This morning we combined with group one to assist the Filipino nursing students in their morning activity at the Geriatric Center, ran by Physiotherapists. The participants consisted of all women from age 60 to 89.  The students put together a range of activities involving physical exercises as well as cognitive exercises. We were able to assist the geriatrics with dancing the cha-cha to ABBA ‘Dancing Queen’, as well as a quiz on Filipino facts and world fun facts. Also, we lead a familiar dance from back home, the YMCA, for the Geriatrics and the students. The smiles and participation of the Geriatrics was heartwarming and we couldn’t help but laugh and smile with them, as they greatly appreciated our presence and involvement. At the end of the activity the students opened up a voluntary talent sharing, where two women sang beautiful love songs for us ‘Canadians’. The smiles throughout the morning of all involved were contagious.

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In the afternoon, our student dyads as well as our clinical faculty, Miss Joy and Miss Janelle, treated us to the Filipino delicacy, Halo Halo. This ice cold dessert involves a delicious combination of ice, milk, purple sweet potatoes (ube), ice cream, beans, candied fruits, filipino custard and jellies. Due to the Halo Halo being served at a restaurant in town, our instructors arranged for us to have transportation via tricycles, a common every day use for Filipinos within the smaller cities and communities. It was a short and fun first ride, as they dodged through traffic and pedestrians to arrive quickly to our destination. These tricycles and other public transport called Jeepney’s, are comparable to our taxis and buses in Canada. After World War Two, the American’s left their army vehicles behind when they traveled back home. Of course it was only natural for the resourceful Filipino’s to use these vehicles to their advantage, creating Jeepney’s. The Jeepney drivers try and create more revenue by painting the vehicles, often being amazing works of art, showing a variety of pictures from North American television shows and traditional Filipino culture.

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