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It is now 3:00 a.m. and we are beginning our journey off Ilin Island. It is completely black outside except for our @watts_of_love solar lights and a beautiful orange moon.

Since it is low tide we needed to wade out in knee high water about 600 yards and then climb on to a small balsa (bamboo raft) where we are pushed out in waist high water to get to our bangka boat.

Once on our bangka boat we have a 1 1/2 hour boat ride to San Jose, then a short bus ride to the airport and finally, we fly to Manila.

Basically, getting to Ilin Island requires some serious effort and logistics.

Although I am very sad to be leaving the amazing people, loving children and gang of 10 boys that followed me around I have a feeling of gratitude and joy. Unlike last I left Ilin I didn’t think I would return. This time I know I will return!

As we begin sailing in into the darkness Alfred and I are singing the theme song from the TV show THE LOVE BOAT!

#WOL #givelight #PhilippinesWOL