Today is January 7, 2014 and it’s our last day at the build site. Actually, it’s our last full day in the Philippines since we our flight back to Toronto (via Hong Kong) leaves at 5:10 am tomorrow morning.
It’s our last day at the build site and the kids greeted us in full force as usually as the bus approached
This time however they had cards for us because they knew it was our last day
It was hard not to shed a tear of joy when kid greeted you with a hi-five or hug and a “I’ll miss you” card
Wow, we’re going to miss these kids
Joining us today we had a team of 5 people from Calgary to help with the build
Today, we have a new task, rust proofing these metal beams
There are 40 beams in total so we break them up into 2 piles so that we can have a competition.
After Michael gives us the instructions, both teams have a huddle to discuss the game plan.
First team to finish all 20 beams wins!
Team 2 puts their hands in for a team cheer
1, 2, 3…..Mabuhay
We hold hands waiting for Mike to say go
Step 1 – wipe down beam with vinegar solution in order to clean so that paint binds better to the metal
Step 2: Cover ever metal surface with red lead paint
Team 1 – working like an assembly line
Team 2 working efficiently – Their motto: Quality over quantity
Painting is all about the finer details
First important detail: Don’t spill the paint! (Undisclosed name), the AKC community will always have something to remember you by now
Painting took much longer than we thought. The plan was to get all 40 pieces done before lunch
Final step is to stack all painted beams in one pile and touch up any areas where needed
Back at the house, some leaders are making thank you cards with some kids to give to supporters back in Toronto
We’d like to thank everyone back in Toronto that supported us through this process
This is how many we were able to finish before lunch (in about 2 hours). Both teams are neck and neck
Friendly competition brings out the best in all of us
So much so, Danielle’s finger gets injured in the process
It’s back to school for the kids in PH too. They look so cute in their uniforms.
Time for lunch!
But first, grace before meals
We’ve had chicken almost everyday but these these lollipop chickens legs were the best we’ve had anywhere in PH
Cheers to a productive morning
No time to wash my face, lunch too irresistible
Danielle forgets about her finger after Joshua presents her with a handmade gift from his mother
Before heading off for the afternoon shift, we all decide to take a little nap
After lunch, both teams just have 2 beams left to paint. The competition is tight.
Jairuz: “Let’s do this!”
After group 1 finished painting their pile, the members of “group 1” hop over to help paint group 2’s unfinished beam. Now that’s TEAMWORK
“We can take the lead”
Tasks complete. 40 metal pieces prepared and painted
We take the card taking outside after lunch since the room was being used
Next job is to move all this hollow blocks to one the units being built
The distance is far but we have a big team so we can do it!
We just had to spread out a bit
Eventually this small pile has to be as big as the pile we started from
Katrina learns how to bend rebar
But before Kat cuts it, we need to cut rebar to length
Katrina now learns how to bend rebar into a different shape
While Jairuz, Jeff, Alanna, and Nicole take over for her. Wow Kat, it takes 4 people to replace you 🙂
It’s like “barrel of monkeys”
This is the new shape we learn how to make from rebar
It is used to strengthen rectangular rebar post
Time to fill bags with sand
Once filled, we send the sandbags up the hill. On the way down for the next load, kids often hitch a ride
“My turn next to ride okay?”
Waiting in line to take a turn
The sand from the bottom of the hill is used to mix with concrete
Reminds me of Taal volcano in Tagaytay
We can make a volcano too!
Danielle gets a homemade splint made for her finger out of Q-tips (very creative Dad)
It’s our last day, which means it’s our last time to play games with the kids (Buggies Under)
Buggies all around!
Will our building now over, we sign our hardhats to donate them to the construction workers on site
A sign that the end is near 😦 We are proud of the work we’ve accomplished
Danielle Hyles gives her hardhat to Joel
Erica Cinco – Master rebar bender
Jairuz Junio – Pandesal Boy
Kyla-anne Ewart – Stella master
Britishawna Petgrave – Selfie Specialist
Shaelyn Talusan – Painter Extraordinaire
Nicole Baret – Paparazzi’s Favourite
Jeffery Wang – Cart pushing specialist
Mark (Father) Balano – Piggy Back Race Champion
Melissa Ayisi – Unstoppable in the paint
Joseph Fantauzzi – Mix master
Alanna Marchese – Brick filler Fiend
Alyssa Cabutaje – Official Tagalog Emcee
Lindsay Curtis – aka Cinderella
This is Katrina’s (aka MVP) who will be giving to Tatay Romir at our closing ceremonies which is signed by all leaders
This is Michael Consul’s hard hart (also signed by all leaders) which we will give to Vida from ANCOP at the closing ceremonies
Group shot with all construction workers with their new hard hats (normal pose)
“Wacky” (said in Filipino accent) Pose
“Look up” pose
Mike and Ryzza do an exploding dap
Mike posing with Joel – fierce basketball rivals
Speaking of basketball, we play one last time.
This time we mix up the teams and have PH and CA play together.
Mike and Joel play on the same team and have an outside shooting two headed attach
Mike quickly became known for his shooting prowess as he lead his team in scoring
First team to twenty-one wins. With the score tied at twenty, we decide first to 5 wins! Wager – Red Horse 🙂
The team lead by J.R. wins the heated battle!
While we play basketball, Kyla-anne starts a game of Stella
We head back to the build site and get everyone to sign our shirts
It was a signing frenzy
Kids make sure to sign the shirts of their favourite leaders
An awesome way to remember our new friends forever
Signing t-shirts literally could have lasted forever
While signing, some of the kids gave their favourite leaders going away gifts
In addition to our hardhats, we gave away out name tags to some kids
Danielle picks one of her favourite kids
Every time I look, he’s either piggy backing or carrying a kid
Jeff picks one of the cutest kids
I love this little girl (you too Erica) 🙂
Before it gets dark, we try to take as many pics as possible with our new friends
Next post will be our evening activities and AKC closing ceremonies.
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