Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Spellbound in Siquijor

I conjured or even imagined many excuses to delay writing this post. Workload, laziness, more travel, root canal. etc. etc. Why? Because I don't know exactly how to begin. Looking from the outside, the trip that I made was somebody else's nightmare. But for me, it was a dream come true.

PAL flight from Manila to Dumaguete

Before stepping on the pristine, beautiful and enchanting Siquijor shores, I had no idea what is in store for me. See, I've only just dreamt about going to Dumaguete and nearby towns in Negros Oriental. San Juan, Valencia and Dumaguete are my main purpose on this trip. And maybe Apo Island. Siquijor was just a  loosely researched plan. All depending on my mood. But why oh why, did I find myself alone in a nipa hut right smack in Siquijor town in Siquijor province? Listening to strange noises rustling through the walls of my rickety abode for the night?

I was spellbound.

Like a helpless victim with dazed eyes hypnotized by witchcraft and sorcery I found myself in the waiting area of the pier at the end of the Boulevard, waiting to board the vessel for which I shall spend the loooongest 45 minutes of my life. It was the choppiest ferry boat I have ever experienced. First fifteen minutes, I was having an internal battle with myself, and I was actually calculating if turning back is still an option.

After that, everything went by really smoothly. Like it was in a dream. And what welcomed me was this.

If it isn't spellbinding, I don't know what is.

The first thing I see in Siquijor and I've fallen in love with it already.

Siquijor Island Tour on my next post.


  1. Siquijor is truly majestic! Sa port pa lang, white sand na kagad ang sasalubong sayo... 'Luv et!

  2. yes! and I feel so blessed that I dared to visit this place. Hope I can return to Siquijor next year! Thanks for the comment!

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  4. ganda :) been surfing the to fish information about Siquijor, just saw how nice this place here in your blog.:)can't wait for my turn!

  5. we missed each other going to Siquijor by just a few weeks. we went there end of november. a good thing is that my wife and daughter didn't have any preconceived ideas about the island, else baka di kami natuloy, ha ha ha

  6. @christeen. hey! yes super ganda! naku! sorry wala pa akong follow up post! but i will surely write that one one of these days. i still dream of going back to Siquijor though! go ka na, you will be spellbound too i promise. =)

  7. @batanggala: hey! thank u for the comment! i went to siquijor last september 2011, was just able to write my post last dec. =) i'm sure u had fun! gotta love this beautiful gem of a place. unforgettable.