Let me start off by saying, I never thought I’d be given the chance to be a part of the INC Symphony Orchestra.
We didn’t have rehearsal at this day, just a meeting. Me, Cha, and Onat were walking to the arena when Bro. Oliver’s son, who was staying in the housing also, gave us a ride, so that was neat lol. It was already crowded by this time; many food stands were set up, and tons of people were camping already. The arena is supposedly closed, pero there were non-performers that sat in their seats already. In the meeting, they showed us where to go after the special worship service, and they told us that our all-in time is 1 am. So, me and my friends left the housing to walk at the arena at like 11 am, and it was crowded omg. However, on our way, the fireworks started, and it was really cool bc people were just doing their thing, and when it started, we all stopped and stared at the sky, and people started videotaping it or taking pictures of it. And yup.
*I’m typing this in 11 August 2014*
This is the day when we arrive to Philippines. And yes, a lot of my friends had the same flight as me. Cha and her parents, Lyzette and ate Mariel, Justin T. and his parents, ate Kathleen and her fam, ate May, etc. There were a lot of us lol, so it was really fun being with INC members at the same airport lol.
The airplane ride was ehh. I haven’t rode one in ten years, and I had the window seat. I didn’t know I was going to get air sick, so the 12 or 13 hour plane ride to Seoul was hell.
We also stopped over in Korea for 16 hours. Some only had 4 hours. Their airport is REALLY nice; it was spacious and it had a lot of brand name stores. They also had this free cultural center place where you get to make crafts for free. A lot of their things were free so that was nice. And the Koreans are so pretty omg. Even though it was an airport, everyone was dressed nicely and their face were flawless. I don’t know how they do it.
And Philippines… Some ministers picked us up at the airport and drove us straight to Central. We only stayed there for 1 night because we were going to move to the housing in Ciudad de Victoria the next day. The housing in Central was nice, and the housing in Ciudad de Victoria…well it was new. There was no running water LOL but there were drums of water and the housekeepers were kind enough to refill it for us. I boarded with Cha and her mom hehe.
Everyone in Central was so nice and friendly ^__^ They all call you ate or kuya even though you’re obviously younger. At first I thought I was going to be scared because a lot of people knew each other already, however, they were all very accepting. Like what one brother said, even though we came from different culture, we all had one similarity, and that is our faith. It all united us together, and so that made things easier for most of us SMW who were new hehe.
The security in Central is strict. Every time we go inside, we always have to fill out a form to get in, surrender our electronics, and we had to get our pictures taken even though we did before. We also couldn’t take pictures inside Templo Central. But obviously, there are reasons for that.
And the practices…well, we started late and ended late, pero it never felt long for me. My arms never got tired, idk. But it was always nice playing with the choir bc they sounded nice (especially the soloists OMG whenever I hear them, I feel the need to stop playing lol).
I’m about to write my whole “”vacation”” so be prepared for some long posts lolol and and I’m typing outside bc apparently I really need vitamin D