Amanda told Mika about Jef’s admission to her.
Amanda: "Kasi nagkwento na sa ’kin si Jef. ’’Lam mo Mands masama yung loob ko sa inyo ni Mykes.’ Sabi ko bakit? Tapos kinuwento n’ya nga iyong pinili mo ’ko. Tapos pinili kita. Sabi ko, ikaw nga pinili mo si Justine e. Naramdaman ko kasi na pipiliin mo si Mika. E, matampuhin ’yun e. Sensitive yun e’."
Mika : "Kasi nga girly-girl ’di ba. ’Yung parang regular girl. Compared sa atin."
Amanda: "The key to this thing para maging top 2 tayo is kausapin si Jef ng totoo. Straight out, flat-truth. Pag ’di sya um-okay, Okay. We’ll see what happens."
Moments later, the ’vacationers’ arrived at the Dolphin’s Pacific. The girls were excited to swim with the dolphins and felt as if they were kids again. Mika’s father, Mike Bathcelor, said that he has always wanted to experience an encounter with the sea mammal for a very long time. Jovell Abogador, the husband of Mika’s cousin, was also pleased by this opportunity to play with the sea creatures.
But Mika and Amanda were not the only ones having fun as the three castaways left at the camp decided to play "langit-lupa" (heaven-earth) to pass the time. After a round of "Ma-iba-taya," Jef was the "it" and run after Charles to tag him. Justine even thought of playing "Tarzan" as she swung away from Charles. Evantually, Justine gave up after feeling tired. But she enjoyed swinging so much and did it one more time.
"Ang sarap parang Tarzan...I’m happy, sexy and triumphant...joyful!" Justine exclaimed.
Mika and Amanda took a couple of dives with two dolphins that joined them as they swam underwater and back to the surface. The program ended and the girls thanked the instructors for the awesome experience. Both Mika and Amanda were in awe of their "surreal" and "once in a lifetime" encounter with the dolphins.
Back at the camp, at the branches of a huge tree, Jef started to share stories about her childhood and told her how she missed out on fun experiences because of restrictions. She also felt insecure and was perceived as ugly.
Jef : Pangit ako noong bata...basta sobrang payat ako. Short hair, may bangs...tapos yung mata nakaganun. Tapos lagi akong inaasar na pangit."
Charles: "Pangit din tawag sa ’kin nung bata ako e."
Jef : "Ako din pangit...pero honor student ako pero pangit."
Justine: "Ako din...consistent honor student."
"Si Jef maraming bawal...dito n’ya lang daw nagawa dito sa Survivor. Parang ang kinalakihan nya maraming bawal kaya siguro ganun yung pagiisip nya...marami ring bawal," Charles shared.
DIRECTOR’S CUT. Anticipating Mika and Amanda’s return, Jef and Justine concocted a plan to lead the BFFs into believing that Charles was already preparing for his exit.
Jef : "Basta kapag tinanong ka na ni Mika...makinig ka Charles...Kapag ’Anong ginawa nyo?’ ’Nagpaalam na kami kay Charles.’"
Justine: "Nagpaalam na si Charles sa inyo."
Jef : "Nagsabi na sa ’min si Charles na s’ya ’yung tatanggalin so inamin na rin namin."
Justine: "I-enjoy na lang namin iyong araw na kasama s’ya. Pinagluto namin s’ya. Nagfeast. Para maging kampante sila na hindi nila galingan sa immunity."
They planned their "act" a little bit further.
Justine: "May naisip ako. Paano kung pagdating nila ay may pasalubong sila sa ’tin?"
Jef : "Tulad ng?"
Justine: "Pagkain or something."
Jef : "E, di kakainin natin, sinabi ba nating pasalubungan tayo?"
Justine: "Sabagay. Korek na korek naman. Very well said candidate number 3."
"Sabi namin kay Charles na magtahi-tahimik siya para isipin nila Amanda na kaya tumatahimik s’ya kasi feeling nya s’ya na iyong susunod na matatanggal. ’Wag masyadong obvious masyado sa kilos dapat normal lang. Stay the same para di sila makahalata," Justine said.
JAWS. The next stop for the BFFs was the Shark City where they would get a very close encounter with sharks. Both of them were surprised seeing sharks in the wild.
The tour guide explained that the sharks were in their natural habitat and were just looking for food, but they never harmed humans.
"They’re used to people before then they stopped it because it’s so dangerous. They wanna see if they have something for them to eat. So they [the people] stopped feeding them so now they just swim around, checking," he said.
"So, you’re going to make us swim with them?" Amanda asked.
Amanda checked the waters first but Mika was very eager to take the plunge with the creatures. The girls jumped together in the water wearing their snorkels. It was scary for them at first but they eventually enjoyed the sharks’ company.
"Iyong sa Shark City sa totoo lang sobrang takot ako. Kinakabahan ako nung pumunta kami dun. Kasi, sa ’kin, surfer ako. Never ko gusto sa buong buhay ko na makakita ng shark in the wild," Mika said. "First initial reaction was, yun na, kaba pa rin. Parang, lalapit ba sya? Kakainin ba kami?"
For Amanda, her adventure with the oceans’ majestic and legendary creatures already made her a winner.
THE END. It was time to say goodbye for the castaways and their loved ones. For Mika, she knew that her dad, was so proud of her and the experience they shared together was truly one of the best times they spent together. Mr. Batchelor said that he had become closer to her daughter.
After tearful hugs and goodbyes, Mika thanked Amanda for choosing her and for being able to spend the vacation with her.
"Thankful talaga ako kay Amanda and sa friendship namin. Kasi kung hindi dahil sa kanya, hindi ko yun mararanasan. Sobrang thankful and sobrang lucky sa nangyari dito and sa experience na iyon na hindi ko makakalimutan sa buong buhay ko," said Mika gratefully.
ACTION! Amanda and Mika got back to the camp late in the evening. Jef immediately greeted them and asked for stories.
Jef : "Hanep! Kumusta? Kwento bilis!"
Amanda: "Sakit ng tiyan ko."
Justine : "’Wag kayong lalapit sa ’min--ang babango n’yo na."
But Amanda and Mika were careful not to tell how amazing their entire experience was to avoid making Jef all the more jealous.
"Medyo kabado kami kung baka may naging alliance na ’yung tatlo kasi nga. Obvious na pinili ko uli si Mika so ’di malabo na merong samaan ng loob. So inisip lang namin ni Mika na kailangan ’yung reward ’di masyadong maganda," Amanda said.
Mika also told Jef and her best friend, Jolly and her dad, Mike already formed a bond. Mika promised that they would plan for Jef’s birthday in Palawan.
"Gusto naming sabihin sa kanya na don’t feel so bad na kasi nga ’yung time na nandoon kami, ikaw naman ’yung pinag-uusapan namin. Ipaplano nga naming iyong birthday mo. So yes, it is part of a strategy kasi alam na naming galit sya," Mika said.
Later, Justine and Charles were already acting out what they rehearsed.
"Kunwari malungkot ako dahil ako ’yung susunod na matatanggal pero kailangan ko ’yung gawin kasi ’yun ’yung naisip naming strategy nila Justine para mapaniwala ’yung dalawa na ’di ako sumama kina Jef at Justine sa alliance nila," Charles said.
Jef got and read the tree mail message the next morning. Justine figured out that they would probably build some ladder to get something at the top. The five castaways then went on to the site of their individual immunity challenge.
REACH THE TOP. Survivor Philippines Palau host Paolo welcomed the five remaining castaways and reminded them that whoever wins the immunity challenge would get a twenty-five percent shot of winning three million pesos and becoming the Sole Survivor. He then took the immunity necklace previously won by Amanda and explained the cost of the immunity bracelet she refused to receive to experience the Palau escapade.
"Amanda nag-offer ako bracelet kapalit ng vacation, pinili n’ya ang vacation. Kung pinili n’ya Immunity bracelet, ibig sabihin sa tribal council mamayang gabi, dalawa sana ang immune o ’di maboboto. Hindi na natin makikita ang immunity bracelet forever. Ito na lang talaga ang pinaglalabanan natin (immunity necklace). Malinaw?
The mechanics: There are five towers assigned for each of the castaways. The towers needed eight steps to form a ladder. At Paolo’s signal, they would swim towards the color-coded markers in the sea. Below the markers are the ammo crates where they would open a padlock and get the planks from inside it. The planks would serve as the steps of the ladder. But to open the padlock, they must first look for the key buried on the sand. They must make sure that the planks would be placed on their right place through the tower. The castaway to reach the top first and let his/her flag rise up wins the individual immunity challenge.
"Survivors ready! Go!" Paolo signaled.
Find out the continuation of the challenge in tonight’s episode, November 5, 2009.
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