The Stratford kids will be surprised to see that there is a whole aisle at the store just for different kinds of Mentos. These candies are what Grandma Stratford gave them during church to keep them quiet.
The Tagalog translation is "Have a good time."
A daytime image of the Capitol Christmas Tree.
We appreciate the huge statue of the Savior watching over the pier and the usual prayer offered on a video as we depart. When we arrive we are always met by these greeters.
Saturday evening we were able to teach our English class in Baco. On our drive there we saw flood waters and raging rivers. When we spoke to our class, we asked if anyone had been affected. One of the girls said her home had been flooded up to their chests. The water came all of a sudden, probably from a breached dike. She was very matter of fact about it and said they had known the typhoon was coming so they moved everything to higher ground. In her case, they had a second story and didn't seem to be worried. She shrugged her shoulders and just said it would be okay but a lot of work to get their home clean again from the mud that would be left behind (photo from Google Images of a previous flood). Resilience is one of the great qualities we admire in people we meet and observe in the Philippines.