EarthQuake

Sitting at the kitchen table last night I felt my chair and the floor swaying a bit for a minute or so. Kurt was out jogging so he didn't notice it as he ran. It was pretty mild but what a weird feeling to be 'sitting still' but moving. And it reminded me of the verse Psalm 46:2-4 " Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells."

Praise Befits Him

Psalm 33 says "1 Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.... 4 For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. 5 The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love."

The Lord has been teaching me more and more about praising Him in easy and hard times. No matter where we are on earth, He is with us. The early morning song of the birds, the beautiful colors of the sunset, the lush greenery of plants are all reminders of God's creativity and love. More and more I find myself falling in love with this place.

"13 From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; 14 from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth- 15 he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.....21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name."


Flower


Scenery

Noise

Malls are noisy places. Not only is there the noise of people walking and talking, there is the noise of music blaring from loud speakers in the walkways, the din of merchants talking, special displays playing DVD's, perhaps a band or music group singing...it is hard to talk with the one you are shopping with. The grocery stores are located within each mall so this noise sensation gets experienced on a once or twice weekly basis.

The streets are noisy places. In the Philippines, the car horn is a tool and used frequently by all drivers to alert each other of being next to them, in the intersection, etc. There are horns honking, dogs barking, people talking, whistles blowing..... At any time of day you can hear roosters crowing, dogs barking, vehicles, horns, etc.

A Matter of Perspective

It was 89 degrees today, humid and very hot. We have heard this is the cooler season but we've not felt that to be so ourselves. Yet, for filipinos, we are coming into the cool season.

Case in point, I was shopping at SM mall looking for Christmas gifts for Kurt. A sales clerk said, "Would you like to get jacket for husband?" I said, "No thanks, it is hot here." He smiled and said, "Us Filipinos get cold in December."

Kurt and Beth at the Market

Today Beth took me to the market (my first time). What an experience! There were many hundreds of vendors selling everything from clothing to live chickens, fresh fruits and vegetables to fresh fish, dried fish to Doritos, eggs to fresh butchered meat, and rice to the pots to cook it in.

In 30 minutes we felt as though we had just seen a small part of what was there. Spread over many city blocks, occupying every conceivable space, the vendors were everywhere. There was blood running in the gutters from the butchered animals. There were plenty of sights and sounds and smells to keep ones senses working full-time. I really enjoyed the experience.

The market is definitely the place to go to get the freshest fruits and vegetables. Here is a list of what we purchased today:

  • 2 pineapples (one sliced and one whole - both very fresh)
  • 6 fresh carrots
  • 1 watermelon
  • 2 pounds fresh picked green beans
  • 1.5 pounds fresh tomatoes
  • 4 cucumbers
  • 2 pounds kalamansi (like small lemons)
  • 10 oranges
  • 3 mangoes
  • 12 potatoes
  • 20 bananas

All of this was purchased for about $12 US.


As much of what we purchased as would fit in the picture


Beth buying bananas


A fresh fish vendor


Another fresh fish vendor


Aisle after aisle of vendors