In Conclusion

In Conclusion

IMG_5384Hey everyone! There was a mix up yesterday and I forgot to post a blog.. oops. But now I get to talk about what happened today which was our last full day here in the Philippines, sadly.

We woke up at 3am this morning to catch the 5am ferry and I am not writing this blog at 10pm. I surprisingly was not tired throughout the day today probably because it was filled with so many stops. We arrived in Cebu and drove over to my grandparents apartment is Lapu Lapu city. I had heard so much about this Cebu apartment I could not wait. Not only is it an apartment, its a small complex that my grandparents own with my grandfathers name stamped right on the front. Their apartment was filled with pictures of the family and the same homie feel their home in the states has.

We headed out to our meeting. The traffic was crazy but we were finally able to have our meeting and got more insight on how to proceed with our project.

We had lunch just around the corner of the apartment and we ended up seeing my grandmother’s sister and her sons! I had only ever met this family once before about 7 years ago but it was so nice seeing my family talk together. The food was great, as usual although our waitress said many dishes are not available because of the harsh rains that have been occurring. We tried green mango (not yet fully ripe) smoothies and they were perfectly tart.

We then headed back to the apartment for our last meeting of the trip. With out trip tasks completed, we could finally take a deep breath and enjoy the rest of the night. Luckily for us, my extended family made dinner plans. We drove to my great aunt’s house (my grandmother’s youngest sister) and had a feast. Another whole pig, several kinds of fish, squid, noodles, dessert! Their house was beautiful and worth the drive (and getting a little lost on the way). I saw more of the grandmother’s siblings and their children and their children’s children. We all talked for several hours until we had to leave to get some rest before our flight tomorrow.

Once again, being a part of EWB and this project has brought me even closer to my family. I cannot believe this trip went by in a blink of an eye. (Sorry I did not recap on yesterday but I knew I would already have too much to say today). I wish my family the very best and I cannot wait for this project to be a success.

Peace, Love & EWB,
Natalie

Philippines Project
Philippines Project
The Philippines Project Team is currently partnered with the community of Ubujan in the Philippines, and is investigating how The Engineers Without Borders, University of Delaware Chapter, can best aid the community.
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