I leave for Manila two weeks from tomorrow. Have I told you about our travel arrangements yet? We leave on a Monday morning around 9 or so, and don’t get into Manila until 10:30pm TUESDAY NIGHT. Theres a 13 hour time difference, so that’s where we lose alot of hours, but we still have about 23.5 hours of actual traveling. I am NOT looking forward to that. Although I am excited about going to the Tokyo airport, just because I think its going to be cool.
The weird thing is that on the way home, we leave at 9am on a Friday and get in at 6:30 pm that same night. Time is a weird thing.
We’re staying in the MTW team’s guest house, which will be great because we’ll get a little taste of what it’s like to live in a Filipino neighborhood. There’s a Starbucks across the street with wireless internet, so we’ll be able to check email and post pics. Theres also a park nearby where lots of kids play basketball and moms take their kids to play, so hopefully we’ll get lots of time to just hang out and meet some Filipinos and get a feel for the place. And theres a fresh market close to the house, so I’ll buy alot of our food and cook it in the house. I told Diane I am going to make a list of all of the things I can buy and email it to her, then she can email me back with what I can cook and how to do it. Because I have no idea what I’m doing. She says that as long as I have olive oil, salt, and pepper, I can roast any vegetable and I’ll be fine. Lets hope Nate and I dont starve for 2 weeks if we’re depending on my cooking in a foreign country!
There’s also a guy named Manny who is going to be showing us around every day. He’s basically going to be our tour guide, chauffer, translator, escort, and anything else we’ll need. He’s making an itinerary of places for us to go, things to do, people to meet, etc., and we’ll basically just follow him around for 2 weeks.
We’re also going to go to one of the MTW church plants while we’re there, and there’s a good chance that Nate will be asked to speak. Apparently that happens alot when an American comes to church. Nate’s going to have to get used to doing improv speaking in churches!
If any of you know anything about Manila or the Philippines and have any tips, tricks, or general knowledge youd like to pass along, leave a comment!