Wow, what a tumultuous two weeks we’ve had – one extreme to the other!
Anyway, we’ve stayed on. Things are “tense” but we only had one more week to go. We leave for Vietnam Thursday 22nd. Obviously we will not return to the house when we get back from Vietnam, but we have found new accommodation for our return so all is good.
Made stopped at one point in the wreck, took his regulator out of his mouth, opened it and let 2 large shrimp climb inside – all I could see were their feelers sticking out of his mouth! Funny – good party trick - haha!!
These guys are like lots and lots of long, thin snakes coming out of the sandy bottom all at once. As soon as you get close, they pop into their hole and disappear but it’s so cool to watch them all standing up together catching whatever is coming their way.
Around lunchtime we headed to the Yayasan as they were putting on a concert for Brent’s Birthday.
It was worth the wait. It was unbelievable and totally overwhelming!
The children all did singing, dancing and acting. Each group all did something different. It was wonderful.
The Little A’s (age 5-7) were gorgeous. They did a “Fashion Parade”. OMG did they look so beautiful and man did they have the fashion model moves down pat! They had watched TV to get the right moves, it was so cute and so funny so watch them strut their stuff, they did so well. I’m sure given the chance some of these kids would be great models in the future!
|A natural model!|
|Some of the Group A dancers|
Group A (who Brent has been teaching mostly) did two different performances. One group (mainly the girls, with a couple of boys) did a choreographed dance/exercise routine which was great.
The boys did a very funny performance based around Brent and myself. These kids are around 8-10 years old. Resta (one of the boys) got dressed up as a girl, including a padded bra, long hair and makeup – this was “Paula”.
They all sat down in a circle and sang a song, then “Paula” and “Brent” got up and danced around each other, swinging hips and looking very provocative! It was hilarious! While still standing in the middle of the group “Brent and Paula” had the microphone – “Paula” said “Happy Birthday Brent” and “Brent” said “Thank you Paula”, then “Paula” leant forward and kissed “Brent” on the cheek – well, everyone exploded into laughter, it was fantastic!
Group B sang a couple of lovely songs, one of which Brent had wrote a few weeks back about the Yayasan, their groups and volunteers. It was wonderful and a joy to see it now a living song that they remember and will sing again for future volunteers.
Group C (my girls) sang three songs. One song had all the girls, bar one, singing quietly in the background while Suriani did a speech to Brent, wishing him lots of love, a long life, good friends, etc. (all in English). It was fantastic.
|Juliawan looking his finest!|
|Ayu, one of 3 dancers|