The last leg of the Asia Energy Revolution was indeed a fun filled one as famous celebrity VJ, Ala Paredes joins the crew onboard the Rainbow Warrior.
The last leg of the Asia Energy Revolution was indeed a fun filled one as famous celebrity VJ, Ala Paredes joins the crew onboard the Rainbow Warrior.

The Bacolod and Iloilo leg of the Philippine leg of the Asia Energy Revolution was a blast as Ala Paredes joined the crew onboard the Rainbow Warrior. Saving the planet is as much fun as saying "barnacles" ala-Mr. Crabs of Spongebob Squarepants fame. We're fortunate to have a glimpse of Ala's story in a blogumentary she wrote while sailing onboard the ship. It's an excellent account of her six days as a volunteer. We won't give you all the details, of course but we've published some extracts below. Still, we highly recommend you read through her blog: Ala has the gift of making you live her experience through her writing.

From evocative descriptions: "We set sail on the midnight of November 15, being dragged by a tugboat  out to open sea amidst the spangle of city lights reflected on the  waters of Manila Bay. A full moon shone high overhead the ship's mast,  casting its ethereal glow upon the Warrior's glinting helm. Sailing on a  luminous ocean, we watched as the riot of colorful city lights grew to  small specks in the distance. As we sailed further out, the stars grew  in number as the sky turned a deeper shade of midnight blue. Silent,  dignified barges, and a melancholy, old, broken watchtower played  witness to our departure. As the wind whipped through my hair, I sat on  the deck in silence and contentment, trying to make the dream last."

from top (left-right): Daniel, Francisco, Noom, Waldemar, Timo, Ashby , Mehdi, Serkan, Marko, Ala, Shanon, Pam, Red, Maan, Sarah, Dani, Maia, Hans, Emma and Jianluca
from top (left-right): Daniel, Francisco, Noom, Waldemar, Timo, Ashby , Mehdi, Serkan, Marko, Ala, Shanon, Pam, Red, Maan, Sarah, Dani, Maia, Hans, Emma and Jianluca

To tongue-in-cheek musings: "It's day one on the Rainbow Warrior. I woke up in my bunk this morning,  turned over on my side, and suddenly felt all my innards jump. Whew!  Thank God I'm not seasick, though."

As a parting gift, Ala made a great photo collage of the crew in what  she calls the "Peace Out!" pose. The collage says it all. All about  Ala's sail, that is, and her stint with Greenpeace onboard the Rainbow  Warrior. We're hopeful we'll enjoy Ala's intellect, humor and heart even  more in the near future as the energy campaign, and other Greenpeace  Southeast Asia campaigns, progress. Individual initiatives, like her  generous contribution as a volunteer, are central to Greenpeace's goal  of forcing solutions essential to a green and peaceful future. Thank you  Ala!

Click on this link and  here for the first and second parts of her blogumentary. You can visit her blog ala-ism to read more about her continuing

Chuck Baclagon