Ten weeks in The Philippines…

by Bash Lory

My new abode and a pretty good day!

I have moved house since my last post a few weeks ago. I am now living in a small cottage on a quiet beach. Here are some pictures!

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This is what I do during my lunch break:

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And what most of my evenings look like..

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Today has been one of the best days of my life! I rented this military jeep and went off roading with some friends!

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Checking out some hot springs…

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Live band in the back…

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Some amusing stories coming soon!!

My weekend: from pristine islands to the blood and sand of the arena…

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3 short stories…

Me: “Okay, can you all please come up with one sentence using the past tense”

…….. 35 minutes later……

Me: “Finished now?”
Kids (68 of them, all about 12-13 years of age) : “Yeeeesss Siiiiirrrrrrrr”
Me: “Okay good… now.. ermm leetts havee… Evelyn, what is your sentence?”
Evelyn: “Sir, I kicked the beggar.”
Me: “You what the beggar?!”
Evelyn: “The beggar sir, I kicked him.”
Me: “…what..wait…Is that true?!.”
Evelyn: “Yes, yesterday evening sir.”
Me: “What was the beggar doing?!?”
Evelyn: “He was saying annoying stuff, like “ooooh give me moneeey uuuugggmmmm” and following, so I kicked him sir.” (the class burst in laughter)
Me: “Right.. haha..good… I mean ..the …sentence was correct…not the..kicking……..Okay! thank you Evelyn. Just erm.. you can sit down again for now.”

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Principal: “Buss! Buss!”

…I hear the principal calling behind me. I turn around and see him jogging towards me. I wait a few seconds for him to reach me.

Me: “Yes! Hi!”

…principal stands in front of me for a few seconds taking a couple deep breaths (it was very hot). I wait patiently to see what he has to say.

Principal: “Buss! Hi, I go to Puerto Princesa tomorrow and need some documents.”
Me: “Of course! What documents do you need?”
Principal: “Yes” (he smiles)

… A beat… I smile back…

Me: “What documents would you like me to get for you?”
Principal: “I need documents to show to the ‘director of teaching’ to show that you are volunteer here.”

… Another beat… (I was anticipating more detail)…

Me: “Yes of course! So what documents should I bring to you?”
Principal: “Okay Buss, I need a letter of application to become volunteer here.”
Me: “Okay, no problem, I’ll print that for you this afternoon.”
Principal: “Buss, do you have a picture?”
Me: “Of myself?”
Principal: “Yes”
Me: “What, now?”
Principal: “Yes”
Me: “Erm… no.. I don’t think I do have a picture of myself with me at… the moment…..I don’t.. know if people.. usually do … carry pictures.. of them-”
Principal: “Okay, then attach a picture of you to the documents! So they can see who you are!” (he laughs hard)
Me: “haha…erm.. I will see if I have one in my email….”
Principal : “haha!! Yes. Okay Buss! Enjoy the day!”
Me: “Yeah! You too! See you later…!”

I printed of my application letter, and attached my passport photo in half it’s original resolution.

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I walk into my regular 2pm 7th grade biology class. 69 kids.

Class: “GOOOOODDDDAAAFFFFTEEERRRNOOOOONNNN SIIRRR ITTSSSSS NICCEEE TO SEEE YOUU AAAGAAAAAIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNN”
Me: “Yeah hi everyone! Nice to see you too and that… Okay, sit down now please…..”
Class: “YEEEEESSSSSS SSIIIIIIRRRRRRR”
Me: “Good, yeah okay, you don’t all need to do that….every time……..how are you all? How was lunch?”
About 40 different kids: “Sir! sir! it was good sir!!! (and a lot more that I couldn’t make out)
Me: “Okay! Okay! Okay! Good! Good! Let’s settle down now!….lunch is over…….. Ernesto!!! Sit down!!”
Ernesto: “haha yes sir!”
Me: “Right-
Baby-Jane (real name, I swear): “Sirwhatarewegoingtodotoday!!!!!?????”
Me: “I was just getting to that! Jane! … Baby-Jane I mean….”
Sir: “Sir, you can call me baby”

…class laughs…

Me: “What?! No! …look can we all just calm down… I’m definitely not going to call you baby!!! Just… Okay… Today we are going to talk about plant cells!”
Class: “NOOOO OOHHH NOOO SIIIIIRRRRR!!!”
Me: “Oh my god, what now?!”
Joanna: “Sirrrr! Plants are so boring, they don’t move!”
Me: “Okay, let’s just… Okay.. That’s not entirely true.. Just ..very slowly.. OKAY! Joanna, sit down. Right, let’s start.. Who can tell me the difference between an animal cell and a plant cell?”
Class: “AAHAAHRHRGGGG NOOOO SSSSIIIIRRR PLLEEAAASEEEEE!!!!”
Me: “Okay!! Man!! Tell me about godd-….. dolphins then!!!!! Geeeeez!
Class: “WOOOHOOOOOO!!!! YAAAYY SIRRR!!”
Me: “Well?”
Crystal: “They are mammals that swim in the water sir!”
Me: “Good. Okay. Done. Now. Where do plants get their energy from?”

That is a typical start to most of my lessons.

More soon!

A hike, a beach, and some dogs!

Sorry I haven’t posted snything in almost a week… I’ve had 150 tests and 70 projects to mark 😦 (which were only half in english it seemed… had a team of about 6 friends trying to figure out what some of the kids were on about…)

Some friends of mine took me to a waterfall this weekend…was pretty cool:

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And this is a beach I relax at from time to time:

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And my neighbours got a couple new puppies last week:

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Quite a few funny things happened this week, so I’ll try and find time soon to write up a couple stories… Maybe take some pictures of some of the funny answers the students have given me? Might be a bit too mean though… I’ll see.

Independence day..

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This is my favourite student. She laughs every time she sees me. Her name is Cheryl.

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children of El Nido..

Below are some pictures mainly of children in the village I’m staying..

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This man is holding a fish.

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A group of children invited me into their home while they had their dinner. The girl in white had cooked rice and some sort of fish for the others.

…cat majorly photobombed the moment…

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