I just want to let you all know that I am already on a bus on my way to visit my baby sister in Angeles City where is she based for years now. I’m looking forward for a two-day bonding with her and chilling out, Pampangeno style.
I was in Lake Island, Binangonan, Rizal since last Thursday to attend the VSO’s RV (Returning Volunteers) Weekend – ikatatlo ko na ka beses didto pero sige lang, bongga man ang program ah. I hoped to meet my Hippo batchmates pero wala gid bisan isa sa ila ya… anyways, sadya man ang mga na-meet ko na mga returned volunteers from other batch. We shared experiences, took stock of our different insights and learnings from our work assignments, and together we reflected if volunteering has changed us professionally and personally. Have I brought change to the local community where I worked? Has my African volunteer assignment changed me? If so, what were the changes? Were they for the better, or, for worse? 🙂
There were so many activities planned for us by the VSO Bahaginan and it reminded me of our pre-departure training days. So much fun and learnings but there were two persons who I miss – my dearest friends and co-Volunteers Tarc Tarucs – who returned to Philippines from his assignment in Zambia in 2010 and died suddenly last month – and Arnol Pajaron, he died in a motorcycle accident in Malawi during his volunteer assignment in 2010. Staying in Lake Island for the third time reminded me of my friends who have long gone and I had some senti moments reminiscing our friendships and good memories that started and flourished in this very same place. I might have known them only for a short time yet is very difficult to accept the loss of, not one, but two fantastic men. I hope and pray that wherever they are now, they’re both happy and have found what they’re looking for 🙂 I’m sure the angels are laughing at their jokes and antics up there.
Pictures will be up next time. I forgot to bring my USB connector this time 🙁