Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Island Of Desire

Who knew this day would come?

One of Raft3r’s writings has found its way to the top news website in the Philippines! This is probably the closest thing I’ll ever get to being published.

Full and unedited text is below.

Online article, on the other hand, appears here.

Enjoy!

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Confucius said it best: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. I adhere to his philosophy.

My job has taken me all over the Philippines, most states in America and even to some remote parts of the Pacific like the Marshall Islands. Yup, I’m one lucky bastard.

To say that I love my job would be an understatement. Getting paid to travel is every adventure seeker’s fantasy. The travel bug in me screams in delight every time a new assignment is given.

Recently I went to Siquijor with my American boss.

Ah, just the mere mention of its name can send shivers down the spine of many. I’m not one of them though. Being a huge fan of horror movies and all things scary, I immediately welcomed the opportunity to visit a place known for black magic and the supernatural. Besides, getting lost in a mystical island with a foreigner would make an excellent bedtime story for my future grandchildren.

I heard so many cool things about Siquijor: pristine beaches, the enchanted Balete tree, waterfalls. I was excited to see them all. 

The most thrilling part, of course, is the so-called dark side of Siquijor. After all, it wasn’t called “Island of Fire” by the Spanish colonizers for nothing. I wanted an encounter with the occult. I knew it was a business trip but I still wanted to satisfy my craving for an adventure with the unknown. I was excited as hell.

To get there, we traveled by air (Manila to Dumaguete), sea (Dumaguete to Siquijor), and land (Siquijor Pier to Coco Grove). Pretty cool, huh? The private yacht was just an icing on the cake.

When we finally docked in Siquijor, we were immediately captivated by its beauty. Just look at the majestic scenery that greeted us. It took us almost a half a day of traveling but it was worth it. 


Prior to the trip, my dad and a few acquaintances kept warning me against accepting food and drinks from strangers while in Siquijor. I don’t know if the warning was because of my insatiable appetite or the fact that people still think that Siquijor is one big spooky place.

Beware of the mambabarang (local voodoo doctor), so they say. I certainly did not heed their warning. In fact, I came looking for the mambabarangs of Siquijor. I was on a prowl.

Our driver cum local tour guide was quick to say that voodoo is no longer practiced in Siquijor. That bummed me out, big time. He went on to say how the young Siquijonons are not interested in black magic and the supernatural. Kids are now more fascinated with modern technology. I mean who can blame them? Texting is awesome. Yes, I am being sarcastic.

Without the mambabarang, we settled for the next big thing. Our tour guide took us to a healer with the American as the willing victim. The healer was a young lady in her early twenties. She claimed her gift of healing was inherited from her lolo (grandfather). Healer asked which part of the American’s body needed some fine tuning. “The back,” said the latter.

Armed with warm water, a bottle, a straw, and a mysterious black stone, the healer began to work her magic on my boss. She started rubbing the bottle with warm bottle against the American’s back. This went on for about five minutes.

The American looked very uneasy. At that point, I was just glad I wasn’t the volunteer. I had the entire ordeal videotaped. I kinda figured it would be good to use for blackmail, at some point in time.

When it was all over, I asked my boss how the experience was. The American said it felt more like massage than a healing. 

There goes your black magic.

44 comments:

Overthinker Palaboy said...

ser denoy, welcome back sa espasyo mo.

at congratulations!!!

life is good.

Denoy Eusebio said...

overthinker palaboy, Haha. Salamat! Yeah, life is good.

Anonymous said...

Babe, congrats on your return!

Denoy Eusebio said...

babe, Hey. One time, big time lang ire. No return, no exchange talaga. Hehe

Mhel said...

Bumalik ka na kasi sa pagb-blog! :)

Denoy Eusebio said...

mhel, Where's Mama Charlie? Hehe. Kaya lang naman ako nakabalik dito kasi may ready write up na super haba pa. Nyahaha

Anonymous said...

Congrats!

Denoy Eusebio said...

anonymous, Thanks! Hehe

Baby Francine said...

Wow. You actually got published.

Denoy Eusebio said...

baby francine, I guess so. Hehe

Anonymous said...

sikat kana! Congrats

Denoy Eusebio said...

anonymous, Haha. Sikat agad? Nice. Hehe

Anonymous said...

I want to visit Siquijor.

Denoy Eusebio said...

anonymous, You should. Siquijor is gorgeous! Stay at Coco Grove. Hehe

Gorgeous said...

The Come Back of Rafter! And i thought it's forever goodbye blogging??? Truly, first love never dies. :) :) :)

Dorm Boy said...

Naks bumalik na si idol! Welcome back to blogosphere! Congrats din for being published! Sana masundan pa to ng marami pang articles! :)

-dormboy

Denoy Eusebio said...

gorgeous, My first love is tennis. Pano yan? Hehe

Denoy Eusebio said...

dormboy, Nakaw. Salamat naman. Pero no guarantee on a permanent return to blogging. Hehe

pete said...

ang dami mo pa din naloloko ha
lol

Denoy Eusebio said...

pete, Op kors! Nyahaha. Sira ulo ka, ha.

Anonymous said...

Kapuso pati sa pagsusulat.

Denoy Eusebio said...

anonymous, I wouldn't be caught dead writing for ABS-CBN na hindi naman Peabody Awardee. I only write for the BEST. Hehe

Anonymous said...

Wow, byahero talaga.

Denoy Eusebio said...

anonymous, Nyahaha. Mainam byumahe. Good for the soul.

anita said...

naks
who knew
nakakabilib
lol

Denoy Eusebio said...

anita, Idol mo na ako ngayon? Nyahaha

Anonymous said...

sana sa abs-cbn ka na featured

Denoy Eusebio said...

anonymous, Pasensya na po. Pero wala sa life goals ko ang ma-feature sa kanila. Their news org ay highly questionable ang credibility. Sorry.

jayr said...

suplado
hehehe

Denoy Eusebio said...

jayr, Please stop commenting lalo na kung nonsense din naman. OK? Nyahaha

Elsa said...

You're alive!!!!

Denoy Eusebio said...

elsa, Barely. Nyahaha

Anonymous said...

Galing!!!

Denoy Eusebio said...

anonymous, Haha. Hindi naman masyado!

Baby Francine said...

Why did you quit writing again?

Denoy Eusebio said...

baby francine, Just because I can. Hehe

Anonymous said...

PROLIFIC INDEED.

Denoy Eusebio said...

anonymous, Nyahaha. I'm guessing my tweet brought you here.

Rica said...

You have the gift. Magsulat ka pa.

Denoy Eusebio said...

rica, Thank you. I will try. Hehe

Anonymous said...

mali mali yun links ng social media accounts mo sa gma.

Denoy Eusebio said...

anonymous, I know. Kaya walang dumagdag na new fans. Haha

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