Fun Facts

Fun facts:

We Left Chicago in the morning at 10 or 10:30 our time.  We flew for 13 hours and it never got dark- every time we opened a window shade, the sun was blindingly bright.  The window shades were mostly kept shut because many passengers were sleeping.  It was night by the time we left Tokyo and flew to Manila. I saw sunrise from the plane, and it was lovely- all silver and platinum, and fairly speedy.

We are around five hundred miles from the equator here.  The sun sets early, and there’s not much of a twilight.  It’s late afternoon and then around 6 p.m. and in fifteen minutes or so (at least it feels that way), it’s night.

The Philippines driving looks scary, but it was described to me that people here drive defensively, and people in the US are offensive drivers.  I can see that once it’s been explained.  People make U-turns from the far right lane over to the left, and cross traffic, turn right or left on red, and cut into traffic.  Pedestrians dart through traffic.   Other drivers may not always be happy about it, but they aren’t aggressive about it, either. They stop and let people who show they mean it slip in.

Some houses have an outside kitchen- essentially a sink and a counter and a place to plug in your stove top burner or frier.  Those kitchens are called dirty kitchens- kind of like a summer kitchen in Indiana, but without the walls, and only a partial ceiling (enough to cover the immediate area from rain).

Most of my K-dramas that I have been following are not available via DramaFever in the Philippines.  So I need to find a K-drama streaming site available here.

I think I left my kindle on an airplane.=(

Everything but the mall closes at Christmas- so a house may not be ready before the 1st of January because there are no painters, plumbers, carpenters, roofers, cleaners, available to finish getting it ready for the next renter.

Milk is expensive here, and mostly sold in small shelf stable boxes, maybe around a quart. I was told one brand is fresher, but it comes In bottles the size of smaller waterbottles at home.  I mentioned the Durian flavored one, which I liked but the boy did not. Tonight I tried a melon flavor, and it was delicious.  Think of a cold, creamy cremesicle, with noteo f the flavor hints of popsicle stick or paper wrapper, only better.  I don’t know what the boy might have thought of melon flavor, because I didn’t share it.  These bottles are around .70 each, and they contain ingredients like “Milk, sugar, durian meat,” or ‘milk, sugar, melon flavor.’

Tonight a lovely Korean American family took us out to dinner- they gave us a choice of various options.  I don’t remember what the other options were because when they said doubtfully, ‘or perhaps a Korean restaurant, they have a buffet tonight?’ All the other offers flew out of my head and left me with an empty head- other than the excited burst of saliva.  IT was delicious, and the family were delightful, interesting, and very kind.

We were confronted for the first time by children begging for pesos outside the restaurant.  They were quite pitiful, and I would have given in and given them something if I had any pesos, but I understand that isn’t what you are supposed to do.   They may well have been tiny scam artists for all I know, intellectually.  Emotionally, they still linger.  They weren’t particularly tragic figures. They seemed clean and while they were slight, most Filipinos seem tiny and undernourished to me because my frame of reference is a particularly corn-fed section of middle America.  There were three, on older girl and two little boys.  And they linger.  This might be why I was not given charge of the pesos.

The Boy is a center of attention everywhere he goes.  He is so tall he stands out a bit even in the states, but here, he literally is head and shoulders and a bit of pectoral muscle above everybody else.  He is also, and I do not just speak as his mother, quite handsome.  He says six strangers in an hour came up and asked if he played basketball this evening.  Basketball, he will tell anybody who asks, is the sport in which he is least capable, and it seems a cruel irony, that.  But anyway, people stare, point, smile, and come up to talk to him.

We have looked at 4 different houses today, and this is our second day here.  The pictures I will share when I can share them (my phone to computer transfer process is glitch) will look rather ghetto and raw.  Please understand this is because of our low budget for housing. We’re going for frugal here.  The fourth house we looked at is a place where even my mother could be comfortable and feel good about us living in, it’s just priced outside of our means (around 600 dollars a month, I think).

I took two loads of laundry out to the laundry room today (across the yard from me) and while I was figuring out the very different washing machine, the helper came out to show me how to operate it, and said she would take care of drying and folding them. A few hours later, we found them in the laundry room clean, dry, and tidily folded or hung up

It is December 15 and there are periwinkles, portulaca, and several other flowers I don’t know blooming all over the place.

One of the houses we looked at had a coconut tree in the backyard, and it wasn’t even the most expensive house.

My husband has met a couple of his potential students, and I’ve had a whiff or two of a couple things I could do when the housing question is settled.

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  1. Cindy
    Posted December 16, 2016 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    You’re very brave people. I don’t even like to get out of bed without knowing what I’m going to be doing, and you went all the way around the world without knowing where you’d live! Praying for your housing to be cozy and affordable, and your friendships to blossom!

  2. Sora
    Posted December 17, 2016 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    You can get fresh milk delivered to the house. It took us over a year and a half of horrible ultra-pasteurized box milk to figure that out. (But because of the heat, the power outages, and the lower quality refrigerators, we found fresh milk delivered once a week would be “off” before the next delivery– so we would just freeze a few bottles as soon as the milk arrived to take out and use later in the week. We also got really good tofu delivered the day it was made — I can’t find the contact information for the tofu woman or the dairy on my phone any more but if you ask around I expect someone from Faith will know.

    • Headmistress
      Posted December 17, 2016 at 1:56 am | Permalink

      That is good to know. We’ll see what we can find out.

  3. Bec
    Posted December 18, 2016 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    I am loving your blog posts. May God make His plans very clear.

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