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the day we almost took the jailbait

20 August 2011 27 Comments

Do we look like we take drugs?
No, you do not answer that…

So it was the day after Ron and I left the comforts of Theva when we found ourselves walking uphill on a winding road to spend a few more nights in the heart of Sri Lanka’s cultural capital, Kandy. Too much relaxation is apparently not so good for our looks. We were the perfect victims as our common sense dangled from our ears.

We popped in a local store to pick us some cigarettes. As it turns out, Marlboro products are not available in Kandy. As for the rest of the brands they sell, they cost about LKR 1,000 (USD 10). This caused Ron a major heartache (he prefers Marlboro Black which I buy for PHP40 or USD.98 in the Philippines) that it consumed our conversation while crossing the street to get to Kandy Lake.

Without us noticing it, a guy who disturbingly looked like the young Dranreb Belleza(thus looked somewhat like Ron) started walking beside us, affirming what we’ve already found out for ourselves that Marlboro cigarettes are not available in the city. He started talking about Manny Paquiao when he found out we are from the Philippines. He talked about a lot of things I forget now because all could think of at that time was, “oh my god, who the hell is this guy?” And I’m sure Ron’s thoughts were “oh my god, he looks like Dranreb Belleza!” Oh, and he was bumming cigarettes the entire time.

We felt like he won’t leave us alone so we shook him off by saying we were so hungry we could eat a horse. He suggested a restaurant for us to visit and when he wasn’t looking, we went around the block four times and chose another place to eat in.

After dining; guess what, rice and curry with cream soda, Ron and I proceeded to the Kandy Cultural Show at the back of the Temple of the Tooth. Guess what, Dranreb look-alike appeared before us and commented about a conversation we had with a tuktuk driver long after we left him for lunch. He was following us… And so he walked with us until we got to the theater, bummed another cigarette, and left us off to enjoy Sri Lankan music and dance.

Show starts at 6:30 PM and costs LKR 500

The program was divided into sections showcasing the culture of the country. The dancers wore intricate costumes made of silver and brightly colored cloths. It was amazing how they were able to dance so vigorously and perform acrobatics with the weight of those clothes.

But what really struck us most was the fire dance towards the end of the program. I mean, it wasn’t that new to us. Just two years ago, Ron and I went to my high school friend’s house during fiesta and there were gay dancers on the street doing the exact same routine. We can tell that the majority of the audience was super excited and amused. Later, I found out Ron can do the same fire trick.

After Ron’s magnificent display of fire control, we started walking towards the temple. Is it a wonder, still, to know that Dranreb look-alike was there, waiting for us? After chit-chat, he finally said what he was longing to say the moment he saw us buying cigarettes… Weed.

Yep, he was selling us weed. The guy obviously had great deductive reasoning skills… Tats, cigarettes, tourists, ergo, weed. Ron and I subtly told him we are not interested. Ron had to say he’s a nurse and I’m a teacher which did not make any sense to Dranreb. Suddenly, Dranreb’s friend “appeared,” casually asked us for a cigarette, and told us that we can’t enter the temple looking like ourselves. Ron was wearing a sleeveless shirt and shorts and I was wearing my tank top. We decided not to argue and head home but they won’t leave us. They were even telling us that the market is closed on Sundays and were trying to get us to visit his friend’s store that moment. By that time, we were already scared. They were even asking us to hang out in a local bar were the beers are “less expensive” because they can order it for us. I was like, in your dreams.

Ron quickly acted and told me we should go visit the Tooth Temple. I immediately said yes and we walked back where the theater was. But instead of turning right to go to the temple, we went straight ahead to the lake and walked around it until we reached the street leading to our hostel. I swear, we could have just booked those cheap flights to India to escape our hospitable stalker.

You’d think that we’d seen the last of Dranreb, but wait, there’s more…

After arriving at the hostel and after going through that crazy hide and seek, I just had to have Lion Lager. Yes, it’s the local beer… So, we asked the hostel tuktuk driver to take us to the liquor shop about 15 minutes away from the place. After stopping by KFC to buy beer chow, we proceeded to fall in line in what looks like an off-the-track betting outlet here in the Philippines. Hurrah, we’ve arrived at the liquor store. Guess who was there on the line? I’ll be damned…


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  • http://www.nomadicexperiences.com/ Marky

    Freaky enough to have an annoying dude follow you around like a dog in a foreign land, but take this, what can be freakier than an 80’s That’s Entertainment alumnus look-alike, and by all means hard to top it off that it would have been Dranreb Belleza…good thing he’s not with a Jude Estrada look-alike.

  • http://www.lakwatseradeprimera.com lakwatsera de primera

    Mukhang malaki ang pangangailangan ni Kuya :)

  • http://www.cloudpeopleadventures.com jamie – cloud people adventures

    oh man, that is some serious stalking. some incredible persistence. if only he turned his entreuperneurship (or something like that) to the benefit of mankind.

  • http://marilil.wordpress.com/ lifeisacelebration

    They have all sorts everywhere, ha? The one I had in Madrid, Mel Gibson look-alike pa. Ha ha ha. Freaks me out.

  • http://givemetravelfunds.wordpress.com Lee

    there must be a Kuya Germs overlord somewhere out there directing “he who looks like Dranreb.” Creepy.

  • http://married2travel.com Sheila

    He was very persistant. It must have been so scary! Glad you and Ron are safe.

  • http://myexpatgermany.com Laurel

    Sounds scary, especially when you’re tired and it’s easy to let your guard down.

  • http://www.baconismagic.ca ayngelina

    There is one of those scammy guys in all tourist towns, so annoying but does make for an amusing story.

  • http://www.lakwatserangbayong.com mj

    Impressed with your attempts to shake that freaky guy off. If that was us with our horrible sense of direction, I’m thinking we won’t be left alone even for a minute. Scary!

  • http://www.solitarywanderer.com/ Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com

    Yikes, scary naman. If you had been less savvy…. But then again, you can find Dranreb anywhere in the world. You just have to be careful and use your common sense :) Safe travels, you two!

  • http://www.pinoyboyjournals.com pinoy boy journals

    what i usually do when someone is getting too forward or annoying, i pretend to act sick and say words like i can’t stop it. ha ha usually, nobody comes up because i look like, i am the one who’s going to rob them ha ha

  • http://soloflighted.com Ed

    yipes. katakot naman.
    may part two ba toh?

  • http://lakad-pilipinas.blogspot.com Christian | Lakad Pilipinas

    kapit tuko ah, that encounter must be really really irritating

  • http://migrationology.com Mark Wiens

    Man that guy was everywhere, random stalkers can really be annoying at times. Glad he didn’t do anything too bad but made for a good travel story.

  • http://www.blog.france.co.nz John in France

    Great story, but is that the end….

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @marky: it was ron who suggsted he looked like dranreb. i dont know dranreb, or maybe i was just robbed off of a rich tv-filled childhood. haha!
    @claire: wala na kasi ciang career, haha!
    @jamie: i say he was too persistent, even bringing a “friend” to help him out was just desperate…
    @tita lili: ay, kung mel gibso, pwede pa po, haha!
    @lee: dranreb was fine, kuya germs is just wrong…
    @shiela and laurel: thanks much! battle mode should be on all the time.
    @ayngelina: looking back, it was a moment i’d relive.
    @mj: anywhere was better. ron and i just took our chance and luckily, we got back to the hotel safe…
    @aleah: thanks much!
    @jerik: ron can do that!
    @ed and john: super happy there’s no part two to this…
    @christian: mostly irritating because he bummed half of my cigarettes!
    @mark: it was just a matter of being convinced or not. glad we were too scared to say yes!

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @john: thanks, end? hmmm… watch out for monette’s hello strangers season 2. LOL

  • http://blog.malaysia-asia.my David @ MalaysiaAsia

    I’ve come across similar situations and it can be irritating! I had a horrible one in one of Shanghai’s less popular districts and eventually I went and stood by a policeman. He then left me alone. By the way, love those experimental shots.

  • http://journeyingjames.com journeyingjames

    baka akala nya long lost bro nya si ron. scary…

  • http://www.pinayonthemove.com/ Grace

    Ate Dranreb’s image is now seared in my mind. That is just freaking creepy. Good thing you guys were together.

  • http://alotofwind.com robin

    Persistent chap, wasn’t he?

  • http://www.pinaytraveljunkie.com/ pinaytraveljunkie

    You guys should have stalked him too! Lol. And offer him say, Ron’s stash of Lala crackers. Ahihi.

  • http://www.balintataw.org supertikoy

    nakakatakot…bakit ganon? kung saan saan na lang lumalabas ung manong? haha may part 2?

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @david: good move. we were thinking of doing the same but he was with us the whole time. and we started talking casually so it was difficult for us to really act suspicious in an instant. :)
    @james: feeling ko rin nga e. sabi ni ron, the guy looked like his dead uncle.. creepy noh?
    @grace: i actually forgot his face. it was ron who said he looked like dranreb, haha!
    @ robin: persistent = irritating!
    @gaye: di kaya he might be wondering also why we were always present? hmmm….

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @jerome: azzin, inaabangan talaga kami. super happy we did not see him anymore! :)

  • http://roselleraquel.multiply.com boogie

    does this dranreb guy wear a leather jacket to complete the scene? hahaha.. that would be classy… annoyingly scary. :))

  • reb belleza

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH I am still relevant. I got under your skin. you would take time to talk about moi…. thank you … beheaded pig. I know you .