Up, Up with People!
You meet them wherever you go
Up, Up with People!
They’re the best kind of folks you’ll know!
If more people were for people,
There’d be a lot less people to worry about
And a lot more people who care!
We “Uppies” traveled the world to make an impact in the lives of others, but I believe that all the people I met along the way made a bigger impact in my life than I did on theirs.
My host families
Laurie and Bill Zempel from
Bruce and Kathy Garrett from their house-on-the-golf-course in
Tim Trent and Daisy Flores from Globe,
Bill and Patricia Turner from
I LOVED Terri and Ed Devine’s beach-themed home in
I shared Bob and Elaine Mattes’ home with 3 other roommates – Niki (again!), Tyrell, Gabe (all from the
Dick and Donna Finney lived about 30 minutes away from
(WRITING ALL THESE MAKE ME REALIZE THE REASONS WHY I GAINED SO
MUCH WEIGHT DURING THE TRIP! Sigh…)
Duane and Jacquee Hagans in
Family friends Tito Eric, Tita Vivian and Noelle Tadeo adopted me! They lived in
Still groggy from a 30 hour bus ride from
Valerio, Nadia and Michaela Bellani from
Klemens and Brunhilde Schmidt! My German host family who were simply the BEST and a big support while I was doing Advance Work ! Birte (my roommate, the CRC) had a great great time! The memories of staying in Prenzlau is so overwhelming but I especially remember losing my bike keys (and Klemens and Brunhilde are so forgiving…) and I wonder if it is still there at the Rathaus? Pretty Prenzlau, Beautiful
Everyday was fun day with Theo, Fiona, Lonneke, Femke and Dion Van Lochem in Dronten, the
Charlotte Colot from
The UWP Staff
Whom I listed all under Cast B 2007 because staff or student, we are all cast B !
Cast B 2007 - 19 countries. 1 voice (or what I'd like to call the Big Brother House on the Road)
United States – Adam, Amanda, Andrea, Blaine, Cassidy, Gina (I love you I hope you make it for the Bayani build!), Grant, Jennie, Jeremiah, Jeremy (I hope you find a nice Filipina girl), Jessica (all the colors of the heart!), Josh, Katie (let’s name an ice cream flavor “ina-chukuwa, kijiji-kizima” ) , Laurel, amazing dancer Lesley, ounce girl Megan, Niki (Aloha!), Sarah, Tiffnie (go Asian food stores!), Tyrell (Tee-relll) , Vanessa (missing your laugh and our demon children) , Lauren, Mallory (hunt me down, okie?), Matthew, hyper Patrick, Laura, Jared, Scott, Ellen, Christine Paluf, Gabe, Kristina, Samantha
the laughs, the gossip, and the comfort that your presence offered me!
Rafa, Alecs, Jules, Suze, Lysan, Johan, Mallory, Yuri, Christine, Luis Felipe, Elke, Marita, Rasmus à a special connection to all of you during the trip. I miss you all and I really look forward to seeing them again soon..
The Philippine Advance Team
Paul, Margaux, Luis, Yamil and Skoogle – thanks for braving
Especially to Joseph Consul for eating Balut infront of everyone and was always there --- with an endless supply of Zesto, One Green Tea and Orchard Fresh (I love the dalandan and calamansi ones!) drinks.
The Department of Tourism, RC-Cola, ECOP, The Philippine
The Filipinos all over the World (yes, even the ones right here at home) - meeting you made me look at our country and our people in a totally different light.
A billion thanks to all who supported me since the very beginning. I know I have been thanking you guys endlessly throughout the blog but there is no such thing as too much when it comes to appreciation (Remember that!!!) .
My mom and dad who raised me so well and have given me everything I ever wanted or needed – endless gratitude to you and I love you so much. My husband Sam who was such a good sport and continues to believe in me and my abilities, I love you!
My friends from Ayala Foundation and the FAFI group (you know who you are) who totally had confidence in me and knew that I can make it.. and also provided the much provided long distance emotional support – Nyla, Maui, Jops, Ave, Candice, Aque, Kakay, JJ, Aileen, Kiel, Chiara, Tito, Sarah, MY
My on-line “rallyists” who I may not know that well personally but still were there to give their virtual support – Alex, Geelay, Lee I , Maan, Kristene – plus the people who read my blog, especially those who left messages and comments … (you certainly kept me on my toes updating this!)
Of course, my sponsors who helped me financially as well as spiritually! Reynold from
Prayer also made me strong throughout this adventure – again I thank God for making me so strong and brave ! And also for making my circle of good people wider!
PS. I also encourage you to please visit Matthew Erley's blog at http://matthewerley.blogspot.com/2008/01/last-farewell.htmlthanks