Day 1 – Arrival

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It was a strange experience departing from Perth Airport; many of us were going to a completely foreign country with certain people that we knew, but many that we didn’t. Some of us haven’t even been out of the country before, let alone without any family to accompany us.

 

The first flight was about five hours long and many of us tried to sleep on the plane, but simply couldn’t because of the excitement of the trip. We stopped in Singapore to refuel on coffee and bananas; some of us managed to fit in a shower before we were off again on our way to Manila. Some of us enjoyed a walk around the butterfly emporium, which if you have ever had the pleasure of seeing it, is spectacular.

 

The next leg of our journey was three hours, which many took advantage of to catch up on sleep, as the initial excitement had started to wear off. When we landed it was apparent that we were in a different culture; everything from the people to the security was different. We then started the long process of picking up our luggage and checking into the domestic flight to the island of Negros. Some of us were lucky enough to find ourselves at the front of the queue. When we landed the tiredness was evident in everyone from having spent most of the past twenty-four hours awake. We collected our luggage, strapped it to the roof of our buses and went to for a “chicken on a stick” dinner. On our way we saw the mishmash of the American and Filipino cultures. Every motorbike had a sidecar and was absolutely crammed with people, and the waft of side street barbecues was constantly filling the bus.

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Dinner was our first impression of the staple Filipino cuisine: rice, barbecue pork and chicken on a stick, which we all enjoyed thoroughly. Pastor Gary hosted this meal while his family provided karaoke entertainment. He also spoke about the culture and gave us bits advice and tips on interacting with the locals.

We then made our way to the hotel where we had our long awaited showers and debriefed for the night.

16 thoughts on “Day 1 – Arrival

  1. On another note, Mary can’t get into Jack’s phone, so is it all good if she just leaves it till Jack gets back? Otherwise you might want to fess up the password 😂

  2. Hey guys I’m so glad you made it to the Philippines safely all the best, have an amazing time. Wish I could’ve been there.

  3. Really happy to hear that you have all arrived safely. My thoughts and prayers are with the team. Rest well tonight and enjoy the days to come. Kaitlyn, your snapstreaks are safe for the moment ☺️ Good to see Rachel getting something to eat in the photo 😂 That reminds me, Mackenzies rule 😂

  4. Praying for you guys. This experience is amazing! For yourselves as well as for those whom you serve. May God bless you with much evidence of all He is doing through you. Encourage you to work hard, keep God central in all you do, and enjoy every minute. Will be following your progress!

  5. Glad all going well on the first part of journey. Love the colour co-ordination of the t shirts and plates on the table. May God be with you all in your work.

  6. Great to see you’ve arrived safely – best wishes from the team at SCEA; we’re praying that the trip will be transformative for you all. – Daniel

  7. Glad you have all arrived safe. Hope you got a well deserved sleep last night. Spent the day tracking your planes.

  8. I’m sure it will be another amazing trip like I went on. Wish I was with you guys, make sure you make the best out of every moment!!!

  9. Mmm Manook and rice sarap Filipino style one hand no cutlery, less washing. Enjoy the experience is there a balut challenge to face?

  10. Another amazing experience given to our children. Enjoy Ben and Daniel, can’t wait to hear of your journey Love Mr and Mrs Hirjee and family x

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