Thursday, January 31, 2013

thankful for a wonderful diva

I'm pretty sure my time with Anna couldn't have been any better than it was. 

We had a blast together and we literally talked for 13 days straight. We talked about anything and everything. It was so much fun having someone here to share life with and to talk about whatever came to mind. 

It was a huge blessing to process a whole bunch of stuff and pray through a lot of stuff, too. 

I have said this so many times before, but I'm pretty sure I have the best friends and family in the whole wide world. Seriously. I am so thankful. 

Praise the Lord for His good gifts of grace. 


I love this diva. Here we are shoved into a janky trike. 


Here's a guy carrying a block of ice around the market. 

Hanging out with Gica. Playing Boggle. 

So glad Anna got to meet Jill! 
These ladies keep me sane. I love Wednesday mornings with them. 

"Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me." Psalm 63:3-8

mangroves in coron

In Coron, Anna and I went kayaking through the mangroves. 

Upon arriving to the mangroves, we got out of the boat and stepped foot onto a rickety bridge. I thought I might fall through at any moment. It's times like this that continue remind me that I am about 6 inches taller and 50 pounds heavier than every Filipino I know. We made it to the shore, and into the kayaks. We followed Ate around the mangroves as she explained that she forgot half the names of the species, and couldn't find any crabs to show us. 

At the end of the tour, we got back in the bangka boat to go to the other side of the shore. About 15 minutes into the journey home, the engine started to make a bad noise, and shut down. We were stuck in the middle of the ocean. The weather couldn't have been better, so we just enjoyed the nice breeze and the good cultural experience. We were flagging down rescue boats for about an hour until someone stopped to help us out. That was a good time to tell stories, eat mayonnaise and cucumber sandwiches prepared by our guide, and watch a beautiful moon rise into the night sky. 

It was a great experience, and I was so glad that Anna was there to experience it with me. 


Almost fell through this bridge. 



Mangroves! 

Stranded on the boat. 


Flagging down a rescue boat. 
Pretty sky. 

Anna on our boat. Waiting on the guy to rescue us. 

Hallelujah! Rescue boat! 

Enjoying a good breeze and good views. 
Pretty boat at the mangroves. 

The moonlight taking us home. 


"Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:19

coron, palawan

Coron, Palawan.

That's one of the most beautiful places on the earth.

Anna and I had the joy of traveling to this beautiful place while she was here. It is so nice to have friends in town. It gives me a kasama (buddy) to do everyday life with... and in some cases, it gives me a kasama to travel with.

In anticipation of the trip, we booked pretty cheap flights to Coron. For a few days, we thought we booked tickets to the wrong island... because all of the hotels we could find looked like they had come out of the ark. After a couple of days of looking, we lowered our standards to one requirement: locks on the doors.

The Lord was looking out for us the whole time. We found a wonderful hotel, Corto del Mar, that just opened weeks earlier. It was absolutely perfect. It had a great pool, great food, and a great staff.

Anna and I had a great time soaking up some rays. Although, she had obviously never put sunscreen on a ginger before. Day one of being in the sun, I gave her the small task of putting sunscreen on the upper part of my back. The only part of my entire body that got burned: the upper part of my back. I guess it takes a ginger to know a ginger. The next day, she redeemed herself... no burning, thank goodness!

We took an awesome island hopping tour... we visited a lot of the beautiful sites around Coron. We got to see some awesome limestone peaks, snorkel around some beautiful coral, and swim in an awesome lagoon. We even had lunch on a beautiful private island.

I am so thankful for this wonderful opportunity.

Praise the Lord for His beautiful creation. He is majestic.

Love this island.  

Pretty tiny airport.  

Traveling with roosters. Only in the Philippines. 

Landing in Coron. 
We saw this cute boy fishing through the cracks of the dock. 





Lechon. 

Fish Market in Town. 

Breakfast! It was so great each morning. 

Snorkling!  

Right before we got stung by a million jelly fish. 




Lunch. Fresh Crab on a private island... doesn't get much better! 

So thankful for this diva.  

This nasty thing joined us for lunch... about 4 feet long. 



Closest thing to sunkist I've tasted in Asia. Heck yes. 

Magnificient. 






I love the sky!!

Our boat captain! 

"Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desires of our hearts." Isaiah 26:8  ... walking and waiting at the same time. 

"Is anything too hard for the Lord?" Genesis 18:14

"Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!" Romans 11:33