Bowling and Balut

Recently, Kurt and Ben attended a Father-son/guys event for Missionary men and their teenage sons.
They first went to a local bowling alley that is duck pin bowling.
Duckpin bowling is a variation of 10-pin bowling. The balls used in duckpin bowling are 4-3/4 in (12 cm) to 5 in (12.7 cm) in diameter (which is slightly larger than a softball), weigh 3 lb 6 oz (1.5 kg) to 3 lb 12 oz (1.7 kg) each, and lack finger holes. The pins are squatty too.

Then they ate balut - for those brave enough to try it.

A balut (spelled standardized as balot) is a developing duck embryo (fertilized duck egg) that is boiled and eaten in the shell. It is commonly sold as streetfood in the Philippines.

It's one of those strange foods that if you come to Philippines you should try, but not all of us do!!! The other food to try here is durian!

Kirsten and Friend

Last night we attended the sports award ceremony at Faith International Academy. Kirsten earned a letter and also received the best defense, a.k.a. StoneWall Kirsten, award. She is really excellent as a defender and stopping balls that the other team is trying to score into the net!

Kirsten and Janey are great friends, class mates, and team


Tonight we attended a most fun event - Irish Dancing. It was held at the covered court at Faith International Academy.

a friend of ours took these great pics of us dancing

It is called a ceilidh, which "in modern usage, a cèilidh or ceilidh /ˈkeɪli/ is a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing. It originated from Ireland and Scotland, but is now common throughout the Scottish and Irish diasporas. In Scottish Gaelic it is spelled cèilidh (Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: [ˈkʲʰeːli]), and in Irish it is spelled céilí (Irish pronunciation: [ˈkeːlʲiː]). The term ceilidh can also refer to social dances in England."

Think of it like a square dance but with Irish music and dances.

The musicians and some of the dancers who helped lead have been practicing for 12 weeks. Two missionary friends, Lydia from Northern Ireland, and Kate, from the USA spearheaded the whole event.

At least 100 people attended. It was great fun!

OE Video

Would you like to watch an Outdoor Education Video that Ben participated in in February? There are several schools that do this trip each year. Faith Academy in Manila put this video together. You can find it at
Click on the one for 2015.
The password is FAv1deos!


I love the determined look on Kirsten's face as she goes for
the ball. It reminds me of the verse in Hebrews 12:1-3 to "let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy
that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted."

Here are a few other photos from Baguio ISAC....