Hey, We made it to Manila.
Trip Start Sep 06, 2005
18Trip End Dec 11, 2005
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Well, our team made it here to Manila. We are 14 Hours ahead of Okotoks, so here it is 5:15pm, and it is 3:15am where you guys are. We arrived here at 11:00am on Sunday, and we were picked out by Bryan, the missionary here, and Alex, one of the Filipino send workers. They took us to the send guest house and we unpacked. On the way, Alex explained to me a lot about the Filipino Culture, and about the cities. Manila is not very big, but there are many cities that make up Metro Manila. They mostly speak English here, and almost all signs are in English. Driving is crazy here, and the public transporatation is mainly Jeepneys and Tricycles. We then went to a prayer meeting, with all of the SEND missionaries in the Philippines, but we were very tired, because we had not slept in 36 hours. On the way to the prayer meeting, we stopped for lunch at The Treehouse, which is the coolest little restaurant. We got to try a bunch of different Filipino dishes, including Adobo (Chicken & Pork), rice, squid, deep fried leaves, egg roles, Chicken & Papaya Soup, and Kalamani Juice. We ended up going to bed last night, at 7:00pm, because we were so tired.
Today, we woke up at 7:00am, and found out that all of the ladies in the kitchen made us Canadian breakfast because of Thanksgiving. They even dressed in all red for us. After breakfast we all caught tricycles and headed over to the SEND office not to far from here. We had orientation and language training there, and then went out for chinese food. After lunch, Alex & Bryan took us to Pasig, one of the other cities that makes up Metro Manila. While we were there, we went to a Roman Catholic Cathedral, which was so amazing and interesting, and then to the wet market. The wet market is where they sell al meats and fish. This market is really cool because all animals are slaughtered in the morning and then they go and sell them at this market. I have pictures of a guy carrying in a full dead pig over his shoulder, and there were even pigs heads rolling aroundon the ground. We were then saw the U of P campus (Which is bigger than an Universtiy Campus that I have ever seen), and then were dropped of in the middle of no where, to find our way back to the guest house.
This next week, we will mainly be in Manila, doing orientation, and culture training. We will also be going around Manila. On the weekend we will be moving to San Fernando, to begin programming. Here you get 40 Filipino Pesos to one Canadian Dollar. A Jeepney ride costs 7.5 pesos. So that is whats going in on our lives here. I will keep you all updated as things happen. I took a lot of pictures and will be adding them to my travelpod soon. Thanks for all your prayers and support. God Bless you all!!!