Notice: To give the kids a bit of a break, we’ll be hearing thoughts from some of the leaders over the next couple of days. Mr Puzey will be taking today’s post.
The alarm was set for four o’clock this morning. Surprisingly there was little concern from the crew …. just another challenge in a week of firsts.
The boys were packed and ready right on time this morning,…. perhaps another first!!.. and we then said our goodbyes to the wonderful staff at Vista. In particular we thanked the house manager we call Arti before taking our last ride in the little transport vans to the wharf. Paying our exit tax and joining the “tourist” queue was somewhat of a change after a week of day tripping like a local.
We also parted company with Dan Beaver who runs the First Love ministries on Boracay. I’m pretty sure he offered us all a job and encouraged us to return to serve again another day, something many of the students seem to intend to do.
Another first was watching the sun rise from the still water of the short passage between Boracay and Caticlan. All week we have had a western outlook with the hills behind the house blocking any views of the rising sun…… oh and we were usually asleep.
The trip to Manila was in a modern jet and we were on the ground in the capital in about an hour. A far cry from the 10 hour boat trip we took on our way in to the Philippines. Our accomodation in Manila was not available until late in the day so a big chunk of our time was spent at the Mall of Asia today after dropping off our bags.
We are now all fresh and clean…ish in our rooms catching up on our rest. We enjoyed a food shopping challenge at the local version of Woolworths where “Sir Paul” as the locals call him gave us a tight budget to buy our own in room dining service. Tuna, crackers, fruit and chocolate featured prominently on many menus.
It has been a pleasure to work with your youngsters and reconnect with students both past and present this week. You as parents are to be congratulated for the fine job you have done in raising such capable and positive hearted young adults.
We will be home soon!!!!