Trip Start May 02, 2009
Trip End Jul 27, 2009

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Lalas Family Home

Flag of Philippines  , Luzon,
Friday, July 10, 2009

Hello Everyone,
I haven't written in a while because I have been visiting my friend Chris in Manila for the week.  I left really early Monday morning.  It was before the jeepney's ran so my host brother took me on his motorcycle.  It was very interesting riding a motorcycle at 4:30 am, with no helmet, and with my stuffed backpack on my back.  I made it safely though and Chris picked me up at the airport right on time.  We have been laying around by the pool and going to the many malls all week.  It is really nice to see her after not seeing anyone from home in 2 months.
Being here makes me feel like I am back in the US or something. I am really glad I got the chance to come here and visit.  It is a nice little vacation.  I was looking at a calendar and realized I only have 2 weeks left here.  I cant believe it!  I am not ready to leave at all.  But I know my sweet little nephew is at home waiting for me.  And of course all my family and friends.  This place is like home to me now.  I wish I didn't have to say goodbye to everyone yet.  After being here I know I have to come back again though.  I love everything I have done over here and I couldn't just leave this place forever.
Nikki has been updating me on Vincent.  So far he is just at home with medicine and doing fine.  On Monday we are probably going to take him to get a CT scan.  I am not really sure what that will do or tell the doctor's.  As far as I know I am still not allowed to go to the orphanage when I return.  The center is back open with feedings and tutorials, however.  So I plan on asking Eugene, the volunteer coordinator, if I can be placed at the center with the sponsorship program.  I have pretty much been doing that the past 2 weeks with Nikki anyway.
I am so happy to be here in Manila with Chris but I miss Tacloban already.  I will be flying back on Sunday afternoon. :)
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