5PM yesterday: Arrival to the airport with zero plans, zero contacts, and zero families to photograph.
11AM today: 2 hour drive out of the city (using GPS) , 10 passenger van (Steve driving) , 7 E3 team members (hoping and praying to find someone) + local translator (no idea what he's in for).
1PM: Arrival to the village of Bagansungaibuluh! We randomly found an outdoor restaurant right along a river down a side street in this small village. We stopped to have some lunch and started visiting with the families who ran it. After showing them our sample book, getting to know them and the children, talking to them about how we were hoping to find some families we could photograph in Malaysia, they told us they were happy to help us out!
Do you see these kids? They were incredibly cute and EXACTLY what we were looking for. So happy and full of personality.
While we took pictures they prepared some amazing food for us! I'm not a fan of seafood at all, but this stuff was so good! I can do shrimp, and this shrimp was yummy. We were very satisfied and I'm pretty sure it tasted even better after knowing the cute family who had prepared it.
Fatnin was 13 and spoke beautiful english, she was excited for us to be there, loved learning about what we were doing, and also helped to translate! She was so cute, it's so fun getting to know these people with such neat cultures and backgrounds.
So, a day full of unknowns ended up being one of the best days we have had so far!
Sometimes having no plans ends up being the best plan.