Sunday, August 30, 2009

Best Experience

feels good to write again here. hello everyone :) well, at least for those who read my blogs. :) alright, you might be wondering where was this picture taken and who are this people. from left: louie, shin, angel, paula, airish, the curly girl(lol, because i really don't know her name. i totally forgot. my bad), and of course, ME! :D we're wearing yellow shirts not because we went to some rally and shout for cory's name. lol. it's a no no. we had our National Service Training Program or NSTP for short. we had a community service. we went to Brgy. 56 in Tondo, Manila. it's really a depressed area. what do you think is the environment there? the place? the people? what kind of people?

but what's the irritating thing that happened there was i woke up early because i have to buy food. it's Sunday, there's no open stores that could sell lunch type of foods and apparently, in that time of day. it's just around 6:45. so what would i expect? well, lucky me... the 7/11 store was open.. well, of course. duh. and i found a sisig with rice. i'll just have to reheat it. and the funny thing was, when i was about to reheat the food in the microwave, i don't know it works. i can't open it and i don't know what'sthe right button for me to push. lol. but well, i remained cool. :) then i asked someone beside me of how that thing works. haha. that's hilarious! thank God and that guy, because i was able to reheat it and got there on time. but the worst thing was, when i got there, it's like we waited for about 2 hours because we can't find our facilitator. we thought he already went to the place because the place is really not that far. we could just take one ride to get there. and after that long long wait, we finally saw our facilitator. he said he's just waiting there in the bus. and all of us we're like.. wth?

the trip was okay, though it was like less than 30 mins. haha. imagine that, 30 mins and still have to use a bus. :D well, of course i know, it's for us to be comfortable. no problem with that. it's just really unusual. i am used of riding in a bus when i have to go to far places. like, going to Cavite from Manila or like for field trips way back high school and grade school. oh, i miss those days. :(

when we got there, i'm really quite nosy about the place. i'm totally feeling obnoxious because it's really dangerous there. you have no idea that suddenly, there will be someone who will stab you on your back with a knife. it's scary but i tried my best to forget about all of those things and focus with our main goal, to help. but we didn't do the community development itself, not yet. we just did some profiling about the place and the people so that next semester when we come back, that would be the time where we will put a community plan.

i interviewed one family, they're Bongabo family. and some of their children. i entered their house and i felt sad with what i saw. i realized how lucky i am to live in a quite big house with complete appliances and things i need. i realized how lucky i am because i am able to enter in a veru good university. i asked the father and the mother of the said family about their educational attainment, unfortunately they were undergraduate. the father finished only 2nd year high school. he's a pedicab driver and the mother only do some laundry. i really can't imagine how they are able to support their 6 children. but i am glad because i have learned that their eldest daughter is studying in college. in TUP. i hope she could graduate and help her family. then i played with some children. they're nice. honestly, i don't like children especially those who are very naughty. but those children were amazing. when you look at them, you can't tell that they're just living in that kind of place. they look like they have no problems. they're happy and contented. well, of course not really. but when you have seen their faces, you will think the same thing.

i can't forget this one boy i interviewed. he's funny because when i asked him about his birthday, he doesn't know. what i did was, i asked one of his siblings. and i told him that he shouldn't forget his birthday. and whenever i saw him always ask him what's the date of his birthday. haha.

i will never forget this experience. i am so glad that i was given the chance to do this and realize how lucky i am with my life. i hope and i pray that the people there will be safe always and find some way to develop their ways of living.

alright, i'm outta here.
charm :)

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