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Saturday, April 01, 2006 

Roslin Orphanage - Part 2

This post is a continuation from Roslin Orphanage Part 1. Not in the mood to write a lot so enjoy the images.

The group of students performed several community service tasks, one of which was to pave the home of this family with cement. Most villagers residing in this area of Kupang live in very sparse wooden homes with dirt floors and no plumbing whatsoever.

Hand carrying 40kg bags of cement and dirt was no easy task, especially when there were many bags to be brought back and forth.

There's a first time for everything. Here everyone learnt how to mix cement, measure floor heights and finally lay a smooth layer on the ground. By the second home, everyone was an old hand at this.

A family of 8 live in this 2 room home.

Peanuts are commonly grown on privately owned land plots and the harvest is usually enough to meet the needs of the growers. Whatever little excess is often sold at the markets in exchange for other essentials like kerosene and cooking oil.

Boys will be boys.

The group attended several "cultural exchange" meetings where the locals had an opportunity to interact with the young Singaporeans. At this particular meeting in a Catholic Church, things turned into a Dating Game type show when more and more personal questions were thrown at the group. Admirers were ready with their phone cameras to click away at whoever they fancied.

Not content with only pictures, email addresses and other contacts were exchanged. Some became instant celebrities when their fans surrounded them like they were rock stars.

M was particularly popular, with both the guys and gals.

I've always enjoyed taking pictures of kids, especially when they're at play, without a care in the world. Here a bunch commandeers a cart for a joyride.

There were lots of opportunities for interaction with local children. The group taught them new games and engaged in song sessions.

Hostel staff at play in the rain.

Pak Budi and his wife Ibu Peggy kept us all well fed.

Never knew avacadoes were grown in this region. These were delicious!

On the way to Soe, a mountain retreat about 3 hours from Kupang.

The students made the local news after their "cultural exchange" meeting at the Catholic church!


WoW... i personally like the running with the cement bag...N also got my pics...Wohooooo!!!! power lah!! N don't forget those "Bintang" moments..hehehhehehehe..


as usual the pics are fabulous.

its a pity u weren't here long enough for the english workshop session. it would have been fabulous footage.


i like the shot where sammy was playing volleyball...with the rain in the background. (Mona)

Lovely pictures once again! I especially like "Boys will be boys". Their excitement in their expressions is priceless!

Power la boss!!! Love the pics man esp the volleyball game.

With great pics like that, we'll forgive you for not saying much. :) My favourite is of the boys with the cart - something my boys would probably try given half the chance.

Once again, it is a beautiful thing when a man's passion and his ministry comes together. The pictures really got me thinking about what we really "need" in life to be happy...

Now go spend some quality time with the wife! :D

Woah, my fave pic is the one with sammy and maxi. Until now, I still can't stop laughing at the series of photos of weixiang carrying that faithful bag of "semen". Brings back the funny moments. Lol...


wonderful pictures.....

Hi Mr. Sanguine,

I'm not sure if you have had a chance to talk to pak Budi or not. Just FYI, I have placed the links to your blog at roslin weblog home.hiwaay.net/~roslin pak Budi and I created. Sorry for didn't ask you first, and thanks for all the nice pictures from Matani. Yes, I was from Kupang and I appreciate what you all have done to the children and their families in Matani.

Terima kasih,

Dr. T.

Dr. T - No worries, the link is fine. Thanks for your kind words.

i shall be there with christine soehardi in july if all goes well with my parents. it will be my pleasure to be there...

Will any one be going to this place soon? I am having some 2 weeks off in April 2007. What can I bring and what will be the best to do for the children? I am from Holand .

Anon from Holland - Do visit the Roslin Orphanage Website or Weblog to get in touch with Pak Budi regarding your visit or contribution. If you have any problems, email me using the address found in the top tight hand corner of the sidebar. :)

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