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Blue Cove

posted on 2013-08-13 20:26:18 in Philippines

Yesterday I stayed in all day, yet another day of rain, very persistent and extremely heavy at times. Unfortunately I have not been able to log onto my website and update blog, I don’t know why as it is accessible everywhere else. Thomas has posted this blog and 1 picture, I hope I can update again soon. The rain from yesterday continued all through the night beating against the roof. It eventually stopped soon after 6am just after I got up. After a quick cook up of fried eggs and tomato I ...

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Island trip and snorkeling

posted on 2013-08-09 20:20:36 in Philippines

Great! The day started with a touch of Delhi Belly just what I needed before going out for a day trip on a boat. Our with the trusty tablets and a lucky for me the initial dose was good enough to sort me out for the day. The started with a 45minute boat ride around the coast then a short 20 minute walk to see a waterfall. The guide was in a bit of a hurry to get back to the boat, especially for a photographer who loves waterfalls. It was a nice change from taking pictures on the beach. Ba...

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Magandang Umaga, Beautiful morning!

posted on 2013-08-08 20:41:20 in Philippines

  Today is the first day without rain and what a difference the place looks. The day started beautiful and clear without a cloud in the sky and although it gradually clouded up it was nothing but high fluffy clouds. Today I saw the travel brochure palm trees, white sand and blue-sky pictures. Of course the temperatures rose accordingly and even though it was on 31ºc it felt more like 41! At least I had the sea to have a swim and cool down in and get refreshed, at least I thought so. The...

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Day 2 in Port Barton

posted on 2013-08-07 19:47:22 in Philippines

RAIN, rain and more rain! On the positive side the temperature dropped by 2ºc and it felt great. The first time here in the Philippines and for a whole day - no sweat! I took the opportunity to cook up the meat I had bought and then freeze it as ready to cook meals. It turns out the owner of the cottage has a generator that he switches on in the morning for a 3 ½ hours and this with the regular afternoon electricity is enough to keep the freezer cold. A man came round selling fresh pork so I o...

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My First impressions of Port Barton.

posted on 2013-08-06 21:36:26 in Philippines

Port Barton is a small quiet coastal town at the end of the road. It is located on the west coast of the island of Palawan in a large bay. The bay is very calm being sheltered by numerous islands spanning across the bay and to the south and east by large hills creating it’s own “micro climate”. The beach is small light golden to white sand that almost disappears at high tide and at either end of the bay the rain forest grows right down to the waters edge. The beach is also littered with sm...

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The Journey to Port Barton

posted on 2013-08-05 17:57:54 in Philippines

I thought I would start the day with a slightly different breakfast to what I was now used to, I ordered a continental one. The stale bread was essentially the only difference to the Filipino breakfast. Wrong choice, I think rice would have accompanied the fried egg and fried spam much better. I had been advised I needed to be at the bus terminal about 8:15 to ensure I got a seat on the once a day bus so I happily accepted the offer of an 8:00am ride to the terminal. It had rained overnight and ...

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Leaving Tacloban

posted on 2013-08-04 17:07:17 in Philippines

The volunteer part of my journey has now finished and I am heading off to Palawan for hopefully what will be a true R & R, more about that once I have arrived. In the mean time I had to depart Tacloban. My flight was due to depart at 6:25am, quite early so I was hopeful that VFV would arrange my transport to airport. They did more than that with the project coordinator, Ester, picking me up and accompanying me to the airport. We had 45minute checkin plus 10minute journey so I suggested 5:15 ...

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Palo Visit

posted on 2013-08-02 15:20:05 in Philippines

Last day of volunteer work today and I thought I would have an easy day. No such luck with a 7:00am meeting time at the centre. Here I met up with 3 new Australian volunteers who were preparing to start another new nutritional project in Palo. With them they had the relevant documentation, scales and height measuring equipment, all vital for the first day as well as the menu book. To get to Palo we just had one 10peso jeepney ride that would drop us off at the Palo terminus. From there we had...

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Bliss Day centre

posted on 2013-07-29 23:04:56 in Philippines

I was caught out today by an earlier start than expected today. I was sitting down, passing time with Nanay when Odeza one of the coordinators turned up along with 4 volunteers. It was 8:15am, “Don’t you have an appointment to attend today at Bliss daycare centre” she said. Of course I did I have something on everyday, it was at 11:30, or so I thought, she then told me I had to be at the centre at 8:30am. “OK no problem how far away” I asked. The centre was 5 mins walk away so I said t...

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Poster creation

posted on 2013-07-27 16:36:32 in Philippines

Yipee, Easy day!!!! Just one “little” job for the day and that is to make up a poster that will be used to advertise VFV at a UK university. The university, I am not sure which one, runs a nutrition course and they want to develop a partnership with VFV. This is to give their students have opportunity to work in Philippines on nutrition programs to gain valuable experience and assist with improving with feeding and educating the locals on healthy eating. Just as well I have some limited phot...

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