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On route in Navotas - no it's not a river!

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.

Riding down cemetery when it has been raining
..great! She said I can eat with utensils if I wanted. Can you believe 8 of her family live under one roof - and room. 1 bathroom and listen to this!...........no electricty since April, after the fire! How mad is that! Her parents share the top of the bunkbed, 2 share the bottom, she her 2 kids and 2 others share a mattress. Wow and we complain we never have enough space! Or that our beds are too small. How sad are we?!

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.

Thank goodness for wellies
...maybe we need to take a page out of their books! All my ladies were there waiting - oops I was late. We made a new earring design then they were able to design and make their own earings. They were so good, and work so hard. They do joke around all the time and I wish I could understand them and join in.....I do try though ;-) And they try as much as possible to speak English. I think they are great at it! Quite often we would get a visit from one of their kids, which is always a pleasure to see. We also seem to get a daily visit from the skanky, mangie, disease infested cat from next door.

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.

Some homes in the cemetery
They say I can play too...think I will wait till everyone has gone home, then have a tinkle on it whilst admiring the city lights.

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.

Marilou, Myra, Lhen, Anniebell and Chrissie modelling their earrings
..maybe a piece of fruit, a yoghurt or nothing.

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.

    

 

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On route in Navotas - no its not …
On route in Navotas - no it's not…
Riding down cemetery when it has b…
Riding down cemetery when it has …
Thank goodness for wellies
Thank goodness for wellies
Some homes in the cemetery
Some homes in the cemetery
Marilou, Myra, Lhen, Anniebell and…
Marilou, Myra, Lhen, Anniebell an…
Leah, Annie, Vergie and Jennylyne …
Leah, Annie, Vergie and Jennylyne…
Great cuffs!
Great cuffs!
Walking from studio back to pedicab
Walking from studio back to pedicab
Through the walkway
Through the walkway
Walking back through path
Walking back through path
Waiting for our pedicab
Waiting for our pedicab
Last stop for pedicab
Last stop for pedicab
Some crazy kids!
Some crazy kids!
Great cable system
Great cable system
My apartment
My apartment
mmmmmm noodles
mmmmmm noodles
Manila
photo by: Deats