Visit to Emmaus Home for the Aged Bulacan Philippines (8 June 2018)

Emmaus Home of the Aged was established in 1984 by a Catholic priest in Malolos Bulacan Philippies aimed to provide a shelter for the poor, the elderly, and the sick.

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The home has since thrived as a centre of love and compassion for and by the community.  Current headcount is 78 residents and 15 volunteer caregivers.

Mom celebrated her birthday with the residents of Emmaus Home, spending an entire morning exchanging stories about their families they so terribly miss.  We brought them boxes of coffee, milk, tea, crackers, biscuits, soap bars, shampoo bottles, toothpaste tubes, and toothbrushes.

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Thank you, Nico and Ninang Aling for these huge birthday cakes for Mommy!

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Thank you very much, Jerome for coming with us to this charity event to give haircuts to our dear lolos and lolas at Emmaus Home!  You never fail to support our charity events!

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Some residents could move around on wheelchairs.  There are also those who are tied to their beds due to old age and sickness.

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A little chapel inside the home serves as a nice place for the residents’ daily prayers and a spot for them to gather around and chat with each other.

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Happiest birthday po, Mommy!  Am glad we could celebrate this special day with the residents of Emmaus Home!

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A mother may be quiet but she’s a warrior and her prayers can move mountains 🙂





Part 3: Visit to Huong La Orphanage in Bac Ninh Province Vietnam (10 December 2017)

Pres and I flew to Hanoi Saturday the 9th.   The staff of Tomodachi House, the hostel we stayed in was helpful as always and led us to shops in Cha Ca where we could source for crayons, pens, and colouring books as well as soaps, toothbrushes, boxes of toothpaste, face towels, and baby powder for our goodie bags!


Sister Hai was very excited knowing we brought 50 talc powder bottles for all the residents, including Sister Hai herself, something they’d likely not spend their money on considering the scant resources they have.

Huong was very nice to have bought warm blankets for the residents.  Thank you very much, Huong!  Her daughter Oc was our very reliable translator as her English is really strong for a young girl her age!


With Huong, Oc and Voi 🙂

Our friends Tri and Trung and Pres and I have one thing in common – Baker & McKenzie.  Pres and I were from the Manila office while Tri and Trung are with Baker & McKenzie Hanoi.  WE met over a decade ago and despite the distance, our friendship blossomed and here we are now, doing charity work together!

True friends do not happen everyday.  They are in fact very rare this day and age.  Baker & McKenzie brought us all together!


Before we left, Sister Hai and the rest of the sisters prepared us some pho ga (chicken noodle soup); thank you all very much for the thoughtfulness!


Our group photo with the volunteers and Sister Hai and the kids!  We will see you all again really soon!



Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.” — Wess Stafford

Part 2: Visit to Huong La Orphanage in Bac Ninh Province Vietnam (10 December 2017)

The kids look so very happy – they smile and laugh and dance non-stop!  We commend Sister Hai and the rest of the sisters for the love and care they untiringly show these kids; it just radiates in their faces!  As John Bunyan aptly put it, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”  Bless your kind hearts!



Our young ladies, dancing to their favourite songs!



Auntie Nha, teaching the kids some dance moves!


Our cutesie little dancer, dancing with Auntie Nha!


Auntie Nha, teaching the kids how to gesture a heart!


This little boy is one of the youngest residents of the orphanage.  He loves to cuddle!



With Tri and Pres and this super cute little angel!



He’s one happy boy!  Though he is unable to speak, he is always smiling!


Lovely smile from this one lovely lady!



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When we were heading out, she called me to show me her favourite toy.  We will come back soon so we can play together!



This young lady loves being cuddled!

And this was how the kids bid us goodbye; so nice of them!  We will come back soon to see you all again!



Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.” — Diana, Princess of Wales