As you can see the Philippines has some glorious weather if you want to lounge on the beach sipping Mai Tais. Digging trenches or running wheelbarrows under this unforgiving sun is a different matter entirely. Even repeat volunteers who’ve come here more-or-less straight from Haiti, not known for its cool weather either, are finding it tough to keep racing through the work at their usual pace. For anyone on their way in: pack plenty of rehydration goodies, especially the one’s in tablet form which go a long way. For all those already here and working their hearts out: slow down, put a hat on, drink drink drink and drink some more and know that CDO needs you healthy and happy so maybe take five in the shade! The trench will still be there when you get back.