Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Last picture :) This is my friend Justin and I after swear in. Its my favorite pic of me and my brown hair, Ha-ha! Hope ya'll like the picture below! :)
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.

My host mom, brother, and some of Sara's family at Sara's birthday party.

So after swear in we went back to our host families for one more night to celebrate my friend Sara's birthday. You should have seen the party they threw her! This is her with her princess cake. :)

Another one of the bands playing outside our ceremony.
Me and the Country Director, Sonia.

One of the Native bands that played outside our ceremony.

My training group at Swear In.

Lynn my regional manager. I LOVE her! My language teacher Emie and techincal teacher Mary after swear in.

Sonia, our Country Director giving the closing remarks after we were sworn in.

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???

The mayor of Bacolod giving a speech at our swearing in.

My friends Sara and Rachael and I before swear in.

Our language and technical trainers. They would not sit still for a picture, ha-ha.

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!

This is on a waterfall hike at Mambukal, a resort we went to to celebrate the end of training.

More bingo, I was very excited.

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! :)
Me in a Maskara mask on the streets of Bacolod.
My friend Sara and I out at Maskara.

Some of my friends and I before a night out in Bacolod.

Out at Kuppa for dinner with some friends.

More of my school
My school

My school
The banner my school made for me :)

Pictures of my permanent site during my site visit.

Merrel and Kate and I in the garden.
Merrel and Kate really wanted to take my picture.

This cute little girl Merrel walking in the garden.

A beautiful gardern in our barangay.

Justin singing viedoke at my birthday. Justin's dad loved to dance!

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! :)

The Balut upclose. I think Laura is very brave. I have not tasted Balut yet, and I do not think I want to. However, my co-teachers at my new school told me I HAVE to try it in the next two years...hopefully they forget :/ Ha-ha.

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)
My Mom's family playing Majung. A really difficult domino game that I do not know how to play. But they love it!