- As a result of our participation (and amazing results) in the municipality’s 10 km ‘FUN RUN’ a few months ago, Meghan and I were asked to attend a Philippine Counselors League Gala at a local resort (we didn’t understand the connection either...) before Christmas. I was also asked to be a judge of the unisex bikini contest at said gala. Hilarity ensued:
- Went on a 'study tour' through Manila with a few members of the community-based solid waste management committees we've been working with, and although half the trip was spent in traffic, we had the chance to visit a few municipalities who are doing some seriously cool stuff with garbage:
Rope made with coconut husks!
- Meghan and I finally succeeded in getting our sanitation amendment and fee structure for the City of San Fernando approved before leaving for Christmas holidays. Felt like a huge accomplishment at the time, regardless of the fact that we may have alienated a number of members of the city council by being un-relenting on a few important details. With 56 out of 59 communities in the city currently testing positive for e-coli bacteria in their water supply however, I will be a great deal more pleased with myself in one year’s time if I check back on progress and find out that all households in San Fernando are actually having their septic tanks de-sludged as mandated.
- Christmas in Vietnam was glorious. Re-connecting with friends I thought I might not see again for years was an amazing treat and a perfect way to spend Christmas away from home. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to have such a splendid and joyful holiday. Pure joy.