You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

Since I’m entering my junior year in college, no more Physical Education and NSTP (National Service Training Program) for me! I would be a complete and total liar if I said that my P.E. and NSTP days weren’t gruesome as hell. But I would also be a liar if I said that it didn’t leave any impact on me. Especially NSTP.

“Civic Welfare Training Service”  (the NSTP program I was enrolled in) refers to programs or activities  that contributes to the common good and the betterment of life for the members of the community. 🙂

My NSTP journey was very hassling to say the least, but satisfying at the end. It’s amazing how you can touch so many lives just by sharing a bit of information, or even a smile.

For our first field work, we went to this small village in Antipolo called Sitio Galili. Our mission was to teach the kids how to pray. Arriving there, seeing the pitiful state of their “houses”, made my heart ache and caused me to tear up a bit.

The church where they hold their Sunday mass. I loved the thought that despite their circumstances, they never lost faith in God!

Out of all the kids, Jiro stood out the most. He doesn’t know how to talk, he only communicated through sounds and his hands. Notice his Batman baller? Yup. Courtesy of me! 🙂

We have novenas and rosaries given out to everyone to assist us in teaching the kids how to pray. Even if he couldn’t speak, Jiro followed the intonation of my voice and the sounds of the words. He tried his best to imitate me.

He has the cutest smile!! His shirt is Spiderman, so we both love superheroes! ❤ Forgive my crappy face, I didn’t wear make-up. 🙂

My team and the kids. ❤ We had a very random group! A girl who’s sick (she’s burning hot), a girl who won’t let go of her big sister, a couple of siblings, and someone who can’t speak. I hope they all know that they’re all blessed to live and that they never lose faith in God!

Fulfilled! I love my group. No slackers, or anything! (with the exception of me. lol) We really cooperate and have fun as well! ❤

With Jiro’s grandmother who came to fetch him home! She looked very shy, but nice! My heart cries out for this family. 😦

For our second field work, we toured a different group of kids to Museo Pambata in Manila. It’s an interactive museum made for kids! The place was really cool and it’s a great place to go with your family! If you have baby siblings, of course.

So I picked this really really really really hyper kid named Adrian. And by hyper, I meant sugar rush, adrenaline and coffee buzz COMBINED. This kid is like a living hurricane! I swear. I was dead tired after the trip! But it was totally worth it. 🙂

He’s playing with the camera! Ha ha ha. He took a few good shots though!

One of Adrian’s shots. Yes I look like crap, thankyouverymuch! Ha ha. But hey, I’m proud of him!

In one of the museum’s exhibits. 🙂

A loooong hallway of kites in the ceiling! I love this museum already. It makes me wish I was still a kid who was allowed to feel giddy and excited upon entering the museum.<3

Don’t you want to see smiles on faces like these? They’re having the time of their lives! ❤

Story time  for the kids! And also the wanna-be kids, if you want. Lol. :p So while the kids were here, we were..

 ..acting like kids..

..and farmers..

..but then we got tired already. It was pretty much a tiring day. It mostly consists of: chasing after the kids, admiring exhibits, chasing the kids, off to the next exhibit, chasing the kids.. you get the picture!

That happy smile! Seeing that smile after a hard day is really gratifying, knowing that the reason for it is you. ❤

For our last field work, we went to a school Bataan to help build the children’s classrooms! It was a job for someone with physical strengths, and due to my scoliosis, I was refrained by my friends from any work that requires heavy lifting, so I was the designated photographer for the day. I don’t mind though, give me a decent camera and I’d happily shoot away!

Just look at the children’s classrooms! Even though it’s small and shabby, it seems like homey and cozy to me!

I love my country, and fellow countrymen who promotes patriotism! I can’t translate for foreign people, because I’m afraid the meaning of this phrase might lessen its sense when translated in English.

And here’s some unfinished classrooms that we’re supposed to help build! It’s not too exciting though, we’re not really building it. There are those hired carpenters to do that. We’re just assisting them with cement, gravel, and stuff. 🙂

My friends, shoveling rocks and gravel, to make cement! I want to help! I don’t want to feel useless in this rare experience!

So I helped.. for a bit! Yay! 😀 That’s me in the acid wash jeans.

Happy smiles all around!! 🙂 I’m sorry if I wore a different t-shirt. I didn’t have my NSTP shirt at the dorm that day. Boo! 😦

Treated ourselves to dirty ice cream!! Dirty ice cream was the shit back during the 90’s! I can’t get enough, so I bought two! Cheese is one of my favorite ice cream flavors!

Nostalgic for childhood. 😦 *fake smile right there, yup*

Vanity will always be my favorite sins! During the bus ride back home. 🙂

 So that’s the summary of my journey. I hope you learned some values too! Like what my parents never fail to remind me, “Count your blessings.” You might be complaining about something petty and trivial, but there are people out there without homes, families, and are unable to eat more than 4 times a day. Yes, COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS indeed. ❤

Watch my reflection video here. It was an assignment. 🙂

2 days until our Palawan trip!! ❤

❤ Cae

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Just the history, the boardwalk, the food, the amusement park.

So I told you all about my birthday celebration with my best friends, now I’m going to tell you all about my celebration with my college friends!

After the stressful (not) final exams, I treated all of them to Enchanted Kingdom (although one member of our barkada can’t go and the other went AWOL). FUN couldn’t even begin to describe our experience! It was my, what sixth?, time to go to E.K. but it never gets old! Especially when you’re with someone you care about. 🙂

ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHELLA! (Tall girl in pink)

From Manila to Laguna, it took us roughly 2-3 hours travel time due to the merciless traffic along Nagtahan. It was a hot and humid day but our excitement’s not waning.. well, sort of. Ha ha! 😀

Bought our 10 tickets! One ticket was wasted because of that one friend that went AWOL 😦

Finally arrived at about a quarter to three! We were 8 in all (9, counting my boyfriend). We have a few rare complete group shots.

For our first ride, we tried the EKstreme! It was this tall tower that’s slowly creeping upwards then suddenly falls to our deaths so fast everything would be a blur. According to myths, if you would drop a peso coin from the top, you would both fall at the same time. Can anyone call Myth Busters please? Ha ha 🙂

Roller Skaters. It’s like a mini roller coaster for kiddies. Kept laughing the whole time because Chella kept screaming! And we encountered hot looking Koreans. 😉

Anchors Away! Chella’s favorite ride, according to her. Lol. Wasn’t able to ride with them because Cito arrived already and I needed to give him his ticket.

Jungle Log Jam! You ride in a log-like boat (no seat belts!), cruise in a river and fall on top of tall slides! And yes, you get very wet if you’re unlucky.

Me and my boyfie eating Mexican food! Burritos and Chimichangas, yes please! Aaahhh

Ever since I can remember, Rialto‘s show HAS ALWAYS BEEN (and I do mean always) Happy Feet’s Mumble’s Wild Ride. It’s a fresh change to see that they are now showing Journey to the Center of the Earth! WITH JOSH HUTCHERSON NO LESS GAAAH ❤ Rialto’s kind of a thrilling 3D movie ride.

One of the rare complete group shots while lining up for Rialto!

 I have no pictures riding the Flying Fiesta, but I love this picture of Carms! Flying Fiesta has always been my favorite ride, but this time, it just made me dizzy. I am not amused. 😐 You sit in this swing-like chair and it spins around higher and higher.

Probably the best, not to mention most fun, ride of all! Rode the Rio Grande Rapids twice in a row!! From the name itself, it’s prime job is to make you wet and not the good kind. The water’s freezing cold, may be dirty, and is just random! You sit in a circle-shaped boat of eight (perfect for us) and you just spin around the rapids and one (or two, or three, or all!) gets to be a victim. Chella’s unlucky to be the one to get hit by the waterfalls.. twice! Poor baby 😦

After changing our clothes, the park is about to close in an hour. So we decided to have dinner. This is me with my first college friend and the only guy in our barkada whom we all love to bully, Dek. 🙂

What I ate:

Bought the guys some pizza because I still have a few money left!

I love love love sushi! Especially Kani Sushi! Give me sushi and I shall give you love. ❤ Yes, I finished all 6 pieces by myself. *insert evil laugh here*

Managed to squeeze in a ride at the Space Shuttle 30 minutes before the park closes! This has got to be my favorite ride in the whole park. It’s the largest roller coaster in the country, with three loops and two free-falling towers. So you get to ride the loops two times: one facing front, and one backwards.

We also managed to charm the workers at Anchors Away (because I didn’t get to ride with them the first time) to “please, please, please” let us ride because it’s my birthday. Yay for kind workers!

So when we got back to Chella’s van, my friends started singing and brought out this huge cake! I swear everyone was looking at us. 🙂 I was a bit teary eyed because I really hadn’t expected it! Thank you Lord for awesome friends!

So yeah, who says you can’t find true friends in college? We’ve been together for almost three years already, and despite fights and issues, we’re still intact. Well, sort of? Lol. I’m not a true friend myself, but hey, I try. 🙂

Since I didn’t get to ride Wheel of Fate, here’s an awesome picture!

Ciao!

❤ Cae