Saturday, May 30, 2009

Manila Fun

One good thing about living in Manila is that there are so many photo opportunities. One afternoon after teaching school I went out on the playground and ran around with the MKs on the playground, taking pictures of them in the Manila heat and filth. The result. Some great shots.

This is the way the gentleman rides "parum, parum parum"

This one came up, tugged on my shirt and asked me to take a picture of just her.
Can anyone say, plastic smile?

This one admitted to me that she didn't like to have her picture taken, so I asked if I could take one of her and she didn't have to smile. She quickly agreed.

Three future hotties, boys!

She's my favorite. Love the hair. Love the panties showing in every picture. Love the scab under her nose. Love the black smudge on her forehead. Adorable.

"Uh-oh. It brote"

So cute =)

My favorite Mr. drool baby. This shot was taken in a very dangerous spot, right underneath the mouth of this baby.

So Manila really isn't that bad. Once you get past the humidity and the filth, you can start having fun.

Monday, May 25, 2009


Living in Manila these last couple weeks has been a real eye opener to me. I have never seen so much poverty up close and personal without actually going; me, physically, intentionally driving to the sections of town known as the "poor parts". I step outside the gate here, and poverty is directly in front of my face. My heart literally breaks seeing these conditions in which so many thousands of people here live and die.

So I took the time to look up some pictures online of Manila poverty just to show you how bad it is. Words can't even describe some of the living situations here. Pictures were found on
this blog.

What prospect does this girl even have?

Shanty town built right next to the railroad tracks.

(Click to enlarge each picture)

So I'm still praying about my future. My plan is, after coming back from these 7 months in the Philippines, to go to bible college in Simi Valley, Cali. Then after that, hopefully to go to nursing school in hopes of going overseas to love people and in hopes that people will see Jesus when they look me. How amazing would that be!? So my prayer is that I won't settle for anything less radical than that.

Here are two books that have changed my life, that I would recommend to anybody to read:

Same Kind of Different As Me. Available -- here.


Crazy Love. Available -- here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Fun Times...

One morning, about 2 weeks ago, I was helping Ally-girl with her maths when we both look up on the wall in front of us and SCREAM. We saw the biggest spider I have ever seen in my life (besides tarantulas which we see all the time in Mexico). She quickly ran upstairs to get her mom and a jar to catch him in while I keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn't get away.

So Belinda and her helper, Ate Amor, came to be the spider catchers since we were all too scared to do it! Ate Amor recognized it as an extremely poisonous spider and told us to be extra careful with it. Then as they were trying to transfer it from this cup to a jar, he JUMPED from bottom to top, scaring us to death!

We left our poisonous jumping spider pet in a jar with aluminum foil without holes in it, and he suffocated later that day. I think it served him right for scaring us so bad!! I took the Filipino equivalent of "Raid" and sprayed the entire school room, scared that there were more of him hiding out somewhere in there!!

What interesting things I've found in the downstairs of this house so far.... American toad, countless mice, (which are quite difficult to photograph... otherwise they would be up here too) slugs in the shower, now poisonous jumping spiders!! What next?

One day, Neo was playing around in my room with me and his Ate Jemma and he discovered a new way of going "voom voom" --he sits on our knees and leans back as far as he can, then flexes his body and just drops and we catch him. AFTER we make him count to three. Which sounds more like this: "Ee, ee, eeeeeeeee"

The night before my friend, Miki (the one on the right)'s birthday, he and Lucas (the one on the left) called me up on skype, and we talked for almost 2 hours!! About an hour into our conversation all the rest of our Mitla friends show up at his place with brownies... So I got to talk to everybody and be a part of the birthday party from the other side of the world where it was already his birthday!!So I taught them some Filipino poses and some skype shortcuts. Ha ha.

This is the whole group--my closest friends at home! Isaac, Kristin, Lucas, Benjamin, Johanna and Miki.

Then, later that evening after we all got to eat some delicious chocolate ice cream... Belinda surprised me with a surprise! Balut. AKA: a most-of-the-way-developed egg.
Yep - head, wings and feet. The whole deal. Here shows Aunt Lynne demonstrating where to crack and how to open it.

Mentally preparing myself for this.....

Trying to psychologically convince myself that it really isn't that bad... (or I was just laughing at Uncle Chris, Aunt Lynne and Belinda making fun of me and my "weak stomach".) I had just eaten a huge dinner, a cup of choco ice cream - a half-developed egg doesn't sound so great after all that!!

Ready to go

After sucking and sucking and expecting some slime to gush through the hole I made, I realized nothing is coming out of this thing!! So it took some more cracking and peeling to discover...

False alarm!! They miscounted the "maturing days" and it ended up just being a rubbery hard-boiled egg. *HUGE sigh of relief*

So in all, it was quite the fabulous day! I got to play with Neo, have some amazing American ice cream, talk to all my friends from back home on skype (WITH an extremely clear connection I might add) and I almost got to taste something of Filipino pride!! Until next time though.

Jumping ahead about a week and jumping over some tiny islands, and in the city now:

Lola Lynne and Neo doing the Filipino squat (Neo's idea)

Lolo Chris and Neo showing off their new outfits!! SO cute! =)

More of town to come later..... I'm just a little behind!

Friday, May 1, 2009

My Definitions of Cute.

I find myself (yet again!!!!) dedicating another post on this blog to a member of Belinda's very demanding and forceful family. Bethany (Belinda's sister) had previously mentioned how much she would appreciate me uploading some of my facebook pictures onto my blog. I, however, didn't pay her much attention. BIG mistake.

Firstly, it was because I had just (and I really do mean just) updated my blog in her dad's honor earlier that day. Secondly, picture uploads on my blog take years of my life.. and much stress, counseling, and contemplation of suicide from entire erase-als and re-doals of all my hard work. And thirdly, I don't really even like updating my blog... it's like that dreaded thing that I think about right before I go to sleep, preventing me from getting a full nights' sleep and it's the source of all my guilt-trips and my main failure in life. So I just brushed her comment aside and forgot about it. This morning, (12 days after her last comment) I wake up and check my blog to find that she recruited an army to forcefully remind me to put up the pictures.

So, Bethany, Leslie, Natalie, Melissa, Tammy, Karen and mom. This one's for you:

Skattitude! =)

Going for a lovely stroll in the park.....


Ally is the middle kid... same as me!

Isn't she cute?

Ally and me in a starbucks in Manila.

The Moffit kids in the park in CdO (Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao)

Daisy does not share a love for futbol like I do

Skateboarding instead... boo!

Daisy and my friend, Isabel!

Such a cutie!

Daisy, Neo and Britnay

Watching his sisters have all the fun

Tormenting the chickens!

He's really not the easiest boy to photograph!


Unless he's getting tickled of course...

Waiting for the tickles!!

....beautiful girls!

We are sooooo cute!

The cute family on St. Pattie's Day!