This was my very first solo travel and yes it was in Siquijor. Many believed this mysterious island is inhabited by mythical creatures and people who practice magic and sorcery. So it's either you'll get attracted to it's enigma or you'll be put off if you're a scaredy cat. Well, I belong to the former haha. So, off I went.
I took the earliest PAL flight to Dumaguete, so there will be no delay and I can maximize my time there. I was so surprised to get caught in a traffic that morning on my way to the airport (damn that road construction!). Traffic at 4:30 in the morning, are you kidding me? I almost had a heart attack fearing I might miss my flight! Thank God I made it! I checked-in 40 minutes before boarding which I'm not used to. I always, always check in 2 hours before my flight.
I arrived in Sibulan Airport at around 8:30 am. I did not walk outside the airport anymore to look for a cheaper ride. I just took one of those trike inside the airport compound right away because I wanted to make it to the 9:00 am ferry. I was able to haggle down the price a bit using a little of my Visayan skill hehe. :)
|on board Delta Fast Ferry|
Unluckily for me, I did not make it to the 9:00 am ferry. When I got there, the tickets were already sold out. Next ferry is scheduled 10:15 am, so I just had my brunch at the port while waiting. In fairness, that chicken fillet they were selling there for 50.00 pesos is yummy! After 45 minutes or so, I boarded the ferry. I was seated at the very last row. I guess I was pulling off my stint as a local a little too well hahaha! So there, I sat with all the island's locals and the baggages at the back of the ferry. I'm not complaining because I don't want to be treated as a tourist whenever I travel.
The first sight of Siquijor blew me away. What a beauty, I thought. Just seeing those waters made me smile with excitement. Astonishing aquamarine to emerald.
|mysterious yet intoxicating|
I did not take a photo of myself here anymore because it's quite hard to set-up my tripod while carrying my heavy backpack. It was also too hot to do all that under the scorching heat of sun. So I immediately went out and look for a habal-habal (single motorbike) that would take me to my guesthouse. I researched before this trip so I know the approximate costs of everything. I chose a manong driver who gave me the lowest price. For me, it means he is honest and he is not trying to rip me off. Also, he looks older and more destitute. I wanted to give my money to someone who deserves it the best.
|i found my tranquility in this insane world|
The moment we started trailing the deserted roads of Siquijor, the first thing I want to do is raise my hands and shout. Haha! Seriously. But then, I had no helmet so I don't think it was the smartest thing to do. I just looked around and soaked in the beauty of the surroundings. I did not feel a single strand of fear. In fact, I felt so peaceful upon arriving in this island.
If this will be your view every single waking moment of your life, don't you want to stay here for the rest of it? :)
This is Part 1 of my Siquijor travel series.