Day 4 – Road Warriors
Today we woke up at 7:00am, to the lovely sound of Beacham telling us to get up. We then had breakfast at the IRC building before heading out to Purok Bangkal and washed our clothes by HAND!!! Even everyone’s underwear.
After hanging out our washing we spent more time developing our relationships with the children from the community. I Played basketball with the older boys who most definitely killed the basketball game Troy Bolton style (High school musical reference). I then taught the children how to write ‘Tilly’ in chalk and had them all yelling my name within five minutes. The young boys then showed me their cartwheel skills which were superb, I then tried to show them an Australian style cartwheel which ended in me pulling a hammy…
While Tilly was pulling a hammy I was going around taking photos of people playing basketball and drawing houses and trees on the ground with chalk. For lunch we had some classic chicken on a stick, which is always good. Pitman told us that there wasn’t enough money left to get the trucks in to drop off more rocks so all of us put in a little money so that we had brought to buy things at the end of the trip and we had enough money with in 10 minutes to finish the road. Then we all refilled all our bottles and got to work shifting rocks and clearing out dirt and mud. As I was moving rocks Sean had got an army of kids to help him out moving rocks, some of the rocks were way too big for them to carry, so I went over and took the big rocks from them. We then had a break to get some water and hang out with the kids again. Some of the other people in the group and I learnt a strange hand game, It was called ‘baby shark’.
After I refuelled off my vegan lunch which consisted of rice and veggies #veganism I was ready to get my hands dirty, literally. I was blessed with the job of digging out sloppy, sticky mud (mud= mix of faeces and dirt). Within 10 minutes I was covered in mud though I had a group of young boys picking up mud and throwing it off to the side for me. Whilst Maddie, Mrs Thyer and I were digging out mud, the whole community was watching us struggle in the mud. We had an audience to our singing as we fished our own shoes and ankles out of the mud so we could continue digging away. The best part about digging out the mud was at the end the boys and girls demanding to wash our shoes and wipe us down with water. Even though I was exhausted after working, the bus trip back to our hotel still consisted of freestyle karaoke by yours truly; Tilly Johnston and D Pitman. The other students on the bus appreciated a bit of Jimmy Barnes, Working Class Man and Blink182, All The Small Things.
When we got back to the hotel we jumped into the pool for a while and then headed out for dinner at the IRC building (where we had breakfast). For dinner we had rice and good old chicken. Hopefully we won’t be sick of chicken by the end. After dinner we came back to the hotel and had a good chat in groups about our highs and lows during the day.
Side note. MUM calm down with the commenting haha and I would love the batman advent calendar please. Also Lib if you reading this, comment, so I know you’re reading these blogs 🙂 Miss you Lib, mum and dad. I hope you’re all doing well without me. And I’ll be home in no time.
A major highlight of today was having one of the Filipino scholar boys sing to me in Filipino which was actually amazing! Then a few of us joined in with the kids to have a T-swift sing along, it was iconic. Enjoy the read parentals.
Dear Vanessa Knight, Please keep writing the comments to Daniel, we LOVE hearing from you! Also, feel free to include Daniel’s pet-names 😉
From Everyone else in the Team 🙂