ROBBED IN A HOSTEL
Writing this post I really feel some type of way I cant explain. I started writing this in the morning and for some reason don't know how to complete it which is unlikely of me.Obviously i am shocked and a little shaken up by the incident and i do feel stupid or disappointed in myself for making myself fall victim.
This is my very first time being robbed or treated that way by someone. Well I guess sometimes i am overly too nice to people and that is an avenue of being taken for granted easily . Well am taking notes
So this is how it turned out, if you had read my previous blog post about me arriving in manila and booking a hostel because I want to meet other people and enjoy my trip as much as i want. In my previous blog posted here A TRAVELING INTROVERT (MANILA) I stated i met a girl in my hostel when i arrived called Janice who said she was a local precisely a Filipina. She was just so nice to me that i felt instantly at home and tapped myself on my back for booking a hostel. Evidently it felt like i was starting on the right foot in Philipines. i was like
Dumb me I should have raised a flag on why a local will live in a hostel with a backpack. She was instantly nice to me the very evening i set my bag down. Frankly having little to no friends i felt happy for her to approach me in such a cheerful manner and wants to be friends with me. Janice told me she was a teacher in thailand and was visiting the capital to renew her teaching incense, the lincense i dint see and i wondered why a teacher will renew her incense in Philipines when you teach in Thailand. is there really something like that really i am clueless.
That evening, we had a hearty chat where she asked if I had places in mind to visit of which i said not really and that i will look at my options the next day of which she said there is this island , and that was her hometown from where there are many activities like surfing and snorkeling. She even explained there were rice fields and the volcanoes which i was excited about as i felt it was really bloggable content . She offered to go with me and i was looking forward to it as really i didn't want to go alone. i felt like i was going to have fun with this girl and she was like ‘i am excited'.
The next day which was a Friday I was going to the mall to buy essentials of which she readily followed me. Happy i was that through my shopping i bought her a matching beach dress we will wear on our impending beach trip the next day. that evening i took her to dinner and foot the bill. here is a picture of her
When we returned from dinner that evening she sent me a message on whats app of which she said, she is sorry and that she wouldn't be able to go to the island with me as the she can't afford the bus fare and the hotel accommodation. Then I told her i want you to come with me so don't worry ,you could share my hotel room with me in palawan and i will pay your bus fare.. really i was being overly too nice now that i think of it….
The next morning which was a Saturday we missed the early bus and she said we the last bus was 3pm so I was just relaxing. when it was close to time, i packed my stuff and told her to look after my bag as i was going to take shower as i felt i had a friend in her. i came back didn't suspect anything, neither did i check my purse and then she called a taxi as we went down to go to bus station. in the taxi she said a cab from hotel will pick us up at bus station and i said by telling her i am on a budget and those hotel cars are expensive and the money in my purse is all i have now. she was quiet afterwards and said her stomach a few minutes after, she said she cant got to palawan again i was like really? your stomach? wasn't you the one who was excited why your stomach.Really then i wasn't thinking anything, she told the driver in Tagalog to drop her in a moving traffic and as she dropped off the driver just kept driving and asked him we have to wait for her then he said she told me to drop you at hostel. I was really confused on what was going on
Well I got to the hostel pretty disappointed and confused and opened my purse expecting to pay the driver then i realized my 4200 php was missing from my purse. Then my eyes flew open. I immediately called Janice who i left my bag with earlier and her reply was ‘i am coming my stomach'.
I waited out for her for close to four hours and finally she turned up, I started bombarding her with questions and all she said was my stomach really hurts now, lets talk tomorrow morning. i kept asking her questions wanting her to deny or even accept responsibility for stealing but she said let me rest we will talk tomorrow. It was late now an i accepted it hoping to confront her this morning.
I woke up this morning to realize she left. Without a trace and blocked me on whats app and calls.
I immediately rushed to reception which they said she left at midnight, I suspect when i was fast asleep and narrated the incident to reception who told me it was a common thing around and he wanted to warn me earlier. At this moment i am speechless and dumbfounded, as i was really nice to her and never expected her to pay me back that way. This money in Philippines is really an awful lot and if she needed help she could have asked.
Frankly I am sad, not because of the money she took but how i felt i found a friend in her. this travels have really taught me life long lessons i will forever keep with me. one is , not to be overly nice and two is don't expect people to be nice to you when you are nice to them.
Even though I am sad and clueless on whom to trust now here or if i should still open up to this other travelers here, but i wont let it spoil this trip. I just hope she knows the world is round and she should pray i don't meet her again as definately my African side might show up and it will really be racket.
Have you ever experienced such incident? lety me know in comments down below.
Until then the wolf is sad