Tuesday, September 29, 2009

65% Chance of Rain

The forecast said 65% chance of rain. That 65% turned into the worst flooding in Manila in four decades.For the last two days we have been evacuating missionaries and NTM workers stranded by the flooding, and trying to clean up what's left of their homes.

Two of the women who work for NTM were trappeed on top of their houses, and watched as their neighborhoods were devastated by the two-story deep water. One of the ladies had about 100 of her neighbors with her on the roof.

A group of NTM missionaries tried all night with a 4-wheel drive and inflatable boat to rescue one of the women stuck with her children. They finally got to her and she and the children are ok.
This was right in front of where we are staying. The water was only up to the nozzles, so we had a lot less flooding than other areas. Thankfully the NTM Guest House is on high ground and was mostly undamaged.
That's our bank. It gives a new meaning to liquidity of assets.

Displaced people from one of the hardest-hit areas. Right next to them is an elementary school that has been turned into a refugee camp. Over 246 people have died and about 320,000 are in shelters. About 2 million people had their homes flooded.
Trash everywhere.
The trash is all through the electric wires, showing just how high the water was.
Some of the Faith Academy dorm kids who volunteered to help.
Many cars were entirely submerged. In one of the houses we helped clean today, the walls were covered with oil eight feet high, and there was several inches of mud on the floor.
Please pray for the many missionaries who have been affected by this flood. Pray also for the millions of Filipinos who have lost so much. It will take a long time to rebuild.

Monday, September 28, 2009


I have not blogged in a really, really long time. So, if you want to catch up with what we've been doing...keep scrolling down because there are a whole bunch of new posts.
We had a fantastic cultural excursion last night... We were invited to a little girl's birthday party. It was held at the Filipino version of McDonald's called Jollibee. Asia had an amazing time. She was sooo excited when she got home...she had a really, really hard time falling asleep. She was talking about it first thing this morning too. I hope she realizes that most birthday parties are NOT like that.
Eating her Jollibee meal...spaghetti, rice, gravy, corn, fried chicken, brownies, ice cream sundae...coke to drink...just kidding...she did NOT drink it.
Some of the kids with the Jollibee.
Asia really loved him.

The boys even got in this shot.
She just couldn't get enough of him.
Asia with Sheila(pronounced Shayla)...the birthday girl.

A Couple of Fun Ones

I didn't exactly know where to fit these in...so here they are.
Asia listening to Grammy's ipod.
The boys learning how to climb up the slide.

More Excursions

As you can see we've been busy since arriving in Manila. We've had a lot of fun. Asia was able to come on several of our excursions for school. She really enjoyed that.
Delicious Lechon.
Taste testing the Lechon.
@ the University of the Philippines...they have grass.
@ the Post Office. Learning how to mail letters here in the Philippines.

Cultural Excursions

Before we begin language study, we get to do some cultural excursions around Manila to see various things.
Me with Leilani and Wendel waiting for the Ferry ride on the Pasig.
Leilani and I @ Fort Santiago.
Cheers...getting some water cuz it was really, really, hot and humid.
Us at the National Museum.
One of my favorite things I've seen so far. Pinoy Egg Burger.
Things you can get to eat at Pinoy Egg Burger. Deep Fried One Day Old Chicks. And Battered and Deep Fried Boiled Eggs.
Asia and Daddy at the meat market.
Yummy. This is where we got our meat to make adobo.
Asia enjoying some local fruit.
Getting ready to eat our adobo.

Here we are in the Philippines

As you can see...I'm trying to catch up on my blogging... Anyway...here are some various pictures from our first week or so here in the Philippines.
Celebrating my mom's birthday having an amazing Green Mango Shake!!!
The boys having fun in our room at the guest house.
Manny P! You rock.
We found a carousel here for Asia.
The boys playing at the playground at the guesthouse.
Asia made a new friend here.

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Here we are getting ready to head off to the Philippines.
Thankfully, my mom was able to come along and stay for a few weeks to help us.
Family picture at the airport.
Asia sleeping on the airplane.
Brian and the boys.


A couple of days before we left the States we took the kids to the zoo. It was a fantastic outing for Asia. She really loved it...of course, the boys didn't care. Anyway...here's some pics.

Watching the elephants get a bath.
Feeding the Giraffes.
Riding the train.
Check out the peacock in the background...Asia wasn't so sure about having him just walking around freely.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Trying to Catch Up

Once again I'm trying to play catch up... I'll try to keep this really short with loads of pictures. The boys were sick for the month of July...unfortunately...I'm not exaggerating. :( It's a long story with visits to two other doctors cuz ours was out of the country. Anyway...when our Dr got back...the boys were put on meds and got better right away.
After that, it was packing like mad to get things ready to be shipped to the Philippines...Brian made a trip out to Virginia. We had to get out of our apartment...which included trying to figure out what to keep and what to bring and what to get rid of...it was crazy.
Here we are saying goodbye to our awesome Doctor. She is Filipina and we will miss her.
Asia getting one last boat ride in before we left.
And of course, fishing.
The boys enjoying the crazy beautiful weather we had in Missouri before we left.