Swan Day 4 – Road Warriors

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…

–  Tilly

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’.

–  Daniel

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.

–  Tilly

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.

–  Daniel

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.

– Tilly

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 🙂

29 thoughts on “Swan Day 4 – Road Warriors

  1. It is me!!!!!!!!!! Dan the Man… Danny Boy,,, Dannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn can you help Dad and Mum with the computer pleeeaasssseeeee!!!! You are making us proud Dan,,, keep up the good work all of you- big mooshhhyyy kisses xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. I’ve read the blogs everyday, sounds like you’re having fun haha. Missing you back here, but glad I have more variety in my meals than it sounds like you do hahaha. Love ya

  3. Love the posts. I don’t go to bed until they are up. Great to hear your all ok and doing amazing things. Miss you Brayden. So proud of you. ❤️🌷

  4. You guys must be exhausted! All that work and washing hasn’t dulled the enthusiasm or those smiles. By the looks of it you all are loving it. Well done guys. Looking forward to seeing your achievements tomorrow and the next episode of the chicken saga

  5. Great job everyone 👍you do us proud 😊 love the blogs. Keeping you all in prayer. Miss you Ryan

  6. Hey Harls. Dad and Maan are loving the pics too. Cows and dogs and mud …oh my…
    ps. Maan owns your room now

    1. All those hours in the gym paying off. Great to see photos and read blogs. Lol. Grandpa and Nana xx

  7. Really enjoying these posts.
    Jeremy Moore I won’t say hi as don’t want to embarrass you. Pshould I tidied your room. Tom said not to. I couldn’t help it

  8. Sean I didn’t know they had power where you are. So you could plug in your iron lung. 😂 so proud of you and all that you are doing, you look so happy. Enjoy the memories and experiences your putting your hand too. Just think Nana and Bakpak need their backyard done so you can create a rock pathway for them. 👍. Ohh they both say Hello and send their love and say make sure your keeping hygienic the best you can.
    I’m coping with Erin (just) but really miss your humour around the house Munchkin. Glad you washed your underwear and hope there was enough line for others to dry their clothes. 😂 love and miss you heaps mate
    Mum (& Erin) ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

  9. Ohh and I hope your leaving some of those chicken sticks for others. I know how much you like them mate. I’m not sure I’ll recognise you when you get home but too make the transition easy I’ll go buy some chicken sticks and I already have rice. 🐔🐔🐤🐤

  10. Hi George
    Wow! You guys are doing an amazing job, so proud of
    what you are doing! Such a proud mum moment ❤️
    I really loved seeing you all hand washing your own clothes! Shall we get rid of our washing machine ?
    Made a yummy chicken satay last night, I thought of freezing some for you, but figured you’ve probably eaten enough chicken! I’ll make sure there’s a nice piece of steak here for you when you come home …
    missing you Georgia ❤️
    Stay safe and keep up all that good work..look forward to seeing more pics xxx
    Luv ya ❤️

  11. Hi Georgia (Sutton), l’m loving reading the stories and seeing the photos. I would have loved to have seen some photos of you filleting the fish (lol). Enjoy the new experiences and I want to see some photos of you getting your hands dirty. Stay safe and keep up the great work. Love Mum xx

  12. Hi Cameron, looks like your having lots of fun and new experiences love seeing the photos and reading about your adventures, The house is so quiet without you and missing you, love mum xxx

  13. These blogs are very entertaining. Keep up the good work. Definitely see chicken is on the menu for welcome home dinner……………

  14. Hi Cameron, looks like your having lots of fun and new experiences love seeing the photos and reading about your adventures, The house is so quiet without you and missing you, love mum xxx

  15. Good Old Days
    Macklemore
    I wish somebody would have told me that
    Some day, these will be the good old days
    All the love you won’t forget
    And all these reckless nights you won’t regret
    Someday soon, your whole life’s gonna change
    You’ll miss the magic of these good old days
    I was thinking about the band
    I was thinking about the fans
    We were underground
    Loaded merch in that 12-passenger van
    In a small club in Minnesota
    And the snow outside of 1st Ave
    I just wanted my name in a star
    Now look at where we at
    Still growing up, still growing up
    I’d be laying in my bed and dream about what I’d become
    Couldn’t wait to get older, couldn’t wait to be someone
    Now that I’m here, wishing I was still young
    Those good old days
    I wish somebody would have told me that
    That some day, these will be the good old days
    All the love you won’t forget
    And all these reckless nights you won’t regret
    ‘Cause someday soon, your whole life’s gonna change
    You’ll miss the magic of the good old days
    Wish I didn’t think I had the answers
    Wish I didn’t drink all of that glass first
    Wish I made it to homecoming
    Got up the courage to ask her
    Wish I would’ve gotten out of my shell
    Wish I put the bottle back on that shelf
    Wish I wouldn’t have worry about what other people thought
    And felt comfortable in myself
    Rooftop open and the stars above
    Moment frozen, sneaking out, and falling in love
    Me, you and that futon, we’d just begun
    On the grass, dreaming, figuring out who I was
    Those good old days
    I wish somebody would have told me that
    That some day, these will be the good old days
    All the love you won’t forget
    And all these reckless nights you won’t regret
    ‘Cause someday soon, your whole life’s gonna change
    You’ll miss the magic of the good old days
    Never thought we’d get old, maybe we’re still young
    May we always look back and think it was better than it was
    Maybe these are the moments
    Maybe I’ve been missing what it’s about
    Been scared of the future, thinking about the past
    While missing out on now
    We’ve come so far, I guess I’m proud
    And I ain’t worried about the wrinkles around my smile
    I’ve got some scars, I’ve been around
    I’ve thrown some pain, I’ve seen some things, but I’m here now
    Those good old days
    You don’t know, what you’ve got
    Till it goes, till it’s gone
    You don’t know, what you’ve got
    Till it goes, till it’s gone
    I wish somebody would have told me that
    Some day, these will be the good old days
    All the love you won’t forget
    And all these reckless nights you won’t regret
    Someday soon, your whole life’s gonna change
    You’ll miss the magic of these good old days
    Songwriters: Andrew Joslyn / Ben Haggerty / Joshua Karp / Kesha Sebert / Samuel Wishkoski / Tyler W Andrews
    Good Old Days lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

  16. Hi Georgie. You look as though you are all having a ball. Hope you are enjoying the experience. Love to you. Nan 💕

  17. Hey Kane, It’s great to read the blogs and see the photos. Zac’s soooo confused. Every morning he wonders down to your room to check if you’re there. He misses you, just like we do. Take care. Love you heaps. Mum xxx

  18. Hi Kane, It looks like you’re having a great time. Don’t worry I have not lost any of your streaks. Mum gave Zac a hair cut and now he’s all weird looking. Can’t wait till you get home
    Love from your favourite sister, Alyssa xxx

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