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Aug 6, 2013 - Penny for your Thoughts

Walking down the street near our Barangay, it is common to be approached by kids. As you walk by them playing in the street, running around, sometimes playing with a ball, maybe just throwing their slippers at each other, they stop you with a line of questions. They want to know your name and where you are going too. Most of the time they don't even listen to your response. They are only asking because you look different from them. They laugh at you when you say Ako hi Ate Pamela or Maupay na gab-i because they don't expect you to speak...

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Lovely Leyte

Aug 1, 2013 - Every Face Tells a Story

It is easy to pass judgments about people by your first impression, but that judgment may lead you astray. This is especially easy to do when you work with children in special education. I have a student in one of my classes, his name is John Dexter. He is a real trouble maker. He never wants to do his work, he picks on other children, he gives up so easily when he doesn’t understand. I would think he is just a bad student, but then I’m given a little more information. John Dexter grew up on the streets for several years until he was...

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Lovely Leyte

Jun 29, 2013 - Pintados, Pintados

June 29-30 was fiesta weekend on Leyte. It was a weekend that consisted exactly of that, FIESTA! The fiesta is called the Pintados Festival. My guide book tells me it is supposed to recognize the ancient tattoo art in the Philippines. To me, the festival seemed more of a tribute to the native tribes of Leyte, a performance of historical fables and tales of the Philippines, an outlet to demonstrate pride for the barangay or town in which you live, and an offering to Sto. Niño for good luck. The weather tried to dash our plans with a typhoon,...

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Lovely Leyte

Jun 12, 2013 - Making Mugs with the Kids

So, pretty much when anyone says they are doing anything here I ask if I can tag along, as long as I don't have to be at placement. So on Wednesday 6/12 Philippine Independence Day, I went to the mall with Richard and Amitis, a Canadian couple that is volunteering for 2 weeks. They were trying to find a craft activity to do with the kids in the Baranguy and what they came back with were coffee mugs, stickers, and markers. They invited me to craft time and I said, what else am I doing on my day off. We got back to the VFV community center...

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Lovely Leyte

Jun 11, 2013 - All the animals

If you don't like animals, don't come to Philippines. And I'm not talking about the cute and cuddly kind, because there are none of those. All ours household pets in the US are wild here. Feral cats are always crying and stray dogs are constantly barking at the roosters that wake me up at 3AM. On top of that, there are a number of fun critters running in and out of the open air houses all day. The one's I'm the most ok with are the geckos, which make a strange "click click" noise which I assume attracts mates. Then there are mice,...

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Lovely Leyte

Jun 10, 2013 - Home sweet home

Walk off the airplane into a sticky air with only slight relief from the rain. Found my volunteer coordinator, Ester, outside holding a sign with my name on it. She showed me to a Jeepney which took me to the Baranguy that I will be staying in for the next 6 months. We walk through a maze of paved alleyways past dozens of people with welcoming smiles and bright hellos. Ester shows me to my homestay house where I meet my nanay and her grandson Chicoy. She shows me to my room which is about 6x8 feet containing only a bed with a pink mosquito...

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Lovely Leyte

Jan 22, 2010 - Tacloban

It took a long 14 hour day of cramped jeepneys, a ferry and a bus to get me to Tacloban, the main town of the island of Leyte. The bus journey hugged the Samar coastline down to Tacloban and I made a mental note to bring a tent for some beach camping the next time I return to these islands. Like every town or city I've been to in the Philippines, there's basically no sights to interest the tourist save for one, there's a burgeoning restaurant scene. Just after I poured scorn on Philipino food in an email to a friend, I end up in a town...

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