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CONTINUATION: from the adventure starts right here

so where did i stop?!? oh the lights off of 1st day…

JULY 26, 2008

wow! i had a great night ( i mean if i could still call that night 1 in the moring…) but really i had a very satisfying rest…we both still didnt want to get up but we have to…we set our alarm 5:00¬†AM but we got up to our bed 5:30 AM…whew still sleepy ūüė¶ though…after that we started preparing and¬†laying our clothes on the bed and went straight to kitchen to prepare our food…while averil was inside the bathroom bathing, i was the one cooking…guess what i was¬†cooking?! hotdogs?!? eggs?! na ah…its……PORK CHOP!!! yes yes! i marinated the pork last night so it was pretty tasty…hahaha now atleast i know that i do know how to cook (atleast!!!kahit prito prito lang hahaha…) so after cooking- bathe, prepared ourselves and ate…

8 AM CALL TIME AT C.I.’s HOUSE

everybody was¬†already there¬†so we started our pre-conference…we divided our tasks and started working…others went to interview barangay¬†leaders and officials, some went to computer shop to fix the cst and for reproduction¬†and few went out for the spot mapping..supposedly oafie,marlon and i were assigned to interview the barangay captain but because he was in munipal hall for some meeting and for some business we joined the spot mappers and OUR JOURNEY HAVE BEGUN…

forever walkathon…hmmm because i was the assigned to do the description for the barangay¬†i made this opportunity to site everything so that i know what to put in the descrption…the barangay malaking tatiao basically has a very very rich land…360 degress turn aside from the houses everything is green…beautiful flowers, trees and banana and¬†pineapple¬†plantations…and because we were doing spotmapping we have to to know every single path of the place by hook or by crook we have to know EVERYTHING…NO MORE NO LESS…

              

we were guided by one of the resident in the place, everybody calls him Mane so thats how we call him ( at first when i saw him i thought he was older than us but when our ci introduced us to him he was only 16 years old!!!really big guy!!!)¬†we have walked on a very muddy road and sometimes we can hardly see the path because of the tall grasses…it was a bit scary¬†especially for me- it was my 1ST time to walk on that kinda grassy path, i dont know if i was still stepping on the right ground or what…my imagination was soooooo active and i could imagine snakes and other creepy creature…i got a lil scared but i had fun…we git a little bonus one of the owner’s of the plantation gave us pineapples…how nice of them!!!

                           

my cute pineapple…look hagardness…spiky hair hahaha, i also got my own crown hahahaha

          

look at my shoes, after a long walk in a grassy and very muddy road my shoe ended up like this…lucky me i brought rubber shoes…

after the long walk we had our¬†LUNCH BREAK and we have to come back by 1:30 and start our VERY LONG JOURNEY…averil and i have decided to eat some of our leftovers besides we were also in a hurry…so after lunch we again started doing our thing…i thought we would be walking again in muudy road but we didnt but whats really amazing was we have gone to one out of the two rivers in the place…i was realy scaaaaarrrreeeedddd to death to go down…the road was so steep and i was really terrified that i might slipped and fall plus I HATE HEIGHTS I AM AN ACROPHOBIC so it was DOUBLE BURDEN for me…i really didnt want to go down¬†but they pushed so i did and yes yes yes! i made it!!!! yehey!!! what i feeling- i didnt know to describe what exactly i felt but it was really good…the river was flowing freely, the water was clear but¬†a lil trash was around the place…

it was a lot easier to¬†went up and i had no difficulty going up…by 3:00 PM it was time for us to go back for our post conference because by 4:00 WE ARE GOING HOME BABY!!!!

                                      

everybodys excited to go home so was i…i miss my home, my bed, my pillow, TV and computer….waaaaahhhh again our jeep was filled with chaos….whoooohooo…

    

everybody’s excited to go home…look at those perfect smiles

           

and at the bus…

                               

super drained and exhausted or maybe not…whew!!

till next week…COMMUNITY IMMERSION WEEK 2

 

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CONTINUATION: from bye manila hello silang

so here’s the real adventure…its time to cook our food…oh my gosh!!! i feel like we were in a reality show- sort of survivor (not to the extent that we are in a jungle and we have to hunt or swim just to have our food…thats too much!) or extra challenge (not that we have to eat exotic foods or some slimy and eewwwyyy foods) but the feeling of “you’re doings things that ypu barely dont know” waaahhhhh it was soooo terrifying….we prepared all the ingredients thats needed for our menu (ground pork con carrots and potatoes) and while preparing all the ingredients i started to cook the rice (i know how to cook this so no sweat! hahaha yabang!!!!) after that averil started to heat our pan and start sauteing-pour the ground add some water let it simmer add the potatoes and carrots¬†and lastly the tomato sauce¬†…we were laughing all throught the cooking process¬†because we dont know whats next or whats going to happen…BUT heres the catch “it went really well…its good…its pleasant and the taste was terrific!!!” for a newbie like us- it was an achievement!!! we were soooo happy…

here’s the picture of our lovely ground pork con carrots and potatoes…yummy!!!

im one of a heck proud!!!

                                

tinola and ground pork con carrots and potatoes (in short giniling..hahahaha)

i thought we were going to eat nothing but fake food but i guess i was wrong…we survived and i promised (we both promised that we have to learn to cook something before friday strikes…)

after that 2pm was supposedly our call time but the very unpredictable weather humps and bumps again and the heavy (suppperrr duppperrrr heavy rain) poured like forever so we have to stay put and wait till the rain have decided to rest…luckily kat and jean’s house was just a¬†block away so we stayed there until the weather calmed…around 3:30 pm we started our walkathon-wow! it took us quite a long time before we have finally reached the barangay hall…

         

of course like any other activity it all starts with “introducing ourselves” so we did- it was cool because juist like what i have said half od the group were new faces so it was really nice to hear something from them…our clinical instructors also introduced thenselves- sir mahinay and mam uy…

mam uy blown me away-wow! she is really dedicated to her work…she is born to serve people and i was just really amazed on how she reached and touched each and everyone’s heart…she is so inspiring and because of her words theres some kind of¬†force that pushes you to do more…

after that they told us to look into the previous data, fix our cst and settle all the things that we have to accoplish, they leave us and they will come back after an hour or two and we will go outside and do our ocular survey…we talked things over and the committes have been set…

time for us to have our break- we ate and some of us played with the kids…patintero-how lovely to see how 19 and 20 year old grown-ups run and play with 7-8 years old kids…ITS PERFECT AND ITS PRICELESS!!!

  

                          

OCULAR SURVEY

¬†again we walk walk and walk…but mind you with the cool and gentle blow of the wind plus the breath-taking view of the tatiao you wont feel like your feet starts to get numb and your knees starts to shake…manila is way way different from tatiao-pollution vs cool gentle wind, nature vs industrialization, great people vs bunch of starngers…

                        

ocular survey

         

nature at its best

nothing beats the nature when it shouts and bares everything out

    

after our sight seeing…its time to go home and cook and be back by 8pm for some discussion and after that we went to the wake of nanay teoti’s mom…we offered some prayers and after that we mingled with the rest of the people…we played cards and others joined in playing bingo…

having the time of our life

                            

12 am-its time to go home…take agood rest and be ready for some action tomorrow…our call time 8am…we we got home, that was the time i really felt that oh yeah! im pagod nah but i still need to do my feedback journal…while writing it averil and i were not talking at all…we were both reallt drained and exhausted and all we want was to finish this thing and lie on our bed and sleep…we finished doing it around 1 in the morning after and after that¬† we wnet straight to our bed said goodnight to each other and…

LIGHTS OFF DAY ONE!!!

TO BE CONTINUED…

3rd installment: community immersion week 1: last drop of sweat

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im back from the land of pineapples, pomelos, bananas, beautiful flowers and where all the nicest and most hospitable¬†pinoys that i have ever¬†met live….somewhere in the SOUTH…barangay malaking tatiao, silang cavite…

woah! i really had a blast!!i dont know how to describe what i felt and how am i going to tell¬†all the stuffs that i have experienced!!! lots of first times, adventures and all the unpredictable events…hmmmmppp but never the less i had sooooooo much fun..really i love the experience and im¬†sooooooo excited to go back…

ok lets start at the very beginning…

JULY 25, 2008 

3:00 am- i had to woke very very early as in supppperrrrr duuuupppperrrr early!!!!i had no choice¬†coz if i wont get up- i myself would suffer…

¬†¬†¬† these things were heavy…clothes,toiletries,beddings,books and FOODS!!!

i left my home with my two huge bags…when i say huge- i mean REALLY HUGE…im not kidding!!! my mom and my sisters always crack some jokes and tease me¬†that everytime i had to leave the house i feel like bringing¬†the whole house¬†and i carry all the things and pack everything up!!! haiizzz i cant help myself but packing all the stuffs that i wanted to carry with me…i know that i will be the one who will suffer because of huge luggage but i really dont care…its ok with me to carry heavy luggage than to suffer washing clothes and finding all the stuffs that i needed- that is a waste of time PLUS waste of money baby!!! and i dont want that…hehehe…

so just like i imagined, i will have a tough time carrying my BAGS…and i did!! by 4:30 i left the house with my dad carrying one of my bags…and after an hour of travel i arrived at the waiting area around 5:30 in the morning…early early as a bee…hahaha

so my groupmates, classmates and others in the different class have started to pile up…and it was really kinda funny to see that most of us really got a 2 huge bags but the amazing part was some of my classmates got to have an average size of bag and take note ONE as in one bag!!! can you believe it! me i couldnt!!! really¬† i was amazed!!! it was really COOL…

        

                     

        

after a long wait, we have decided to went up to our bus and start fixing everything so we can sit and take a good rest while still waiting for the others…6:00 strikes and we were still not in the good shape…so we wait wait and wait, others went down to buy some foods and stuff…the seats were starting to fill in with other class and there were still handful of the class not around…and when the bus have decided to go- WAIT!!!! others were out of the bus-2 were buying and the other one still wandering…haizzzz HURRY GUYS!! our bus was set to go…everybody’s shouting and the bus was filled of chaos…waaaahhhhhh!!!!!! but thank god they all got in…so WE WERE SET TO GO!!!

bye manila…and after two hours of travel SAY HELLO TO SILANG CAVITE…so together with all our stuffs we went down and we wait for our clinical instructors to pick us up and go straight¬†to our assigned place…so when we met our clinical instructors…our group have been divided to 5¬†subgroups- (1)michael,aj and marlon¬†will be living together, (2) oafie and vivi, (3) graxa and jackie, (4) jinnyber and kat, (5) me and averil…EXCITING and at the same time CHALLENGING especially for averil and I, why?!? because we have a major problem…WE BOTH DO NOT KNOW HOW TO COOK..and WE ARE SO DEAD…do we have any choice?!?none…WE HAVE TO DO IT!!! this is sooooo scary…

so we were sent to the market to buy all the things that we needed…this is sooo new to me…i hate going to grocery store, i dont know how to pick good meat and fresh vegetables…im newbie and i hate it!!! hay naku…after this one and when we got home i have to ask my mo to teach me how to cook and have to learn fast!!!!!so here’s our list:

BREAKFAST: loaf bread

LUNCH: we have to prepare to 2 lunches so we have decided to cook (1) ground pork con carrots and potatoes (2) pork chop

DINNER: again we have to prepare 2 dinner so we have decided to cook (1) tinolang manok (2) fried chicken

so after that we went up to our jeepney and ready ourselves to what hell of a ride!!!weeeheeee……

ride was awesome…the road was getting narrower and narrower, it curves and it ups and downs we were like on a amusement park enjoying some kiddie rides!!!!

   

WELCOME TO PUROK 4 MALAKING TATIAO,SILANG CAVITE

before we are headed out to our foster families…we had a stop over to our CI and 6 guys foster family and had our pre conference and some briefing…and that was the time¬†when we have found out that group 43 and group 44¬†will merge…in short will be working as 1 TEAM…thats good at least the load will be¬†carried by 22 hands and the effort will be doubled…the flow of our discussion: we will¬†be ¬†meeting our foster family, cook our food and be back by 2:00 pm in the barangay hall and start the ball rolling!!!

after briefing…finally we will be able to meet our foster family…yehey! MEET¬† NANAY TEOTI AND FAMILY…we were sorta in a bad timing because nanay teoti and her family were in the middle of crisis and they’re¬†grieving¬†because of a great loss of nanay teoti’s mother…nanay teoti and lester have welcomed us warmly but ofcourse the vibe¬†and the surrounding was a bit¬†gloomy because of the said story…¬†

we fixed and organized our things and to our surprise we have our OWN ROOM…wow! they have really prepared something for us..we have our own bed and pillows…they are sooooo kind! and even they were experiencing this loss they still welcomed us with a very BEAUTIFUL AND WARMING SMILE…i am so overwhelmed!!!

TO BE CONTINUED…

2nd installment-community immersion week 1: the adventure starts right here

fasten your seat belts guys…more pictures and adventures to come…

 

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so i just finished reading this book…hmmmppp my verdict?!? its a very irresistable novel…i started reading this monday morning¬†and¬†i finished it today around 10am…roughly when i summed up the hours less than 24 hours!!!¬†i thought i would have something to read on my way to school, or even on my way to our community immersion…well maybe i assumed alot…hahaha…

while im reading it- i cant help but smile and laugh…i really wanted to laugh hard but i cant because other might think that im going crazy…anyways its not the best book that i have read but surely you will enjoy reading it and you’ll end up loving emma and jack…plus lissy and jemima…emma’s secrets and jack’s complicated and sensitive life…

haizzzz…up to now- i can still imagine all the things that i have read…there’s a lot of funny moments and super unexpected events!!!hayyy enough of it…

so here’s gist of what this novel is all about…

meet emma corrigan, a young woman with huge heart, and irrepressible spirit and a few lil secrets:

secrets from her boyfriend:

“ive always thought connor looks a bit like ken. as in barbie and ken”

secrets from her mother:

“i lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with danny nussbaum while mom and dad were downstairs watching ben-hur”

secrets she wouldnt share with anyone in the world:

“i have no idea what NATO stands for, or even what it is”

until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. at least, she thought he was a stranger…until emma comes face to face with jack harper, the company’s elusive¬†CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her…

that’s where all it started..plane flight, they experience turbulence and she thought that they will going to die and because of that she couldnt stop talking about her “lil secrets to a perfect stranger”….that happened to be THE FOUNDER, THE BIG BOSS of PANTHER CORPORARTION where she works as junior assistant…oh boy!! she is soooo dead…

and if you want to know what happened- READ THE BOOK…i assure you, you wont stop until its over!!!

MY EVER LOVE PART…

the date that went really bad…the BUS part….the bench and the pizza plus the pink cocktail…the LEOPOLD FILE!!!….when emma burst out all her guilt to kerry…jack came at lissy’s show and tell emma about the scotland…when jack starts to tell all his secret to emma and emma can hardly breathe…

FUNNY PART…

when emma represent panther corporation and she totally messed up…the one of a heck plane ride…the alexander code that didnt work…jack’s super revealing¬†interview…

just like what i said its really not the best novel that i have ever read but i assure you you’re going to love emma and jack…lissy and jemima…you’ll hate nev and kerry…THIS IS REALLY GREAT!!FUNNY AND IRRESISTABLE…and mind you LOTS and LOTS of secrets will be revealed and its going to wild and dandy…

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this¬†is actually a very¬†long overdue blog post…ummm how can i say this, this¬†entry is supposedly¬† been posted right after our suppperrrr duppperrrr nightmare duty ( i know youre all aware of that!!) but because im sorta not in the mood to get all things up to my mind and one more thing i dont want to ruin my day…so i have decided to keep it for myself first but because im sooooo bored and i dont have anything to do and i still couldnt get myself out of my computer, im writing it anyways…hahahahaha ( so insane!!!)

so our last day-friday (july18), everybody’s a bit groogy, sleepy, exhausted and not so in a mood…why?!?because we stayed so late at night doing our case presentation having our conversation with the use of YM chatting and conference…thanks to technology!!!(exerting soooooo much effort just to make a quite good case pres for him…) graxa and kat spent their whole night at the computer shop (til 4am i think?) jean, averil and i were one of those fortunate ones because we were inside our very home-safe and sound…and marlon couldnt make because he forgot that his card was already out of hours….

so i got home really late at night actually MIDNIGHT-12am!!! i fixed myself, booth my computer and prepare my dinner…yes!!! you heard me right! dinner, if that’s the right term for that ok lets just call it a snack!! nice right?!? it sounds funny isnt?!?

so our very LONG and EXHAUSTING¬†night started…i cant concentrate…my mind was blank and i couldnt think! i opened my itunes thinking that music can atleast mabe my mind and body work but still it didnt work but i dont have a choice i have to work and finish my stuff and so i did..past 3:30 in the morning..so i asked them if i¬†can do something and help ’em and they told me that i could now disappear…so i did! i rest….

the day after- CASE PRESENTATION..LAST DAY…YEHEY!!!

hours before the said duty- we were still rushing and¬†finishing things up…collating everything and compiling it to one file…print it photocopied¬†it and done!! but it was not that easy!¬†we¬†were running out of time, we finished the whole thing but WE ENDED UP GETTING LATE…so BE IT!!!

CASE PRESENTATION…

we were doing nothing…we gave him our output, he was reading it for about 45-1 hour and after that finally he started to talk…HOT SEAT…not a very usual case¬†presentation that we had…there was a seat near him and we have to seat there when we were being called…so SCARY but we managed to handle it very nicely..after that he gave time for us¬†to eat and review for our quiz…

AFTER BREAK…

we went back-prepared piece of paper and¬†ready ourselves…the question…ONE AND ONLY QUESTION-¬†in a schematic paradigm¬†discuss the PATHOPHYSIOLOGY of ADENO-RECTAL CARCINOMA…ok! ok! im shocked a bit but its ok, its our case anyways!! so FINALLY EVERYTHING HAS BEEN SET AND DONE…we were all ready to fix our thing and leave…but wait!!

he suddenly asked us- “did you learn anything from me?”…we responed “yes sir” (actually no doubt he really is a great lecturer and we really¬†have¬†learned alot from him…there’s no doubt about his capabilities but his attitude really stinks…)

THE UNEXPECTED CONVERSATION

¬†and here comes marlon telling some things blah blah blah…that things could work out in a very calm environment and he didnt need to shout and everything…i guess he was again out of his mind (sometimes he’s really like that…but i do understand him…kinda!!!) and now SIR talks like somebody else again..telling him ( or us?!?im not sure…) that¬†lecture and duty was different…i myself dont get it! he continue bragging nonsense things…then WE WERE REALLY SHOCKED when he¬†said that “if you want respect, if you want me to give you respect- YOU HAVE¬†TO¬†EARN YOUR BARS…SHOW ME THE KNOWLEDGE…EARN YOUR LICENSE, EARN YOUR MASTERALS…blah blah blah blah…THEN AFTER YOU EARN THEM COME BACK TO ME AND THAT IS THE TIME…..blah blah blah blah…

what the?!? why is he saying all of that?!? i dont get him!!! does he mean that only people who have degree, and only those people who made really big deserve RESPECT!!!! huh?!? that is soooooo INSANE!!!

that is¬†NOT fair…NEVER and NEVER WILL…everybody deserves respect from anybody¬†it was just that you really have to EARN IT…EARN it a very DIFFERENT way!!! regardless of your status in life- rich or poor, male or female, no age bracket, no age limit, forget about the educational background, leave the race or the color behind, or even the language itself has nothing to do with GIVING AND EARNING RESPECT…

WHAT IS MY POINT?

the point is “his reason was soooo overboard!!!!!”¬† NO ONE and¬†NOBODY has the right to raise that ANSWER TO ANYBODY…NOT NEVER..

i can give respect to anybody- older and even younger than me¬†so long as they DESERVE IT…again so long as THEY DESERVE IT…but when it comes to him?!?maybe i’ll give him the respect that he wanted as a clinical instructor…he demands it and perhaps he deserves a ‘lil of it…i wont shout at him or anything because in the first place i know that -THAT is UNETHICAL and it is BEYOND MY THING…

but giving MORE THAN a LITTLE is TOO MUCH TO ASK¬† and I’LL THINK ABOUT IT….so tell me, does he deserve any respect?!?

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this is so exciting…elliott is now working out on his next album with fellow idol lisa tucker and producer jermaine dupri…

check out this 2 videos…

elliott and lisa tucker singing…

elliott with jermaine…

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woohooo!!!im one the happiest person today!!!!why?!? because my duty slash slash nightmare has already¬†ended at exactly 7:45 later this evening…haizzz! i dont know how to explain my emotions but literally my cheeks and my facial muscles were sorta tired because of the continuous smiling and laughing… ūüôā still up to now ( its around 12 am) i couldnt help but smile….

one more thing.. i absolutely adore and certainly love my groupmates…certain things, situations and events have molded us and made us to what we are right now…i love how things fall into places…ofcourse not everyday is a good day but you know at the end of the day “we find time to settle things, sit and talk things over” and i absolutely love it! it was so nice that we’re not just MERELY a GROUP but really A FAMILY…

i hope that things will get better and better everyday…i enjoy every single second with them and i find myself so comfortable having them around me..thanks guys!! love you all

i know this world has A LOT to offer so LETS go GRAB every single thing that will help us BE to be¬† US…not just what WE¬†WANTED¬†to be¬†but WHAT¬†WE HAVE to be…

cheers! cheers! ūüėČ

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