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Mar 18, 2016 - WOOFing No. 3, Philippines

Woofing No. 3 was a different experience! Mary Jane was our contact for this farm. We were met at a big shopping mall by her brother and mother as she was en route by bus from up north. We were taken to their house in a suburb of Manila. It housed an extended family -mother, father, Mary Jane and her teenage daughter, her brother and his wife. The mother gave up her room for us and with a fan going we slept with as little on as possible it was so hot. Mary Jane (approximately 45) explained her changed circumstances. Her boyfriend, who was...

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Mar 13, 2016 - Manila

Sunday we decided to go to Intramuros and Rizal Park. While having breakfast Oliver came by. He said he was driving that way and would drop us off. Yes--we could walk back. Traffic was light with it being Sunday morning. Once there we followed Oliver into Fort Santiago --the original Spanish fort built in the middle 1500's. It was built as protection against Chinese pirates. From here we went further into the Intrmuros stopping to see the Manila Cathedral. As Catholic churches go, this is a very plain church. .As a service was in progress...

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Jul 3, 2015 - Around Gen San

Last time I was in Gen San, a young pastor named RP Jay took my Developing Leaders for Youth Ministry class. He showed up several times during the class this time just to hang out and listen to what we were doing. He is an awesome pastor that is having much success at his church. And he is a great partner to Pastor Dave, the President of Shekinah. When the folks at the school realized my flight didn't leave until Friday evening...and atte Anne was going to be taking a bus to Davao on Thursday night, they convinced RPJ to entertain me....

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Jun 24, 2015 - Manila Class at AGS

Monday morning, I started teaching a class on Educational Psychology at the Alliance Graduate School here in Manila. I have been coming here as a guest professor every other year for about 10 years. Well, actually, the first time I was attending as an assistant to my prof at New Orleans Seminary, Allen Jackson. Normally, I teach youth ministry courses, but, Anne, the director of the program, now directs Christian Education as well and needed me to teach a CE class, so...that's what I'm doing. Unfortunately, Educational Psychology is not a...

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Jun 22, 2015 - The Philippines

On Saturday, we paid our bill, grabbed a taxi, and headed for the airport. Once again, cleared immigration, cleared security, grabbed a bite of breakfast, and boarded a Philippine Air flight to Manila. The flight is about 3 hours with a one hour time change. Philippine Air flies in and out of Terminal 2. That's a little misleading; makes it sound like Manila has one airport with three terminals. It would be closer to say that Manila has three airports in roughly the same part of town. So, given the fact that Terminal 2 is pretty much...

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Oct 11, 2014 - Manila - Round 2

Manila Oct. 7 – Oct. 11 Jim’s entry The beginning of our unwanted return to Manila was not an easy one. After our trying all night bus ride, we began – or rather continued our day – with a 4:30 a.m. visit to McDonald’s where we ate, napped, and waited to get in line at the nearby Chinese embassy to submit our visa applications. In spite of an unnerving application process, misleading information, and a highly regimented embassy, our application was accepted. (Kelly’s hard work, and Jeanne’s (our host in China) comprehensive supporting...

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Feb 25, 2014 - Manila, Philippines

2/25 – 3/1 The last stop this month was Manila, Philippines. It took us three days and 1351 miles to get there. There were a lot of dancers performing on the pier when we arrived. Many of the crew on this ship are from this area and their families were waiting their arrival. Holland America does a good job with the families, letting them explore the ship. It was fun seeing the families reunited. We took a private tour in Manila which lasted most of the day. The tour started with the Las Pinas church with its bamboo organ, Yup a pipe organ...

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Feb 9, 2014 - Palawan: El Nido

Well; after another long travel day we arrived in El Nido, Palawan at midnight and managed to find a hotel after a few false trails. The travel entailed a short pane trip to Palawan from Manila, followed by a 6 hours jaunt in a minibus with 9 of out very close companions (That's 11 people with varied amounts of luggage and languages). Our driver somehow felt it a personal affront if there was not something to beep his horn at every 250 meters or so. I think he was reenacting some version of the town crier of old...Then we wee dropped off a...

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Feb 8, 2014 - Airport Malaise

Due to the inconsistency of Manila traffic; we were advised to leave the hotel 3 hours before our flight - with the expected result that we arrive at the airport 2 3/4 hours early... I enjoyed our little hotel in the heart of the Intramuros, or walled city of old Manila. It was wonderful to be able to walk out the door of our hotel into history, as it were. Much of Manila was of course flattened during WWII, but there remained so many pockets of old buildings which have so much more personality than the more modern downtown tourist areas....

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Feb 8, 2014 - Manila, it was nice to know you

Another hot, sultry day in our neighborhood of Intramuros. We started with breakfast at a cafe near the San Augustin Church and then set off to look for Manila Bay. We had left our books and maps back at the hotel (of course) and set off with, between us, our unerring sense of directon. As you might expect we got lost several times, finally settling for a glass of iced tea on a pier looking over the bay. The bay was covered in a gray overcast and I wasn't about to eat a fish from that water. Actually, very sad to see the pollution, but...

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Feb 6, 2014 - Meandering in Manila

After a LONG lane ride; we arrived in Manila a bit after midnight; which was 7 am Seattle time (ugh). However, we both slept like rocks and today have been walking around Manila. We are staying in a quaint hotel in the Intramuros; a walled historical area within Manila proper. Very clean and neat, but had a rather jolting surprise this am with no hot water in the showers. (Just the thing to throw off the last of my jet lag...)At breakfast in the courtyard, we met a German man who has been traveling through Asia for the past 10 winters,...

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Jun 10, 2013 - Manila

The ride from the airport proves to be scary and frustrating because the taxi driver doesn't know where he is taking me even though I tell 2 different people working for the company where my hotel is. He tries to drop me off on a corner between a gas station and what look like vacant houses. He drives around some more, telling me the cab fare is going to be more than the fixed rate the told me at the beginning and finally finds my hotel. He ends up charging me the original rate so I tipped him well and walk up to the front desk of the...

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