I Wasn’t Expecting This – Palanan, Isabela Trip Page 2


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I like physical activity so climbing the stairs, although it was tiring, was fun for me. So was the plane ride, and the boat ride. But I didn’t expect this kind of reward.

When we reached the top of the staircase, what met us was breathtaking. So, this is what’s on the other side?

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The path on the left is the trail to the staircase. The edge of the grass lawn goes downward. The field and the mountains you see afar are on the other side of the river.

I felt like I was Poh of Kung Fu Panda after climbing that high wall (although my tiredness may be way less). After that last step, it’s like I just pulled the curtains to a different world.

“Hello lovely village. Thank you for the invitation to be here.”

The first thing that you’ll notice is the breathtaking view of the river, the fields and the mountains behind you. Then moving forward, there’s the basketball court (very Filipino!) and the village houses.

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After a couple of steps from the basketball court, we get to our abode. Boy, it’s big. This is where they have their guests stay. I feel like royalty. Aren’t we supposed to be suffering when we’re on outreach?

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Our abode for 1 week (for some of us 2)
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View front of our “house”
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Dining area
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Dining area view at the back of the building
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More view from our “backyard” (Some morning fog)
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Sometimes we get visitors. The lone turkey in the village. No we’re not going to cook it! She’s part of the family! (Then again, maybe not!)
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Our backyard view. Using DSLR cam.
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One night, when the sunset was showffing off

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We kind of panicked and grabbed our phones and tried to “capture” the sky while the scenery lasted.

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Duane, our leader. Chillin’ one afternoon.

 

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Laundry dries on one side of the house.
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The boys set up hammocks up front 😉 Neat!
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You can dine outside too…

 

So yeah, now that we’re all set up! We’ll go around the village next.

 

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6 thoughts on “I Wasn’t Expecting This – Palanan, Isabela Trip Page 2

    1. Oh good question. You might want to bring a solar charger and fully charged power banks.
      The village we went to used generator/s but only at night usually for the lights. My friend had a solar charger but of course that was not enough. For the camera batteries, I would sometimes request them to be charged at the house of one of the leaders when it’s daytime and they run out. (The electric current at night is a bit slow.) Not that he has real electricity at home but I think he’s like their tech guy in charge of the generator. Not sure but he’s the one in charge of “electricity.”

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