On Day 33 of Survivor Philippines, two castaways and their loved ones, Zita and her son-in-law Leo, and Cris and his mother , made their way toward Bangkok.
On the emotional boat ride, Zita asked for news about her family from her son-in-law. Cris had a special time with his mother Aida, who felt sorry for him because of his gaunt appearance. Cris gave her a necklace which he had made on the island, and sang a song that he had composed about life as a castaway.
Life at Chalam
Zita told Cris why she chose him to go with her to Bangkok. The others were better off in life than the two of them. One of the first things they did on their Bangkok trip was to enjoy a delicious meal in a beautiful gazebo.
Back at Chalam camp, JC’s girlfriend Alu got to look at how her man has been living. Her first thought was how cold the nights were under just their makeshift shelter. Rob expressed his admiration over JC’s winning two immunity necklaces in a row.
Those who remained in the camp had to prepare rice for the first time. Charisse said that the three of them (JC, her and Rob) were the ones who knew the least about kitchen skills. Marlon, Cris and Zita had always taken care of them. Rob said that he didn’t even know how to cook rice.
Alu asked JC about his strategy in the game, but said that she didn’t want to influence him in the game. Charisse said that it was their quality time on a deserted island (but with two castaways on the side!).
Alu said that the hardest part was sleeping in the cold night, and that was when she realized how difficult the castaways’ lives on the island had been.
Bangkok and Camp Life
The four castaways who had left took a plane to Bangkok. At the airport, Zita showed the little shovel she had with her, because she feared that it would cause her trouble if she didn’t.
One of the sights that they enjoyed was a performance involving Thai elephants. They got the chance to touch and feed them. Zita said that she was so happy, that there was no place she could put her happiness.
At camp, Charisse took it upon herself to clean up their meal from the night before. Alu and JC gathered clams on the beach.
Rob and JC talked about their strategy for the rest of the game. JC said that the next person they wanted to vote off was Cris, because they had lost their trust in him.
The meal at camp was shared with Alu, who declared it “masarap” (tasty), thanks to Charisse. JC was surprised that Alu ate what they ate without complaint, although he said that Alu wasn’t fussy anyway. She revealed that the castaways liked to have some burnt rice because they had it as “ulam” (viand) to go with the unburnt rice.
In Bangkok again, Cris and Zita, and their loved ones watched a show with live crocodiles. They then enjoyed rides on elephants, exchanging lively banter back and forth. Cris said that they felt that they were dreaming. He thanked Zita more than once for choosing him and his mom to go with her. The four went shopping at a floating market to get souvenirs for their family in the Philippines.
Back in camp, Alu’s time with JC and the other two was coming to a close. But first, JC and Alu enjoyed a swim in the ocean, though JC said he didn’t want to because of the cold.
As Alu was leaving, she told JC that she and JC’s family were proud of the way he played the game, of how well and how dignified he played the game. She said that the game didn’t change JC at all. JC didn’t talk much so as not to make Alu cry. But she still did, especially after she saw Charisse wipe away tears. It was an emotional farewell for JC, and he looked as long as he could still see Alu.
In Bangkok, the four were treated to a demonstration of traditional Thai martial arts and dances. That night, they got on a boat on the river, to enjoy the nighttime scenes. There was dancing on the boat, and Cris really hit the floor and showed off his moves. Even Mommy Zita got into the groove.
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