We are here!

We’ve arrived!

We’re very comfortably housed, although we do need to find a more permanent place asap as this is too expensive long term (and isn’t intended to be long term.)
I can only post pictures from my phone, not from the aux cord connecting phone to computer. I don’t like writing from my phone.
People have been super kind- we have some food in the fridge, plenty of fresh fruit and snacks, and a meal a day provided by different families so we get a chance to meet and visit.
Tonight (9 p.m. Wednesday night our time) a very nice family from the school came to ask if they could treat us to dinner and a trip to the mall. we needed to buy dh a cell phone, since his is totally broken. We were treated to dinner at a chicken bbq restaurant- you have a quarter chicken on a stick with rice, or unlimited rice (you choose), and a nice sweet and sour, mildly spicy chicken broth soup if you like (I did. It was wonderful). The chicken comes with calamansi (tiny limes), adorable tiny pepper which are pretty spicy, and you squeeze the juice from the lime into a tiny saucer (about the size of a tea party plate), mash up the pepper and add soy sauce, vinegar, or fishsauce (or your own combo). You tear chicken off the bone with your fingers, dip it in sauce, then scoop up a ball of rice with the same fingers (only eat with the fingers of one hand) and eat it. It’s delicious. Only I can’t remember what it’s called.*

Here’s the mall we visited: https://www.facebook.com/NCCCMallDavao

We also went to this supermarket in the mall: https://foursquare.com/v/nccc-supermarket/4dd9d651d1647fcf3e852828

We’re tired- besides the jet lag, none of us got much sleep at all from about 11 to 4 a.m because of the snarl and tangle of maneuvering our baggage to different terminal and airline and getting everything all squared away to get our boarding passes for that last flight.. We got maybe 90 minutes of sleep on the last plane and then we tried to stay up, but most of us failed (dh managed). Even the cherub finally fell asleep in the afternooon, after over 36 hours awake.

Interesting factoids: clothing brands hire the people who work in the clothing stores and sell you clothes, not the stores.
Bring your own toilet paper.
Hot water is only available in your shower if you buy an external hot water. I don’t know how they all work, but the one in our shower, the term ‘hot’ is rather an exaggeration.
We have a gecko in the room!
I have just eaten some freshly sliced pineapple so sweet it tastes like it was sugared.
The Filipino people must be the friendliest people on earth. Also, I am told, they love to sing.
You might find fresh green beans in three or four different places in the produce section because the produce is shelved based on the company which produced it, not on the product alone, so all of Farmer Jones’ produce is in one area, and all the McFarmed produce in another part (all in the produce section, though), and Choice farms produce yet another (Choice is the brand of eggplant I bought tonight).
It is hot and sticky, but honestly, not so bad as I was expecting. It helps a lot that we are arriving in December and not July.
There is a rule for the guest quarters that you may not eat Durian fruit inside the rooms.
They sell Durian milk in the supermarket, and also melon milk, along with the more familiar strawberry and chocolate. I thought it tasted fine, but the Boy didn’t like it at all.
I have seen two or three cows out grazing in an empty lot here and there in town, as well as plenty of poultry.

I’m sure there is more, but this is already too long, and I need to try to conquer jet lag by going to bed at a reasonable hour and hopefully, sleeping all night.=)


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  1. Cindy
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Yay! So glad you got there safely!

  2. Amelia Larson
    Posted December 15, 2016 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Hooray! Calamansi is wonderful stuff, I hope you’ll get to drink the juice made from it too along with coconut water (buko) the fresh from the coconut is amazing, unlike the stuff you buy off the shelf at the grocery store (think fresh milk vs. evaporated milk in a can.)

    It shouldn’t discourage you if it takes you a couple weeks to get over jet lag and sleep all night. Lots of people say you need one day for every hour of time difference between where you’ve come from and where you are now.

    Blessings on you.

  3. Ruth
    Posted December 15, 2016 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Blessings on your adventure! Praying for all of you 🙂

    Nana Ruth

  4. Lisa Beth W.
    Posted December 15, 2016 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Nice to hear from you away over there! Praise the Lord that you arrived safe and sound! Our friend who was learning midwifery at the Mercy Maternity Centre in Davao just came home and told us about her experiences, so it’s fun to be able to understand more of what you’re talking about b/c of what she related to us. I’m thinking that durian would not be on my list of “must try this” items!

    • Headmistress
      Posted December 15, 2016 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

      How funny. Because it’s totally on my list.=)

      • Lisa Beth W.
        Posted December 17, 2016 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

        I’m not surprised. 😉 Tell us how it is!

      • Amelia
        Posted December 17, 2016 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

        I like Durian! 😀

  5. Beth
    Posted December 15, 2016 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Very happy that you have made it to your new home. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! God bless you and your family.

  6. Melissa
    Posted December 15, 2016 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t commented in a long time, but I’m praying for you all.

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