My host family and I on the morning I left for my site. Terrible pic of me because my eyes are all swollen from crying, but good picture of them. Notice my little brother is hiding behind my host mom. He doesn't like to take pictures. Ha-ha.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Another one of the bands playing outside our ceremony.
Me and the Country Director, Sonia.
At swearing in some volunteers gave a speech about our training and Peace Corps and everything. The speech was given in four languages, English, Hiligaynon, Cebuano, and Tagalog. (All of the languages that were learned during our training) They did an excellent job!
U.S. Ambassador, Kristie Kenney giving a speech. She was the one who swore us in. She told us that we take the same oath that she took when she was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador AND we take the same oath that the President of the United States takes. Isn't that cool???
So this is on our waterfall hike. It started to rain and we were all slipping all over the path and rocks and everything. Also, this is the first day of my brown hair!
I had so much fun! I was not very fast, but I sat next to a man who helped me fill out my bingo card. I didn't win, but I had a lot of fun!
After the Handog party my friend Justin and I went to play Bingo. It was soooo fun! :)
My host parents and I at the Handog.
This is a picture from our host family Handog. A farewell and thank you to our host families for hosting us for the past three months. We played American and Filipino games at the party and this is a Filipino game called the newspaper dance. You dance around a newspaper and when the music stops you jump on the newspaper and everyone i your group has to fit on one piece of newspaper. So as the game goes on the paper gets smaller and smaller. This picture was taken right before we all fell down, LoL. :) We didn't win, but it was a fun game! :)
My host parents on my birthday.
So my training cluster mates were soo sweet and they surprised me with a cake on my birthday during language class. :)
Some of my friends singing videoke, the favorite Filipino past time. Its sort of like karaoke except there is a video going along with the words of the song. The video has NOTHING to do with the song either. You could be singing Britney Spears and you are watching a video with snow covered mountains. Its really fun! :)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
My friend Laura eating Balut. Balut: a fertilized duck (or chicken) egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell. They are common, everyday food in some countries in Southeast Asia, such as in the Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam. (Definition from Wikipedia)