Philippines


Monday, July 4, 2016 (our last full day), Manila, Philippines Happy July 4th! What a fun start to the morning. Sweet Sabrina agreed to run with me at Luneta Park at 5:30 a.m. I had no idea what to expect, as I haven’t been in Manila or Luneta in so […]

Philippine Trip: Day 12


Sunday, July 3, 2016 Leaving Angeles after church, the full three-hour block from nine to twelve with Ward 1 (not Sierra’s area) and sacrament meeting from 1 to 2:10 with Ward 2 (Sierra’s first area). They were great fast and testimony meetings. I loved hearing testimonies in both Tagalog and […]

Philippine Trip: Day 11



Saturday, July 2, 2016 What a blessing that it wasn’t raining this morning at Batad. Woke up at 5 and by 5:30 ran with an overcast sunrise for a half hour near Bogah Homestay. Bogah is the local word for bigas, or rice. It is cooler here than in the lowlands […]

Philippine Trip: Day 10


Friday, July 1 Woke at five to catch a beautiful sunrise on Sabang Beach in Baler. I love the place we are staying at. Simple accommodations but right on the beach. It is owned by a lovely LDS member named Sister Wilma whom Sierra got to know when she served […]

Philippine Trip: Day 9



June 30, Baler All day, the TV stations are covering Philippine President Duterte’s inauguration speech. He doesn’t smile much, but he comes across as earnest and tough. I think Filipinos are excited to see what he will do. = = = When I was a kid, I remember our family […]

Philippine Trip: Day 8


Wednesday, June 29, Coron The bad news is, our flight yesterday got canceled. The good news is, we weren’t trying to make a connecting flight somewhere else. By the time we got to the counter, we could only get seats for the next day, afternoon flight. I wanted to cry. […]

Philippine Trip: Day 7



Day 6, Tuesday, June 28, Culion Today started out a little rough. I still felt sick and didn’t really want to get up and pack. But somehow I managed, because I needed to, and taking a “shower” de tabo felt good. Tabo is where you have a big scoop that […]

Philippine Trip: Day 6


Monday, June 27, Culion Island Stomach troubles were bound to happen. It might have been the barbecue isaw (chicken intestines) from the other day. Or the rich, fatty diet we are not used to. Or that most comfort rooms (restrooms) in our travels of the past week don’t have toilet […]

Philippine Trip: Day 5



Sunday, June 26, Coron The Coron Mormon branch is just walking distance from the Palanca Guest House. It is a nice, white building with a simple sign outside. It was fun to be among such friendly people. Great to speak and listen to Tagalog, and to have Sierra participate in […]

Philippine Trip: Day 4


Saturday, June 25 Malcapuya Island Resort, Coron What a fun day so far already, and it’s only 11:06 a.m. We are boating away from Malcapuya (about 90 minutes from Coron), where we spent the night and left at 10:30 today. Woke on the island at 5:30 a.m to Drew’s question, […]

Philippine Trip: Day 3