Monday, August 21, 2017

Filipino Fashion, Bowling and Coconut Croquet


Walking photos:  After a night of deluge it became tricky to find a way though the water.  Right next to this is a field and as Sister Bellessa walked by there were thousands of frogs croaking.  The frogs have a very deep croak that sounds like a cow mooing so it sounded like the Egyptian plague of Moses' time.  She decided to record the noise but they had stopped by the time she came by on her way home. 

There have been groups of Mangyans down from the mountains.  This is a photo of a man who is very proud of his outfit.



Clothing by the ton is sent to third world countries where they are picked through, organized and hung up.  The stores are everywhere and you never know what treasure you might find.   

"Rag pickers" sort through the bales and organize and display the clothing.

Who would have thought...right here in Calapan!





Cloud beauty as we drive the island.


Sister Bellessa is an unusual sight around town.  There are very few caucasian women so she gets lots of stares and interest.  She was getting some photos printed at a photo store and noticed several people taking pictures of her from their phones.  One girl came up to ask if she could take her photo with her.  Taking selfies is a real art here.  There are even special classes you can take to be good at it.  It is obvious this girl has a special app on her phone that makes Sister Bellessa unrecognizable without any age spots or wrinkles.  Once she had her photo, there was a lineup of others who wanted one with her.  It is fun being a rock star.

  There is another apartment below ours which is now a used clothing store.  Across the street there is a food, shoe,  and clothing store.  It seems it is possible to open almost any kind of business you desire.  In our neighborhood there are many "Sari Sari" stores, auto repair shops, restaurants, sewing and welding shops.  It is a one stop shopping neighborhood. 

This is a political comment we encountered at a local restaurant with a good message.


This is the latest convert in the Naujan branch.  This brother is an 85 year old very fit man.  He works out everyday and  was once a famous boxer.  He said he has been to many churches in search of the one he felt answered his questions and brought him closer to Christ.  His daughter wanted to know why, at his age, he was being baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  He said the minute he entered the chapel he felt a spirit that let him know he had found what he had spent his life looking for.   

Usually a branch activity is planned after a baptism since the font is a swimming pool.

Senior Couple Fun Day:  Our new mission president, President and Sister Davies,  organized a fun day for all the senior couples to visit and get acquainted.  The newest couple, Elder and Sister Harvey, are from Vancouver, British Columbia.  We feel so blessed to be part of this group.  Most of us are far flung from each other so it is a treat when we can gather.  We always want to do better as we share our experiences and learn from one another.

Part of the journey off the island requires a 2 to 2 1/2 hour ferry ride.  Most people know Sister Bellessa loves blue and white.  There is always a lot of beauty to see. 

After a delicious breakfast at the mission home we drove to a Christian center ran by an American family who have lived in the Philippines for the last 35 years.  They provided a wonderful lunch then presented a lecture and show on tops. Tops were related to our relationship with God.  This is a photo of the world's largest top, verified by the Guiness Book of Records.  It actually works being spun with a cable.  We drove back for dinner at a wonderful restaurant were there was more conversation and celebration of President and Sister Davies' 38th wedding anniversary.

This is a good size top that is spun with a heavy rope.

There were lots of activities but we all decided to do Filipino bowling.  The balls are smaller with no holes.  As you can see the pins are set by hand.  It was men vs women and the women were tough competitors.

For all the golfers who have been missing their sport there was a chance to play croquet using coconuts. VIDEO

WE ARE BLESSED!




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