And, an interview with the one and only Allyn Japitana.
Went to Krang Yaw on Friday with Allyn and Pastor Kiet to present gifts to the top five students at the Hope School there. The first hour of our journey was on paved roads, but then we turned off onto a dirt road… well, the road could have been qualified a “dirt road” were it not for the rain. The rice fields, as always, were beautiful!But then we got stuck in the mud. Not once, but 3 times. 🙂 The first time wasn’t so bad. The driver wasn’t too deep in the mud, so he just asked us all to get out so he could drive through the mud without our added weight. Getting out proved to be a challenge for me… haha… I slipped and slid in the mud, and would have fallen on my hiney had it not been for Pastor Kiet, who grabbed me to steady me several times before I regained my footing. When I was able to stand on my own, I realized I was covered in mud. Needless to say, I felt like an idiot. The second time we were stuck, it was Allyn’s turn to take a dip in the mud. She stepped out of the tuk tuk into a deep mud pile (the “mire”). As if in slow motion, her thong-clad feet were swallowed by the muddy clay. Images of Allyn slowly disappearing into a hole of quick-mud, her entire body being swallowed from feet to fingertips, came to my imagination, and I found myself chuckling. As she pulled herself free, we all laughed heartily. After pushing the tuk tuk free (a quality team effort), we removed our flip-flops and walked through the mud, enjoying the feel and sound of it squishing through our toes. We did get stuck one more time, on the return trip from Krang Yaw. Here is some video of that third time.