Sixty -three expectant green shirted students congregated at Perth Airport at 11.00pm on Saturday night. Books and gift bags were distributed, instructions given and the green party proceeded to check-in.
Leaving our parents was hard for some and just the start of a journey of self-discovery for others. Flying to Singapore was the longest leg of our journey – five hours of a tightly packed cabin and a green sea of shirts. We all eagerly waited to arrive in Singapore. After our arrival we were ushered to the Ambassador’s Lounge where we started our journaling, enjoyed a buffet breakfast and relaxed as we awaited the next leg of our journey.
We flew to Manila and shortly after landed in Bacolod. It certainly was a long and challenging day as it took us 20 hours to finally arrive at our destination.
We were lucky to have Lewis celebrate his 18th birthday with us as we surprised him with party hats, party blowers and loud singing while indulging in chicken and pork barbecue with rice for dinner. The restaurant had arranged a delicious chocolate cake for Lewis and all enjoyed it. We were entertained by Pastor Gary’s nephew who sang a couple of songs before the meal.
After dinner we went to our hotel. The bus journey was especially interesting because it took us on a tour through the Bacolod community. Through small cracks in walls and doorframes, families were visible dining or going about their lives, which were a bit of a shock because they appeared so happy and energetic, despite their poor living conditions.
We’re now booked into our hotel and are getting ready for bed. We have arrived and look forward to our adventure in the Philippines. We aim to go to sleep by 10:30pm so we can all get a good night’s rest for our 6.00 am wake-up tomorrow.
(Jack and Tenika)