Well it took some time for me to write all this, I hope you enjoy. I think this is the part most of you have waited for. I hope you will like it even if it isnt what you hoped for maybe (if your expectations are high)
Yesterday it became very late because of the party. But I had to get up early to get my stuf together to catch the bus to WIN. So I had my alarm on 7:00 to pack my stuf. Most of it I kept in mij Back-pack and handback, so it were only some things I had to get together.
Around 8:00 I went with the group to the intersection where they had to cross it to go to WAP and I had to go left to get the the station of Victory Lines (the bus). I had understood from Kirsten that I would have to go to the end of the road, cross the busy street and then ask someone for directions.
So I did. When I which direction I had to go they pointed me to the right, so I went that way still unsure. I was so unsure that I messaged Kirsten a couple times but she also didnt know where it was. So I followed what I was pointed to by the people I asked.
I thoughed it would be close by, but further and further I had to walk, and I was still unsure if I was walking in the right direction, walking trough small streets (maybe not the correct patch^^) and asking people almost every 4 minutes which direction Victory Lines was. after around 1 hour since I left the hostel I arrived at the station.
There I messaged Kirsten that I had arrived at the station, I had asked someone there how late the bus would depart. He said at 9:30, so I bought a ticket and went inside the bus. I had the option to store my 15kg back-pack in the storage at the bottom of the bus, but because I liked to keep a eye on my belongings, and also because I wouldnt be able to get out of the bus fast enough if my back-pack would be taken out by someone. That I choose to take it with me inside the bus.
It wasnt handy in the bus and it didnt really help with sitting confortable. First I had the back on my lap, but that also became sore because it was the 15kg and also my small back of 5kg.
Suddenly I heard the name: Olongopo, and so I thoughed I had to get out at that stop, so I took my bags and went outside. went to the front of the station and right away a couple man asked if I needed a taxi, I said I would be picked up. Then they asked where I was going on which I replied: I am going to Olongapo. Lucky for me that they asked for they said I got out of the bus to soon. so I hurried back onto the bus that left less then 10 minutes later. so I asked multiple times when I had to get of, each time they said I had to get of at the last station.
So I was sitting not that confortable with my backs now between my legs (and half the walkway) just looking outside the window and taking pictures from what I saw.
Then we drove into a city and I heard Olongopo multiple times, (Olongopo ..(something), Olongapo (something else). So I began to wonder if I had to get out there. So I asked agian and they again replied that I had to get off at the last station. so we came to a parking space with more Victory Lines busses. I was still not sure and so went to the front of the bus to ask. there they said I had to get out there for this would be my stop. Apperently they meant the last stop in Olongapo and not of the bus itself, for next stop would be another city o_O'
And so I hurried back to my seat and picked up my back-pack and went of the bus. I messaged Sosana Rivera as I was said to do so that she could pick me up there. After some waiting and multiple people asking me if I need a taxi or other ways of public transport I got a call from Sosana. saying she sat in a white pick-up and soon we found each other (while still on the phone with each other^^), Brian was driving.
So I went into the car and we first drove to Royal (a big supermarket) so I could buy supplies. so I bought some bread (with little blocks of ham in it already o_O' (didnt tast well without something on it), a pack of 2L orangejus, butter (also for my malaria pills), chocolade past (some sort of Nutella), around 9L of water (a 5L and a 4L bottle), some lemonade powder, suncream, andsome more things.
After I had what I needed we went to El Kabayo Stables for a short bit, mostly to drop Sosana off there. After that Brian brought me to WIN where I put my things in my room and greeted everyone. Asked if I could help out with something, but they were already done for it was 17:30.
So I went to my room and went unpacking, looking for a way to put my musquito net up. I couldnt find a way and so asked them for help. we choose to rotate the bed 90 degrees so I could use the hooks that came with the net. THe bed was a bit small and and a top and feet end, so I couldnt stick my feet out. I thoughed to try it out first. if needed I could change it to another bed.
After some time the net hang and I had unpacked some stuff. We talked a bit and I asked what time they start in the morning and such things.
This first night I Didnt use the airco before I went to bed, and so I woke up sweating a lot around 3:00 because of the heat and could hardly sleep anymore till the morning. What also was the problem was the size of the bed, I think it was 180cm while I am 196cm. And it wasnt possible for me to stick my feet out at the end. So I only could lay on my sides what was also a warm way to lay on bed.
When I woke up the first thoughed trough my head was: what have I started, I was still tired from everything the day before and those malaria pills down help with it to (they can have a depressive effect). But while I became more awake and working it was all good again.
In the morning Maike took me under his care to show me how the food preperations was done for the animals (for the ducks, birds, Long-Tailed Macaques (berberapen), After that we gave it to the animals. Then I was only watching how they did it and just did what they said they wanted me to do.
After that I helped what I was allowed to do with cleaning the cages. For I wasnt allowed to go inside somewhat all of the cages because it was my first day and of course they didnt know me good enough for it, that I mostly helped with filling the waterbuckets, trowing away the feeces and observing the animals.
During late morning and also somewhere afternoon we would eat breakfast/lunch/brunch what most times would be rice, some meat or fish, noodles.
They have a wild Long-Tailed Macaque (berberaap) that electrocuded himself in the electrisitie poles a while before I came. His left underarm had to be amputated because it was beyond saving. He also has a wound from his right shoulder down to his legs (pictures will come later). Mike needed to catch him for they wanted to see how his left arm had healed and if it still needed a bandage. So I took my camera to take some pictures for their database and with it also for myself.
His arm had healed enough that it didnt need bandage anymore, he also had smaller wound on his feet and so they just cleaned it and put some disinfecting cream on it. After that they put him back in its cage.
Late afternoon we would prepare food for the Giant Fruit Bats (adults and also for the younger ones), Crested Serpent Eagle, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Brahminy Kite, Palm Civet, and the owls. After we prepared it we gave it to the animals (I mostly watched).
This time I cooled my room down before I went to bed, so it was around 20C when I went to bed. But around 3:00 I woke up again because my room got hot again. So I had to turn the airco on again for a 30 minutens to cool it down so I could fall asleep again. It wouldnt be good to keep the airco on while I slept for the room might get to cold and I slept under a very thin sheet. The airco also makes a lot of noise and so getting to sleep would be hard.
So I would just get out of bed and turn on the airco, go back into bed and read some manga while waiting till the room got cold again, And if I found it cold enough and the airco would still be running I would turn in on again (otherwise it would go off again on its own if the timer has been done.
Just as Saterday it was very hot and the humidity was also reasonable high (not as high as it would be when it rains, but it hasnt rained up till 14 nov yet).
Today I went with Brian to the release site where the last group Long-Tailed Macaque were released (the location is called: El Kabaya Waterfalls), We brought some food with us to leave there. because they where released around 2 a 3 months ago. So they are monotoring them to see if they can find their own food. at first they go there every other day, and that slowly decreases to fewer times a week. When I was there with Brian They didnt seem to be there at that time.
On our way back we went down to the waterfall because I really wanted to see them (I love waterfalls ^^). There I took some pictures and Brian took a couple of me sitting infront of it ^^.
We gathered all the fallen leaves and put them in the Paml Civet enclosure. Even though there is no winter here, a lot of leaves can fall down.
Beside the normal work in the morning of preparing food and giving it to the animals. Helped out with cleaning some enclosures (couldnt help as much as I wanted for they down me to go in a lot of enclosures yet.
I went with Sellena and Brian to Royals again (a supermarket), they dropped me off for they needed to do something a bit further away. So I went shopping for some vegetables (Potatos, carrots, a can of ham, a leek (prei) and unions to prepare lunch another day. Other then that some water, and other things I needed.
I was done way sooner then that they were back, so I just waited outside (should have stayed inside because of the heat, but I thoughed it wasnt really possible anymore because my receipt was already checked and suchs.
When they came pick me up we went to Le Kabayo Stables first to drop Sellena off. after that we went back to WIN
After that I looked them feeding the birds. Cleaning the cups/planks/knifes/baskets that were used. cleaning the animal food prep
Just like the other days since I arrived at WIN I got out of bed at 6:45 to shower and eat/drink. Most of the time I then still have like 10 to 15 minutes left till we start work at 7:30, in that time I I sometimes check my mail/skype or/and read some manga or I stand with the others here (but so far I never understood them for they are talking their own language).
After that we prepared the food for the animals, and giving it to them.
Today we put dry leaves and cut grass in the M4 enclosure, here the group of Long-Tailed Macaque (berberaap) that will be released next time (around Januari most likely).
Me and Mike started on worked on a mouse cage, we had to put chickenfence around it so they couldnt escape.
At the end of the day we feed the eagles, owls and bats. This time I was allowed to go into the cage of the young bats. they are much slower and like to observe more then the adults do. I had to walk bend forward trought he enclosure, I had to do this so that they couldnt grab me. While I was scooping the food in the slides.
They came looking, one went and tast my hair, while another tried to grab my shoulder. and just before I left the enclosure I could step away just in time so the bat above me wouldnt piss on me.
Today started like normal, food prep and feeding the monkeys, birds.
Later we got a call that a owl flew against a window and so Brian went to pick it up. it was a Brown Hawk Owl (Nirox Fistulata). We didnt have a suitable cage for it, so I fixed a old cage with holes in the bottom with chickenfence. after I was done we got a branche and put shredded paper in it, also a cup with a few mealworms (meelwormen, maar dan dus wat groter, ik zal wel eens een foto uploaden^^).
The owl looked fine and so we released it again when it was dark at 19:00 (12:00 NL time). The owl flew away without a problem.
me and Maike finished the mouse cage and filled it and put the mouse in it.
Other things we did was cleaning the surroundings and some enclosures.
The day started again like normal. We did a bit more cleaning and I crafted some small cardboard (karton) boxes from old big cardboard boxes where we got our food supply for the animals in. those boxes would be for the group that came later. a TV channel would come and around 14 girls (who would compete to become models. BTW: not my types, so dont have any thoughs).
That took most of the day and not much was possible to do because of it. Around the time they left it was also time to start preparing food for the bats and eagles/owls.
At the end of the day i helped out with cleaing the quarantaine.
In the evening me, Mark (the vet here), Dyane and Brian sat outside and talked a lot, while talking a shot glass went around. (it was a light brandy and so I didnt really notice much from it). We tried to take some pictures with my camera and my tablet wifi function. We had to add more light to our surroundings for it to make a good photo.
Just like the other days the day started with the normal tasks, only a bit more tired because it became late the evening before. So it was a bit harder to consentrate during the work, but it went well beside that. The animals got their food and fresh water of course.
Today I took it a bit more easy, still helped out where could. Today there was also less to do.
Since the day I left (4th of November) till today I had been busy with different things. from traveling, to training to working. and before I left I was also busy with packing.
In the evening I went with the group to Olongapo to drop them off (closer to home) while I went to the supermarket, there I boughed some beer (Chimay, and 4 different Royal Dutch cans. I cant remember if I had them before but I think not. lastly I boughed a bottle of brandy light)
In the evening we drank 1 bottle of Chimay and the 2 light Royal Dutch cans. The Royal Dutch tast a bit sour which I like, but Sam, Conrad and Dyane werent used to it ^^.
That last thing really came to me saterday morning. I was really tired and couldnt really focus on things in the morning, and with being tired it was also harder to remember what I needed for the food prep. luckely I had some help with it^^.
After the feeding the others started on clearing a area of grass, branches, cutting branches from trees. The last thing was so that some animals could get more sun if they want, and at the same time the branches could be used with the Macaque (berberaap) their enclosers
The other work was to clean that place up, have room to build a fence and because the grass became to tall it had to be cut. This all took almost the whole day beside the food prep and feeding.
In the evening I was alone at WIN for a couple hours. During that time we got a call, I didnt pick it up because: I am not from around here and so I dont know where is what, I only speak English and so most likely not be able to understand what they say, even if it is in English there is still the way they speak it that could make it not understandable. it was past closingtime also.
Half an hour later the phone rang again, this time I picked it up with the idea to say that no one beside me was here and that I couldnt help, so if possible they could call the next day or I could take a number so when Dyan and Mark came back they would be able to help.
It was (I believe) Sellena from El Kabayo Stables. She asked for Mark, who hadnt arrived back yet here at WIN. she said that one off their horses died. It was already sick and Mark was there and gave medican earlier that evening. sadly it didnt help anymore. When Mark and Dyane arrived at WIN I told them the sad news and Mark packed a lot of stuff to do a autopsie,
he had to wait for confirmation to do it before he left with Dyane to the stables. They came back very late while I was already sleeping.
Here I want to give my condolences to the caretakers of the horse.
Well we have arrived at the day I am writing this blog, I have also worked on it on other days in the evening mostly, and sometimes when there wasnt anything to do.
Today has been calm and there wasnt much to do. only me and 3 workers were here. So I had the chance of writing my blog so far. At the moment it is almost 15:00 here (8:00 NL time)
After eating something we will see what can be done and then feeding the bats and eagles/owls and civets. I already prepared the food for the bats and civets somewhere between I wrote this.
Last time we drank the light Royal dutch (8 and 10%) and we still have the 14 and 16% left, and also another bottle of Chimay. I wonder what they think of it^^. Keep in mind: their own strongest beer is the Red Horse which is 7%, so this is a bit higher (the Chimay is also 7%)
So that is it for now I think, who knows I add something if anything happens. otherwise it will be till next blog I think.
I dont know when that will be because I now had to write more then a week. and it isnt really something to have only day to day blogs. so I think it will be 1/2 a week to a week till next blog. unless something happens that I want to blog soon. we will see.
I tried to blog this but the internet is down again =_=' I went cleaning the quarantaine and food prep. so it is a while longer then it could have been ^^