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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 ...

Preparing for the Blessing, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Preparing for the Blessing

A travel blog entry by elsat

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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 ...

The hills are alive with...chocolate??, Carmen, Philippines travel blog

The hills are alive with...chocolate??

A travel blog entry by trent

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We slept in again, ahh this is the life, and then we rented motorbikes to ride around the islands and go see the Chocolate Hills, a unique terrain of 1200 coral and limestone mounds that literally pop put of a relatively flat area and are generally ...

Ohh, the life of Brian, Tagbilaran, Philippines travel blog

Ohh, the life of Brian

A travel blog entry by trent

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The road we're traveling on is about 12 feet wide and had two-way traffic. As we are returning to Tagbilaran, Brian manages to locate the only 9 inch pothole in that road and crash his motorbike into it! I'm cruising down the road and change lanes to ...

Looking for the little Tarsiers..., Bohol Island, Philippines travel blog

Looking for the little Tarsiers...

A travel blog entry by worldofbintang

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... village by day and sunbathing on the beautiful beach was the order of the day. By night, as with most places in the Philippines, it transforms into a host of kareoke bars and after lots of cheap beer even we ended up taking our turn to sing. Madonna's ...

Molotov Cocktail: Shaken and Stirred, Manila, Philippines travel blog

Molotov Cocktail: Shaken and Stirred

A travel blog entry by katshannon

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We had been told that Manila on New Years Eve was like being in Beirut, circa 1985. We thought this was an over exaggeration, but NYE came on with the deafening roar of a war zone and the stench of sulfur exploding in the air as the locals warmed up for ...

A Country for Old Men, Dumaguete, Philippines travel blog

A Country for Old Men

A travel blog entry by jackdrury

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... table I jumped at the opportunity. "Pecker performance enhancing drugs have sure taken their toll on the young women of the Philippines,” I said. “You shouldn't jump to conclusions,” the man responded, “most of these older guys you ...

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 ...

Finishing Touches, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

Finishing Touches

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hi Everyone, Though the center still stands with apparent scars of the typhoon's wrath, we have been happily preparing the center for the Blessing ceremony, making sure the essential finishing touches are completed to call it repaired. This weekend the ...

Normalcy Begins, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Normalcy Begins

A travel blog entry by elsat

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... the rays still exuded blistering temperatures. We made Chicken Adobo for the kids, one of the most popular dishes in the Philippines. I'm still searching for the right device to attach the stove to the gas tank, (my ignorance in these matters make some ...

The Tarsier, Panglao, Philippines travel blog

The Tarsier

A travel blog entry by jackdrury

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  The tarsier hunts by night. It can pounce on its prey from a distance of five metres. I looked into its almost human-like eyes, then at Ellen's; same size, perhaps the creature's a bit lighter. It was daytime and we'd awoken it. Earlier, we'd ...

Construction Begins, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Construction Begins

A travel blog entry by elsat

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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 ...

An Emotional Visit to Cangumbang, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

An Emotional Visit to Cangumbang

A travel blog entry by elsat

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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

A travel blog entry by elsat

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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 ...

A Milestone in Recovery, Palo, Philippines travel blog

A Milestone in Recovery

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hi Everyone, On Friday I had the privilege to celebrate the Fiesta of Cangumbang by Re-Blessing the Community Center. Though the walls still have apparent scars from the typhoon, the building is now back to the state it was before the typhoon, and the ...

The Difficult Reality, Palo, Philippines travel blog

The Difficult Reality

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hello Everyone  Once I took a step away from the situation, a literal escape to nearby islands where life was virtually going on as if nothing had happened, the gravity of the work to be done was somewhat overwhelming. And now as the one month ...

Cancun of Asia, Boracay, Philippines travel blog

Cancun of Asia

A travel blog entry by trent

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Boracay is an island in the west of the Philippines and is THE beach destination in the Philippines. They say when you meet any Filipino they will always say "you must go to Boracay". So, I flew off to Boracay from Cebu on a tiny little bubble of an ...

San Fernando Ministry - Week 2, San Fernando, Philippines travel blog

San Fernando Ministry - Week 2

A travel blog entry by trentrollings

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Magandang Araw!!! Kamusta Ka Yo? (Good Day!!! How is Everyone?) Well, we have had an absolutely awesome first week of ministry, and we are really excited as we go into the second week. On Monday, we went to Zoobic Safari Park, where we got to ...

Easier Path To Heaven?, Sagada, Philippines travel blog

Easier Path To Heaven?

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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... the cook is dancing. This surprisingly poor but amazingly friendly customer service that we are bumping into all through the Philippines is starting to rival the Jeepneys as a lasting memory of the country. The afternoon saw DH challenging her Splunking ...

An Incredible Year, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

An Incredible Year

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hi Everyone, Friday, August 22nd marked the year anniversary of the Cangumbang Community Center's official Blessing and Opening Ceremony. The past year has taught me more than I could have ever imagined. The community center has served its original ...

Missing my Kids, Manila, Philippines travel blog

Missing my Kids

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hi Everyone, I have had a whirlwind of a week, traveling back to Colorado for a week long business trip, and I am anxious to get back to Cangumbang. More than ever I feel a strong pull to see my kids. Just thinking about them or looking at their photos ...

Hey, We made it to Manila., Manila, Philippines travel blog

Hey, We made it to Manila.

A travel blog entry by trentrollings

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... , and the public transporatation is mainly Jeepneys and Tricycles. We then went to a prayer meeting, with all of the SEND missionaries in the Philippines, but we were very tired, because we had not slept in 36 hours. On the way to the prayer meeting, we ...

Siquijor - Island of the Unknown, Siquijor, Philippines travel blog

Siquijor - Island of the Unknown

A travel blog entry by jackdrury

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  Siquijor is an hour-and-a-half boat ride from Dumaguete. For Filipinos it's said to be an island of mystery and the unknown. Witchcraft and god knows what else goes on here we'd been told. A few months ago, Ellen fell off her bicycle ...

There are Ferries and then there's SuperFerry, Visayas Sea, Philippines travel blog

There are Ferries and then there's SuperFerry

A travel blog entry by jackdrury

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... nbsp;   SuperFerry is a boat so massive that its owner took two words and merged them. You can do that in the Philippines. I've become a bit of a boat freak over the past few years and wanted to do the twenty-four hour journey from Cebu to ...

Journey Across the Pacific, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

Journey Across the Pacific

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hi Everyone, Three weeks and 40+hours of flying later and I am back in Tacloban once again. I don't know that I have ever been so happy to be off planes and out of airports. After leaving Chicago late and arriving in Tokyo late, I was redirected to Guam ...

DIVIDED BY THE PHILIPPINES, Just Back from the Philippines, Now I'm Home in, Hong Kong travel blog

DIVIDED BY THE PHILIPPINES

A travel blog entry by bowz

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... half hours of cold boredom. ------------------------------------------ A short sleep later and we were on a flight to the Philippines, a truly eclectic conglomeration of personalities. Remember that this trip, only hastily arranged a week prior ...

craziness in the philippines!!!!, Legaspi, Philippines travel blog

craziness in the philippines!!!!

A travel blog entry by hancocjb

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... long long time since I visited the good 'ol travelblog....and before anything else here's a big big hello from Kristina in the Philippines!!! I've got a ton to say, I'm still working on it though, but here are some pictures from my 6 weeks in southern ...

Fast Forward to December, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

Fast Forward to December

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hello Everyone, As I am sure many of you are wondering, my life is continuing here in Tacloban and I am working diligently on relief efforts with VFV. I have been spending my days driving around, distributing relief goods and visiting the sponsored ...

Tiendecitas - A taste of Filipino food, Mandaluyong, Philippines travel blog

Tiendecitas - A taste of Filipino food

A travel blog entry by hecqs

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It's been raining here in Metro Manila for the past three days. Of course, where there is rain there's traffic and going out is just something to think and rethink about doing. I'm supposed to meet up with my friend, Illac for late lunch and he took ...

Cracks of Thunder, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Cracks of Thunder

A travel blog entry by elsat

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Hello Everyone,Again on Wednesday, I was off to Cangumbang after work. Brandon tagged along with me again to get some fresh air and time with the kids after a long day of work. Yet again, we arrived in Cangumbang as the sun was nearly set, I just can't ...

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