Never been to the Philippines?! That's o.k., come along and I'll take you on a road trip. Grab your umbrella, hankie and cellphone and let's go!
We'll travel through the mountains, some farms, an orchard or two, and a few provincial towns.
Our first stop....thankfulness. I know this photo is blurry, but it should inspire waves of gratitude for your indoor plumbing! This is a common sight in the Philippines- fetching water. This family is filling up their containers from the communal hose, and will haul them back home again. So many Filipino virtues represented in this photo; teamwork, hardworking, family-centered, adaptability....
The views are breath-taking! God does some of his best 'paintings' in this country!
Filipinos work hard, but aren't afraid to pace themselves. It's hot in the afternoons, which makes it a perfect time to stop and shoot some pool in the shade! For missionaries in language study, these are perfect hang-outs!
Who needs 7-11 when you have little 'stores' like this! The perfect spot to grab a coke and a snack on our journey across the island. I guarantee that you'll be served with a smile and probably asked question or two about where you're coming from and where you're headed!
Our driver (aka- 'Josh') has discovered a 'short cut'. The road's about to get a lot bumpier, but we're also going to see some farms and orchards. My favorite- the rubber tree orchard. They strip off some of the bark, and catch the rubber drips in tiny little coconut 'cups'. Amazing, huh!
This particular road cuts through 'sugar country'. Farm after farm of sugar cane, and of course a big sugar mill in the middle of it all.
Starting to feel cramped? Well, sights like this usually cure my grumbling! It could always be worse. I wonder how long that guy in the middle will ride like that? He probably doesn't mind, he's just happy to catch a ride! Another beautiful Pinoy virtue- 'A willingness to choose happiness'.
Well, we've made it to a town. There's lots to see! It's almost too much to take in all at once. Trucks and bikes and cars and people and signs and wires.... And a nice young man helping granny cross the street! Ahhhh, don't you just love a 'drive-by-respect-sighting'!
This man hit the jackpot! A water buffalo AND a cow?!?! I wonder what brings them to town today....
In a few weeks these rice fields will turn into 'amber waves of grain'- yep, we've got them here too. I have to say, this is one of God's most beautiful masterpieces; fields in the foreground, blending into majestic mountains in the back, and all of it meeting the big, breathtaking sky! Well done, Creator!
Thanks for coming along. I hope you enjoyed our road trip! Maybe next time we'll take a city tour, but until then, I think I'm gonna stop at the pineapple stand ahead and buy some fruit.....