Today was full of highlights and challenges. The morning started off at Ikthus Redeemed Community – IRC. We split into our five groups from ‘Live Like a Local Day’ and set off on the trucks to the markets around Cabacungan to sell the potato chips that Group 2 made yesterday. We ran around the streets yelling ‘Bakalka namit chips! Twenty-Five Peso!’ for about an hour and a half and we earned about 500 peso per group. (Equivalent to about $14 AUD.) We then travelled to two rural parishes run by Pastor Elly and distributed the food packs we made a few days ago. The smiles from the children as we made balloon animals and gave out stickers were contagious and the appreciation was visible through their welcoming nature. This was definitely a highlight for many as we walked away feeling like we had made an impact.
After lunch back at the house, we went to IRC once again only to set off on the trucks to the rice paddies. Without hesitation, we all slid into the mix of mud and animal faeces and began to build the walls of the paddies. Many mud balls were thrown and brown handprints were visible on everyone’s clothes. Coach John (Mr. Taylor) told us that we were to get on the truck to do some more concrete and foundation work, but once we heard the deafening sound of the mesmerizing waterfall, we knew our true destination. With squeals of happiness and sighs of relief, we bathed under the falling mist, before heading back home to have some very much-needed showers.
We ended the day with delicacy night. We were presented with different levels comprising of simple BBQ Pork, intestines, chicken feet, chicken heads and finally, what we were all waiting for. Balut. For those of you uneducated in Filipino food, a ‘Balut’ is a 16-day old fertilized duck egg. We had some students break their personal record, some set an initial high score, but in the end, we came out with a champion for Ellenbrook Christian College 2016. Eating 12 Balut, we have Kellie Lamb!
All in all, it was a fantastic day and many experienced an amazing moment/s that will stay for them forever. We can’t wait for what tomorrow will bring.
Siobhan Bateman and Kellie Lamb xo