Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Sleepless in Capiz

I've traveled so much in the past year that I've gotten used to sleeping in different places without having to adjust (in short, di na ako namamahay). I've also learned to ignore little creaks, the weird sounds, the sudden whoosh of cold air and dark corners in hotel rooms. I have to because I have to keep my sanity and it's part of my job to travel sometimes.

Since the last time I posted about hotel ghosts, I've been to many more hotels and the one that freaked me out the most was this inn (not even a hotel!) in Capiz last August.

I traveled to Capiz by land from Iloilo. It was a 2-hour trip and I missed breakfast and lunch and was very hungry when we arrived at the inn. It started to rain when we arrived, so we had to dash inside to avoid getting wet. My companion from a foundation I've been working with took care of getting the rooms and I stayed with our stuff while things were being arranged. When the rooms were ready, I just dropped my stuff in and immediately when downstairs to grab a bite.

I hadn't had any sleep the night before because I bungled my flight reservations and had to be at the airport by 3 a.m. to pay for penalties. (When you're booking too many flights this sometimes happens!). So, after eating lunch I headed up to my room.

I left the lights and the aircon on because I knew I wanted to take a nap immediately after eating. I got chills up my spine when I surveyed the room and the bathroom. It wasn't a big room. It had walls in mint green, a small white closet, a bench, a dresser with mirror and a really small bed. When I opened the bathroom door I shivered coz a slight wind passed and I just dismissed it. After seeing the room I went out and asked the front desk if they were sure there weren't any "ghosts" in the inn. The guy said there weren't any.

It was unusually cold in the room. The temperature was different, so I adjusted the temperature, but it still felt the same. I just chalked it up to being tired and put my shawl on the bed (for familiar smells) and took a nap. I woke up about 2 hours later, but did not feel rested. I stood up and checked my mail and did some online chores. After awhile I got ready for dinner and left.

I bugged Dino all throughout dinner about how I felt about the hotel. He said he didn't feel anything and everything was just normal. I delayed going back to my room, but Dino had to do some work and prepare stuff for the training the next day.

I dreaded taking a shower and dilly-dallied by chatting with some friends online. At some point though I knew I had to take a shower already (I cannot not shower before sleeping!), but I still kept on chatting with a friend in Davao. And then I heard the faucet being turned on and then the sound of water flowing from it. I sat up straight and froze. I told myself if wasn't a ghost or anything, so I stood up and opened the bathroom door. The faucets were not turned on. I chided myself about having an over-active imagination and just dismissed the sound and thought that it may have come from the next room or something. So, I turned on the TV and continued chatting with my friend. Then it happened again.

I knew I had to go shower soon, before midnight, so I told my friend to keep my company by just staying online. Kunwari andiyan ka lang ha, dito kunwari sa room. It's probably one of the quickest showers I've taken in my life. When I got out, I just stood there transfixed on a spot near my bed. There wasn't anything there, but I just felt like there was something there. After dressing up, I buzzed my friend to let him know I was okay and that I was going to get some sleep. It was already midnight.

I kept the TV, the lights and my laptop turned on. It took me a long time to fall asleep and couldn't stop thinking that there was something in the closet and something by the bedside table. I fidgeted and kept tossing and turning until I drifted off to sleep. And then I woke up with a start. It felt like I dropped out of nowhere and landed on the bed. The first thing I noticed was the TV was not turned on anymore and it was exactly 3 a.m.

When the sun was up, I immediately checked out and just waited for Dino at the reception area.

Monday, October 15, 2007

The Little Red Creatures

I believe it was All Saint’s Day when I first had a close encounter with the “Little Red Creatures” at my Grand Parents’ house…the place where I live now.
The rest of the family was busy downstairs…some are cooking while my Uncles were busy drinking and everyone’s having a great time.

I got kinda bored and so I wandered off by myself…I was always like that.

While I was walking around I heard a noise that was coming from the house upstairs…it sounded as though there were kids playing and running around. And so out of curiosity I decided to check it out. The house is supposed to be deserted since everyone is downstairs with me…specially all the kids in the family were actually visible from where I was standing that is why it made me even more curious about the noise. Who could they be?!

I ran upstairs and tried to reach the door knob…turned it…as I’ve expected it is locked. I was about to leave when I saw little children wearing red clothes ran out of my Grand Parents’ room…I took a peek at the window near their room & saw more children in red…

They were all having fun, running around and laughing and shouting…they were playing.

While I was trying to figure out who they were and how they got into the house in the first place…one of them turned and looked at my direction…it wasn’t clear to me if it’s a boy or a girl but one thing’s for sure…they weren’t kids at all. They were small creatures in red…like a dwarf maybe?! I wasn’t so sure.

But they were definitely not human…

Few years later…the next door neighbor got curious because of the loud noise that was coming from our house…she took a peek inside and to her shock she saw “little creatures in red” running around & playing.

Weird thing is…she knew that there is no one inside our house because we all went out of town for the holidays.

Wonder who or what could they be?!