When I finally decided to finish my top ten favorite books list I started reading those books again to freshen up my memory.
One such book was Bob Ong’s semi – autobiographical work, Ang Paboritong Aklat ni Hudas. In this book, Bob Ong mentioned a story about this haunted-looking hotel he found while looking for a place to stay in Baguio. I suddenly remembered this story when my husband and I were in Baguio last year. It so happened that. we went to check out this old, dimly-lit hotel along Session Road which reminded of the horror movie “Hostel.” Just one good peek inside was enough for me to tell my husband I’m not going to stay there but he insisted since it sounded like adventure. You see my husband is like… sometimes I don’t know how to describe him. I’m afraid of ghosts and he’s not, I sleep with lights on and he doesn’t and a lot more things. Opposites really attract.
Back to the book, I remember it was my ex-boyfriend (who’s now my husband) who bought it and I just borrowed it out of curiosity because he always laughs aloud whenever he reads it. Somehow, something inside me told me it must be a good read. Well, knowing my husband, he won’t spend a penny on something that isn’t worth it.
My hunch was right. The book was so hilarious and entertaining that I actually thought of buying my own but since me and the “owner” got married the book became conjugal property.
One thing about Bob Ong is that he writes about his experiences in life, particularly the things that happened to him in his childhood, his former schools, his old teachers, things he read and everything else that is happening in the Philippines. He has a unique way of expressing his opinion about certain things and above all, he writes with humor that’s easy to relate to.
So what did I see inside the hotel I was mentioning earlier? Nothing scary really, save for the dim, anemic lighting, old and dusty looking walls plus a mean-looking bed that looked like its gonna eat you while you were sleeping. I was so creeped out I dragged my husband out of there so fast that he never had the chance to say anything.