In a Catholic country, the number 40 is prevalent in their religion and culture. 40 is the number of days that took Moses to cross, 40 days of fasting, 40 days of trails, and the examples go on…
Philippines and death:
After someone passes away, there is a customary 9 day wake. The body of the decease is placed in the living room of the family. Friends and family come visit the body anytime. They come in, view the decease, chika with the family, eat the snacks, maybe play games (depending if it is night), and then leaves. Also at least one person needs to be awake to keep the decease company at all hours for 9 days. In following the (Filipino) Catholic religion, the family needs to pray everyday for 40 days starting with the day of death. Continue reading
Went to go visit best friend in Peace Corps. We live in the same Visayan Region. But he lives on the west site and I live on the east side. Joe lives in Roxas City, Capiz, Panay Island, where he has a new movie theatre, three malls, outdoor music area, and a nice plaza/ water fountain area.
Sometimes service places us in life changing moments. I hope I learned something about myself and the world around me through these moments. The last couple of weeks have been the most challenging time for me and service. I lost someone, someone who I cared about. And his death had an unusual affect on me, something that I did not expect. Anyways, these are my last words and thoughts to my host dad, tatay Lope. Continue reading
Training of Trainers We each had an extreme “American” personality.
Number 4 (me) was shy.
When we asked staff, “who was the hardest to work with?” All in unison, “NUMBER
Lots of activities and updates:
*Note: I should have took more pictures, but I failed.
We are walking to our private bangka. We ride in style. Thanks to Kat! Continue reading