|On the International flight|
|Waiting to take a taxi in Manila with all of our luggage|
The next few days, our bodies had to adjust to the time change fairly quickly, because we began participating in Tutorial activities. Hope taught 4 ladies classes, while Kelsey helped and observed what would be a normal tutorial schoolday.
A little about Amelia: She has already begun her ministry by teaching the tutorial children new songs, memory verses, and even leading a prayer in front of said children. She has adapted well to this new environment and has already met people who she calls her friends. Here’s a fun story about Amelia’s experiences: The first morning we were in Manila, I (Hope) took Amelia to take a shower (read: bucket bath). We stepped into the shower and I proceeded to explain to her how to take a shower using only a bucket and a kabu (which means an extra, extra large measuring cup). After explaining, Amelia looked up at me and said, “This is fun!” It’s good to know she’s embracing her new experiences with a positive attitude!
|Amelia sharing her toys and playing with new friends|
Now I (Kelsey) would like to take some time to share some interesting experiences that I’ve had since we’ve been here. I have now experienced what it’s like to ride in a jeepney (kind of like a bus that blares ridiculously loud music), a trike (a motored tricycle with a side car attached), and a taxi with not very good aircon (that’s air conditioning, for you America folks). So far, I have had to squat over a toilet (many places don’t have seats), had to carry my own toilet paper (they don’t supply it in the bathrooms, not even public ones), had to give myself a bucket bath with ice cold water (they don’t have heaters in many places), been asked if my eyes are their original color, and been told by a random Filipino man that he likes my style. One experience that I would have to say is my favorite is going to a place called Divisoria, where you can find practically anything that you need, literally anything, for dirt cheap. Prissy has even told me, “If you can’t find it at Divisoria, then you don’t need it.” I’m taking her word on that! It’s all been very different and new, but I’m really enjoying everything that I’ve experienced so far, and I’m excited to be here for 5 more weeks!
|Riding my first Jeepney!|
There will be more to follow on our endeavors here, so stay tuned!
Kelsey, Hope and Amelia