Wednesday, May 29, 2013

kids church on Sunday

I always love helping out with kids church. We even had a couple of new kids Sunday morning. It was fun to see Stephen and Patrick helping out... even with the little Tagalog they know. They were doing a good job with motions to the songs, teaching kids the rag game, and telling the kids their favorite animal sounds. We taught the story of Noah's Ark, and each of the kids got to talk about their favorite animal.

Teaching the kids Sunday morning. 

We taught the story of Noah's Ark... here are their favorite animals that were in the ark. 

This kid was so funny... he was moving his feet around so quickly. 

Ready to leave... Joshua, Althea, Aileen, and Maye (who told me Sunday that her new nickname is Tricha). 
"Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, "Who is the Lord?" or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God." Proverbs 30:8-9

adventure to the rice terraces

How did we get there? 

A taxi ride for 50 minutes. 
A bus ride for 10 hours. 
A 4x4 van ride for 90 minutes. 

This got us to Batad, Philippines. It's a great hiking spot. It is a hard hike... my thighs are still burning a couple of days after. 

Was it worth it? Absolutely. 

If you're reading and you want to make the trek yourself, here are a few tips and tricks:

Transportation from Manila to Banaue: Ohayami Trans. The tickets are 450 pesos each way. 0927.649.3055. The bus leaves at 10pm from Sampolac, Manila. 

Transportation from Banaue to Batad: Upon arrival to Banaue, there will be a lot of people right outside the bus door... barter with them until you get a 4x4 vehicle to Batad. A good price is 2500 pesos. The driver will wait for you until you finish your hike and take you back to Banaue. 

There is no need to hire a tour guide. Just get one of the dogs to walk with you. The trail is well marked. 

On the way up to Batad. 

I love these boys. 

Patrick, Christine, Stephen and Jino. 

Hiking, Hiking, Hiking. 

Pretty views! 

Stephen taking a rest. 

I love this girl... now we've survived a flood together and a huge rainstorm in Banaue! 

She was picking the weeds out of the rocks. 

Hiking all the way down to the waterfall was worth it!! 

"Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:19-20

two sidekicks

Here we are in Manila. All crammed into one bedroom. Two mattresses on the floor. No room to walk. And, we are loving every minute of it. We are laughing every chance we get... it's so good to have some friends around.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

"Now I know where they had Survivor here."

"Go to the Philippines to test your immune system... If you don't get sick for two weeks, you're a champion."

"America. America."

"I've never been to a place where I feel so disgusting."

"Nothing over here works the same... or works period. Gracious alive."

"Goodness gracious this place is so sticky. I love America. I thought Auburn was humid."

"When you get excited about drinking an Ensure, you know you're in a third world country.

"Maybe I'm wrong."

"I think now is a good time to sing, 'God Bless America.'"

"I don't know how people here stay clean."

"Is this ever gonna load, or is it a lost cause?"

A pile of flying bugs that attacked Patrick's dirty laundry. They were everywhere. 

Pickle pops! ... made us think of Megan and Buddy. 

Life Group. 

Enjoying the afternoon! 

Patrick and Sophie... smoothie before the movie. 

The gingers with our Korean sister. 

Hot Sauce competition one night at the house... Sophie won!! 

The boys favorite... Army Navy Burritos. 

These boys were troopers carrying these heavy boxes through Marakina. 

This was one sweaty afternoon! Whew!  
Patrick sitting on the back of the trike. 

Stephen slammed into a trike with the boxes for Brother Allan. 

After being so sick... he's taking all precautions against germs.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so cloself, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1-2

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Corrigador Island is full of history and monkeys. My Dad absolutely loved the history. The kids (that includes myself) absolutely loved the monkeys. We chased those things around the whole time. Patrick was even challenged by the alpha male. 

It was a hot and muggy day, but it was a great time to spend with each other. We took a boat from Manila bay to spend the day on the island. 

Here we are crammed on a boat. 

On the boat... acting asian, guarding ourselves from the sun with an umbrella. 

World War II 

Mama and Stephen. 

Patrick brought me some flowers. 

We loved these guys!!!