Holy Cow I love it here so much. I'm in the Philippines! It's so crazy! I think my jet lag has worn off now, I couldn't sleep for the first two nights because my schedule was off, but all is well now. And it is so hot here! I'm in this little internet cafe and I'm just sweating everywhere. But it's awesome. I wouldn't want it any other way. I expected it to be hot, so I'd be disappointed if it wasn't. It's actually bearable. I just don't think about it. We have fans in our house and that helps a lot. Our house is really nice, really rich compared to everything else. There are only little jumping spiders and lizards that live with us. Oh and frogs. There are a million frogs here! And roosters! They don't shut up. Constant crowing.. all night long!! Stupid birds. And dogs. It's so sad. There are a million dogs here. All pretty small and extremely skinny. Because I worked with dad this summer, I can look at a dog and say, "he needs a rhinoscopy, he needs an ultrasound, he needs to get rid of whatever that thing is that makes him lose all of his hair, he has fleas, etc." and all of them need to be spayed. It's nasty. They are the ugliest, saddest dogs I've ever seen. The hairless ones are the worst, the ones that have that disease; dad knows what I'm talking about. And there's a lot of cats. They're not as bad, but they're all really small.So that's for the animals. There's also so many plants and trees and flowers. It's too bad that you can't really enjoy them because you're too busy looking at all of the poor houses. People are soooo poor here. It's so sad. But at the same time that's how life is here. I'm in the Bacolod South area, Mansilingan 2nd Ward. If you wanted to google maps it. It's near the area with all the streets are named after planets. Some other areas that I can remember are Pana-ad and paghidaet. But yeah, it's awesome here. They absolutely love Americans. Everytime we walk down the street they yell "Guapa!" to us. Meaning "beautiful!". It's even more awkward when they try to speak English to us and say "You are butiful wimun." So awkward. Seriously, everyone turns and stares at us. We're are going to cause an accident one of these days. They stick their heads out of their cars/tricycle things to see us. But it makes sense. We are the only white people we've seen here. The other two sisters in our apartment are Polynesian.
Anyway, I don't have too much time left, but this is the perfect place for me. I love the rain, (we got caught in it once and had to go back to get our umbrellas because we forgot them, hehe), I love the plants, I love all the baby chickens and duck everywhere, some of the baby dogs are cute, I love the food (even though it hurts sometimes to eat so much of it), I love my companion and roommates, the shower is cold and even though I don't love it, it's okay, I love to see all their little houses even though they are so poor and made out of garbage and sticks, and yeah, I love it when I can understand and hold a conversation with someone in Ilonggo. And yeah, everything is great! I'm going to try to finish my training in 6 weeks not 12, because that's just how I am. Um, my mission president is extremely strict, but that's okay too. He is making Sister Kumar take her nose ring out after all that we went though at the MTC. He won't call President Nally. I mean, the general authorities told her that she can keep it, but I think she's so tired of the problems it's creating she's just ready to get rid of it. So yeah, I'll see if I can send pictures now. I love you all!!!!!!
- Love, me