Category Archives: Davao Diary

Mountain Village, Philippines

Several of the younger generation (mostly guys in teens and 20s) at our congregation routinely visit villages and small churches up in the mountains. The places they go are only accessible by motorcycle and on foot. For some of their routes they leave their motorcycles at the last village accessible by trail and then walk […]

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Culture stuff

Asked Korean friends to define pittakkage- 삐딱하게- which is most often translated as crooked but via context means something much different than the usage in ‘there was a crooked man who walked a crooked mile.’ So they tried to demonstrate with a series of charades. They showed somebody sitting in church and crossing their legs. […]

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Acorn Jelly

I shocked my Korean friends when I told them we have oak and mulberry trees on our property and the acorns and mulberries mostly just rot on the ground because nobody eats acorns and the only people who eat mulberries are the kids who go out in the summer and gets sweaty and all stained […]

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Cultural Differences

I feel sure I have mentioned one of these before, but it continues to amaze and amuse me at the same time. The Philippines is a hot, tropical country and not everybody has refrigeration (or air conditioners). Repeatedly when we have guests and serve things in bottles or cartons- cream for their coffee, soy sauce, […]

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Toaster Oven Mini-Cakes

Original ingredients and directions: TOASTER OVEN SNACK CAKE 1 cup flour pinch salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup milk 2-3 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon vanilla or lemon extract Preheat oven to 350°F. On a sheet of wax or parchment paper, sift together flour, salt and baking powder (or whisk […]

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