Saturday, June 18, 2011
When I started my "Final Countdown" series of posts I envisioned writing a post every day for the last 25 days of our time here in the Philippines. My last post was day 24, and as I'm writing this we are at day 7. So much for that plan...
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The countdown has begun... the end of our Philippine adventure is drawing near and I never thought it would come.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
The second part of our adventure included a trip to Coco Beach. Coco Beach has always been one of my favorite places here in the Philippines, and again it didn't disappoint. Max was ready to move there after the first five minutes.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
My little brother, Max, came to the Philippines for a visit. Amid the earthquakes, tsunamis, and radiation scares my over protective parents let my 15-year-old brother fly half way across the world on his own. I'm very proud of them. I could actually hear them growing as parents over the phone, or perhaps that was their nervous sobs, I couldn't really tell a difference.
He also brought with him a suitcase full of his, and some of his friends, old running shoes complete with new socks, new shoe laces and new insoles, not to mention a few basketball jerseys he had out grown. The volunteers at the center were almost speechless.
There was no room for me, I had to sit behind the driver.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I just got attacked by a 4 inch centipede while in the shower.... (centipede? ... millipede? I don't know. It was snake like, but with legs... lots of legs.)
Thursday, March 3, 2011
So now that the toll road is complete and I don't have to stop off in Sto. Tomas a couple times a week, I am witness to far less amusing things. Sto. Tomas is the home of the infamous water blowing lady... also the home of quite possibly the only Filipino in the country who sports dreadlocks. Best part about that guy?
Monday, February 28, 2011
Me: Chat, when you go by the market tomorrow can you get me a papaya?
It's been ten days since my last post, which means I'm due for a new one. And I've been meaning to write about our Bollywood Ball Fundraiser put on by the local international ladies group. Unfortunately, I've spent the last 24 hours feeling like death and sleeping on the bathroom floor so I won't have to get out of bed for false alarms. (I swear something in the country is trying to kill me.) So this post will be short and sweet, A.) Because I'm weak, also very lazy. and B.) Because there are many stories I want to share, but I won't. It has come to my attention that women around here actually read my blog and I would hate to say anything that could get me cornered in a bathroom at our next general meeting. I don't have a death wish.
We did have to get some normal pants however. The ones that came with the outfit were tight around his ankles, and he could fit one of our throw pillows down front. He looked like Humpty Dumpty. (I have a picture of this... however, I would like to stay married so... sorry.)
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Me: Guess who came in the mail today?!
Dear Mrs. Walton’s Class,
I am back from my long journey to the Philippines! When I found out Reese was sending me to the Philippines I was a little worried. The mail there can be very unpredictable, but after a week I made it safely to Batangas City.
I was surprised at how warm and sunny it was when I arrived. It was a nice change from all the snow we’ve been getting at home. The weather is warm there all year round! In the Philippines they have only two seasons, dry season and rainy season. It is dry and sunny this time of year, which was good news for me because otherwise I may have turned to mush!
I was in the Philippines for a week, and I got to see and do so much. The Philippines is a very beautiful place!
I took a trip to Tagaytay to see the Taal Volcano. The Taal Volcano is an active volcano. It is known for having a small island within a lake, in an island in a lake, on an island in the ocean. (Did you get that?)
Here I am at Tamaraw Falls in Puerto Galera, on the island of Mindoro. Did you know the Philippines has over 7000 different islands?
The Philippines can be a tropical paradise on land and under the sea. The scuba diving in the Philippines is some of the best in the world. (Look, I found Nemo!)
After all this adventure it was time to eat. Like many countries in Asia, the most common food is rice. In the Philippines rice can be eaten at any meal. Sometimes they put garlic in it and eat it for breakfast. A simple meal in the Philippines is rice and fried or salty fish.
On special occasions, like Christmas, Filipinos eat “lechon,” or what we would call a whole roasted pig!
One of the most interesting things about the Philippines is the transportation. Jeepneys and tricycles are the most popular way for people to get around. Jeepneys were originally military jeeps left over from the United States in World War II, but today, they are brightly decorated jeeps people use for public transit. The jeepney has become a cultural symbol for the Philippines. I was lucky enough to take a trip in both!
The people in the Philippines are very nice and friendly. Filipino people speak both Tagalog and English. I even learned a few words in Tagalog while I was there.
Mabuhay – Welcome
Magandang Umaga – Good MorningSalamat – Thank You
The most popular sport in the Philippines is basketball. People of all ages love to play. I found a few boys who even let me join a game!
While I was in the Philippines I got the chance to meet some school kids just like you!
They were very interested in learning about you and what it’s like in the United States.
I am so happy Reese sent me to the Philippines. I was able to learn so much about the way people live in place on the other side of the world, maybe one day you will all see it for yourselves.
Happy Travels,Flat Stanley