Trip Start Feb 20, 2013
64Trip End May 09, 2013
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The past two days have been quite slow in the morning, I spent most my time in the center doing random things. In the afternoons however, I have been doing little things to move forward with the Cangumbang Project.
On Thursday, I went to Palo to pick up the survey sketch from the Attorney's office. It was a quick meeting but the jeepneys were extra slow so it took me almost 3 hours. I moved in with the Macasil's on Wednesday night, whom I lived with during my first stay. They have become a second family to me so it was like moving home. The Macasil parents care for their grand daughter Nicole, who is 4 years old and they have one son living at home that is the same age as me, Tintin. I watched TV Thursday evening with Nanay Nene (Mother Macasil) and Nicole. I decided to go to bed quite early because I have been fighting off a cold the past few days.
This morning I woke up not really knowing what the day had in store for me. It was pouring down rain before I even finished my bath, so I waited to go to the center until it lightened up. After the rain finally stopped I headed downtown to the immigration to check my visa extension requirements. As I walked back to the jeepney pickup area the air grew thicker and thicker. It made me think of getting into a hot car that has been sitting in a parking lot in 90 degree weather. Reminded me of all the stories my brother Jon had as a car salesman in North Carolina. Or the many times my sister Sarah frantically turned the heat down on a winter morning, claiming the air was too hot to breath in. The breeze on the jeepney cooled me down rather quickly, but it was a slow ride because of the construction and slight flooding from the rain.
At 11, I was getting ready to go to Tanauan (a town about an hour from Tacloban) to visit my parents sponsored child Vincent, along with my friend Tonton who thankfully acted as my translator. Right before we left the contractor for the Evacuation Center popped in to give us the list of materials. After speaking with him for a bit and discussing the first stage material needs, I left for Tanauan. On the way we stopped at Jolibee to get Vincent some fried chicken for lunch, in case I haven't mentioned in Jolibee is basically the McDonald's of the Philippines (although it is located in other countries too). When we arrived Vincent was not feeling very well. Vincent has a very rare condition that has been never been clearly diagnosed. His left leg is greatly enlarged and swollen, sometimes appearing as if he has elephantitis but it has also been suggested that he has a rare genetic disorder called Klippel Tranaunay Weber Syndrome. Vincent is a thin 15 year old, but the bottom half of his left leg is probably the same circumference as his stomach. Unfortunately, Vincent was also having stomach issues today and had a fever. We picked up a small bag of groceries for him and I decided to come see him next week to take him to the doctor. I will explain his situation more this weekend when I have more time.
On my way home from Tanauan I was supposed to get price estimates for the first phase of materials but it was raining yet again and I had to go back to Tacloban to get my rain coat first. I got back to Palo in time to go to two hardware stores and get the estimates we need.......
On Monday we will begin breaking ground on the project! :)
Have a great weekend!