Part 2 of my unexpected laags with the same person; we’ve spent one whole day together and that was on a Sunday, had dinner with him on Tuesday … didn’t expect to spend more days with him but then again he never fails to surprise me. A simple text message asking me if I can possibly go absent on my Saturday class coz we’ll be going somewhere. So I was contemplating the whole time, plus the fact that he had food poisoning the night before we’re s’pose to leave made me think it’d be better if he’ll just stay at home. Like the child that he is sometimes, he insisted and since I don’t get to spend time with him often, I decided to go for it … last time I was with him was April of 2007, so who knows when I’ll see him next.
The original plan was to go to San Remegio and spend the night there, we’ll leave the city Saturday morning and come back Sunday afternoon (so I’ll be absent from my masteral classes). We’ve never been there so this would be our first and we have no idea as to where exactly its located, what landmarks to look out for … all he knew was the name of the towns before it, during the stop overs he called the resort for instructions and we thought we’ll reach there in due time. When we reached the town of San Remegio, we saw one beach resort we’re both familiar with and thought that next to it would be our destination. We we’re both disappointed when we ended up at the port of Hagnaya without seeing any sign for the beach resort we’re both looking for and with all the other passengers leaving the bus. So we followed suit, laughed at each other and decided to buy tickets for the barge that would take us to the next island. Bantayan Island. We have no contacts there whatsoever, and he was busy texting people, even calling some for names of resorts that we could stay in. He apologized for the mishap and it made the whole thing funnier, told him you dont have to apologize … this is what I call adventure and am loving every minute of it.
On board the barge and off to Bantayan Island … we were laughing the whole time at the turn of events. Since my team has gone to Bantayan previously on an outing (I wasnt able to go with them), I knew they stayed at Sugar Beach and told him that. He was texting someone and told me what his friend recommended was Cota so we decided to see both resorts and go from there. The houses for rent in Sugar Beach are a bit far from the beach itself … a good walk should I say and they dont have airconditioned rooms available, the pedicab driver (Don Don) suggested a newly established resort called Tickety Boo, the distance from the restaurant to the beach is very minimal, plus they still have airconditioned rooms available (exactly what he was looking for).
The place was awesome and was definitely worth the rate and more, though it would take them a bit to prepare the food but it was worth the wait. Had lunch there at around 4 pm (is that still lunch? hehehe), had a look around the place and slept … I slept that is, he went for a swim and told him to not wake me up till later coz I was dead tired. The water was nice, not as salty as the waters in Bohol (the unexpected part 1 : my trip to bohol), around 8 pm, he woke me up (grrr…so much for asking him not to) for dinner. On weekends they have a live band performing and we were quite surprised to see quite a number of people, even saw one colleague though we didn’t acknowledge each others presence, he was with someone and am with someone so better pass it off as complete strangers.
Sunday Morning ——-
Had breakfast and I did found a good book in their shelf, one that I’d definitely look for when I visit Powerbooks or National Bookstore, both of us were reading while finishing our food … when he was done, (it took me forever to finish eating) I saw him talking to two people from the resort … I pass it off as casual chitchat, was able to hear bits and pieces of what they’re saying … and was surprise to hear him mention about the time. He looked my way and asked if I wanna go … must’ve looked stupid coz he smiled and said island hopping, we still have time and we’ll make it by 11:30 to the port. So impromptu off we went, on board the pumpboat and into the sea (it scares me coz I don’t know how to swim … hehehe). We took photos of everything and he had to remind me to be careful coz he won’t dive for my camera and everything else should they fall to the water … grrr …
It may seem unbelievable to most people, but our relationship … platonic relationship is just amazing. We share the same room, the same bed with no malice at all just as we’ve done when we went to Bohol, the easy camaraderie is what amazes me the most, we talked about anything under the sun … and there was no awkwardness whatsoever when we were in bed talking. People who knew I was going with him overnight had malice in their eyes and easily pass us off as lovers, exactly the same thing when we arrived at the resort and everywhere else we go. We let them be as we’re just done explaining, not that it makes any difference. For these people … a guy and a girl together … would always be a couple. Funny how even our friends tend to question our friendship … I was at one point in doubt of where were at but this recent laag proved to me that what we share as friends is special and unique of which am ever grateful.
Just as always, he has made me feel special ever since we became friends that at times it made me ask what have I ever done to deserve this. Despite what I lost, am happy and thankful that people like him exist and are a part of my life … that though he’ll be far away (with me in Cebu and him in Manila) it wouldn’t change anything and we can easily pickup where we left off the moment we’re together.