Summer travel tips

TRAVELING this summer? Remember to bring the basics: passports if you are going abroad, suitable clothes, ATMs and credit cards, sunscreen, vitamins, a nice pair of sunglasses, and of course, your travel crystals.

Your travel crystals should include the energies for health, safe travel, protection against accidents and road rage, and also, protection in spooky accommodation.

We once had a very memorable experience in Coron, Palawan some seven years ago when we were first getting acquainted with crystals and their properties. We stayed at a family room so our group of six could stay together. A friend recommended a place which we shall call the ‘Ripe Mango Hotel’ for its bright yellow orange paint.

We arrived around dinnertime and wanted to leave immediately but since the room was paid for in advance, and it was too late to look for a different hotel, we had no choice but to stay there.

The place was a bit run down, layout was strange with rooms leading into other rooms. The ceiling was low, the windows smallish.

Our room felt cramped, with 3 single beds on one side and a queen bed on the other side. The bathroom’s door did not have a knob, but a bolt lock.

A little before midnight, AA, about 16 at that time, nudged me, and said the bathroom lock was making noises. I listened, and there was this creaky squeaky sound like someone was moving the barrel of the lock very slowly. And then the bathroom door opened on its own. AA and I both sat up, feeling both scared and amused at the same time. I shook AA so he would lock the door. He did, moving very quickly, almost jumping back to his bed. A few minutes later, the sound started again.

All of a sudden, Divya, my youngest, who was 4 at the time, fell off their bed. We all woke up, the 3 on the queen bed moved to our side and we all huddled together on the single beds. When I glanced at Divya, her eyes were creepily wide open, and she said “there is a boy under the bed.”

We turned on all the lights and barely slept, waiting for the dawn. We hastily left the ‘Ripe Mango Hotel’ to look for another one. Later we learned the hotel was once an elementary school which had been converted into a hotel. That would explain the low rooms. And the small boy.

The next hotel we checked out was as creepy as the previous one. The only room available was the last one in a long row of rooms, deliberately painted to look like the corners had just survived a fire. The bathroom lights in this room would not turn on, even when they changed the light bulb.

We rejected this room too, opting to stay in a brighter, more crowded area.

Here are ways to make sure you have an enjoyable stay when you go on vacation:

1. Remember to pack the basics, including your travel crystals.

2. For long drives, be aware of this acronym BLOWBAG. Check on these before you start on your journey: B- Battery, L- Lights, O-Oil, W-Water, B-Brakes, A-Air, G-Gas.

3. Tap on the door of the hotel room you’ll stay in 3 times before entering. Do this also for the bathroom door.

4. Smudge the room with sage sticks to clear the room of unwanted energy.

5. Cover the mirrors if they reflect you when you sleep. Chiara always bring the plastic suction cups to stick on the mirrors for this purpose. We use either a pashmina or the hotel’s towels to hang on the suction cups so the mirror is covered.

6. If the bed faces the door, place a chair between the bed and the door.

Happy Summer Vacation!


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