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Aug. 23, 2013 - New Car Smell, Technotards, & 1 Nephi 21

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Journal - August 23, 2013 - Friday - at home - the Philippines
I am so glad it's Friday.  What a weird week! Holidays, floods, etc. Saturday is going to be a cleaning house day. And heavens knows it needs it.  Floors need scrubbing, bathrooms etc.  I would love to wash sheets etc. but not again till the new washing machine gets put in. Speaking of which, we get a new washing machine tomorrow.  The one we have now only washes and nothing else.  No spinning, no rinsing, none of that.  Its creates a unique challenge in doing laundry.  I am really excited to have the new one.  It's supposed to be a great deal like the washing machines in the States.  I know I am so spoiled.  We are so used to having the easiest and best things in our lives in our westernized part of the world.  We forget that so much of the world is still living in a third world situation.  I am go grateful to the Lord for blessing me so much in my life. 
Another blessing today.  Sister Doig and I no longer have to be dependent on everyone but ourselves to get where we have to go.  Our car (kotse) was signed over to us today.  It's a lovely new thing.  A gray Toyota Corolla with gray leather interior.  It smells so yummy inside.  It's weird to put the first few miles on a brand new vehicle.  I have never had a brand new car.  Of course, it really isn't mine, but I get the pleasure of driving it as though it were mine.  The only part that I don't love about it is that it will make me feel horrible if anyone crunches it.  The traffic here in Manila and Quezon City is insane and the drivers are even more so.  If you drive like a courteous American driver, you will be run off the road.  Interesting thing is, despite the insanity of the driving, no one seems to be impatient or filled with road rage.  Everyone is fairly kick back and patient and kind.  It's all backwards from what you would expect.  It's taking some getting used to.  I will be driving every other day.  The odd calendar days are mine.  On the even calendar days I play navigator.  That  means I have to plan out the routes of where we need to go and then follow the map (mapa)and the instructions on getting where we have to be. It would take a lifetime of driving to learn your way around here with no map.  It makes absolutely no sense and there is no rhyme or reason to how the streets go.  No grid system like at home and very few road signs to indicate where you are.  It's all very intimidating and a bit scary.
We had to put gasoline into our car first thing as it was absolutely empty.  What?? They don't deliver new cars with their tanks full?  What is that about!?!?!  I spent 2,291.83 pesos on gasoline and it filled the tank. See if you can figure out how much money (kuwarta) that is in American dollars.  I could tell you but I am not going to.  I want to see if anyone can get their head wrapped around it.   
This afternoon I drove us to the Mission office.  It's not a long or terribly difficult drive but it is on really busy streets.  We got there safe and sound.  Before we left the PEF offices in our car, we prayed together to get us safely there and when we got safely home we prayed (nagdasal) again to thank Heavenly Father for our safe trip and arrival at home.
We had to go to the Mission Office to have interviews with our mission president and his wife.  President and Sister Revillo are natives of the Philippines but have lived in Singapore, Hong Kong, and the States.  Their daughter is married to an American fellow she met at BYU.  They live in West Jordan.  Sister Revillo misses them a lot and wants to spend more time with her 10 month old grandson.  Sounds like me.  Wants her babies.  President Revillo is a lovely man.  So kind and caring and really interested in getting to know each of his missionaries and helping each of us have the best mission we can have.  It's interesting to talk to him.  He is smart and intellectual and has some of the same interests as I do.  He loves music and theatre arts, reading and the visual arts. He asked me today after talking to me if I was interested in doing any proselyting.  I said, "Absolutely!!" He is going to send me out with a young sister missionary who has been here over a year.  I am so excited!  Sister Doig will be set up with her companion.  I will love working with the young sisters.  I miss talking to young people.  I miss people, period!  I never see or talk to anyone except the same 6 people at the PEF Center so this will be great fun and somewhat adventurous.  It  will also help improve my Tagolog I hope. 
The rain has stopped and the sun was actually out for a bit today.  It's just so stinking humid and hot.  I hope I can adjust to it.  I was sitting at my desk today and the perspiration was just dripping off my chin (baba) and nose (ilong).  It's hideous to sweat like some lunatic (loko) and all I am doing is sitting at a computer.  I can just imagine what it will be like when I am out moving around.  Oh well.  It will be worth it to be up and moving and meeting with people and doing something really useful.  Computers are NOT my thing although I am getting a bit more adept at managing what I am required to do.  Thank you for your prayers in my behalf.  I still have a long ways to go.  I sat and cried like a baby (bata) today when I could not figure something out.  I just have no experience or point of reference from which to work. I know Jib thinks I am an idiot.  And if you think I am too, don't tell me.  Around here, people who are not technologically savvy are called "technotards".  I am sure you can figure out the origin of that descriptive term.  I'm sure many people would find that offensive, but it describes me so well that it does not even phase me.  It fits me to a T.  I don't know if it's an American or westernized term or if it originated here in the Philippines.  Anyone want to research that for me?


Read Along - 1 Nephi 21 - I do not understand the Isaiah chapters of Nephi.  I need help!  I am going to have to re-read this chapter as I am just a little confused and a lot lost.  I will not write on this one until I understand it a bit more. Anyone got any insights and help for me, I will gladly take it.
New Tagolog words

  • bata = baby
  • dasal = pray.  Nagdasal in the conjugated past tense form. Prayed.
  • ilong = nose
  • baba = chin
  • kuwarta = money
  • map = mapa

Have a happy and lovely weekend.  I will be praying for you and thinking about you.  I miss you in a way that is very hard to explain.  I do not wish to be doing anything else right now in my life, but I want you.  Please write soon.  Thank you to those who have emailed me.  They are what I love most. For right now.
Love, Miss Kate
P.S. I have been serving for 1 month now.

Sister O'Reilly

"Blessed is the influence of one true, loving, human soul on another." -- George Eliot

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