|This will be framed in my house someday|
Halfway through the drive we pulled off at a gas station for a bathroom break and a bunch of kids were playing in the neighborhood. As we were getting back in the car we were high fiving them and being our usual outgoing selves when it comes to kids. They're just so cute and those eyes and smiles when they look up at you are just irresistible.
As we were piling back in the van we were passing around hand sanitizer and I had a group of kids immediately run up to me for high fives. The hand sanitizer had not quite set in yet and rubbed off on their hands, something they had never really felt before I'm sure.
Their reaction was priceless, their faces lit up and they just kept saying, "It's coooool, it's coooool" over and over. I thought this was adorably cute and decided to add hand motions and a dance to it which they repeated with glee.
For the duration of the rest of the trip, everything that was 'cool', was now associated with a dance and a hand motion sing song voice.
Children have the tendency to do that, turn the simplest of matters, give them life and put a song to it. Life is much happier when you're dancing and singing. Filipino children may not have a lot, all the children we became best friends with are running around either barefoot or in flip flops with oversized t-shirts. But they do have the gift of optimism and fun.
One look in their genuine eyes and one shared smile is all you need to start building a friendship.
A four hour car ride later we pulled into the town of where we would be staying. By this time the sun had set and it was night time. As we were passing through the town we noticed a local basketball game was taking place under the lights.
|Basketball under the christmas lights|
|Who's happier? It's a draw|
|Deciding if we want to warm up to each other|
|Making new friends|
|We're not very good at staying on the side lines, put us in coach!|
Shortly the basketball game, why we originally stopped, was no longer the center of entertainment. We had made new friends and I'm not sure who was having more fun.
I had brought my big Canon camera out and had a blast capturing all of the fun that we were having. And the kids absolutely loved having their picture taken and then running over to see the play back on the camera. It became a fun game.
|The Filipino "Isa pa"|
|"show me show me!"|
After we warmed up to each other and had successfully attracted all of the children at the basketball game to our crew, the real fun began.
|Everyone picked a dance partner|
|The dance circles began|
|And then the lessons began|
|We tried to match it, but these boys had skills|
|Look at those moves|
The dance parties then turned into group singing and we came across an idea that we knew everyone would love; it didn't matter which language you spoke.
|Everyone was in to it...|
|LET IT GOOOOOOO LET IT GOOOOO!|
|The excitement was real|
The movie 'Frozen' is a personal favorite and it just warmed my heart that it was for the Filipinos too, I think they knew more words than I did and they belted out each one from the bottom of their little Filipino hearts.
After saying goodbye to our new found friends we continued on to find our hotel for the night where the dancing and singing didn't die down. The little kids had passed their lively spirit into our hearts.
Who knows what Day 3 would hold for us all, each day so far was already full of unplanned spontaneous events.
What was behind door number 3.. only greatness I can tell you. Anything that starts with exploring 100 islands has to be fun. You have 100 chances to find fun, and we were pretty good at that.
|Hammock swinging and hanging out with our idol po's.|