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Oct 31, 2011 - Thursday-Tuesday

The overall feeling now that we’re in Tagatay is a sigh of relaxing breaths. Being with the family was entertaining yet maybe the Erolin mentality of “go, go, go” finally caught up with all of us. I will start with the most recent events to catch you up with my activities. Sidenote: I’m having difficulty with the internet functionality and availability, hence the limited blog entries with pictures. Tuesday- Nov 1. We are going to Canyon Cove Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines. It is located facing the South China Sea. From where we...

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My HIPI Trip 2011

Oct 31, 2011 - limited internet

Oh man.... I just wrote a long blog to update you from last Thursday. But due to the limited internet connections it was completely deleted when I submitted it! Too frustrated to rewrite the blog. SORRY! Really quick, Dad, Christa and I are in Tagatay, Cavite at Canyon Woods Resort. About 45 minutes south of Manila. It's cooler, less humidity, and less traffic chaos. I'll write more in the days to come. I also cannot upload any pictures because of no wireless internet and no USB port on this public computer. I will be able to upload...

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My HIPI Trip 2011

Oct 26, 2011 - Not exactly relaxing

It's now 845 am on Oct 27. I have been in PI for 2 whole days and 3 nights. It has been nonstop the second we step foot in the humidity. As I transfer to the Bellevue Hotel (where the family is staying as of today and wedding reception will be tomorrow) I should have the opportunity to upload pictures. :) Vacationing in PI, thus far, has been educating, appreciative, and ignorant. Since Tuesday we have been on the road; traveling to pick up my grandparents who live so far from each other and my current location. On Tuesday we traveled to...

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My HIPI Trip 2011

Oct 24, 2011 - Made it to the PI

After 10 hours of flying and 30 mins of driving from the Manila Airport we're all here unwinding and playing guitar and singing. Prior to our flight we had a family bbq at Uncle Turnie's house. Lots of delicious food and watched the UH game. UH killed it! Cousin Jessica and Cousin Garry we missed you!!!! I was also able to hang out with my other side of the family, Uncle Frank and his family. It's so nice to have family in paradise. :) The driving in Manila is CRAZY!!!! There's a freeway leading out of Manila that has been newly built...

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My HIPI Trip 2011

Sep 10, 2011 - My trip dude

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World Trip 2011/2012

Jun 18, 2011 - Back in Manila

Being back in Manila has been good, though the time has gone by faster than I expected. I exited the bus about a mile from the guesthouse. That actually worked out really well because I had no idea where the final stop was or how to get back to the guesthouse from there. (I saw the station later on, and it was close to the MRT line, so it would have been pretty easy, but getting off where I did sure saved me some steps.) We arrived on Friday at 2:00 p.m. The walk would not have been bad (other than the sweat), but I was carrying everything...

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Jun 11, 2011 - Americans Headed Home

Yes, I know, it has been several days since I have included any stories or pictures. It has been a fast a crazy week. Once John, Nick, and Jiae (the girl, not the guy I was expecting)arrived, things got to rolling pretty fast. We had six Philippine students from Alliance that joined us for a Public Speaking/Intercultural Communication class. The students quickly became tight, fast friends, and we all tended to travel in a herd. The discussion of cultural differences was open and thoughtful. Educational for all of us. All of the students...

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Jun 5, 2011 - Misadventures in Manila

So, the Bible Teaching class was over and it was time for the other two students from Golden Gate to arrive. I checked Nick's schedule. It was for Friday, June 3 and he arrived in Manila at 10:10 p.m. I asked my friend Ferdi if he could go with me to pick up Nick. He wasn't able to borrow a car, so we took a taxi. Manila is a "high-context" culture, so having someone who knows his way around is a real advantage. We arrived at the airport about 10:40 . . . getting there right at 10:10 would just mean more waiting, so we timed it a little...

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Jun 3, 2011 - One Class Down

In the Teaching Youth class, I had planned to have small groups of students lead a Bible study as the last part of their grade today. Of course, since we ended up with two students taking the class for credit, I asked both of them to lead a lesson. Of course, the next problem was . . . who do they lead? We sent out some text message invitation and had a 7 or 8 folks come to participate. What fun! The Bible studies were interactive and fun, very well developed. The volunteers seemed to really engage and then gave the leaders GREAT feedback....

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Jun 1, 2011 - Manila

After the first day, I managed to grow the class from four students to two. Yikes! Not sure what happened to the other two students, but being in class every day is a challenge, especially when you have to travel across metro Manila. We have some auditors that drop in from time to time, but keeping things engaging with such a small class has been pretty intense. We have taken long lunches, taken lots of time to just talk about ministry, and usually still gotten out early. On Friday, the two regular students are supposed to teach in class....

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May 30, 2011 - AGS Class

Today, the AGS class on Teaching Youth began. We have four students enrolled and a couple of auditors that are attending. Small classes are fun in the sense that I have the opportunity to get to know students more personally. They are also difficult. Philippinos sometimes need to warm up to me before they feel comfortable in discussion. Plus, I was planning on several learning activities where we divided into groups of four. Yikes! The students are amazing. Very deep thinkers. In some ways, I may not have planned to go deep enough for this...

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May 29, 2011 - Kicking Back at the Guesthouse

Today has been relaxed. Breakfast at the Guesthouse. Then, went to church with Alvin and Ethel from the guesthouse. We took a bus and a train to get there, but I really have no idea where we were. If Alvin and Ethel had decided to leave me there, I would still be lost in Manila. The church meets on the sixth floor of a hotel. Yea, I wouldn't be able to find that again either . . . even if you took me to the hotel. It was a fairly small congregation, though it grew throughout the service. The student pastor spoke on sloth. I guess that is...

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