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As Days Pass By, Palo, Philippines travel blog

As Days Pass By

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... nearly 70 people in Colorado this weekend for a Bowling Event that raised over $2,000 dollars for the GoAbroad Foundation Philippines Rebuilding Efforts. A Catholic Church in the U.S. raised funds to build two homes in Cangumbang thanks to the efforts of ...

Tropical Storm Basyang, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

Tropical Storm Basyang

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Hello Everyone, It is too soon for more. The wind and rain are picking up as yet another tropical storm heads our way. Though still a low category typhoon, a level 2 in the southern part of Leyte and a level 1 here in Tacloban, anxiety levels are high ...

Basic as it gets., Sabang, Philippines travel blog

Basic as it gets.

A travel blog entry by reece_and_elle

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Arriving in Puerto Princesa we didn't really know what we were doing or where we were going. We stopped off in a cafe to get away from the hustle and bustle that is the taxi area at the airport. After a drink we found out we needed to get to the bus ...

The Future is Still Bright, Palo, Philippines travel blog

The Future is Still Bright

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Hello Everyone, In the last week I attended four graduation ceremonies for the children in Cangumbang. With each ceremony I was reminded of how blessed we all are to be here. Nearly 5 months after the storm, and all of the children were able to graduate ...

Overwhelming Energy, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Overwhelming Energy

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Hello Everyone, On Wednesday night, as usual, I visited the center as the sun completed its work for the day. Carter, Brandon, and I headed out to Cangumbang, equipped with peanuts and bread filled with coconut for the kids. They were a bit out of ...

Blessings & Anticipation, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Blessings & Anticipation

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Hi Everyone, As the week began my heart was filled with dread as a tropical depression grew southeast of the Philippines and its path continued to turn directly towards Leyte. The roof of the center won't be installed until next week, and I couldn't bear ...

A weekend of Island hopping., El Nido, Philippines travel blog

A weekend of Island hopping.

A travel blog entry by reece_and_elle

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When we arrived in El Nido we arranged to meet Hardy later for a drink and went to look for somewhere to stay. Whilst looking we walked into the pensioners parade, a celebration of old people! Very cool to see them all happy and to see people come out ...

Absolutely Crazy Visit, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Absolutely Crazy Visit

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... to make "Ladys Choice" sandwiches like they wanted. Ladys Choice is a type of sandwich spread they have here in the Philippines. After downing two loaves of bread and a whole jar of Ladys choice their energy continued. I headed downstairs to give Nanay ...

The Third Day, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

The Third Day

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Hello Everyone, Much like the day before, we spent the majority of the day searching for employees and friends, as well as trying to find food and water. The day was long, we awoke extremely early, and the night was long as we worried about what was ...

The Day That Never Seemed to End, Manila, Philippines travel blog

The Day That Never Seemed to End

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Hello Everyone,   On the afternoon of November 8th, as I trekked from Marasbaras towards Tacloban, with my skeleton of belongings strapped to my back and a bag full of every remaining food item in my possession wrapped in my arms, I was in utter ...

A Special Day for Jon-Jon, Palo, Philippines travel blog

A Special Day for Jon-Jon

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Monday I ventured to Cangumbang after work to celebrate my little Jon-Jon's 5th birthday! The kids told me his birthday was on Sunday, so I promised them on Saturday that I would come out on Monday night to bring some cake and a gift for Jon-Jon. Their ...

Never Take A Moment For Granted, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Never Take A Moment For Granted

A travel blog entry by elsat

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... new year. Only 6 more to go! Thank you to my two newest sponsors! :) To Learn some more about my time in the Philippines and how I ended up where I am today, Read my Interview on GoAbroad.com:  http://www.goabroad.com/author/elsa-thomasma/interview ...

Coming to Terms, Only the Beginning, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

Coming to Terms, Only the Beginning

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Hello Everyone, The day after the storm was like an extension of the afternoon prior. We awoke with the sun, and surveyed the damage that encompassed us from every direction. We began a list of 80 employees and started checking off the people we could ...

Girl's Day-A Celebration of Mary's Birthday, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Girl's Day-A Celebration of Mary's Birthday

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Hello Everyone, This weekend we have a lovely, girly celebration of Mother Mary's birthday with our first official Girl's Day in Cangumbang. Three of my friends came out with me to pamper the girls with a hair salon, nail salon, and make up station! When ...

Even One is Enough To Help, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Even One is Enough To Help

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hello Everyone, The past week and a half has been very happy at the center. Lots of giggling and laughing, and little too much energy and noise at times...as can be expected with 50 children on a Saturday afternoon. We watched a movie two Saturdays ago, ...

The Balloon Game, Palo, Philippines travel blog

The Balloon Game

A travel blog entry by elsat

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WOW!  This week has been a crazy week, and I guess I let time run away from me as it is Friday already and I am just sitting down to write about Saturday... We started the day hanging up the art work from previous weeks, and new colored pencil ...

The Most Beautiful Day Thus Far, Palo, Philippines travel blog

The Most Beautiful Day Thus Far

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Hello Everyone, I write this blog two days after the official opening of the Cangumbang Center, which was held on Friday August, 23rd, yet my heart is still filled with joy and love for the community and every single person that helped make the ...

The Dental Workshop, Palo, Philippines travel blog

The Dental Workshop

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hello Everyone, Saturday we help our first big event at the center, our very first Dental Workshop. My friend Carter from home and Annie, my coworker visiting from our US office, have both worked as dental assistants in the past. So together they put ...

Nothing Can Stop Me Now, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Nothing Can Stop Me Now

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... The sun is shining more and more each day, warming everyone's skin and revealing yet again the true beauty of the Philippines, and especially Cangumbang. Enjoy some amazing photos by Ardie Lopez, who was our photographer during a Relief/Charity Event last ...

Do Not Let Them Be Forgotten, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Do Not Let Them Be Forgotten

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... of Leyte still has immense needs. Today I ask you to please spread the word about the tragic event that struck the Philippines nearly 4 months ago. Share my blog. Invite people to donate to the GoAbroad Foundation and support our ongoing recovery efforts ...

Two Weeks of Gleeful Play, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Two Weeks of Gleeful Play

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... every time I visit the center it rains, but maybe that's just because the rainy season is still looming over the Philippines. Last Sunday I visited the center, and arrived to a screaming swarm of children. They were holding their first dance practice ...

Sunny Days, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

Sunny Days

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hello Everyone, We have had a beautiful week of weather following the anxiety provoking tropical storm that hit southern portion of Leyte. The kids seem more and more happy to be back at school, though clearly they still lack a great deal of necessary ...

Wreck Diving at its best., Coron, Philippines travel blog

Wreck Diving at its best.

A travel blog entry by reece_and_elle

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... booked to Vietnam from Manila and we had our flights booked to Manila from Coron. So off we went. On the flight, we had inside knowledge of a game the air crew played (going on several flights in the Philippines) We managed to win a flask! How cool. ...

Preparing for the Blessing, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Preparing for the Blessing

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Hello Everyone, This Sunday I spent the entire afternoon in Cangumbang, talking with the children about the blessing, checking out the progress, and encouraging them to practice the dances they have been preparing for this coming Friday. Sunday was also ...

Mountain life, Banaue, Batad, Manila, Philippines travel blog

Mountain life

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Finding A Way to Come to Terms, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

Finding A Way to Come to Terms

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hello Everyone, After eating a delicious lemon grass fish at a local restaurant, followed by a refreshing mango shake at a coffee shop, where I comfortably lounged on an oversized chair, I couldn't help but feel guilty to have splurged on myself (even if ...

Construction Begins, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Construction Begins

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No April Fool's Joke this year! Construction has truly begun in Cangumbang today! I am so elated to share the amazing news. The past few weeks have been extremely busy for me, especially after being slowed down for almost two weeks with various ...

Manila, not a big thrilla', Manila, Philippines travel blog

Manila, not a big thrilla'

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... changed with the defeat of the Spanish was in who was doing the economic exploitation. For all intents and purposes, the Philippines became a de facto American colony and supported a number of US military bases. In 1941 when the Japanese declared war on ...

An Emotional Visit to Cangumbang, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

An Emotional Visit to Cangumbang

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Hello Everyone, Monday was one of the longest days by far, I still can't believe how much was packed in to 24 hours. We awoke at 4 am, scrambling to grab all the boys belongings in the dark. My boss and I went to fetch the car and then stopped at the ...

Excitement and Eggs, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Excitement and Eggs

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Hello Everyone, Saturday was my first afternoon in Cangumbang and it was really great to spend some time with the kids and explore the center in the daylight. When I got up in the morning I headed downtown Tacloban to the market to by 30 eggs, to make ...

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