Our last bus ride to the build site. As usual we start with a prayer.
We are welcomed by beautiful children
They help hand out our name tags
Before we start our last build session, Mike buys ice cream for the whole community (kids and adults) as well as all of the student leaders
It cost 1600 pesos for ALL the ice cream in the entire cart – everyone lines up to get some
That’s $42 for a whole cart of ice cream!
There are 2 flavors, ube (purple yam) and keso (cheese).
We make sure to hand out ice cream to the elders and kids first before serving ourselves
Ice cream and story telling – perfect combination
A truck arrives with rocks and sand
Like everything else, unloading the truck has to be done by hand
“Don’t worry, we’re here to help out”
We have a big party tonight so we need to sort out the gifts we will be giving
While some of us sort gifts, there’s a group of us unloading sand and gravel from the truck
Starts off easy until the sun and fatigue kick in
Station 3 is arts and crafts with the kids
Station 4 is digging! Hardest job of all!
Digging is much easier when we have a pro like Aldrin to help us
We need to remove all of this debris before we can continue our foundation trench
Sometimes using your hands is faster then using the shovel
Station 5 is painting A.K.A save your energy because you’ll be digging next!
I’ll be ready to dig, bring it on!
Station 6 – cutting rebar
Rule of thumb, measure twice, cut once!
Jillian is in mid-air so she can get enough momentum/force to cut the rebar
Job well done!
Since Mike bought the whole cart of ice cream, kids are able to go up for seconds and even thirds as we work.
Just enough time to have some ice cream before going back to school. Look at those awesome uniforms.
Station 7: Making brooms out of palm leaves (another job that allows us to save our energy before we hit the dig site)
The girls organizing the gifts making sure everything is divided evenly. Props to Jermin Bates for donating all of these work gloves we will be leaving with 3 communities.
Thanks to the Redmond Me to We club for doing a toothbrush and toothpaste drive
And thank you to all the other individuals who donated clothes, toys, canned goods and other miscellaneous items.
After 2 rotations (1.5 hours), we finally empty the truck.
Gravel and sand is ready to be mixed with concrete
A great place to take a photo
Look how much sand we were able to empty from the truck
Time for a group shot before lunch
Grace before meals
Time to chow down. Our last lunch in Tala 😦
We will definitely miss this food when we go back to Toronto
Before we get back to work, there’s some time to play some basketball!
Mitch goes up for the jam!
Mitch also shows his outside game (look at all that sand we emptied from the truck in the background).
You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than a whole year of conversation (Plato) – in this case, basketball
Adrian dominates with his height – the tallest guy in Tala
Leah aka “Low Key” shows her mad defence
“There’s no where to go.”
Fade-a-way jump shot by Marc
While some of us play basketball, some of us bond with the kids through “limbo”
Melissa buys some cotton candy
“I’ll miss you boy”
We can’t believe we moved all of these rocks
“Wanna play tag?”
“So much fun, who needs TV?”
Not into basketball, tag, or playing in sand…..there’s always karaoke!
Dancing and karaoke go hand-in-hand
Did you know the karaoke machine was created in the Philippines?
Everyone gets involved
This cutie might make it into Mimi’s luggage 🙂
We create a game in the sand
Objective: get a rock into the cup
If you get a rock in the cup, you’ll receive a prize.
Lots of prizes (candy) to go around
Random games of “Stella” seem to break out through out the day, every day 🙂
No football…….just find a coconut
Who needs wifi when you have some sand and some imagination
Brings a whole new meaning to “fun in the sun”
Thi is what our life in Tala looks like…..it’s going to be hard to leave
We have learned so much from these kids
We all receive origami hearts that say “Thank You”. So sweet.
We pack one luggage with tools to leave in Tala including a powered circular saw
The suit case will also contain toothbrushes, toothpaste, clothing, and toys.
We also pack a bag of donations for Avanai, our 2011-12 build site
This bag is for AKC, last year’s build site
Dexter gets a surprise from Julie and Tito Bernie
A new pair of shoes!
We give Rapunzel (our foreman) a gift for helping lead us.
Tonight we’re having a party. The community said they have some special games planned for us.
We don’t know what we’re getting into, but it looks like fun!
It’s our last day at the build site and we’re totally exhausted. We can’t imagine another day of building. Kudos to all the community members who will be continuing the build after we leave for months to come. We never realized how much hard work it would be.
Looking back at pics from DAY 1 make us proud of what we accomplished. This is our dig site before we started. String shows where trenches need to be built.
This is the dig site now after all our hard work. Foundation will be poured into these trenches. Can you see how many units we dug out?
The answer is 6. Here’s the same pic showing the footprint of each unit.
Here’s a closer look at unit 6. Cinder blocks will be placed in the trenches after concrete is poured. Post will placed in each corner.
This shows you the length of 2 units. You can see where 3 post will be set. Each post is connected by a trench where cinder blocks will be laid.
Look at all the rebar we made into beams. These will serve as reinforcement for concrete pillars.
We also painted the interiors of these 2 rows of houses.
Our time building is officially over and we’re totally exhausted. Totally can’t imagine how would feel like to build every day for 12 months.
Now that building is done, we take the time to sign our safety helmets.
All the kids are wondering what we are doing. A lot of them skipped school today because they knew it was our last day at Tala.
Here’s the team. #TeamPH2k14
Axile “Official Translator” Gerona – Bishop Marrocco Thomas Merton – Grade 12
Emily “The Wise One” Palaganas – Madonna – Grade 12
Mimi “Kids’ Fav” Tran – Bishop Allen – Grade 12
Geerthan “The Tipper” Ranjhan – Jean Vanier – Grade 12 – aka Basketball MVP – (and so many other nicknames)
Nicole “Perma-Smile” De Souza – Mary Ward – Grade 12
Dana “The Astronaut’s Wife” Salvador – St. Joseph’s College – Grade 12
Christine “Our Baby” Dometita – Mary Ward – Grade 9 – aka always making funny faces
Dyan “Product of Mama G” Uy – Jean Vanier – Grade 12 – aka Geerthan’s side kick
Tina “Lost my shoe in the clay” Ramgeet – Father John Redmond – Grade 12 – aka Libby’s caretaker
Libby “Rapunzel” Villa – Father John Redmond – Grade 12 – aka Brave aka best dishwasher on the team
Marc “The Music Teacher” Viado – Seneca College – aka Hardcore Duck Duck Goose Player
Jermin “Play the song and I know all the words” Bates – Father John Redmond – Grade 10
Mitchell “I’m in every picture” Pimenta – Brebeuf – Grade 12
Kaisha “needs longer shorts” Ayienga – Father John Redmond – Grade 11
Melissa “Digging Queen” Mathieu – Mary Ward – Grade 12
Leah “Low Key” Valenzuela – St. Joseph’s College – Grade 12
Jillian “Where’s number 16” Maniquis – Maddona – Grade 12
John “Avoid Physical Work” Samson – Don Bosco – Grade 12
Adrian “Let me fix my hair” Durlej – Don Bosco – Grade 12 aka Watch out for the paparazzi
Chloe and Faith – how come we didn’t get a picture of you!!! At least your hardhat is here 🙂
There’s Chloe…..and if you look closely you’ll find Faith too!
We will miss wearing these shirts. Be the change. Be a partner. We love that phrase.
We give our hardhats to the members of the community that helped us build
Julie gives her’s to Dexter – her painting mentor
Each leader gives their safety helmet to a special friend
Digging wouldn’t be the same without Aldrin
These guys taught us so much. We will miss them.
We will never forget you!
Did Aldrin get 2 hardhats?
Please remember us every time you put on those hardhats
Can you believe it, we haven’t danced to “Shake it off” in 4 whole days
By far, this is our favorite move in the whole dance!
Chloe and Axile always lead us with energy and enthusiasm
There’s that “car move” again as Axile shouts, “Left, right, LEEEFFFTTT!”
Time for some Philippines vs. Canada basketball. Game 1 – Philippines WINS!
Game 2 – Canada WINS – Geerthan is the MVP – leading scorer, rebounder, blocker, and loudest person on the court!
Spectators have a great view from the sand pile
This might actually be more fun then playing basketball
Game 3 for all the marbles. Adrian and Aldrin go for the jump ball.
Adrian almost gets blocked from behind but he’s way too tall!
Every so often we need to push the rim up because it’s gets bent downwards
Aldrin with some fierce defence on Adrian – the 2 tallest guys in Tala
Aldrin and Adrian have some fierce battles down in the paint (well sand) 🙂
Mike’s specialty is beyond the arc – look at the form
And sometimes, Mike even plays defense (sometimes)
Over Mitch’s extended hand but Adrian is ready to collect the rebound
Mitch is totally faked out by this pass
Let’s analyse this play – Yup, Mitch TOTALLY got faked out!
The sun is going down and neither Canada nor The Philippines has scored 5 points
No rush, we’ll just keep playing in the sand
This ends Part 1 of Day 12. The daytime edition.
Part 2, the night time edition will be posted next (Tala going away party).
Thanks for following our travels.
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