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02/11/05 12:00AM
Total Collected:
US$ 69,122.10




Journal from the Ground
by Mazalan Kamis

April 2005

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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

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The workshop continues.

The second day of the workshops goes on as planned. The participants are totally immersed in their assignments! The hot and humid weather does little to hamper their spirits. Upon receiving some requests from the participants, I extend the workshop for another two hours and end it at 5:00 PM.

I continue to be amazed at how forward-looking the participants are, especially in the quest to acquire new knowledge. They ask good questions and are quick to grasp new concepts. And, best of all, they look peacefully at ease with the less than comfortable environment.
 


Sharing lighter moments with the participants during the midday break.


 


The participants continue to be highly attentive throughout the workshop.



By the end of the day, I am completely exhausted. Later in the evening, Saiful takes me to meet another Malaysian volunteer. Together, we have a mouth-watering dinner at a restaurant equipped with air-conditioning. The air-conditioning does little to reduce the temperature in the restaurant. Saiful tells me that some people say if the weather gets unbearably hot, it means another major earthquake is coming. He says he doesn’t believe in it; neither do I. But that night, I lay awake thinking …What if…?

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