Saturday, March 23, 2013

Tabuk Trip- Part 2 Adventures!

Our journey was full of adventures from the start! Here is a kind of photo journal of a few of those.....
A view of the rice fields from the clinic balcony.... what a gorgeous view!

 Almost every day I was able to go on a walk down to the river... and see sights like this.....

 Nothing like walking down to the river on a hot day and taking a swim!

 On our last Saturday in Tabuk, we went on a picnic up in the mountains..... It was beautiful... the water was cold... and I only walked away with a slight sunburn :D

 It was a ton of fun!!!!!

For St. Patrick's day...I did miss being at home with our normal corned beef/cabbage boiled dinner... and all the things we do together, but still had a fun celebration in Tabuk..... green pizza, green rice, and green cupcakes! YUMMY!!!


It was a great trip with lots of fun sights and sounds! I was able to work in the clinic and witness several births. God blessed me with many fun times... Riding a Caribao and so many other great adventures! More pictures to follow in Part 3 :D

Tabuk Trip- Part 1 Getting from Here to There

So as I previously mentioned, I was blessed to be able to go and spend about 2 1/2 weeks in a smaller missionary clinic in Tabuk City, on the norther Island of Luzon. My friend Brenda was my traveling companion. Little did we know at the onset of our trip of the adventures that lay ahead....

Part 1- From Davao to Manila

Our flight from Davao to Manila was fairly uneventful. We had a good flight and were able to get a taxicab to the guest house where we were staying. After dropping off our luggage we decided to venture to MOA- the Mall of Asia- to find some dinner...




MOA  was an adventure...
the next day at the airport we found out that there was a computer glitch which in short caused a whole cascade of events which ended up with us purchasing new tickets for the next day.... not what we had been planning/expecting, but God knows best....
After this fiasco, we were both low on money we had with us and needed a hotel room for the night... we walked to the nearest one we could find. Way out of our budget... after taking in the situation though, the manager decided to give us the lowest price he could... when we put our money together to see if we could afford it... IT WAS THE EXACT AMOUNT! (well, with 50 pesos left over to buy dinner)....
The next day our flight went smoothly and we continued on safely to the airport and then took a van ride to get to Tabuk... on the way we  almost ran into a herd of Caribao, but it was tons of fun!
Well, Next post will be about some of the fun times in Tabuk....

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Skill #3

Skill #3....
Much thought and debate has gone into what "skill #3" should be... although I have learned many new skills this month they are mostly medical skills that are related to my training to become a midwife and therefore, I will not count them as a part of this project. I have also been away from Davao and visiting a smaller clinic in Tabuk (more in a future post!).....

HOWEVER.....
there is ONE skill that I have found... and completed:
CARIBAO RIDE!!!!!!

First we went on our walk and I was completely focused on getting to ride a  Caribao.. I was determined that the first one that I saw I would ask the owner to ride....
As we continued on our journey to the river (more on that in another post) we saw this older man walking with his caribao... I stopped and asked if I could take his picture. He smiled and nodded.
 I then proceeded to ask if I could please have a ride on his caribao... he looked at me and I pointed from myself, then to his caribao. He then smiled again and nodded that he understood. I did need some help from my companion, Brenda, but finally managed to mount the beast (not as easy as mounting a horse with a saddle :D

The owner was so proud of his beast! He had an added swagger to his step and continued on his merry way! I think he may have taken me to the end of the road if I hadn't stopped him after a few minutes. I thanked him, slid off, and watched him leave with a huge smile on his face and a story for his family!

So what was it like to ride a caribao? Not exactly like a horse.... he was very rotund and his hair was strangely soft for being so bristly... It was FUN!
"Everybody's got a water buffalo. Yours is fast but mine is slow. Oh, where we get them, I don't know, but everybody's got a water buffalo!"-- Must admit that I don't care for Veggie Tales, but this song did get stuck in my head :D

So skill #3 is done..... what is next? Who knows :D I have a few days before April to figure that one out :D Open for suggestions!