I first arrived in the Philippines two years ago, on July 7th, 2013. If my Peace Corps service were a bottle of wine (or perhaps a box) it would now officially be considered ‘vintage’ or ‘fancy’, dare I say it- over ten dollars fancy. And, just like that fine bottle of wine I have aged (a lot), but hopefully in the good way- becoming a bit more mature, complex, and definitely darker. Ironically, since joining the Peace Corps I have also become much more tech savvy, now having multiple types of ‘social-media’, effortlessly downloading things off the internet (when I have signal), and even owning my first ever smart-phone (thank you Heather). My China-phone (as my Filipino coworkers call it) now allows me to capture snap shots of day-to-day life, which depending on the day can fluctuate between weird and extremely weird, though recently I have come to realize that I am the weird element; below is a collage of June life.
This past week I joined a group of fellow volunteers on Boracay to celebrate both the 4th of July and our two year anniversary of arriving in the Philippines! On my way to Boracay I visited Jack’s site (Tangalan, Aklan), Jack is helping to establish a community managed eco-park in Tangalan’s old-growth mangrove forests. See picture collage below.
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Recent InstagramsFinal instagram post, TBT to when @hfeather4 flew half-way around the world to meet me in Palawan, giving me my first smart phone and introducing me to the world of instagram. I am (eventually) returning to America but this phone is staying in the Philippines with one of my awesome Filipino coworkers.My office and adopted family.
Pat Endel on Creating a Coral Garden Erene Lamputi on Duha ka tuig- 2 years Pat Endel on Mango Fest 2015 Heather on Paradise Found JoAnn Smenda on Paradise Found