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Aug. 14, 2013 - Mango Float & Traffic Tickets

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August 14, 2013 - Wednesday - Went to work in the PEF as usual and did contacts of overdue accounts. Thanks heavens for small blessings like the fact that it was Sister Tenney's birthday and so we had a bit of a party and she served Mango Float. My favorite treat that I have had so far here in the Philippines.  It's made from mangos layered between a type of graham cracker with sweetened condensed milk and cream. It's served cold but not frozen.  It's so yummy.  I am going to learn to make it.  It can't be that hard.

This morning I went with Elder DuPaix and Elder Bailey to St. Luke's Hospital in Makati to see Sister Doig.  She looks awful today and is still in a lot of pain.  It drives me crazy when she acts like she is so determined not to let her children know that she is ill.  I personally think it's wrong.  I would want to know if my Mom was ill across the other side of the world.  I know I could do nothing about it but what if something serious happened.

 Elder Bailey was driving and he missed the turn to the hospital so he made a U-turn.  I guess it was not legal to make a turn where he did and a policeman pounded on the car with his fist and demanded Elder Bailey's license.  The Church headquarters have told us to never surrender our licenses or ID to the cops because of the corruption and identity theft. Elder Bailey got his license out and held it up for the policeman to see but said he would not give it to him.  That really unnerved the cop and he reached in to the car and grabbed the license and gave us all a real earful in Tagolog.  I think most of it was cursing.  It's times like that when I am glad I can't understand much of what is being said.  Elder DuPaix kind of smoothed things over by reminding the policeman that we were all missionaries heading to the hospital and did not know that a turn was not legal.  I am really glad Elder Bailey did not get a ticket but mostly I am glad that the cop did not keep his license.  It looked for a while that he might.  It was intimidating and uncomfortable.

The Elders Gave Sister Doig a blessing and them we drove back to the PEF Center.  I did a little more work on the computer and then I had to leave work again early as I was promised that the internet guys would be here today.  Thanks heavens they were or I may have really lost it and told them "Never mind!"  The guy with the gas tank was there too. So today two important things that were needed happened.  I have not tried to cook with this new style of gas stove but it can't be that hard.

Tonight I took a walk around outside the condo are and saw some of the local evening activities.  I stopped at the outdoor chairs at the Pizza Hut and watched people go by.  Just like at home.  Nothing unusual at all. Love the fact that they have Pepsi which not too many places carry.  Everyone has Coke and Coke products but you never see Pepsi here. They serve soda pop warm with no ice so I am not overly tempted to drink any of it.  Ghastly stuff when it's warm.

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