Third week continued
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Wednesday 19 - Woke up with rain pouring down! Oh man! Had to pop into office first to collect materials for class. Not so nice walking the streets in the rain as the water just sits there and doesnt seem to go anywhere. And if you walk the sidewalks they are just as bad because they are not the smoothest and safest either! Cant win either way ;-) Its so funny how you would be walking at quite a pace minding your own business and every taxi driver will slow down expecting you to jump in, or the pedicabs and tricycles will stop even if you are not looking for a ride...I mean they would slow down even when you are traveling the opposite direction! Joanne was already at the office when I arrived. She said she and her family would love to have me around for dinner on Friday.
It took us just under 3hrs to get the Navotas. As we drove in, the streets were getting more and more flooded. It was like we were riding through a river. Surely the government should be doing something? At the cemetery our walk to the studio was flooded too so the kitchen staff gave us wellies to wade through. Thank goodness for wellies! All the people around there always looks happy and content with their lives.
That evening I went again to the Pan Pacific Hotel Lounge for food and a chill. Was so lovely. Going back on friday evening after Joanne's house to listen to the grand pino being played.
Thursday 20 - Had a long sleep last night. I have to have the air con going all night otherwise I would fry! My usual breakfast here would be either pandasal (roll like thing you stick in oven to heat up) with peanut butter on and a cup of coffee - but not just any coffee....Joanne made me my first one and it was to die for - nescafe powder, 2 huge spoons of brown sugar, and coffee cream. Yum yum. Or I would have yoghurt with fruit, nuts and honey - like back home. The fruit here is great, but I try stick to ones where you have to peel them. Better for my stomach that way. Off to Navotas. Class at 1pm. For lunch I usually have not much.
I introduced them to cuff making, they were very good again. They decide on their own beads and design. Some came up with brilliant ones. I was so pleased with them. We had a good afternoon together...I dont want to leave these ladies. I told them that they will graduate end of October but September, which is what we thought. They were much happier. ON route to the pedicab we were surrounded by loads of kids all asking 'Whats your name?', like a hundred times. They were cute. one stood right infront of me the other day, grabbed my hand and put it on his forehead ( sign of respect) I felt like one of them ;-)
Dinner normally consists of either take away Chinese, not much a fan of Filipino food, unless I am at ones house eating an authentic dish, pandasal with peanut butter, or some fruit and yoghurt again.