Sa karanasan ko sa pagiging marino, karaniwan sa mga seaman pinoy ay hindi ganun kabukas na lumangoy sa kultura at malalim na pakikipagkilala sa mga marinong may ibang nasyunalidad.

Si Ioanni Sapountsis (tunay na pangalan) ay isang Griyego, Chief Cook sa unang barkong Clipperventure- L na aking unang sinakyan. Sa kabila ng pagkaiba ng aming nasyunalidad ay hindi naging hadlang para sya’y maging isang matalik na kaibigan.

Hindi man kami nagkasama pang muli sa barko. Kinuha ko pa rin s’yang ninong ng aking panganay na anak sa binyag kahit wala ang kanyang presensya.

May 17 pirasong sulat ang naging palitan namin mula Oct.23,1993- Oct.18,1999. Naputol ang aming komunikasyon dahil sa paglipat n’ya ng tirahan sa Greece. Hindi s’ya ganun kabihasa sa ingles kaya’t karaniwan ay ipinagagawa n’ya sa mga pinoy seaman, kung may pagkakataon ay isinasalin sa kanyang sariling sulat- kamay.

Sakay na!

Sagwanin natin ang “Notes Of A Greek Seaman- #1!

October 23,1993

Hello Ed

Here once again to inform you that there will be a vacancy in Steward Department (Utility Steward) this coming December.

The ship is going to Japan/ Korea/ Taiwan after discharging the chemical here in New York/New Jersey.

So if you could still wait for this schedule, we could work together here.That is, if you want. If not, I can’t do nothing.

Please write me soon as possible so that I could settle here for your embarkation. I will just ask Captain to send you a telex so please back immediately before it’s too late.

Don’t worry about the salary. It’s about same with your previous ship. We have also a good Captain and there’s no problem with crew’s though theres a four Salvadorans Able Seaman (AB).

This is bye for now. Take care and regards.

Your Friend,

Ioanni

P.S
I mailed my first letter to you in Le Havre, France. Didn’t you handled it?