Day 10 – (pt. 1) More building in Masagana

On Monday, January 4th, a group of us chose to wake up at 5:30 am to be interviewed for a Philippine morning TV Show called Good Morning Boss.  It was a super fun experience.  Alexa, Veronica, and Julienne also performed. It was awesome.

See footage of our interview

We felt very pampered getting our makeup done.

We are back at the Masagana build site to continue our work.

01 blocks
We helped build the back wall of the units. First thing to do is deliver hollow blocks to 4 different houses.
02 mix
While other transport blocks, some of us mix sand and concrete.
03 water
After mixing, step 2 is to add water. This mix will be used as mortar between each block.
04 filling
Whenever there’s nothing else to do, there’s ALWAYS debris to be bagged.
05 laying
Brick laying was one of the funniest jobs. The workers were extremely skilled at it. We learned a lot from them.
06 oops
Oops, I dropped one!
07 massage
This is a different type of train. We like this type of train much better.
08 eat
Time to refuel before our afternoon build session.
09 paint
In the afternoon we do some less labour intensive work
10 serious
These are some serious looking painters
11 cares
We set up an arts and crafts station. The kids loved being creative.
12 volleyball
We play volleyball instead of basketball
13 b guns
Time to flex some muscle
14 g guns
Look at those pipes
15 g guns
The gun show continues
16 surprise
A special guests comes to visit the village. Not the senator or ambassador, but…..
17 spidey
Your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman!
18 spidey
Spidey poses with the kids
19 wolf
Late afternoon time means play time. First game:  “What time is it Mr. Wolf?”
20 wolves
But instead of 1 wolf, there are 15 wolves.
21 men
We play “Octopus” again since it was such a big hit yesterday. Twice with the kids, and once with the teenagers.
22 octopus
The goal is to get the other side without getting caught by any of student leaders
22a winners
Here are our 3 winners. Prize: Knapsack full of goodies (toiletries, stationery, toys, and clothes). 
23 walk
Time to walk back to the bus and say goodbye.
23 b Carr boys
It makes it easier knowing we’ll be back tomorrow.
24 piggy
We are dreading the day when there will be no more tomorrow

Next stop is the community of Tala, last year’s build site. There we will reconnect with the people and see the progress of what the 2014-15 group assisted with.

Thanks for following our travels.

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  1. As I look at the different shots that sir captured throughout the trip in the Philippines, I smile as I remember the faces of the kids I bonded with. Allyza, Daniel, Jessica… Each & every one of them hold such a special place in my heart & there aren’t enough words to express how much I want to return. There are so many other kids as well, as the list absolutely endless. My favorite part of the trip most definitely had to be playing with the kids. Hearing their laughter reminds me of how incredible the childhood years truly are. As I hugged them that day, I thanked them for all of their love, & reminded them to continue chasing their dreams. They have so many of them, & I’m only hopeful to meet with them someday soon, sharing the experiences that we’ve all once dreamed about. Overall, as my love for them grows, my desire to stay is much similar.

  2. Again and again, thank you for sharing!

    Peace, Joy and Hope, Steve De Quintal Teacher, St. Mary’s CSS, 66 Dufferin Park Ave. Toronto, Ontario M6H-1J6. 416-393-5528 ext. 84293 “that they may have life and have it the full.” “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams ***You can always email but a call or a visit will get a quicker response*** ________________________________

  3. I hear the stories about the trip and hear about how everyone is so close now and how everyone has changed so much I do wish that I still went. But hopefully I can go next year.

  4. Today was a tiring day, construction is a lot of hard work, it’s really tiresome. My least favourite part was definitely cleaning up debris, it’s so hard on your back, and you’re in the boiling hot sun, i like lifting rocks and moving a LOT better! But somebody has to do it and i’m glad we could help with it. Playing with the kids as usual was my favourite part of the day, i got to play volleyball with them, and they’re so good!!!! it was so much fun! Even playing tag, even tho the adults were cheating just a little X) it was a lot of fun, i really liked this village the kids here are amazing.

  5. Today was loaded with hard work and fun. We had the opportunity to: lay bricks, mix cement and put debris in bags. I definitely viewed this day as one of the highlights of the trip. The atmosphere from dawn was energetic and as a result we where all eager to put in some work. I absolutely loved playing with the small children and the joy on there faces where absolutely priceless.

  6. Today was definitely hard work, especially moving the bricks. However, I think I can speak for all of us and say we were definitely glad to help. Playing games with the children was so fun. Haha they were amazing at volleyball and just killed us ! Just looking at all the pictures Mr, Consul took (even months later) makes me smile:) Just remembering how much love and energy was present at the community is an amazing feeling.

  7. The kids warm my heart and I’m going to miss them so much after we go back home but i will never forget them. Today was a very long and tiring day but it was well worth it because i knew the i would most likely not be able to see the community again. It breaks my heart knowing that i might not come back but i will make it happen and i will make sure to spread the awareness of what i did on this trip to others and let them know that they can make a difference in the world.

  8. Being on morning television was so spontaneous and off the cuff, and was only of any things that made this trip so special. At Masagana, I really got into the work today, and enjoyed laying down the cinderblocks to build the back wall. I played volleyball with some kids for the first time this trip, and they were amazing, way better than any of us. I love how close we have become to many in the community, especially the kids. Seeing their joy and happiness as they play would make anyone’s day. Its going to be hard to say goodbye tomorrow.

  9. Today was a lot of work but I think all of us are rewarded with the smiles and the games we play with the kids of the community. Though we did a lot of work, I think it’s a given to say that we did a lot of playing games too, which is also great! I think for a lot of us there are a number of kids which hold special place in my heart. Playing with them was an absolute joy and this trip reawakened the child in my that likes to play. Going on this trip put me in a leadership position – a leader that plays when it’s gametime and works when its worktime. This trip really taught me that there’s a time for both and there’s a way you can have fun while working (especially when the kids are there cheering you on). I really miss these kids, I do.

  10. We were really put to work today from moving cinder blocks to mixing cement but it was always worth it to play with the kids during our breaks. There was no such thing of being tired when the community was so full of energy and smiles. I couldn’t help but smile and continue. The children always tag along even when we would work, sometimes they’d even try to help us. You could really tell that our bond with the children grew stronger each day. It gets harder and harder to leave each time, I really don’t think I’m ready for our final goodbye tomorrow.

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