One is scrunched up in fear; the other raises his arm advanced in triumph at the starting line. After the Superman rider zips them back and forth twice over the lush canopy of Subic rainforest, they all want another turn. That’s like how we are at times with life – nervous, anxious, doubtful at the beginning but once we get the experience, we’re good to go another round and another.
In a visit to the Philippines, aside from enjoying the sand, water, sky, sea and trees, one must have a taste of the jolly bumblebee’s delight – Jollibee spaghetti and chicken joy. There’s also Kultura for souvenir shopping – one stop and everything’s there. The Manila Bay sunset, Toy Kingdom and National Bookstore are bonuses. You have to let the guests try sinigang (tamarind broth) and halo-halo (mixture of shaved ice, milk, beans, jelly, fruits and other goodies).
We are grateful Camile, Francis, Maebel and Danise prioritize safety especially in crazy crowded areas like Mall of Asia on a Friday night. We are grateful for the counselors’ generosity of spirit and energy. We are grateful to Taj and Dingdong for the synergies they facilitated through the workshops. We are grateful to Gabe and John for leading us to Dingdong. We are grateful for Carl, Samantha and Zena for braving the exhausting plane rides to and excruciating airport of Manila and for bringing the children to experience something totally different. We are grateful to all the parents and children for their trust and participation. We are grateful for your laughter and your screams. We are grateful to all the people behind Prado Farms, Casa San Miguel and Crystal Beach Resort for hosting us.
It’s quite fitting that “summer” camp (in this case, it’s really winter since it’s winter in China) ends with tearful goodbyes. Till we meet again next time!