Sunday, July 2, 2017

Don't Judge a Fruit By It's Cover

We have an elder who has been teaching us about Filipino food.  Here is some fruit he has shared with us.  This is dragon fruit.  It looks like a dragon but the fruit inside is like a big kiwi but not as sweet.

Just take a spoon and scoop it out.

Looking at this fruit made me think of the expensive cheese that is covered in red wax.   It was our dog Gidget's favorite treat.  The fruit is very interesting because it is crunchy when you bite into it.  When it is cold it is like..maybe watermelon rind.  It isn't sweet but can be refreshing.

They call this an apple.  The skin is green and smooth. You don't peel it you cut it in half. The inside is like a lychee and you scoop it out with a spoon .  It is sweet and delicious.

At our branch Relief Society activity last Saturday I was introduced to boiled bananas and taro root.  My contribution was rice crispy squares which were a new treat for the sisters.

This is what waiting four hours at the doctor's clinic looks like.  Elder Bellessa is taking a walk for exercise .  

Driving along the rice fields


New Growth

There are certain times eating at our local McDonalds can be a challenge.  The school next door has 6000 students which means long lines and few tables during lunch break.

There are many festivals in different cities.  Last week it was the festival honoring John the Baptist.  Our elders in Pola described it to us.  It was like a citywide water fight.  Everywhere they went they had water thrown on them. Pola is a beautiful ocean fishing village that seldom sees "foreigners" so the elders said at first people weren't sure if it was okay to make them wet but after the first person soaked them they became the target for the whole town. Being soaked is supposed to cleanse you of sin and bring blessings to you.  Lucky Elders.  They were prepared and had their Book of Mormon in a plastic bag. 

In some of the provinces the farmers do a procession covering themselves in mud and donning banana leaves. VIDEO

Banana leaf costumes.

Just a mention of how to cross the street.  If traffic is moving at all it is usually about 10MPH so if there is a  slight space to step onto the road you do so and usually all the cars stop to let you by.  If not, you wait in the middle of the road until another space appears. The trick is that everyone goes slow so the car or you have time to stop before anything bad happens.

This photo was taken at our last zone conference with President and Sister Mangum before they left to go home.  The Elders love Elder Bellessa and are giving him some "Haka" love.  We love the elders and sisters so much! We miss the Mangums but are looking forward to meeting President and Sister Davies this week.


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