Wednesday, April 20, 2011

a stranger

"kanino po kayo titira?" the lady beside me asked as they noticed that i was a stranger in the van bound to the town of San Andres in Quezon. "kila kapitana po sa isla ng Alibijaban". the man on one seat turned and looked at me, wondering. still unsure if i still have a slot in the van as some passengers just left their bags on top to reserve the seats. it was noon time and the trip would took about five hours. placed my bag on the side thinking that if i got a slot here, i was meant to go there. after half an hour, the van driver came and checked the rear part then looked at me "dito ka." whew! got one slot. the last slot. three hours on the road, suddenly we stopped. clutch problem. we had to wait for an hour on the road in between rice field. soon antoher vehicle came and pulled us to the nearest town. transferred us to another van and continued our way. the lady beside me gave me some peanuts. i didn't resist.sky was darker and by 7:00pm we reached the town of San Andres. it meant one thing. i cannot cross to the island, so i have to find a place to stay. the town has no hotel. the lady with her daughter led me to a house who accepts student boarders. the lady left me saying, if you won't find a house, you can stay with us. walking quickly but didn't gave her mobile phone number. few seconds, the owner of the house came "sorry. walang bakante ngayon".had to leave the house wondering if i'll look for the lady's house but i didn't got her name and can't even find the way to her house. had to pass by a small fod shop where i had dinner. asked the owner if there's a place to stay around. she said, you can check with Gilbert, not his real name, he has a room for rent. she called a trisikad driver and told the driver to bring me to the house.



just a block a way, the driver did not charge me for the ride. then came Gilbert, who looked at me and said, "wala na. ginawa na naming stock room yung kwarto". he then recommended me to go to kagawad, pointed the house which was just few steps from his house. walked and when i reached the place, there was party. a group of men about ten of them were drinking, it was somebody's birthday.
talked to the kagawad and generously he brought me to a small hut and said, you can sleep here. "salamat po. pero punta po muna ako sa may internet cafe. balik na lang po ako". left my bag and went to the nearby internet cafe. after an hour, returned to the kagawad's house but he approached me saying "di pala pwede dito. yung nagbabantay ng baboy dito matutulog."

he then endorsed me to a lady, Gina who mentioned that she has a cousin who might allow me to sleep at their house. walked to another block and when we reached the place, her cousin resisted. "puno kami". giving Ate Gina no option she brought me home instead saying "sige dun ka na lang sa anak ko, magpaalam na lang tayo kasi lumabas pa". we arrived at their place, watched television and after a while, her son came and looked at me. shocked.

i remembered him. he was one of the man who was at the kagawad's party. her mother introduced me saying i was looking for a house to stay over the night. after i introduced myself, he then started talking "alam mo ba kung ano nangyari pagkalabas mo dun sa bahay ni kagawad?" this time i was the one who was surprised. "pinaalis kaagad kami para umuwi at sabihan na may dumating na estranghero. baka daw may dalang grupo".

all the while, i didn't know that there was already a commotion around the village because of me. but good enough Ate Gina and the family welcomed me and shared their sala for the night. i slept smiling. the next day i crossed the island.
this post is my contribution to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers Blog Carnival. Compilation of solo travel wil be done by this year's Philippine Bes Travel Blogger Nina of http://www.justwandering.org/. check other interesting stories.

42 comments:

Reena said...

wow, artista. pinagkaguluhan. :) magagawa ko kaya yung ginawa mo? yung pagtanggap mo palang ng mani, napaisip na ako eh.

Rizalenio said...

Kinabahan ako...

I can't travel alone. The reason why I admire you, Gael and Chyng.

nina said...

Love the entry! Thanks for sharing this, considering the time crunch :D

Ed said...

wow, artistang-artista ang dating. while reading the entry, i thought that di ka makakahanap ng matutuluyan. kani-kanino lang kasi nire-refer. buti na lang at napaghanapan rin ng paraan!

Sendo said...

wahh..pero ambabait pa rin ng mga tawo noh? buti na lang di ka inano. ^^ gusto ko rin makatry ng ganito, ung mag isa lang ^_^

carlotta1924 said...

natawa naman ako dun sa sinabi nung huling lalaki. ayos ang epek mo sa kanila ah! that's definitely an experience worth sharing. :)

Photo Cache said...

sadyang mabait ang mga tao.

i cannot travel alone.

chyngreyes.com said...

glad you made it! ^_^

kala ko talaga joke time to when you told the story to me. cant forget your re-enactment sa mukha ng anak nung may-ari ng bahay! haha very uniq personal solo travel experience. super like!

ingat dom! =)

HalfCrazy said...

Grabe, bakit super parang sardinas sa traysikel at van? Ganun ba kakonti ang mode of transportation doon?

From your story, I can tell the people are too kind and really embraced you with warmth.

sheng said...

I can do that, but I need to be with somebody so we both can support each other if there is a challenge like that, or we can blame each other. LOL.

rob said...

.. they were obviously doubtful about your purpose being there.

.. di ko rin kaya yung ganyan dong, magbabasa na lang ako ng mga blog nyo. :)

SandyCarlson said...

Amazing. Wow.

Ely said...

Galing naman. Kakatakot kaya mga stranger sa mga ganung lugar. Pero nakakatuwa talaga ung kindness ng strangers. :)

witsandnuts said...

You really to be flexible enough to travel alone. Exciting yung naging experience mo.

gillboard said...

it's nice na kahit papano meron pa rin mabait na tao na nagpapatuloy sa mga estranghero.

at ikaw na ang pinagkakaguluhan. :P

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I can only think of this as couch-surfing in the village Pinoy-style! it's like the whole village got involved pa.

Edik said...

has been my wish and dream to travel alone but nowadays security is a big problem.

do bring me next time brod.

petrolin50 said...

Beautiful stories and great photos. I was pleased to see. Greetings from Peter.

Bengbeng said...

yr traveling methods seem macho .. omos like backpacking

Lawstude said...

haha. naikwento mo nga ito dati. kakaibang experience talaga.

pwede itong movie hehe - the stranger :)

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

haha nagdala ka pala ng commotion sa village Dom! =) that's what I like about the remote places in the Philippines, the locals are always willing to help and offer their house to strangers no matter how small it is. Sayng lng d mu nakuha addrss or name ng babae.Saya, nakahabol ka pala sa blog carnival. Yihay! =)

Giselle said...

to travel alone is something i couldn't try. im too scared. kawawa ka naman, :( pinagpasapasahan ka nila.

Anonymous said...

Dong

naka visit ka na ba sa Polilio island. Feature mo naman. Konti lang ang mga pictures about this island.

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc, said...

nagulat naman o don sa unang sentences mo dong hehehe...
pero ok la yan adventure to the max hehehe "D

docgelo said...

this is one of your most interesting posts, dom! naaliw ako sa text mismo; but of course your photos, as always are fascinating too. iba ka, dom! astig! haha...

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

awww... so kind are the locals. i miss traveling alone :(

bertN said...

What kind of engine powers those tricycles? They sure can carry a lot of passengers!!

Raft3r said...

this post validates my belief in the kindness of strangers

happy easter, dong!

jeanny said...

traveling alone scares me ha pero ikaw, ang galing, may guts. I admire you for that. :-)

pusang kalye said...

scary naman to Dom---paran ang weird ng village,kinakabahan ako habang binabasa ko as if me something or me mangyayaring masama. good thing wala. I wonder, kinabahan ka isguro ng husto no?or calm as ever ka parin? diko kaya ganito.hahaha

Pietro said...

A very beautiful series. It's so nice to find kind and friendly people :-)

SandyCarlson said...

It's great to take in your blog and the cultural variety it offers after my week away. What a treat!

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

Astig Dom!

Same thing happened to me just a few days ago at Marinduque. As in wala ako matulugan, ready na ko matulog sa parke buti na lang may nag offer na sa kanila na lang daw ako matulog ehehe.

Pero mas ibang klase experience mo pre! Astig talaga haha

mordsith said...

i love your story! =)

Pinoy Boy Journals said...

wheeew kinabahan ako dun seryoso! he he Panalo talaga! mababait pa rin ang tao, kahit na anong sabihin nila! Sa sobrang tight ng baranggay, alam nila pag outsider. buti na lang si ate napansin niya na malinis naman ang hangarin. :)

Bengbeng said...

now if it were me a foreigner, i guess there would be an even bigger commotion around the village :)

Allen said...

ganitong ganito ang itsura ng hometown ko. nakakamiss. nakakaiyak. haha

nuts said...

wow! kaiba talaga mga trip mo, ikaw lang pwede gumawa nito, hehe!

Pretty Pauline said...

I have very, very few regrets in life and am so content with my bigfunfam! Still I do hope to impart the idea to my children to follow some of their desires for travel and the like before settling down. I will be showing them your journeys here to illustrate that idea! :)

Batang Lakwatsero said...

wow... bkit ngayon ko lng 'to nabasa...na-amaze nmn ako..

dahil dyan tatlo (ms Chyng and Ms Gael) na kayong idol ko sa sa Solo Traveling..

Jenn said...

Quite an adventure but glad everything came out ok. Kind of reminded me of my (mis)adventures in Uganda. It was scary at the time but looking back now... it's a nice and funny story to tell over and over again. :-) I don't think I'll ever have the guts to travel solo. :-)

Anonymous said...

I was laughing while reading this...the grupo thing..hahaha

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