SIQUIJOR is one of the places in the Philippines that only a few people would dare to visit way back. Blame it on the media hype about the Balete tree and horror flicks with it as the prime location, it somewhat drove our kababayans away from this beautiful island.
I have to admit that I am one of those who would think twice to visit Siquijor, but I am truly curious about it. I’m lucky to have met Dylan, a travel blogger who was born and raised in Siquijor. I read some of his blog entries related to Siquijor and he narrated some stories about the beauty of his hometown when we met last December in Moalboal. I asked him if the stories about Siquijor were true. He told me that he doesn’t believe in such things and he only found out about the so-called legend when he saw the Halloween Special of Magandang Gabi, Bayan about the Balete Tree.
The photos of Siquijor found in other travel websites is just too enchanting. I wanna go there! I told Dylan that I would like to visit Siquijor Island this year while I still can. I am not really sure on where I’ll be months from now, but I would like to explore some places in the Philippines while I still can take such holidays – Siquijor included. Actually, it is on the top of my list. That time, I was also drafting a trip with my girl friends (Cebu-Bohol-Dumaguete-Siquijor). Their previous work commitments deprived them from joining me to the Siquijor leg. I am just happy when Dylan offered to tour me around the mysterious hometown of his and the fact that I’ll experience the place as a local made me more excited.
I still have a lot of backlogs to work on at my travel blog that’s why I am writing this post here now. Siquijor did surprise me in a lot of ways. First, the beautiful white sand beaches. If I experienced Temple Overload in Siem Reap, I can say that I’ve gone through a good beach overload in Siquijor. I went to the developed ones (meaning clean and being maintained by resorts etc.) and the undeveloped ones, or should I say the part where fishermen would flock to. We also did a little bit of resort-hopping, which relived my desire to have my own resort soon. I think almost all of the resorts we visited are owned by foreigners. It is also funny to observe that most of the tourists spotted in Siquijor are foreigners. They seem to have fun exploring this island without worrying about the creepy things the media once fed the Pinoy televiewers.
It is true though that the night life of Siquijor is not as lively compared to other places. I managed to fix my body clock when I stayed there. The people, especially the relatives of Dylan reminded me of things that I miss in my life. I miss being pampered with utmost care and I simply felt at ease when I got there. I feel at home. It feels like home in a hopeful place. Truly overwhelming.
This trip served as an eye-opener for me even if I am 10x darker now LOL. Aside from the beautiful sceneries (soooo many unexplored caves, waterfalls, beaches etc!), I can say that it inspired me to pursue what I am really passionate about.
The Wrangler Road Trip is something that I will always remember even if I am not the one driving. I am just a happy passenger. Life is like a Wrangler Road Trip – Just keep on driving even if you meet a lot of obstacles along the way. Add the fact that you will feel the ‘pain’ of driving a manual transportation. It might rain and the sun may shine so bright but as long as you’re enjoying the scenery and appreciate everything you see along the way, you will have a good memorable ride =)