Day 11 – Build Day #4

Hi Everyone.  It’s Jeffery Shen and I’m writing my first post 🙂

The day is Monday, January 6th, 2014.  Today is our second last day at the build site.  It’s also the day everybody (working class) goes back to work and the kids go back to school.

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Being greeted by everyone as always as we wave to all the kids that come to meet us 😀
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The kids are EAGER to see the leaders and teachers!
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Leaders are giving children high fives as they walk out of the bus
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The children are excited to be with us another day
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Why are these kids sooooo cute!
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Melissa, Britishawna, and Katrina posing with their matching 30 hr famine shirts
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The leaders come together for a “mabuhay” cheer before we start building
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My fellow leaders and I walking to build site, ready to get our BUILD ON!
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Fierce walking~!
01 - Fill Bags
Step 1 – Fill bags with sand at the bottom of the hill (make sure they are light enough for Erica to carry) 😀
03 - Cart
Step 2: Cart sandbags up the hill. Give kids ride when going back down hill to pick up more sand bags
02 - Lift Bags
Step 3: Carry sand bags and concrete to mixing area
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Step 4: Mix light coloured concrete and dark coloured sand so that it’s one consistent colour
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Step 5: Make a volcano that can to hold water
04 - Volcano
Step 6: Add water (and let it cook for a bit – at least that’s how the workers described it to us)
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Step 7: Mix it all up until it has a consistent smooth texture
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Concrete mix now ready to be filled into buckets.  Student leaders leave their mark in wet cement
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These are the original materials that the houses were built from
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My favourite job is pushing the cart up the hill. With kids is even better!
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This is a picture of me. Doing, umm, yeah…. I don’t know what I’m doing
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Peace signs from the kids
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Danielle and the leaders make cards for our supporters back in Toronto (sponsors, teachers, family, etc).
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It was a fun process with the children to make all the cards
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These kids were very artistic
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Danielle is helping them to write and spell
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The leaders are doing the same – Alyssa and Alanna would make great teachers
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During lunch Tito Bernie eating exotic Filipino delicacy called balut (Developing shelled duck fetus, boiled, then salted…..yummy) (Yea right!)
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Katrina leading the passing line for hollow blocks
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Don’t drop that thun thun thun ehhh~~
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Nicole solo carrying a hollow brick
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This is me multi-tasking. Praying that I don’t drop anything
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British doing some fancy block stacking
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Hot potato pass it on~
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Jay reaching to send the hollow block (working off that pandesal)
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Kyla-anne posing with some kids who are getting ready to go to school
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Uniforms are so cute – afternoon school shift is from noon to 6pm
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Jay carrying one of the construction workers up the cliff and sweating like crazy
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Do you like my banana earrings. Jay don’t be jealous 😉
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Welcome to the gun show – Fierce!
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Now flex even harder boys!
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Grace before meals as always – food looks delicious
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The children teach us the jumping rope game
05 - Jai Jumping
Jairuz gives it a try
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Starting off low and easy
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Bring it up a bit!
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Waist level? How high can you go?
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The kids are so good at this game!
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Alyssa is the expert among the group of leaders
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Michael joins in on the action!
07 - Lindsay
Lindsay gets a special gift from one of the children
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This is Ryzza – everyone just loves her!
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Jay bending to pick up a hair tie during Filipino style hopscotch
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He’s off again
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Jay using his crazy hopscotch skills
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Erica shows her own skills in hopscotch
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In the Philippines you can order pop, but instead of it being poured in a cup, they serve it in a bag
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Danielle takes a picture with this adorable child
08 - Kyla House
Kyla-anne is invited into one of the homes as she plays with the kids
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After our lunch break, we teach “I Gotta Feeling” dance to the children
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I gotta a feeling~
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Wooo-ho0o!
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That tonight’s going to be a good night
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Step, 2, 3, Clap!
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Meanwhile during our dancing
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During this part of the dance, everyone picks their own pose. Jay flashes his pandasel (his nickname for his stomach). He thought that we wouldn’t get a picture of it but Mike is fast with his camera.
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Danielle hugging Joshua, the child she has decided to sponsor
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Time for some piggy back races.  Nicole, Kyla and Jeff are up first.  The winner is……Nicole
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Next up, Mark, Joe and British.  Marc Anthony is the victor
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Shea, Alyssa and Alanna are up next.  Alyssa comes out as the winner
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The last group is Mike, Kat, and Mel……Melissa is victorious
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Senator Tobias Enverga and his family with Mike
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Senator Tobias Enverga was a former school board Trustee in Scarborough
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Senator Enverga is the first Filipino to hold the position of Senator in Canada
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Senator Enverga “looks up”
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Next game we play is Buggies Up
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This is what “Buggies Under’ looks like
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Kyla-Anne doing her best to lift Melissa. Hang in there Melissa~
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Last to “Buggie Up” is eliminated
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Next game: snakes and ladders
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Kids race to see who gets back to their seats first
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Team 1 on the left gets the point
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Shaelyn in the lead
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Next game: Pass the Pisil (aka Squeeze)
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First to high-five Jairuz wins a point for their team
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Next game: back to back sit
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Mark and Katrina partner up
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And so do Nicole and I
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First to get up on the count of 3 wins
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One……two…………THREE
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“Are you two cheating?”
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Mike points at the winners
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Senator Enverga gets involved in the next game
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Object, try to grab the person’s finger with your left hand and at the same time try to avoid being caught with your right
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Only move your hands when we say the word “canin” (rice in Tagalog)
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Alyssa tells a story, “There once was a boy named Mike, and his favourite food was canin.” (Move finger, and close hand)
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Last group shot before Senator Enverga departs
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Next, Lindsay leads us in a repeat after me song (as it starts to rain)
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Danielle is up next and teaches everyone the “Boom, chicka, boom” song. This is how it’s done under water
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This is robot style
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Erica teaches the song, Down by the bay
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Time for snack before we depart for the day….Pandesal of course and hot corn
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Before we leave, Danielle gets a special gift
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This is what’s written at the back of the picture
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Hardhats lined up for tomorrow and we’re ready to go
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Lindsay takes one of her 100 daily photos before we leave
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Our customary escort as we walk back to the bus
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Kids are with us every step of the way
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Some even ask for a piggy back
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Final high-fives as we say goodbye for the day
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They make us not want to leave
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Hi-fives even as the bus moves
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We’ll see you tomorrow
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Bye…..xoxo
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We’ll be back!
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We’re off to the Mall of Asia
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So much for beating the traffic…
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Beautiful scenery outside of the mall – this is where we were for new year’s eve
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Nicole and Alyssa pose in front of a TMNT face cut out
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Time to go skating, I wonder if they have Joe’s shoe size
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Marc and I tying our figure skates
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I haven’t skated in 2 years and feel very unbalanced
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Lindsay being super supportive and totally not laughing at British
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The teachers help British with her balance on ice
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British gets the hang of it in no time (kinda)
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Look at that gracefulness (even you Mike)
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Alanna, Melissa, and Shea skating in a trio
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Lindsay dancing on ice
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Danielle is dancing too
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Skating group shot (normal)
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Skating group shot (whacky)
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Skating group shot (look up)
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Skating group shot (fierce)
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Skating group shot (the Mike pose)
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Leading British off the ice (she’s had enough) 🙂
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Up next, some good ol’ fashion team building – bowling
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We keep our same teams but the 3 teachers make their own team with British. They really don’t get off to a good start (see score above)
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Easy does it Melissa
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Bowling is super fun
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Erica lining it up for a spare (one pin to go)
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Look at that concentration
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Kat showing off her STRIKE in the first frame!
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Melissa and her team go crazy after her own strike
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Joe, trying to get a spare too….will he get it?
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I guess not as he lies there in disappointment
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Teachers having a blast as they slowly catch up after a slow start
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It’s all about the ball
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We can do this!
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After 10 frames, the team of Alanna, Erica, Jeff, and Nicole score 222
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Shaelyn, Marc, Katrina, and Alyssa’s final score is 281
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After 9 frames, the teacher team (British, Danielle, Lindsay, and Mike) are neck in neck with the team of Jairuz, Melissa, Joe, and Kyla-anne
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Lindsay seals the deal bowling a spare in her last frame
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The teacher team wins the competition!
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But the question is, who’s will earn top score. Lindsay ends up with a score of 166. Mike has an outside chance to catch her as he currently sits at 98 in the ninth frame. A tall feat.
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Mikes needs a strike or minimum a spare to catch Lindsay
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Mike hits a spare to bring his score to 108.  Lindsay has 116 but Mike has one ball left.
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Mike knocks down 8 pins with his last ball. Final score 116 – 116! And the teacher team also wins with a total score of 329 vs the closest student team at 299! Congratulations teachers!
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You know the drill now. This is regular
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Wacky
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Look up
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The Mike pose
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And…….Fierce
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The Mall of Asia is not only big, but it’s also beautiful
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Back at the hotel we say a prayer to give thanks for an amazing day
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But before going to bed, we need to sort out the gifts for tomorrow’s party
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Can’t believe tomorrow’s our last day. We want to end it off with a bang
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The kids are going to love these toys
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It’s Christmas all over again
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We even bought tools to leave behind at the community
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We also have gifts to the key members of the community that made everything possible
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Just have to pack everything into the bags and we’re done!

Tomorrow is a big day.  Our last day 😦

Thanks for reading my first post and for following our travels.  Write your comments below and tell us what you think.

God bless!

14 thoughts on “Day 11 – Build Day #4

  1. Again and again, I continue to be in awe…

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    Peace and Hope, Steve De Quintal Teacher, Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton CSS, 1515 Bloor St. W. Toronto, Ontario M6P-1A3. 416-393-5545 ext. 84293 “To think, to pray and to serve.” I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever. – Neil Gaiman ****You can always email but a call or a visit will get a quicker response***** ________________________________________

  2. It’s sad to think that tomorrow we are leaving!!! Our celebrity experience will come to an end. Even though half the kids were at school when we arrived we still received a warm welcome from the ones that were in the community. Building was great, everything went by smoothly because I knew what to expect. Man I love my team!

    When we were teaching the kids I got a feeling I was very surprised at how fast they learned how to do it. Jays pandesal…… no comment. He really thought he would get away with that eh. For the very first time I did not win the piggy back race. I still fell like a winner considering the fact that I was up against Balano and Fantuzzi, LOL.

    It was really nice meeting the Senator of Ottawa and even better when he joined us in the games we were playing. He invited us to Ottawa for lunch, so I’m really looking forward to that day. When I found out that he was the first Filipino senator in Canada I was appalled. This goes to show that anything is possible if you put you mind to it.

    I enjoyed the outing with the PH fam that night! I went skating even though I knew I don’t know how to skate. S/O to Linds and Mike for helping me.. respect! This was also my first time going bowling so I was glad I was able to share that moment with the PH fam.

    Even though we were all tired after such a long day we still managed to sort out all the gifts. It will all be worth it tomorrow once the kids receive them. They have been asking for gifts for so long now, it will be worth the wait. Can’t wait to see the smiles on their faces!!

  3. Another productive, successful, fun, and crazy day with the group and with the kids. It’s amazing how the groups still manage to be energetic and continue on helping to build houses although it’s crazy hot. Although the groups are in the sun for hours we still manage to play with the kids and have fun. lastly, it’s amazing how MIKE is way too fast with his camera to take a picture of my pandesal! I still can’t believe that our trip is coming to an end!

  4. Today was a memorable day! We got to meet a senator of ottawa which meant more pictures- formal, wacky, and look up! The building is a routine now, its great working with this team! The games we played were so fun- Kyla trying to carry me and i her does not go! hahaha. Teaching the kids the dance was fun as well they’re so energetic and have so much rhythm! It was relaxing making cards with them- so many of them are creative and artsy and their penmanship is excellent. I couldnt stop complimenting how neat they were. Our evening at the mall of asia was great! Skating with shorts on= fun! Although the skates stunk and my feat were cramping ): Despite that it was nice that the Philippines could experience Canada in this little way. We then took our journeys to bowling and it was crazy!!! It was definitely a hardcore competition with team 2 and the teachers. We were soo close to beating the teachers but we came up short. But its okay all the rolls and the floors and yelling when we got strikes were worth it! #teamtwo

    ps. The shopping was unreal..the mall is so big. Shopping is the hardest sport.

  5. We missed half the kids and a few of the construction workers as they were all back to work and school. Nonetheless, we carried on with our day as scheduled.

    It was great having Senator Enverga and his family join us and have a grasp of what our program is really about. I hope he enjoyed his visit, and I look forward to our lunch in Ottawa (that’s directed to you, Mike).

    Having the kids teach us their games was a fun change. I enjoyed learning what they do during their leisure time.

    I was feeling a bit down as we left because a lot of the kids and construction workers kept telling me they are excited for the pinoy fiesta, but upset that we are leaving the next day. It was not the best feeling seeing them sad for once after all the energy and happiness they showed for our entire experience there. From there, I expected the following day will not be the happiest.

  6. Looking through these pictures of our 2nd last day and doing captions was really fun, but upsetting at the same time. It was happy and fun to actually look back on our trip, since we never had down time to reflect daily. Yet sad to think about the 2nd last day with the kids and AKC.

    It was cool to have meet Senator Enverga and his family. His daughter went to Mary Ward, and has the same name as one of my TA members. Made me think that it was her.

    Most of the kids were off to school, but the community seemed just as alive and welcoming as usual. It was so much fun playing with the kids, having piggy back races and playing buggies up.

    After our time with the kids, I was pumped for skating. The skates weren’t too bad, and I fell a few times, but it was just so fun. An hour passed by insanely fast.

    At the end of the day, I was exhausted, but still managed to help sort gifts and count the toothbrushes. I was really sad to think that I was leaving the Philippines soon (little would I know). I wanted to make the best out of the last day, and that made me excited and less upset.

  7. Between all the card making, new games we taught the kids and skating and bowling, it’s safe to say that we had a lot of fun this day! And the visit from Senator Enverga was a cool surprise too! You can tell he enjoyed the games we played just as much as the kids did!

    Knowing that it was our second last day, some of the children decided to make me cards which I was touched to have received. It made me sad that some of the kids were at school and that I didn’t get to spend more time with them but it was okay since we had the closing ceremonies the next day. Playing Bugggies Up with the kids was a blast and I was surprised at how strong some of them are as they tried to carry me!

    I was surprised at how good some of the Filipino skaters were at MOA. They’re a lot better than me! I guess skating just isn’t my forte… and neither is bowling! Nonetheless, skating was great as I was beginning to get a bit homesick and bowling with everyone was fun too!

  8. Build day #4 was an awesome day! Though missing some kids because of school, the others definitely filled theirs spots. It’s really hard to believe that its our second last day at the AKC site, time flies! It’s sad to think that we only had one more day to spend with such an awesome community and one more day before we left the Philippines! It was great to meet the first Canadian senator, Senator Enverga, and his family. He is very kind and even invited us to Ottawa for lunch, which Mike said yes to!
    Who says you need winter time or have to be in Canada to go skating? We didn’t! Skating in MOA was a great experience, now I can say that I went skating in a tank top and didn’t freeze! Bowling with the group was a lot of fun aswell. Can’t believe we came second, again! Oh well, it was still a remarkable day!

  9. It’s hard to believe that we are leaving tomorrow. We are all extremely sad but we pushed the thought out of our heads so we can focus on the day. It was so cute how the kids didn’t want to go to school because we were there. It really showed the bond we created in just a short time. We put everything we had into this building day because our time in AKC was coming to an end.

    Making cards with the kids was so much fun. It was hilarious to see Miss. Danielle helping Patrick write so many cards. It really touched our hearts when the kids would make us personal cards. I always love dancing with the kids because they never have a care in the world and just focus on having fun. They learned the dance so quickly and were excited to perform it. Meeting Senator Enverga was such an honour. I’m glad he got to witness all the good that youth are doing.

    Playing games with the kids today was extra fun because us leaders were extra competitive. We got to teach them new games that they loved like the back to back standing up game which Erica and I clearly dominated at! We were sad to leave but a fun night awaited us.

    First we all went skating at MOA which was another opportunity for us to bond and who else gets to say they skated in tshirts and shorts? Bowling was fun and watching everyone freak out when someone got a strike was interesting. Although my team didn’t win, Mike still owes us Menchies (We haven’t forgotten LOL). We were really getting the hang of our fierce pose by this point. The exhaustion was really setting in but we still made time to organize more gifts for AKC.

  10. Harviejake, one of the teens at AKC (he danced during our closing ceremonies) sent me this (in Tagalog):

    I hope that we can all finish school and graduate with high honours because that’s the only way for us to reach our goals and be able to go to Canada too. Did you know that you are big inspirations for the kids here at AKC, all they think about is, “when I grow up I’m going to Canada.” That means they’re going to do their best in school in order to pursue their dreams. They always look at your website and look at your posts from your Philippines trip. Even I can’t stop looking at it, we just can’t move on. All the great memories you left us keep coming back. Thank you for the inspiration… I almost cried during your farewell party, because it hurts when the people most special to you leave just when you start getting comfortable with them.

    It feels nice knowing that we made a huge positive impact on the people of AKC. From Harviejake’s message, I know that they can stick to their word and do their very best so we can see them in Canada too. I would love to see these kids graduate and reach their goals.

  11. Day 4 of our build. I can’t believe it’s our second last day here at AKC. Where did the time go? It felt like just yesterday we were being welcomed with the opening ceremonies.

    The sun was blazing hot as usual, it just gets hotter and hotter here in the Philippines but I’m not complaining with that brisk cold Canadian weather back home. Knowing that tomorrow was our last day, everyone made a push and worked extra hard at the build site.

    Today, we had the privilege of meeting Senator Enverga. He got to witness everything that we’ve done and even joined us during our games with the kids. Although half the kids were at school, we still managed to have a lot of fun. We had a piggy back competition, which my partner and I won! We also taught the kids our dance. Senator Enverga even offered us lunch in Ottawa! Leaving today made me realize how hard it’s going to be tomorrow.

    During the evening, the PH fam got to spend more time together. We went to Mall of Asia, went skating and bowling. Skating reminded me of home, just getting on that ice had me thinking that in a couple of days, I’m back to that cold weather. Oh, and having races on the ice with the PH fam was also fun. Bowling was enjoyable, although my team didn’t win, we still managed to stay close. I had a lot of fun bonding with everyone. I’m not prepared for tomorrow and still can’t believe our trip is coming to an end.

  12. BUILD DAY 4!!!! It would be the second time I mixed the cement… Oh how I was soooo scared! The first day we started, I thought mixing would be a lot of fun! It was literally mixing sand and water.. IT WAS LIKE A SANDBOX BUT FOR BIG KIDS!!! Haha, in other words. I thought it would be a blast… Until I remembered that I had NO ARMS WHATSOEVER! So doing this job wasn’t the best for me. I almost go t a heat broke from doing it. Me and mixing were just not meant to be. AND THEN… I AM FACED WITH THE CHALLENGE to mix cement… I thought, okay I have been doing other things that did work my arms out, I think I gained a little muscle. So I mustered all the strength that I had and I begin mixing.. It wasn’t that hard!! It was super fun.. It was either we put to much water or I did get the gains, anyhow I’m so proud of myself! But I really could not have done it without people encouraging me and being so kind and supportive! This group is so special! I love AKC!!!! God bless! ❤

  13. The skies threatened for rain today but all of the smiling kids provided more than enough light to compensate 🙂 Today all the kids kept asking me, “You’re already leaving tomorrow right?” and my heart broke every time. Even though we would be with them for only 5 days, I had made best friends whom I will cherish for the rest of my life. There were lots of kids who would cling onto me and say “This is my mommy!” :’) I dreaded for the end of the day since the next would be our last…waterworks at the ready!

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