We awoke in the morning to a clear blue sky and headed downstairs for another amazing breakfast prepared by Ate (Aunty) Dinah. Shortly after, we took a short walk to Pastor Ely’s Church to visit the kindergarteners. Unbeknown to us was that we would be entertaining the children. We had nothing prepared or planned but were able to quickly adapt and ingratiate ourselves with the children, brightening up their day with a multitude of activities. We played games such as ‘duck, duck, goose!’, made balloon animals and sang songs like ‘heads, shoulders knees and toes’ and ‘shake.’ The kindergarteners awed us with their cuteness, singing and dancing. Crush also enjoyed spending time with the kids and singing the songs.
Later we went to the IRC in hopes to complete the basketball court. Upon arrival we were greeted with the usual happy smiles and wide arms, it never ceases to amaze; these kids have every reason to be upset and complain about their situation, but they don’t. They always radiate love and happiness. Inspired by the touching and heart-warming letters that we received yesterday from the kids, we decided to write our own letters and hand them out to the kids before settling into the strenuous task ahead. We then split into groups once again for the rocks, sand, and the concrete mixer and got to work. We managed to finish the basketball court before lunch, much ahead of the time we originally expected. Seeing the finished product and knowing all the hard labour that went behind it and the children it would positively impact filled us with immense and indescribable satisfaction and fulfilment. We have completed what seemed to be impossible.
We walked home, tired and drained, yet hungry and ready for a delicious lunch of the Filipino staple, chicken and rice. After lunch, we walked down to the resort to wash our sweaty clothes and have a swim. After working on the project at IRC for 3 days, an afternoon of leisure and relaxation was much deserved. The locals were as welcoming as always, and we all made some new friends.
To our surprise, for dinner we had pizza. To finish our night, we got to try some Filipino delicacies, this included: Chicken feet, intestine, pork, and the favourite BALUT! Our very brave Trent and Alethea gave Balut a go but for Trent, this, unfortunately, did not end very well…
Jayden & Kaitlyn J