Aklan, Philippines – April 2012

“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.”

Matthew 5:16

As mentioned in my previous blog, I’ll be posting my first airplane experience. So, here it is. 🙂 But this time though is different from the travels that I have previously written.

It was 4th of April, 2012 when I booked a flight to Kalibo, Aklan to join the Greeneration Project (Greeneration for a greener nation) which consists of Youth For Christ Community from different parts of the Philippines.

I was so excited and scared at the same time! I had no company on my first airplane experience and I haven’t been to Kalibo – that far…. But there’s nothing that can stop me from going that time.

From Manila, I flew to Kalibo carrying my yellow luggage. Unfamiliar with their dialect, it was not easy for me to communicate with them. All I had was the address of the place where I’ll be going.

45 minutes or so flight, I arrived safely at Kalibo airport.

My parents always told me not to trust people with my luggage, so I went to the bathroom together with my big yellow luggage. 🙂

Kind and helpful people welcomed me then I started to ask how to go my destination….

I was bothered during that time as the communication between me and my friends was rough – it was due to ‘bad spot’ they were in. 😦

I had to ride a tricycle who drove me into an isolated-looking-area, passing by a cemetery and all that places that will freak you out cause you are unsure of the place, nobody knows you and you don’t have any idea of who they are as well, and suddenly you embraced the thought of there might be 2 or more men waiting for you on the road planning to…..

OH NO! STOP! I had to remove those thoughts cause it won’t help me get into the place where I should be going. What made me strong and fearless that day was my faith – I was wearing my faith, my necklace with a Papa Jesus pendant. I always knew that that necklace will never fail to save and protect me. (I totally felt sad and bad when I lost it when I attended a Zumba class.) Praise G, people were all not that unkind at all. ♡

When I got to the school, where YFC Community was being accommodated, I felt really relieved. I settled my things and joined my friends.

What did we do during those few days?

As far as I can recall, we planted mangrove trees, we learnt about them and how helpful they can be in saving not just the natural environment but most especially the people.

(I feel sorry for these photos, quality was ruined. But still great to have kept them though.)

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With my Ates and Kuyas – My YFC Campus Based family

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Met other friends along the way. ♡

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CEU – FEU – San Beda people

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Tamilok” or Shipworms – The shipworms are marine bivalve molluscs in the family Teredinidae: a group of saltwater clams with long, soft, naked bodies. In Palawan and Aklan in the Philippines, the shipworm is called Tamilok and is eaten as a delicacy there.

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We might have had offered an accommodation, for the comfort and convenient’s sake, we tried to look for a house nearby that will let us stay for a few days. Kind of like a home-stay type of accommodation.

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YFC FEU sisters with our friendly host 🙂

After a few days of stay in Kalibo, we were bound to transfer to another school who accommodated YFC International Leaders’ Conference ( now International Conference ) attendees. But just like what we did on our previous stay, we looked for a home that will accommodate us for the next few days, and glad we found one! Just across the venue. 🙂

Here are some of the photos that I’ve managed to keep. Might look for friends’ Facebook albums and see if they’ve kept some too! =)

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And this photo and that moment is something that I will always cherish and thank God for. How these people surprised me on my 18th birthday! Almost cried. Huhu. Too bad, wasn’t able to eat all 18 cupcakes cause of sore throat.

God’s love is always an amazing experience – always in all ways!

// Featured photo: Grabbed from Ate Jaja’s facebook album //

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