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Experiences with the Unknown
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I don't exactly know what to call them - ethereal beings, ghosts, or spirits.But I am reminded of them whenever I stay in a hotel, for it is there where I often encounter them. And sometimes in our own house. I believe that in every place there is this "someone" who watches over it. That is why we pray for these souls for them to find peace.

No, I don't actually see them. But I know when there is one in a place, for I can feel "it". It is the feeling of being watched, of having a silent companion, of a presence. Luckily, I have yet to encounter one who makes sounds or moves objects. That will surely cause me to flee, the fastest I can ever imagine.

My colleagues have already told me a lot of stories regarding their own eerie experiences in Subic hotels. In one, a couple, both doctors, left their three kids in the hotel while attending a conference. Their kids had a great time playing with kids from the next room. Upon arrival at the hotel that night, the couple heard from the kids how they enjoyed playing with their new friends - the kids from the next room. The following day, the kids were already looking for their friends even before the couple could leave for the day's conference. They were knocking on their neighbor's door but nobody answers. In desperation, they asked their parents to ask the hotel management if the next-room occupants had already left. They were told that they were the only occupants of that floor since they arrived.

Another story, also in a hotel in Subic. A group of medical representatives checked-in in a hotel to attend a company meeting the following day. Two of them were assigned to a room. They were both tired from the day's work and from the long travel so they decided at once to bathe then sleep early. Apparently, the one who asked to bathe first changed his mind without telling the other. He went outside instead to have a smoke. The one who was left inside the room was getting impatient why his partner had to take a bath that long. He was hearing the shower being turned on and off, the water splattering, and other sounds we normally hear when one is in the shower. He then decided to text his partner to ask him what' s keeping him from getting out of the shower and to tell him to make it quick and finish it. Immediately he received an answer: "Pare, nandito ako sa labas nagyoyosi."(Friend, I am here outside having a smoke.) He hastily gathered his things, ran outside and went home that very night.

It was also a nighttime in May when me and hubby arrived in a hotel in Subic. I jokingly asked the attendant if there are spirits around before we were shown to our room. He answered that there are none of those in the length of his stay in the hotel. My hubby had to attend a dinner meeting that night upon our arrival so I have no choice but to be left alone in the room. I tried to busy myself and divert my mind to other things by watching TV, unpacking, getting ready to bed. But I can really feel that I was not alone. As I have said I do not see but I can feel. In the corner of the room was a table and a chair, and that's where I can feel it. I tried to turn up the volume of the TV but it didn't help. So, I turned it off and I started talking. I was telling that I was not a threat, that I was just there to have a place to stay only for two days, and I was asking for peace during our stay. I then recited the Holy Rosary aloud. After which I did not feel anything anymore up to the time we went home.

How about you? Do you have experiences of this sort?

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posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 3:55 PM  
  • At 2:20 AM, Blogger raqgold said…

    i heard loads of stories like that in subic hotels, too. weird bakit kaya mas marami dun? and in some baguio hotels, too. anyway, i've experience such things but am not telling you now as it is nightime here. ayokong takutin sarili ko :D

  • At 7:30 PM, Blogger Amelyn R. Rafael,MD said…

    yes, Raq, i have my own experiences in baguio hotels, too. that would be in my part II. :)

  • At 11:54 AM, Anonymous caryn said…

    heehee. i used to have a lot of these experiences when my friends and i documented several old houses in ilocos. thankfully, here in tokyo, i haven't experienced anything.

  • At 8:49 PM, Anonymous Sexy Mom said…

    yes, yes, yes, i had lots of experiences since i was a young girl. the most vivid was an experience in one of the hotels in cambodia, someone was there watching over me while i was sleeping and i saw her. found out later that that hotel used to be a hospital. remember the millions who were killed in cambodia?

  • At 9:31 AM, Blogger Amelyn R. Rafael,MD said…

    Maybe in some remote areas and old houses in Tokyo, Caryn. :)

    OMG! What did you do then, Dine. That is so scary. I think its better for me to feel than to see for I don't know what to do when in such predicament.

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