29th April 2009
Preface: I have moved out of this
into a much bigger home that serves as a dormitory for both CERV
and Meaningful Volunteer volunteers.
So much to write about... so little time...
Kuya Palab knocks on my door at about 6 in the morning as the
rain outside continues to tumble down.
"Sir Malcolm! Sir Malcolm! Landslide!"
I quickly grabbed my laptop*and went and banged on
the doors of the still sleeping volunteers. "Landslide!
Landslide! Get out of the house!"
Five seconds later we were all outside in the rain looking
dazed and in various states of undress.
We had all heard the news reports of various deadly
landslides around the Philippines and were understandably
nervous of them. After 30 minutes or so we all headed back
inside realizing that we were in no immediate danger.
Here is a pic of the landslide.
A small valley in the side of the mountain prevented the rocks
reaching the bottom. The landslide stop just short of a
house on the mountain side and broke the leg of a pig which then
had to put down and - one presumes - eaten.
For reasons that elude me now, we thought it would be a good
idea to head up the mountain and check it out a bit more
closely. Hmmm... not the best thing to do on an unstable
mountainside. After huffing and puffing up the mountain I
did get this picture that shows the
valley where the landslide stopped.
Living in developing countries is such fun.
Sometimes you get
tear-gassed, sometimes you get
in your underwear, and sometimes you run from landslides,
* What would you grab if you knew your house was about to be
destroyed? Turns out I'd grab my laptop. Not because
of monetary value - the 2 year old laptop that was given to me
by a friend is missing a shift key and the N
and M keys are indistinguishable. No, it was
because of what it contained.
It contained several important Meaningful Volunteer documents
that would take a long time to reproduce.
I'd like to think of it less as grabbing a laptop and more of
grabbing my dream.
Turns out Steve - a Meaningful Volunteer - would grab a