Ellenbrook Day 6 – Lugaw Day


Day 6- Living Like a Local

Today was our live like a local day, which involved walking to our destination instead of taking tricycles, participating in local daily activities and only eating lugaw. For those of you who don’t know, lugaw is a traditional Filipino dish, which consists of rice, water, salt and chicken.

Our morning session involved splitting into two groups, with one group going to the IRC and the other to the Church. At the IRC, we helped with making ginger tea and collecting resources. Making ginger tea is more difficult than was expected, and involved grating fresh ginger, squeezing out the juice and letting it brew into tea. Those who were not helping to make the tea were collecting rocks and sand from a 7-meter hole, which the IRC will use to form a stable ground within the community.

Those in the Church group were faced with the task of entertaining 80 kindergartners for approximately an hour. Firstly, we watched the group of Kindergarten kids perform their worship songs and dances. After this, we taught them a Bible verse accompanied with a dance. This was followed by very energetic games of duck-duck-goose, tunnel ball and musical statues. We then channeled our creative side and made balloon animals.

The next bowl of lugaw was shared for lunch, as the group shared stories of our morning experiences. We then all walked down to the IRC to serve the children freshly made pizza. They ate like kings, with many of the children having never eaten pizza before. Although we didn’t get to see their reaction as we left before it was served, we know that it was something that was thoroughly enjoyed by the children.

This evening we shared dinner with the members of the local community, with 8 families kindly inviting us into their homes. We split into groups of 2-3 and took tricycles to each of their homes. During dinner, we shared stories of our journeys over bowls of lugaw.

After an emotional day, we all had an early night knowing we would be able to enjoy a cup of coffee the following morning.

Hayley and Hannah




12 thoughts on “Ellenbrook Day 6 – Lugaw Day

  1. Thinking of you all after such a tough day. Hope everybody survived being “Hangry” without too much drama. We really are blessed aren’t we? Have a great day guys. Praying for you each xx

  2. We hope the stomachs have survived the lugaw. Kaitlyn, next time we expect to see your face in a photo. We already know what the back of your head looks like haha Also, 4 days young lady and then you are our little girl no more 😀

  3. Great to see the smiling faces despite the challenges. It sounds as though you will all be experts at duck-duck-goose by the time you arrive home. We love you and are very proud. Keep up the good work. Xxx

  4. Hey guys! Lugaw day… the memories, thinking of you guys today especially! Love reading the blog and following what you guys are up to each day! I can’t wait to hear all the stories when you lot get home. Enjoy the rest of your trip and stay safe! Xx

  5. Well done to all of you for getting through a challenging day and still managing to smile. You all make us feel very proud xx

  6. I look forward to these stories every morning. Makes my day. So good to see you all embracing everything. God bless you all.

  7. You are continually in our thoughts. Well done for surviving the challenge of the day. It really does bring home how blessed we are.

  8. Hey everyone! I’m always excited to read these posts each morning but I know lugaw day is especially hard. Just remember that we’re all cheering you on back home, and so many lives will be impacted by your hard work. Take every opportunity to build relationships with those beautiful kids and every person you meet, they will remember your kindness and friendship above all else. Give the IRC kids extra hugs and I can’t wait to hear more from you all!

  9. So amazing to see all that you are doing and experiencing. Such a wonderful opportunity and I love seeing the photos everyday.

  10. I’m sure it was a tough day and you felt like more to eat. But all good deeds involve some sacrifice. You are all living out that wonderful attribute of servant leadership and putting others first. We continue to be inspired by what you are doing and the cheerful way you are doing it.

  11. So lovely to hear of your daily adventures, the struggles and the fun stuff. Somehow, regardless of what you are doing, you are managing it with a smile. So proud of you Rhi and the rest of the team too 😉.

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