Sister Rugg and I on Tophill. (The golf course)
The "Golf Course" Be sure to show this to Grandpa
This is Nicole. Cutest little girl ever. Notice how she robbed me of mystickers and they are all over her shirt
Welcome to my life. Goats and garbage haha.
My favorite meal! Chicken adobo, minus the mango shake. Notice the fork
Alright, I took notes every day of what I needed to write about and it's a lot. So we gotta get going so I can cover everything. So last p-day. I was told by the missions presidents wife that I needed nice leather shoes for church. You know the kind, the homely strappy sister missionary kind. So we got special permission to go to the mall. The mall here is ridiculous! It is four stories! It was so hard to find what I was looking for! But since we were there we got to eat lunch there. AKA, we had pizza hut, and I ate actual cheese and a salad. Both of which are complete rareties in the Philippines. Then we went grocery shopping. Grocery shopping is completely overwhelming here. It's just so different, and the meet is just kept in bins uncovered and you just sift through raw meet to find what you want. I'm just like hello I need saran wrap this is not acceptable. I gag. There aren't very many fruits and vegetables, and if you can find them, they're really expensive. So I was trying to find food to buy, and fruits and vegetables because all I eat is rice, chicken, noodles, and bread. Carb city! I'm going to get fat, and I just really want some nutrients. So I'm trying to find food and figure out what I"m going to cook and how I'm going to cook it and I just get raelly overwhelmed and homesick. I'm pushing the cart when my companion turns around and looks at me and asks me if I'm okay. Naturally I start sobbing in the middle of the grocery store because I'm very distraught about the vegetable situation. And then I look around as Filipinos are looking at this random American crying...in the middle of the ketchup and laxative aisle. Yeah, you could say that "the pomegranite really got to me" and that it was pretty much a new low in my life. My companion helped me find green beans, cucumbers, and peas, and I'm feeling a little better about life. That night we went to a lesson at the Alpiche's, my favorite family. It was raelly great. I love them. Then we went to dinner at the Fabroa's house. Are you ready for what I ate? You're going to die. Okay so of course rice, and then chicken, pork, and fish! With bones and eyes still looking at me and everything (and yes dad, I did indeed eat it) and squid! SQUID! But it was actually really delicious. And for dessert we had mangos.
Another fun fact about the Philippines is that there are Christmas decorations up everywhere. I am not entirely sure why. But they are everywhere. Signs that say merry christmas and joy to the world. I can dig it I suppose. And it's always so smokey. They burn all their garbage, so there are always fires in the street and smoke everywhere. I'm basically camping for the next 16 months haha.