Travel Blogs from Tacloban City, Philippines

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Saving Rain, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Saving Rain

A travel blog entry by elsat

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... wondering, we did make it safely back from our lovely vacation.  We were able to take a bus and then a van straight back to Tacloban.  Just so you guys can get an idea of the expense difference here, I spent a total of about 60 US dollars for ...

Adorable Innocence, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Adorable Innocence

A travel blog entry by elsat

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... I really enjoyed spending a lot of time with all the babies today. The baby who came from the Missions of Charity orphanage here in Tacloban with Scabies is nearly back to good health. He is so much happier than when he arrived and is smiling quite a lot ...

Closing out the Week, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Closing out the Week

A travel blog entry by elsat

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... nbsp; The first 2 weeks went by rather slowly but now time seems to be flying by.  I feel back at home here in the Philippines, and I am loving every minute of my stay.  I love the culture here, for reasons I shall share now.  When I walk ...

Another Afternoon without Electricity, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Another Afternoon without Electricity

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hello all, Physical therapy was quite a fight on Monday, neither Jonathan, or Daniel especially, were in the mood to work hard.  We got what we could done though as usual.  The nursery wasn't in complete shamble when I got back so that was a ...

Undeniable Smiles and Laughter, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Undeniable Smiles and Laughter

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hi All, From the beginning of my last stay the staff at the orphanage informed me that Jonathan was deaf, blind, CP, and was unable to show emotions (whatever that was supposed to Imply). Over time, each day, Jonathan has proved their "diagnosis" or ...

Ninety-Two Million...And Growing, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Ninety-Two Million...And Growing

A travel blog entry by elsat

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... , both requirements which we do not meet.  So instead we got pedicures, a nice and cheap reward here in the Philippines (just under 2 dollars!). I took yet another nap this afternoon and now I am patiently waiting Diana's arrival so we can begin our ...

Wave of Ilness, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Wave of Ilness

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hello Everyone, Gosh it feels like forever since I have been able to write.  Monday morning I woke up with a terrible migraine but pushed myself to go to the orphanage anyway, despite the holiday (National Heroes Day).  I ended up napping with ...

The Daily Visits Continue, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

The Daily Visits Continue

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hello All, This week has been rather irregular I guess you could say, as far as my placement goes.  Tuesday Jonathan went to physical therapy as normal, because his doctor was not doing consultations on that day.  Wednesday we took Jonathan to ...

Fan Club Without Celebrity Status, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Fan Club Without Celebrity Status

A travel blog entry by elsat

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... ; I was joking around with Ate Jo earlier this week that I should marry the lone male PT so that we can adopt Jonathan in the Philippines and move to the US, at which time we would plan to divorce.  I said it was a fair trade, easy adoption for U.S. ...

Eye of the Tiger, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Eye of the Tiger

A travel blog entry by elsat

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... his mid-forties and quite the world traveler.  His most recent endeavor, aside from his current 6 month stay in the Philippines, is a bicycle trip through Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand.  In January he is actually moving to Thailand for ...

The Filipino Mass, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

The Filipino Mass

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hi Everyone, Today has been the coldest day yet here in the Philippines, from what I feel at least.  Not sure the actual temperature but it was really cloudy all day and I had to wear a cardigan and capris so I wouldn't be cold on the jeepneys today. ...

Tacloban City, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Tacloban City

A travel blog entry by 7tck7334

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... places. However i did find all the street kids and baggars from Maasin they are all here !!! Overall I found Tacloban, not my favourite city, the streets and one way systems are confusing, overcrowded and unsigned, i did find i was going ...

Things to see and do in Tacloban, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Things to see and do in Tacloban

A travel blog entry by 7tck7334

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... a whole deal it was delicious and presented with chips and some side salad to complete the look..... It maybe a long way from Tacloban City but was well worth the travel.   9/10 worth the travel Sto Nina Shrine and Museum.   We really ...

Arrival in Tacloban, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Arrival in Tacloban

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hello All, I am finally back in Bliss, the housing project where Volunteer for Visayans is located and my homestay as well.  It is so strange to come back to a place that seemed so foreign at the time of my first arrival and feel right back at home, ...

Variety of Rides, Lacking of Variety of Drives, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Variety of Rides, Lacking of Variety of Drives

A travel blog entry by elsat

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... seats.  Their is a roof over head with a railing attached to hold on, which leads me to driving tendencies here in the Philippines. Driving here requires no training, so it seems, but one must have a lot of skill to manevour through traffic and avoid ...

Smiling Kids and my Sick Little Boy, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Smiling Kids and my Sick Little Boy

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hello All, As it probably seemed from my last blog, I had an enormously busy weekend, and I didn't even report everything.  Sunday night I took Mary Rose, Jaomilton (Mary Rose's brother and my Aunt Teresa's sponsor child), and Mica to the mall to ...

Lots of Excitement, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Lots of Excitement

A travel blog entry by elsat

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... it will be routine.  This afternoon Jenn, Erica, and I went out to lunch at one of my favorite restaurants in Tacloban Sombrero.  You would think they made a complete Mexican menu, but they actually have more Middle Eastern and Filipino ...

King MacArthur Knight of the Round table., Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

King MacArthur Knight of the Round table.

A travel blog entry by 7tck7334

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... in Tacloban, and happily left. The journey was 111km by the sign. We left the Welcome home and rode to Palo, then took the tacloban highway to Ormoc. The decision had been made not to go to Biliran as the weather looked bad for the next week or so. ...

Songs by Elsa, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Songs by Elsa

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hello everyone, I am currently lying in my bed preparing for an amazing nap, or at least I hope so.  It rained all last night so it is quite cool outside today.  It has been raining off and on throughout this morning as well.  Apparently ...

A Bit of Bad Luck, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

A Bit of Bad Luck

A travel blog entry by elsat

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... no shade along the way and there wasn't a cloud in the sky.  At 9 am it was already extremely hot, even for the Philippines.  Luckily at the new center there is an amazing breeze, so after we cooled off from the hike the temperature wasn’t ...

Time to Get a House Built, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Time to Get a House Built

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hello Everyone, Today was a long, hot day here in Tacloban, unusually hot for the season even.  There was no beach trip today to cool off either.  Instead today the director of VFV, Aldous, and one of the sponsorship coordinators, Crisel, took ...

Good Sign, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Good Sign

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hello All, Today I got the wonderful opportunity to go to Jonathan's doctor's appointment.  Just to remind you he is the boy with cerebral palsy at the orphanage.  I spent almost the entire morning with Jonathan taking him to the doctor's and ...

Another Long Day, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Another Long Day

A travel blog entry by elsat

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... Cebu to Tacloban, which was a piece of cake considering the last flight we had all endured (15 hours!).  After arriving in Tacloban we had a special dinner date planned with our host family. We took our host family out to dinner at Ocho, an amazing ...

A Lovely Sunny Weekend, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

A Lovely Sunny Weekend

A travel blog entry by elsat

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... in every way.  Friday evening I went out with 3 of the other volunteers and Erica to a restaurant called Stereo Sushi here in Tacloban where a couple local bands were playing.  It was great to again have some girl time, as well as listen to some ...

Two More Admissions, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Two More Admissions

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hello Everyone, Sickness has really been sweeping the nursery the past couple weeks. Two more babies have been admitted to the hospital this week on top of the two from the last two weeks.  The first has been released and is doing well.  The ...

And the Money Disappears, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

And the Money Disappears

A travel blog entry by elsat

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... we arrived back to the orphanage from the hospital.  Apparently it was due to typhoons hitting in the Northern region of the Philippines.  The thunder was louder than I have ever heard it here.  A couple of the children were scared by it, ...

Quite an Uneventful Day, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Quite an Uneventful Day

A travel blog entry by elsat

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... on the way so we decided to read in our room and wait it out.  And if it didn't clear up go visit a museum in Tacloban.  But our plans turned in to us all falling asleep for almost 2 hours while it down poured outside.  It felt so good to ...

Happiness and Giggles, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

Happiness and Giggles

A travel blog entry by elsat

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... The international school decided to get new uniforms and so they collected all of their old uniforms to the school here in the Philippines.  There were 6 of us international volunteers so we each took a grade (1-6) and and began sizing up the kids ...

The Simplest Things, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

The Simplest Things

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hello Everyone, Today I spent about 3 hours at the public hospital, but unfortunately not with Jonathan at his usual therapy.  We had to bring 3 babies to the hospital for checkups and immunizations, and we didn't have a 4th staff member so Jonathan ...

A Day of Surprises, Tacloban City, Philippines travel blog

A Day of Surprises

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Today was a very surprising day, I guess you could say. At placement things went as normal at therapy.  We had to bring one of the toddlers, the little boy who is the youngest of 5 siblings who have all struggled to get rid of scabies since their ...

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