Philippine Island Times Adventures of an American expat in the Philippines

August 4, 2009

Balik balik

Filed under: General — Donald @ 5:20 pm

I have not been eaten, though I did run into some hungry looking guys at the Festival of San Juan.

Here are some of the reasons I haven’t posted in a long time.

1. Internet is appalling these days. It takes forever and half of the time something goes so badly sideways that I lose everything. This time of year is worse than usual because of the weather. A tropical storm or typhoon passes nearby every ten days or so, knocks out the power, and ruins the cell signal. Recently it was dark and rainy for six days straight.

2. Two fevers and a bout of food poisoning. The last fever gave me a good beating. It broke a week ago but I’m still weak and dizzy (more than usual even).

3. Haven’t been doing much fun stuff to tell stories about.

4. Spending lots of time on volunteer projects. One was a series of training seminars for local science teachers. (Another seminar speaker informed the assembled that one of the big problems with climate change is that it will cause Jupiter and some lesser bodies to leave their orbits and elicit a solar event that will destroy all life on earth. It’s worse than I thought.) Another is helping the Rotary Club, which is doing lots of great things like improving water supplies to elementary schools. Here is a pic of the current water supply at one of them:

When the kids use the toilet, they fill the bottle with water and carry it a long way so they can flush and wash up a bit. The school hosts over 400 kids and the kids host countless parasites.

5. I don’t like anything I write. The descriptions of volunteer stuff are unseemly and the other stuff is whiny.

This morning I visited a special ed school to check on a little girl with cerebral palsy. For the first time in her life she is walking around (with help from adults). Walking makes her face shine like the sun; she just loves it. Her treatments cost a whopping $5 a month. I’m a happy guy.

(“Balik” means “return.”)

5 Comments »

  1. So sorry to hear that you were sick, Donald! I hope you will keep writing even if you don’t like it–it’s great to see how other people are living (sure puts things in perspective here) and of course it’s wonderful to see you. You are living the dream!

    Comment by Christa — August 9, 2009 @ 8:41 pm

  2. Wow! Glad to hear that! You both deserved that long ovduere honeymoon. I also heard from friends that Palawan is a must place to visit in the Philippines. After all, it’s in the eight wonders of the world. Am also thinking to visit the place soon.Good Luck to the both of you! Have fun! KRIZZA recently posted..

    Comment by Rupanchi — November 17, 2014 @ 2:16 am

  3. Good options kuya. Try Palawan first of all. Been to Boracay, but pepole say that Palawan is the next big thing. Bohol is a good idea too. Visiting from CommEx Sept25.Jhari recently posted..

    Comment by Johnpatrick — March 4, 2015 @ 12:19 pm

  4. Wow! Glad to hear that! You both deserved that long oevrdue honeymoon. I also heard from friends that Palawan is a must place to visit in the Philippines. After all, it’s in the eight wonders of the world. Am also thinking to visit the place soon.Good Luck to the both of you! Have fun! KRIZZA recently posted..

    Comment by Daniela — April 9, 2015 @ 3:44 am

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    Comment by cheap topiramate — May 1, 2015 @ 8:18 pm

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