Siquijor island - I propose to Fran !

Trip Start Mar 26, 2008
Trip End Mar 26, 2009

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Flag of Philippines  , Visayas,
Friday, July 24, 2009

We found out about the small island just off Negros a short time before.  Siquijor is considered by many Filipinos to be a mystical island, full of witches and other supernatural phenomena!..

Its a tiny island that can be driven all the way round on a scooter in a few hours, with many nooks and crannys holding small beautiful beaches, waterfalls and quaint village locals and greenery.  We havent had much trouble booking accomodation on the go in most places as tourisits a generally scarce, but here we went through many places to find a cheap place with rooms, but even still in our time there we saw hardly any other toursists out and about.  The only choice left and we came to a stunning little place a bit further away, really cheap and a lovely room!

Now I knew about this time i was going to suprise Fran by proposing to her, I wanted to since the first time I met her.  I also wanted to do it on a beach somewhere in a special way and was waiting to find the place...

.. there was a tiny beach beside our hostel, so when Fran fell asleep ( again ) I snuck out only to find the tide was miles out..perfect. with my torch I went far out and wrote in the sand "Will you marry me ".. in portuguese of course.. I did make one spelling mistake haha.
..  then I woke her up with a beer and said lets go for a walk, she was confused and asked where we were going.. it was a bit scary in the dark walking out to the sea... good job I drew arrows in the sand..  when we got close, I told her how much I loved her and how happy I was since meeting her, then shined the torch on the message word by word.... got on one knee and took of my ring and put it on her finger ( we would get a proper one together later )...... she cried, I cried a little and she said of course I will !! wooo hoooo.  We told the family and they were delighted, and said about time to me!

The next day we had hired a scooter to go exploring. Just the one, so I was driving with Fran on the back, I was a bit wary but gained confidence.  We drove around the island, firsltly stopping at a white sanded secluded beach, and watched a young boy climb really high up a palm tree to get a coconut to drink for him and his friend.

We visited an amazing small green watered lagoon with fresh water.  The swim was so refreshing from the heat and for a while we were the only people there.  On the way home we decided to go through the island and up over and through the hills meeting the locals and taking in the view.

Now this was great for a while..until we started to get lost, then I lost control of the bike Fran jumped off and I lay ther with the bike in a we looked up there were two locals girls just staring at us..probably thinking what idiots!

We fumbled our way back as it got dark and this made driving even harder and the bugs were out and going in my mouth and eyes all the way back... thank god we made it... a great day full of adventure haha.

We left siqijor smiling, we will always remeber the place I proposed... off back to Dumagette.
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