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Aug. 6, 2013 - Drivers License, 23rd Floor & Excruciating Heat

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August 6th - Tuesday - We spent a big chunk of the day getting a Filipino drivers license. We first had to go to this grubby upstairs office in an area in downtown Manila that was truly unforgettable.  The day was especially hot and humid and the so called Medical Office was miserably not air conditioned and beyond immensely dirty.  I had to be weighed and measured and have my eyes tested. Then my blood pressure was taken and I had to answer some health questions about legal and illegal drug consumption.  The lady kept asking me what medications I took.  I told her "None".  Then she asked it again.  I kept telling her "none".  When she asked "why" I said because I did not need any.  She acted like I was telling some kind of enormous lie.  Her English was great so I know she understood me.  It was so weird.  I was finally issued a certificate that we then had to take to the drivers license place.  The most astonishing thing about the drivers license place is that is that at one end of the large space is a Catholic church which was getting reading to serve communion. (The sacrament)  No division between the license office and the alter and sacrament table.  I guess it's a great idea used to kill two birds with one stone.  During communion, they were announcing over the PA the next number in line to be served.  Talk about bizarre.  Not too reverent. About like some church meetings I have been to in the past.

We moved into our condo this evening.  Not much to move in.  Just a few personal belongs. The condo is furnished.  Not to my liking but it's ok.  At least it's air conditioned. My bed is a twin bed and it has big drawers under it.  The room has a built in closet which is most unusual for the Philippines. I need to get a table or desk as there is absolutely no place to study or use the computer, put my books, write in my journal etc.  I can get a table for a reasonable amount and use one of the chairs that is already here.  I also have to get a small lamp as I have no light in my room except the overhead which is so dim it's impossible to read by.  I will have to sleep with the door closed in order not to die of the heat.  The air con is electric and it's very costly. We turn it off everywhere except the room where we are because it's so pricey. I am a bit nervous about the cost in the long run.  Because we are on the 23rd floor the heat is excruciating.  The hallways in the building are not air conditioned and most of the time they range around 95 degrees plus whatever the humidity is. It's mega uncomfortable and smells fairly odd as well.  The reek of cooking, the stink of fish, and people odors etc. It is a bit overwhelming as you step out of the elevators.  Sister Doig did her laundry tonight and flooded the kitchen.  We had to open the window to let out some of the heat.  The stench of the river that has been stirred up by the rain was pretty overpowering.  The window did not stay open long. We have a lot to learn.

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