At the beach

my joker friend carlito "onyok" flores
my joker friend carlito "onyok" flores

It was a sultry afternoon in our sitio.The older people in the neighborhood are having their siesta,but they tend to go outside their houses to find a cool place to continue their traditional short rest of a day.Some neighbors were just idling and talking rumorous things habitually gathered under a big mango tree.Some were indolent because of the high temperature.

At that time,there's an occasion held in our house.A bethrothal of cousin Aiza.The house was filled with visitors who felt the oven-effect inside.Outside were my cousin Totong,friend Onyok and me,sitting on a bedlike bench talking and jesting-because staying inside the house is like you're inside an oven.The humidity and the sluggish wind are unfelt.

So the three of us plan to go to the beach to cool ourselves to the breeze of the sea.We took bikes and rolled to the bakery first to buy our snacks.Then we move directly to our destination.

When we reached the beach-Tiwasan shore,it's different from our residential place.The air was cool,refreshing and windy.There are groups of people loitering enjoyably,airing themselves and chatting.

Cousin Totong finds an area to stay.He leans under the coconut tree.He calls me to rest with him,but I was timid and just stand three meters away from the tree-afraid of the coconuts might fall on me.Onyok was at a distance peeing.Totong tells that he was in this beach yesterday resting in the same coconut tree.

While Totong narrating,I can't help looking up to the coconut repeatedly some lapse of seconds.I felt a premonition of impending danger because of the vulnerability of its drupes that were twisted when blown by winds.My attention is divided into my cousin and the tree.I look up again and the drupes fell down and my body abruptly hop backward seeming someone is pulling me away from danger.Totong froze when the drupes suddenly dropped in a violent noise in his front two feet away.He was lucky not hit by the fall.Onyok from afar,still not finish peeing is shocked when he heard the impact and quickly look on us to see what's going on.Astonishment marks on our faces at that time.

Then we moved to a safe area,again under a coconut tree.But we make sure that it's not capable of what's happened a while ago.It grows slantly and has no fruit.We loitered there eat our snacks and talk about the incident.

Totong asked me how do I know that it fell down and quickly escape the falling drupes.I answered him that I feel something imminent and my body just automatically dodge when I know that it's about to hit me.Onyok is laughing ridiculously talking about what he saw on Totong's face and mine that were astounded and bodies froze like an ending of a drama's episode.

After hours of talking and feel already cooled by the wind in the sea, we decided to go home bringing with us the stigma of the incident in our minds.We still recurring the thing we had in the beach when we got home.

Until now,what I had experienced in the beach is still here with me,not even forgot the date November 22,2009.And the escape,whoever pulled me out from danger or was it just my inner instinct?or whatever it was?I thanked God very much for giving me such alertness.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Some dangers at the beach...yes, it really happen, like the one you've just shared here. I often avoid coconuts for fear that strong winds will make its old leaves fall and its fruits, too!


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schoolmarm 6 years ago from Florida

I am glad you escaped that hit. I live in Florida and am always very careful not to stop under a coconut palm. They are very beautiful but can be very dangerous as well.


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denden mangubat 6 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines Author

thank you for comments travel_man and schoolmarm.coconuts are very dangerous especially when they are decayed,they are more vulnerable to fall.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

That was a nice share, at least you were safe, Take care and ingats dian,


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denden mangubat 6 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines Author

thanks prettydarkhorse


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Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

oh I didn't know it could be that dangerous..... now I know and will be careful in case I encountered one....


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denden mangubat 5 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines Author

thanks for visiting my hub maria.I thanked God for escaping it.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Hi, denden. You are lucky. When I was young, I heard about a hunchback man was hit by the falling coconut when he was passing by. He was lucky enough they said (my neighbours)beacause he´s back became flat. I don´t know if it´s just a joke. But then you´ll never know. So don´t rest under the coconut tree anymore.


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denden mangubat 5 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines Author

HAHAHA!thank you for your comment Thelma


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nick071438 4 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

Your near brush with the falling drupes was God willed. He was there with your group, watching by telling your guardian angel to help you do the right thing before the falling object and its gravitational effect could do its harm to you. Thank HIM.


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denden mangubat 4 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines Author

thank nick71438 for visiting this hub.i was really thankful to God that i have a feeling of premonition at that time.praise Jesus my Saviour!.


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Maria Cecilia 3 years ago from Philippines

HI Denden, nice hub.... you improved honest.. I am happy for you... just keep on writing....


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denden mangubat 3 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines Author

thanks maria for reading this hub


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denden mangubat 3 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines Author

thanks for visiting twice maria


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Interesting incident and glad you were not hit! Sometimes our premonition saves us from danger.


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denden mangubat 3 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines Author

thanks for visiting this hub rajan jolly.sometimes being aware of the sorroundings helps us.


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radhikasree 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

Glad to hear that you just escaped from being hurt on that sultry day. Sometimes God may alert us about something foreseen.


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denden mangubat 3 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines Author

thanks radhikasree for visiting this hub.If we have faith in Him then nothings gonna happen bad.


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KenDeanAgudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

looks like it's fun and enjoyable out there


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

Hi,

I enjoyed your hub, I felt I was there feeling the heat of the day and then feeling the coolness of the sea breeze. Good job of telling about your experience.

Bobbi Purvis


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denden mangubat 3 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines Author

thaks for visiting this hub KenDeanAgudo and purvisbobbi44


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Wow. Accidents can happen anywhere!

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