Monday, 15 October 2012

Finally an Update!

I cant believe my laziness has led me to not updating this blog for such a long time! So much has happened since the flooding back in August and I’m leaving to come back home next week. Here are a few updates on the things that have been going on since then.
Baguio City Trip

Sr. Aylene, Dorothee and I went to Baguio City at the end of August for an ALS conference. Baguio is located on a mountain about a 6 hour bus ride from Manila. It was a nice change in scenery and weather! Sr. Aylene was nice enough to be our own tour guide and showed us around the city. The first night we stayed at the Teachers Camp, but the second night we went to stay at a retreat house that had running hot water!!! That made Dorothee and I very very happy!

At the strawberry fields!

Dorothee and Sr. Aylene drinking strawberry taho (not recommended for diabetics)

Great view!
New Volunteers
We got a new volunteer, Alice, from France who will be working in Palawan. She came to Manila for a few days before heading there and was able to come for busina a few times and even check out the city.  There were also two volunteers from Austria who arrived and will be based in Palawan. Unfortunately I wasn't able to meet them as I was in Korea. In November another Canadian volunteer is coming too!
Alice and me!
New Baby!
Sarah (VIDES’ Social Worker) came back from mat leave! She gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby boy called Gabriel.
Filipino babies make me happy!
In September Sr. Jojo, Riza, Dorothee and I went to Mary Help of Christians School in Canlubang for their Vocations fair to give a talk on VIDES and volunteerism. The kids were very friendly and very interested in VIDES- hopefully in the future with enough interest they will be able to set up their own mobile education unit there!
Just finished my speeched...Dorothee up next
Everyone in the Philippines loves Dorothee! Apparently she looks Anne Curtis (a famous actress here)

Group Shot!
There were a few birthdays including Sr. Ping’s and Sr. Jojo’s. For Sr. Jojo there was even a surprise party thrown by VIDES.
Me and Sr. Ping on her birthday

Sr. Jojo blowing out the candles!

Plan International
VIDES went for the launch of Plan International’s “Because I am a girl” Campaign. It was a great event and two members of the voice of VIDES choir performed a song written by Riza. Everyone loved it. The talented choir has even released a CD!

ALS Silkscreen Printing training graduation
Some of the ALS kids took part in a 25 day silkscreen training program and finally last week they were able to graduate. On Oct 28 they will take their high school/elementary equivalency exam and will hopefully pass!!

Those were the main updates of whats been going on J Hopefully next week I will not get lazy and will do a post on my final reflections on these past 6 months!


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