I am in Pasig City and I actually am opening up an area for my first area so I have a ton of work ahead of me. But I wouldn't have it any other way:)
I have never been so out of place in my life, I am literally the
only white person in Pasig City. I am stared at by everyone and I think I
am the first white person anyone has seen in person. Whoever said they
treat white people like celebrities was wrong. I am told I should go home
and everyone points and whispers when I get on a jeepnee (which are
totally awesome by the way haha) so its pretty crazy.
I smell about 200
different weird smells a day and it all looks like the movie I Am Legend because
vines and green grow everywhere except there is 20,000,000 people haha.
have never seen such poverty in my life or dreams and imagination.
The fact that anyone goes to church is a testimony of its truthfulness.
Haha, I was pretty shocked my first two days but day three and four are
awesome. The Language is hard but coming well. I can give all the
lessons in Tagalog but I can't understand anyone. I can speak way more
than I can understand, haha. I wish I understood people more, I want to
help them so much. I picture people walking into the waters of baptism
or getting sealed in the temple and it makes it so awesome.
I know I
complained a lot at first but I was just venting. I actually love it so
much I can't stop smiling and greeting everyone. The people that are kind
are really kind:) When I teach I am floating I feel so good. I open my
mouth a lot on the jeepnee and everywhere. I am so happy and people
smile back when I smile at them:)
My companion is going home next
transfer so I will lead the newly opened area in six weeks. I am
for sure rolling up my sleeves:) He is quiet and kind. He is awesome.
will not talk about the slums because that would freak you out, haha, or
the traffic or a lot of stuff, I sometimes say to myself, "What would my
mom think?" and then I laugh. I can't take pictures because I will get
robbed so just look it up on google, haha. Yea I got your package I love
it and love the pictures.
I broke out in a rash on my back and arms and
legs, probably from the humidity and pollution. I am in the very heart
of a city. Think of New York City with more concrete and jungle growing out
of concrete. It's pretty cool actually. I feel pretty awesome just walking
around like I should be in a music video with church hymns:)
I saw the Stovers and it was so awesome!!! My apartment is nice but small, but
that's okay. I love it, it's perfect. I know I am supposed to be here.