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Posted on Jul 15, 2013

Part 2: Life on the Road Education- Choosing Raffy, My Unmanly Boy- Maolbaol, Philippines

Part 2: Life on the Road Education- Choosing Raffy, My Unmanly Boy- Maolbaol, Philippines

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This is a series about an angel we met. His name is Raffy and we live across the alley from him, on purpose. We’ve been offered cheaper homes, maybe better, but this is where we stay, where I can watch Raffy playing with his hands or looking deeply into his bowl of rice or laughing with his little niece. We’re also next to Savedra Dive Center, which is our lifeline and which keeps all of us busy loving sea turtles and the aquatic heaven here. We’re also in the hub of our kids amazing social life, a life we already know we won’t want to leave in three and a half weeks. But, Raffy. I can see Raffy. I can admire his mom’s beauty and how she raises him. I wake up to Raffy asking passer-by-ers if they want a massage or hear him laughing. Raffy.

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We’ve got lots to say about Raffy. Here’s one little update from a few weeks ago:

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[EDITOR NOTE: The image above is a screen shot I took from Facebook, now edited to remove the word ‘retarded.’ I have upset many people I respect and just want to clarify that I had no intention of disrespecting anyone. I do not and have not lived in a world of PC world for many years. I had zero intention of upsetting or disrespecting anyone. I apologize and will not use the word ‘retarded’ any more in my descriptions, for when I do, I am losing part of the light and magic I am trying to convey. My deepest apologies. Gabi]

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The street life, a blessed playground for my kids, outside of Savedra.

Part One: Life On The Road Education Meeting Raffy Our Neighbor

Part Three: Raffy’s Seizure, School Humiliation 

We have so much to learn, including but not limited to how to eat only one snickers bar, how to get to bed (sometimes) on time so that we can read and cuddle, and how to fall in love with Raffy and life here, and not be heartbroken when it’s all said and done. Unlike the ranch in Costa Rica or the village kids on Koh Rong Island, Cambodia, it looks like here, some of our dearest ones, including Raffy, have internet, so we may be able to Skype from time to time. That makes this modern globe a much smaller place.

Know any Raffys who warm your heart and fill your soul? Know those tiny moments when you’re child does something and you sigh, knowing in a very deep and quiet way, that you’ve done something right as a parent. That somewhere in all of that talk about the light within you, you were heard, and your child, your otherwise mischievous, hell-raising  son shows deep compassion and exercises his right to act from honor. Thank you Orazi. Thank you Raffy. We love you!

“Love you!” I can hear him saying back, as he smiles and waves. I hope I will always remember that voice.

The reason we stayed in the Philippines for two and a half month was solely because of Savedra Dive Center. They are responsible for Gabi becoming Advanced Open Water Certified, for Kobi earning his Dive Master, for our kids dancing underwater with sea turtles and for Kobi and I getting lost in waterfalls and avalanches of sardines. Because of Savedra Dive Center we laughed tons, Kobi drank more than he usually does, and we made and our kids made friends who will remain in our hearts forever. Should you plan a trip to Philippines and have any desire to dive, with all of our hearts, we recommend diving with a professional super-fun staff and high quality equipment at Savedra. We felt safe enough to put our kids underwater with Savedra and that just about says it all. And if you go, tell Lee that Gabi is always, always, always right and that he sucks! On the other hand, tell Hermann that he is a God. 🙂

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We’ve written a highly inspirational e-book about money and how you can take these ten steps to make your travel dreams come true. It has helped many and helps us continue our travel dreams. I do hope you will consider spending the $8 and learning/ be reminded of what you can do, starting today, to make your family world travel dreams come true. You can do it too friends. You can. You can.

Thank you dearly,

Gabi, Kobi, Solai, Dahnya, and Orazi

 

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  1. Awwww…. What a nice story. I was born and raised in the Philippines, so this post really hits the spot.
    Although – I’m not sure it’s politically correct to say “retarded” anymore… nevertheless, I loved your interaction and the relationship you have developed with Raffy. Especially Orazi… Pure love. 🙂

    • pure love. thank you eartha. what a lovely name! you’re from the philippines. how wonderful. so glad you liked the post. i’m honored. how did you find us? i have to write about ‘retarded’ for many people say that and i use the word with total love and respect. thank you for reminding me. more about raffy to come. thank you. pure love. so proud of my boy. love to you eartha. gabi

  2. I think it’s “Moalboal,” a town in Cebu. Anyway glad you enjoyed visiting the island. Welcome to the Philippines!

    • it is. moalboal. thank you dear JP. i usually get a name right weeks after we’ve left it 🙂 thank you. we are loving the philippines to death!

    • hi JP. it is. sorry. i usually get the name right way later!:-)

  3. Isn’t it just wonderful how souls can connect! I just love this. Orazi seems to be just fine with or without “manning up”, he will follow his path with a big heart and smile. 🙂

    • i adore that heidi. don’t you find that that’s also a blessing for you, to be free of boundaries, and open to just connect to perfect strangers. well, i don’t think they’re strangers. we just don’t know that we’ve already met long, long ago! i love it that my man is gentle and has such strong feminine traits, what i always loved in his father as well. i love you heidi. oh, and we’re talking very seriously about spain now after israel! go girl! thank you.

  4. I believe the proper word should be “mentally challenged.” I have an adopted granddaughter who has mental health issues, so I can relate. Recently a well-known celebrity was chastised for calling Sarah Palin’s son as “retarded.” But I believe you use that word with love and respect.

    • hi eddie. thank you for understanding. i mean zero offense and only love and respect, as you said, and as you can see from my writing. i never really thought is was such a wrong word, just one that needs to be used with love, like i do. i think it personally frees me to use that word but because it offended several, i edited it out so that you can see it’s just no longer there. i’m not looking to make those kinds of waves, just inspirational ones. thank you. i am sure your adopted granddaughter brings you more light and joy than your heart can sometimes contain. how fortunate you are! thank you for taking the time to say hi, again, eddie. thank you. gabi

  5. So sweet, Gabi. Thank you. 🙂

  6. I love this!! I have worked with several disabled children over the past 10 years, and they never cease to amaze me!

    How is it that they can make people smile that haven’t even smirked in years? How do they make people laugh with joy that only ever laugh with sarcasm?

    The way that the kids I’ve worked with were able to effortlessly break down barriers and thaw peoples hearts truly blessed me. I believe I am a better person for having known them 🙂

    Raffy sounds like a gem!

  7. It sounds like you Guys are having a great time and learning so much – we’re flying to the Philippines in a few hours time, I can’t wait to see what it’s like.

    • andrew dear. we are learning sooooo much. i can’t wait to hear of your adventures. i loved the indonesia snippets! gabi

    • hi terry. he is. he is. what a gift for us. thank you. gabi

    • Thank you Mary. I feel the same way. I do. 🙂 Gabi

  8. This is beautiful, Gabi. It is the children with these gifts from whom we have so much to learn and grow from. It is their magic that reminds us to see the beauty in the simplicity of life. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • thank you laurel. so much more to share about our dear raffy. he is, daily, teaching us so much. love to you sister. gabi

  9. I love this post. If only all of us as adults could show/give love and friendship as easily.

    • agreed kerri. agreed dear. 🙂 gabi

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