Zen Encounters

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A “Step-up” Day

One Saturday afternoon, me and my other co-Rotaractors went to Paradise Day Care in San Pedro. We conducted the “Step-Up” Project in which we donated slippers to the children who live in the former dumpsite.

With the slippers and food, we rode in two tricycles going there. It cost us almost a hundred pesos. So it’s kinda far from the civilization. :D And look at the road that we crossed…

The view of the road from the tricycle I'm riding.

So as we got off at the gate, we have to walk a little longer and face the challenges that the mud has spared on us. It has rained for several days, and going there is not that easy. A 15-minute walk is on the way.

Daan number 1: trails with banana trees.

Daan number 2: Carl tries to get to the other side of the "mudway" :D

Daan number 3

Daan number 4

It’s like a different challenge, and we’re taking it level by level. And when we got there, I looked at my new rubber shoes. It’s now embellished with mud! :D I didn’t care much about it anyway. I can just wash my shoes.

My new rubber shoes. :D

I am glad I didn't slip in the mud. >_<

One of the things that community service has made me realize is how lucky I am. This time, making me realize that I have my own shoes and slippers at home, and these kids don’t have any.

The Paradise Day Care is a day care center located in an isolated small village in Barangay San Vicente, San Pedro, Laguna. (You saw how isolated it was.)

The children at the Paradise Day Care. :D

So we started giving the slippers and let them chose which fits them and what they like.

Me and Jho guiding the kids in choosing their slippers.

Deza aiding this little guy. :D

This is one pair of cute slippers, angry bird-leaf style! :)

Who says we can only see this in Rated K?

And now, they have new sets of slippers. I know their slippers wouldn’t last as much as we expect. But I know that this will be a big help for feet protection as they walk in the village.

The kids with their new sets of slippers! :D

On our way back, we had fun in crossing the mud as most of us are “madaldal” by nature.

On our way back.

Carl, Grace, Juan, Jhoane, Chard and Deza. :D

It has been a long journey going there and back, but I would describe it as a worthwhile experience. The deeds may be simple but we know that we left the children with smile on their faces, and that goes the same for us. I thank God for the wonderful day. :)

(The STEP-UP project is a project of the Rotaract Club of San Pedro East and RC San Pedro East.)

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29 comments on “A “Step-up” Day

  1. Hoobert the Awesome
    December 11, 2011

    I also love doing community service. And I adore people who do the same. It’s a tiring but worthwhile experience. Seeing the smiles in the kid’s faces is a testament that you’re doing something right.

    • Zen
      December 11, 2011

      You said it right Hoobert. I mean, we help them, and we help ourselves as well. Thanks for dropping by. I really appreciate that. :)

  2. dlysen
    December 11, 2011

    Mukang masaya etong adventure na eto… sana may time pa ako sa mga ganitong aktibidad

  3. iamsuperleah
    December 11, 2011

    Ay ang galing! Isang adventure with friends, also community service! :D You’re such an angel, zenzen. :)

    • Zen
      December 12, 2011

      Thank you for the sincere and sweet comment ate Leah.. ♥

  4. arnie
    December 11, 2011

    Nakakatuwa makita yung masasayang mukha ng mga bata habang hawak nila ang mga bagong tsinelas na regalo nyo…Mabuhay kayo! Keep it up! :D

    • Zen
      December 11, 2011

      Yeah, the feeling is wonderful.. Thanks po kuya Arnie sa pagbisita.. :)

  5. kiko :(|)
    December 11, 2011

    grabe nalungkot ako nung nakita ung tsinelas, :( kakaawa, pero salamat sa inyo at kahit sa ganitong paraan ay nabigyang ninyo ng ngiti ang mga kabataan!

  6. Maricel
    December 11, 2011

    Great job, Zen! You’re such an inspiration!

    • Zen
      December 11, 2011

      Thanks po Ate Maricel. It’s nice to see the smile on their faces. :)

  7. kikilabotz
    December 11, 2011

    sana maiblog ko na rin yung exp kong ganito, hehehe

    • Zen
      December 11, 2011

      I-blog mo na at i-share mo din Kilabotz.. para mas masaya.. :)

  8. Zyra
    December 11, 2011


    • Zen
      December 11, 2011

      Para saan tol? Well, suma total, I appreciated the process.. It helps me in that manner. I have no idea of what I just said. hehe >__<

  9. LordCM
    December 12, 2011

    wow! eto ba ung sinasabi ni Zyra na pupuntahan sa Dec17 para sa Gift Giving ng mga students nya at ng Isang Minutong SMILE?

    pm naman sa facebook, para mabasa ko kaagad :)

    • Zen
      December 12, 2011

      yes, eto nga po ata yun.. Babalik din kami on that day, kasabay namin sila.. :)

  10. a solemn punch
    December 12, 2011

    Spell Black Leather Shoes Soaked in Mud. Kanina ko lang nalinis sapatos ko before going to office. Sitio Paradise and Paradise Day Care Center have been my favorite adopted community ever since Rotary Year 2004-2005. Nice terrain and warm people. Sarap balik-balikan.

    • Zen
      December 12, 2011

      Good for you. hehe. It’s nice to know that you have been passionate for doing community service. :)

  11. Empi
    December 12, 2011

    Wow! Good job, zen!

    • Zen
      December 12, 2011

      Thanks kuya Empi.. I had a happy day! :)

  12. annemojica
    December 12, 2011

    hahaha ^___^ na-enjoy ko yun ng sobra di bale ng maputik basta may tsinelas sila at may smile na makukuha mula sa kanila.

    • Zen
      December 12, 2011

      Yeah.. well said jhoanne.. Nag enjoy ako sa ginawa natin.. Especially, doing that with nice friends..:)

  13. ralph
    December 12, 2011

    it is nice to know you are doing charity works along with your colleagues… keep it up and more power… Yahweh bless

    • Zen
      December 12, 2011

      Actually, they’re not my colleagues. hehe. Those are my students and some, former students.. It is indeed a nice feeling that these students have the passion for community service. :)

  14. jeniffer
    December 13, 2011

    nakakatouch naman ito ng sobra… namimiss ko tuloy yung mga panahon na nagkakaroon din kami ng outreach program ng mga kasama ko sa GSP… maagang pamasko ito sa mga bata… God bless your friends and you..

    • Zen
      December 13, 2011

      Thanks Jeniffer.. :) It is indeed an early Christmas gift for them, and we will be going back there.

  15. Mei
    December 19, 2011

    That is so kind of you. Kahit nakakapagod I know at the end of the day nag enjoy ka. Nakatulong ka na, nagkaron ka pa ng new experience. :)) If given a chance, I would also like to participate in campaigns or programs like that.

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  17. ricodebuco
    December 23, 2011

    ikaw na ang chumacharity work hehehe ikaw na talga hehehe isa kapalng busy na tao hahaha

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