Sarah and I ventured out to go see a movie this afternoon. Going to the movies here is different then in the USA. First of all the movies theaters are in the mall, not to different. But here they are just like another store. You buy your tickets some where in the mall and then you go to your theater some where else in the mall. Going into the theater is just like going into another store. A person takes the ticket at the door and you are checked out by security and you go into the theater. Another cool thing is that you can take mall food into the theater and not just popcorn and soda. We saw some one take a pizza in to a movie. The best thing is that the tickets were 130 pesos each and popcorn and a soda is 120 pesos. So we went and saw a movie for 380 pesos or 8.50 US. That is cool and by the the Simpsons was hilarious!!!
Here is our first couple pictures from Manila enjoy!
Another great day in the Philippines! We got to go to church with Frank and Rosa Perdue. They attend Greenville Christian Center North, which is a church plant from the main GCC. The service was in English and the worship was really good. Everyone was very friendly. The service is on the top floor of an office building about 7 stories tall. After the service we got to hear about a short term missions trip that a member just got back from. The trip went to nepal and used the book, Purpose Driven Life, to share Christ with the local people. It was his first short term so it was exciting to hear what God has been doing in his life over the time on the trip. In the afternoon, we ventured a little farther from the guest house and went to another mall. It doesn’t sound hard but it was a farther walk. We were able to find a map of the city and the next book I need in the harry potter series. The mall was so full it was crazy! It seemed like a holiday shopping season there was so many people there. Our internet is working now so I will try and upload some pics tonight.
We started our day with the “breakfast bell” ringing. After breakfast we figured out how to call our parents, so that was really nice! Then we went to the bank, and waited. But they have to get a special I.D. number to process ANY information to set up accounts. So we are waiting to set up an account. We than went to the office and were told, “go to the mall, eat some lunch, and when you are there you need to get some id photos taken, it should take an hour.” So we walked down the street, walked over a huge bridge and went to the mall- look mom, all by ourselves! We got the pictures we needed & than went to Jollibee for lunch. I had fried chicken and rice, but Jason had chicken and spaghetti! We enjoyed our time just looking around and trying to say “Sa la mat” (thank you). We were than taken to go get our Filipino Drivers License! We get to the building than an offical from the drivers place took us to get our “physical”- a drug test & eye exam! A little different than the U.S. but it usually takes a good half a day to get the license BUT we got in about 2 hours. Just pay a little peso and you get stuff! We are having a great time! A few things we have learned, just today: -Sarah weighs 69kg and is 165cm tall -Jason weighs 105kg and is 172cm tall -Sarah does not like when Tee Pee is not in the bathroom, she now will carry klenex at ALL TIMES! -We can eat lunch, both of us with drinks included but not up-sized, for about $4USD (remember what we both got?) -merienda is a VERY GOOD THING (it means snack!), and corn on the cob is not eaten at meals but only as merienda. -texting on your cell phone is much better than the phone call. -ShoeMart is on just about every corner, Shoe mart is a big, big mall, much bigger than any mall in the U.S. well maybe just as big if not bigger than the Mall of America. You will see them here like you see Starbuck’s in Chicago!
On our long flight to Taipei, I kept asking Jason if it was light outside yet, the answer was ALWAYS, no! It was dark for more than 12 hours, we really felt like we were chasing the night! And after about 34 hours of traveling & kinda settling in, we finally got some well deserved rest! We got to Manila with absolutely no problems at all. Hopped into the car with our new friends Jim & Linda Davis (WorldVenture reps). They took us to Faith and gave us the grand tour! I finally got to see my cute classroom with a cute little reading corner, outside one of the windows is the new aquatic center and out the other window is a very cute courtyard with a gazebo! I am very happy to see it, oh but the real benefit of my classroom is that it is very close to Jason’s HUGE office, Just down the hall. We had lunch at Faith and than a merienda on our way back to the house. You will see from the pictures what I mean by merienda! We got back to the guest house and than walked to the mall. We just had to get a SIM card for a cell phone. We are just barrowing a phone for now but we had to get a SIM card so we could text those that are helping us out this weekend. Ate dinner at 6pm and by 7:30 we finally got the deserved rest! Like I said before with about 34 hours before we really stopped from our traveling! The oddest thing for us to get used to is the house help, leave your plate and mess behind! The ladies will clean it, just leave it alone and if you start to help it is as if you have offended them! God has been so amazing to us!
We ordered our plane tickets. It is really happening! I can’t wait! *here is our schedule:* _Tuesday, July 24, 2007_ American Airlines # 1673 Chicago O’Hare International (ORD) to San Francisco International (SFO) Departure (ORD): July 24, 8:25 PM CDT (evening) Arrival (SFO): July 24, 10:50 PM PDT (evening) Class: Economy _Wednesday, July 25, 2007_ China Airlines # 3 San Francisco International (SFO) to Taipei Taoyuan Airport (TPE) Departure (SFO): July 25, 1:35 AM PDT (morning) Arrival (TPE): July 26, 5:30 AM CST (morning) Class: Economy _Thursday, July 26, 2007_ China Airlines # 631 Taipei Taoyuan Airport (TPE) to Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl (MNL) Departure (TPE): July 26, 7:55 AM CST (morning) Arrival (MNL): July 26, 9:55 AM PHT (morning)