My significant other was born and raised to the age of 12 in the Philippines. While her mother worked abroad as a nurse and eventually established citizenship in the US, her grandmother stepped in as the primary caregiver for her and her sisters. This past summer we went to the Philippines for her grandmother's funeral. The visit marked the first time she had seen family (outside of her mother and sisters) in 10 years. It was a reunion marked by great loss yet deep gratitude. Her grandmother was a doctor to the community and a matriarch to the family; her passing sent ripples far outside close friends and family. Though brief in duration, the visit provided opportunities to witness, and to form, the bonds that keep my significant other and her relatives connected from across the world. Staying Afloat serves as a narrative from our time in her native country.