Thursday, November 29, 2007

slightly behind

Wow, I'm a little behind on my blogging! I am successfully moved into the dorm here, and glad to be using their free internet. I don't have a good enough connection in my room, but the common room works out pretty well. I'll be posting pictures and probably a video at some point today or next week. =D

*Edit: I've uploaded 4 pictures of the room. I'll do a video next week! :D

My Dorm Room and Apartment

I am leaving early tomorrow morning for Puerto Galera. I'm really looking forward to this trip, as it will be my first "touristy" thing I've done after a full month away from home. I suppose Manila was somewhat like that, but it was nothing like snorkeling and hanging out by the beach.

I was thinking about it this morning; I left my house in Michigan around 1:00 pm on October 31. I have officially been away from home for a full month! Tomorrow is the start of December, and I only have 2 and 1/2 weeks until I leave for Seattle for 10 days. When I get back from there, almost half of my trip is gone! :O!

Time is indeed going fast. BUT, I am not missing anything here, I'm seeing and doing a lot, and am thoroughly enjoying myself. It won't be long until you see my smiling face in Michigan again. :o) I'm glad that I will at least get to see my friends before graduation at MSU, and also get to finish off the year with the LCC Bible Study! That will be so great! :D

Well, as you can tell, I'm feeling a little sentimental today. That's ok, though, every once in a while. Have a GREAT weekend, and I will write more when I get back from the beach--WITH PICTURES! :D

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Skunked again...

Well, it rained last night. This is turning into a pattern. I went with Kuya Wency to Victoria, and a couple of his technicians, and it was just too wet for planting. The place looked like a lake, I think there was a river where there wasn't supposed to be. They're currently draining the research plot as quickly as possible, and planting will probably happen this weekend...if it doesn't rain again.

Here's a few pictures (click to see them full size):

I will miss planting because I will be in Sabang near Puerto Galera. I have been assured, though, that I will have plenty of opportunities to be out planting rice. I was happy to hear that. I want to do it at least once! I'm so grateful for everyone at IRRI, they've all been so nice and helpful!

I move into the dorms tomorrow, which is exciting. I'm going to pack everything up tonight. It will be nice to not have to worry about utility bills, and to have laundry close by. Well, I have a class at 4, so I'm going to head out. Thanks for reading!

Monday, November 26, 2007

It's almost December...

Hi! I found out I can move into the dorm on Thursday, so I will be packing up my stuff and settling in on Thursday afternoon. I'm looking forward to it. I haven't been sleeping too well on my current bed, so I'm hoping this new one is softer. =D

Tomorrow I'm going out to Victoria where I will participate in planting rice. It should be interesting, because it's nothing like planting anything we grow in the States. I have a lot to learn. I'm excited though, it's a new experience, and something I could never do at home!

I hear it's snowing in Michigan again. I never thought I would miss winter... But somehow it just cannot be December when it's sunny and warm outside. I'm even going to the beach this weekend! I don't know if there will be snow in Seattle, but when I get there for Christmas, I'm hoping there's at least enough to cover the ground. I'll have to wait and see, I guess. =D

Have a great day!

Just a little something to think about...

Well, seeing that I don't have to much to update right now, I'm going to fill you in with what I've been studying in the mornings:

Galatians 6:14--

"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."

It's been interesting, because Oswald Chambers has been writing about so often we make the Cross about ourselves. We don't necessarily focus on the implications of the Cross, or what happened there, but moreso what we GET out of the cross. But it's really not about us, and what we get, it's about Christ, and what He did for us.

Now, there's definitely a place for discussing grace, mercy, etc. But just so long as we don't lose touch with what exactly happened there. Christ gave His life as a sacrifice for all mankind. It was an act of obedience, an act of purpose. So often it's so easy to make the cross about us and our redemption, and not look at it as a moment of Absolute Glory for God.

Part of what is discussed in the devotional is what it means to "preach Christ crucified." It should be enough to share what Christ did for us on the cross, to open people's eyes to the Truth. We shouldn't have to make it about ourselves in order to make it appealing. God is good, that is for sure. =D

So that's what has been on my mind the last couple of days. For some reason, My Upmost for His Highest had the same verse for 2 it must be important. At the end of the year, I'm going to switch out that book for another one my mom gave me, called "A Shepherds look at Psalm 23." It should be interesting.

What is going on with everyone at home?

Sunday, November 25, 2007

For those who are wondering...

... I'm still alive! :o) As of right now, we are still waiting to see what will happen with the typhoon, but models are showing we don't have too much to worry about. It's pretty much just sitting over the ocean right now, building strength. It's only moving about 11 km/hour, or about 7 miles/hour. That's really slow. So we're hoping that it speeds up once it hits land, or it will dump everything it has moving only a few miles an hour, and thats when the floods come. So yeah, its actually quite pleasant outside right now, but I'll have to wait and see about later tonight.

I have another thanksgiving dinner tonight with the vet student I met last week, and some of his friends. It should be a good time. Sunday's here aren't too exciting, so there isn't much to report. Have a great Sunday!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Traveling Around...

Hope everyone had a GREAT Thanksgiving! I know I did. I went to the IRRI Thanksgiving dinner and we had turkey and gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, and pumpkin pie. I ate way too much, but it was wonderful. We had it at the IRRI Staff Housing Guest House and it was outside in a garden, lit up and very tropical. It was so much fun! I also got to meet a lot more IRRI staff, so that was also great. It was also great to get some good ol' American food in my stomach. It's been a while. ;o)

Today, I went to Manila with Paul and Veronica. Aryn, if you think the traffic in Seattle is bad, you would be totally miserable on this trip. Los Banos is about 62 km south of Manila, about 40 miles. It took us about 2 and a half hours to get home on the bus! It took us about 2 hours to get there as well... it's almost in constant gridlock it seems. It was ok though, the bus was comfortable.

Manila is a very historical town. We visited the "Intramuros" (which means inside the walls). It's the historic part of the city, with walls that were built a long time ago, and a fort that was constructed in 1571. We were able to walk on top of the walls and walk around in the fort. It was also a national monument to the Philippine Jose Rizal. Inside the walls was the Manila Cathedral and San Augustin Cathedral (The oldest church in the Philippines.)

We then went to a museum devoted to Chinese culture and history in the Philippines. Paul and Veronica had never been there, so we decided to check it out. There was a bizarre video at the end, but I can't really explain it. We got a good laugh. After that, we went to the Mall of Asia, one of the largest malls in the world. And it was very large.

There are a lot of security checks in all public places here. Every time I go into a shopping center or public area, even on the bus, they check all bags and around the waist. I don't know what they're looking for, as they don't even really look at what is inside. But hey, I guess it makes people feel more secure.

Here are the pictures of our adventure in Manila:
Manila - Nov 23

So tomorrow night, the typhoon is supposed to come through. I'm watching it online, and checking to see how seriously I need to take it. No one here really seems to be worried, so I won't be. Jason and Sarah have offered to let me stay at their place for the night, so I might take them up on it. We'll see what the forecast says tomorrow afternoon.

Alrighty, have a great long weekend, and don't wear yourselves out too much doing all that crazy shopping!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Forget anything previously that I had said about rain. Last night, we had RAIN. It started at about 5pm, and didn't stop until 7 in the morning, and I mean, it POURED. I have never experienced anything like it. I have no idea where it all goes either, because I was legitimately concerned about flooding. When I woke up this morning, it was still raining, but no standing water on the ground. Must have good drainage...the river through campus is pretty much doubled or tripled in size though, so obviously it rained quite a bit.

These "tropical storms" are new for me. I'm not too concerned because there was almost no wind at all, just torrential rain. Supposedly there's another one coming, Tropical Storm Mina is on it's way, and the one we had last night was "Lando." I'm not a fan of these.

I actually rearranged my apartment last night to get everything off the floor, in case water did decide to seep through the floors. The rainy season is almost over, and soon I will be on the second floor in a dorm with a generator. I am really looking forward to it. :o)

So, don't worry about me, I'm sure everything is fine. No one here is freaking out, so it must be a normal part of life. It's nice, sunny, and dry today, so maybe some of the water will evaporate before we get dumped on again. I hope so anyway! :D

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

As Promised...

I had pizza for dinner...I miss little caesars...

It's. Still. Raining.

I bought some sandals today so I could stop sloshing around in wet shoes and socks. I just don't understand how this island isn't completely under water! Lucky for me, my dorm room will be on the second floor, so if we have flood, I'll most likely survive. :o) There's 2 options here:
1. It's raining, but cool
2. It's not raining, but blistering hot.

Either way, I'm always wet, whether it's sweat or rainwater doesn't really matter. But at least I don't have to clutch my backpack super tight when it's just hot. My folders and notebooks are not weathering well.

I had a thought today, though, and it made me chuckle. I was debating the whole possibility of a flood today...and it made me think of Noah and what in the world must people have been thinking then? I suppose they had never had rain before, so it was probably pretty confusing. And then I thought about how God promised to never again flood the earth, and it reminded me of His faithfulness. You know, His promise and covenant with Noah. I never had put it into that perspective before. I always thought it was a weird promise-- (Genesis 8:21,22)

"Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

"As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease."

This sounds bad, but I used to think, "Big deal, Noah was really old anyway, so it's not like he cares if God floods the earth again." But that's not the point is it? God made a promise, and it wasn't just for Noah. It's just a reminder that God is in supreme control, and He always keeps His promises. So now, when it rains, just think about all of God's promises to us. ;o)

It's interesting to me how whenever I get out of my natural element (Lansing), and away from my influences (family, friends, school, anything american), my faith in God is FORCED to increase. I can't coast here, and that is something to rejoice over. Even in the beginning stages, when I wanted to go home, I knew that I couldn't. I knew I needed this. I needed God to make Himself real in my life, to a point where I couldn't miss it. With increased faith, comes increased growth and maturity, and a general understand for God's purposes in my life. So if I'm ever talking with you on AIM or Skype or whatever, and moping and complaining, please remind me of this entry. I might chew you out or tell you to shut up, but I'll take it to heart. :D

WOW, this went long. When I get on my soapbox, you all know I can go for hours. I'm pretty sure a video blog will pop up sometime tomorrow. And people...there's been a significant drop in the comments. Where's the love? =D

Monday, November 19, 2007

Character building day

Growing up, Dad had this phrase that I hated...It was one of those things that I knew he was right about, but frankly, I didn't really want to hear it. Well, Dad, it sunk in. Today was a day of "Character building experiences." In other words, this was one of the most challenging days I have had here yet, and I'm sure there are more to come. But lets focus on the positive, and see what I learned...

1. I got up at 5:30 to be ready to go to a farm for my internship. I was really excited. I waited on the side of the road for a half hour, with no one showing up. As it turns out, my supervisor had lost my cell phone number and we didn't go because of the rain...which leads to #2.

2. It rained all day...ALL DAY. and I had to walk all over the place. So I was wet all day.

3. My history class is only taught in Tagalog. I have to drop it, I don't really have a choice. I have 3 days to find a class to substitute for this one, and get course equivalence from MSU.

4. I've hit my head on every awning, jeepney ceiling, umbrella--anything that I could possibly run into.

SO--what did I learn?
1. One of the goals Dad and I have discussed as a result of this trip is DISCIPLINE, being flexible, and rolling with the punches when things are not in my control. These things are a huge struggle for me, and I am learning to cope...slowly...with not being in control.

2. I don't trust God enough. In terms of classes, living situations, and friends, I'm less than patient for things to work out. Part of my morning ritual needs to include not just devos, but surrendering the every-day, ho-hum parts of life.

3. Don't walk with the umbrella so low above my head so I won't crash into thing. ;o) Man I've got a headache....

Some very good things happened today as well:
1. I met another American. He's a vet student named Kirt, and I'm probably going to his apartment on Sunday for a Thanksgiving party.

2. I bought tickets for Christmas in Seattle!!! I'll be with my parents, Aryn, and Tim from December 20-29th. It should be a great break near the middle of my trip, and give me some resting time with my family. Brenda and John, you'll have a GREAT time in Florida, I'm sure! :D

3. I got my laundry back, and it was all DRY!!! :D and ironed...even my socks. Dad, it sounds like that room mate you had at Taylor who used to iron his underwear.

4. I am almost all set for an ID at IRRI, so I can use the gym and the facilities without glares from the security guards!!! This is a good thing...

5. I'm having dinner with Paul and Veronica again (2 of the Filipino exchange students who were at MSU last year).

6. I get on streaming radio through the internet...and I know, I usually hate the station, but it's great just to hear Lansing people talking about Lansing things. :D

Sorry for the long post...Have a great Monday!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Keep on Keeping on

Today has gone very quickly. Not that I don't enjoy it, but church here lasts for FOREVER. My American attention span is limited, haha :D. They start singing around 9:30am, and get done a little after 10. Then there are announcements, and the sermon starts about 10:15. The pastor talks for like an hour and a half, and then theres more singing. It's almost 3 hours in the same room in the same service. It's pretty impressive really, and it's well organize and the sermons are good. At least I have a church right? Ha ha, I'm feeling sort of like a puritan back in the colonial times where they sat in church for the entire day on a hard, cold, wooden pew. Except here they have plastic chairs. :D

No, the church is really great. I went out to lunch with my IRRI friends and we had Thai food again. I'm really starting to get the hang of this Asian food thing. No more fried chicken for me, I've had enough. Pretty much anything fried classifies as filipino food, I guess.

Tomorrow I get up around 5 so I can be ready to go at my internship starting at 7am! Ah, the life of a farmer. I'll update later on and let you know what happens, and maybe I'll even have some pictures! Who knows? Have a great Sunday, everyone.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Food for Thought...

Isaiah 30:21

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

This verse has served as an encouragement to me the last few days, so I thought I would share it with you. God never leaves us on our own to figure things out. He's always there, directing our paths, and guiding us into right decisions.

One thing that I've been learning from "My Upmost for His Highest" is that eventually we should get to the place where we trust God so much, that we are in tune with His guidance to a point where we just follow without asking questions.

I ask a lot of questions, and I'm learning that I need to just obey immediately.
Psalm 1 is another great passage I will share with you:

1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

I don't know about you, but I eagerly await God's blessing. He shows it in odd ways at times, but it's there. I really like this Psalm because there is an element to eventual victory in it, that God's power and control surpasses anything that I can understand.

I thought I would leave this for you to reflect upon...I didn't have much else to write. Laundry and dishes today :D. Have a great weekend!

PS-How was Silver Bells?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Relaxing friday

Hello everyone! I'm just sort of spending the day relaxing today. I'm now scheduled to begin my internship at 7AM Monday. I guess the roosters aren't always a bad thing. :D

There's not much more to report since yesterday, so I'll keep in brief. Last night I had dinner with the Koreans and Dr. Merca at a restaurant. There were geckos EVERYWHERE! It was fun. The food, I'm learning to adjust to it, but it's not easy. Sinigang is a dish with pork or fish, but with a really sour sauce. I didn't like it very much. Sisig is pork parts (a lot of parts, haha), and it's not half bad. I actually sort of liked it. I also had catfish last night, haha. The biggest adjustment for me is that you don't get a knife with your meal, and just a fork and spoon. And they don't cut the fat off! I also had grilled squid a couple of nights ago...I won't eat that again. It tasted fine, but it was FAR too chewy. ;o)

God has really been working in my life these last couple of weeks. I took a walk to just reflect and take it all in, and I am so thankful to be here. I know that I wouldn't be wrestling through these things if I were at home, and I really needed to face a few things head on. God has His plan, and I must wait on Him. Ok, have a blessed day, and a great weekend!

Classes have begun

Well I officially have had all of my classes now. It appears that Plant Physiology will be my most challenging course. I'm going to try to buckle down and be diligent this semester.

I've been sleeping better. I think I'm adjusting to the heat (although it's been cooler here the last few days), and its been really quite enjoyable to be outside. It's raining today though, so I've been running from building to building with my umbrella.

Last night was fun. I had dinner with three of the Filipino exchange students that went to MSU last year, who I had met in Michigan before I left. It looks like they will be good friends. Hopefully I will see more of them.

Tonight I have dinner with the 5 Korean students! It should be interesting...the language barrier is pretty big.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

This is the day the Lord has made...

I start class today! I'm pretty excited about it. I really want to start the weekly routine here.

I'm posting some pictures of IRRI up here. It should give you some idea where I am working and what I am doing. I talked with Dr. Buresh yesterday, my supervisor, and I will be working on rice-corn crop rotations. They're trying to figure out a way to get a decent crop from corn following rice, because growing rice destroys the soil structure. I'll be working around IRRI campus, but also going out into farmers fields.

I played squash again last night with Jason, but also with a guy named Henry. He's British, but has grown up here in the Philippines because his parents work at IRRI. He just graduated from high school, but it gives me another person to play squash with. The squash court is in a gym with a bunch of badminton courts too, and watching the filipinos play is quite interesting. They're much better at it than I am. :0)

Well, continue to pray that I'll get adjusted. I am starting to feel more at home here, but there are still some difficulties for me. Thanks for your prayers so far! Have a great week!

Here's the pictures:


Monday, November 12, 2007


Registration around here is ridiculous! Regular students are allowed to register online, but I had to go around to each department today and get my courses approved, and then I had to wait to turn in the form to a woman, who of course, told me to come back tomorrow to pick up my COMPUTERIZED approval, which I then have to take to the Cashier and tell them I am an exchange student, and then get "class cards" and have them filled out by the professors. Is this what registration was like for our parents in college? INSANE.

I'm going out to IRRI today to meet with my supervisor for the internship. I'm excited to get that going as that will be a totally new and different experience. ok, its a short one today. I'll keep you posted! :D

Sunday, November 11, 2007

A day of firsts

This is a hefty one for you...lots of stuff packed into one blog. :o)

Saturday was a day of firsts for me:
1. I played Squash for the first time. Similar to Raquet ball, but with a different ball
2. I rode on the back of a moped!
3. I talked to someone successfully over a webcam, and it was AWESOME. :D
4. I explored campus for the first time. Mom will remember this, but when I was younger I had a HUGE fascination with rainforests. I even had a 3D poster of one I hung on my wall (yeah, I remember that), and I played Amazon Trail all the time on our old computer. THIS PLACE IS AMAZING. I'm starting to remember what was so intriguing to me about jungles, and you'll get to see some of it in the pictures.

Here's the video tour of my apartment as promised. Pictures will be posted below.

I went to church today. It was refreshing. They sing here even more than we do at home. :-O I then went with Jason, Sarah, and Christine (IRRI people) to a Thai restaurant, and enjoyed it quite a bit! It was also nice to talk with Aryn for a while. Talking with people really makes the distance feel much less significant.

Tomorrow I go in to meet with an advisor for school, and then I am going out to IRRI to meet with my supervisor for my internship. Photos of IRRI will come soon. It's pretty western, but the surroundings are beautiful!

Here's the albums:

My Apartment

UPLB Campus

Around Los Banos

Friday, November 9, 2007

Talking is wonderful

I just got off the phone with my parents. It was SOOO good to hear from them. I fully anticipate the next few weeks to improve when I actually have a routine. I'm also talking to Laura, Katie, Emery, Dana, and Shannon right now on a webcam! :D I also got to talk with Steve Kallman for a bit on aim.

I love hearing from you guys! I'm going to do some exploring today...take some pictures maybe. I have a video tour of my apartment...but I'll upload it later. It takes a while. Have a great day!

God is good--ALL THE TIME.

Last night I met Sarah and Jason Beebout, and a guy named Ryan for dinner, and then went to a bible study. All three are americans and work at IRRI. It was sooo refreshing to have fellowship, because I had started to feel sort of alone here. I prayed yesterday morning that God would provide fellowship for me while I'm here, and He came through, BIG TIME.

We went to a filipino couple's house, where they and there son Jay, and a german woman who also works at IRRI joined us. We're studying James, and we discussed the first part where James talks about considering trials as joy. EXACTLY what I needed to hear!

One thing about waking up at 5 is that I have a lot of time for devotions. Mom gave me a morning and evening prayer card that I've been using, and Aaron gave me "My Upmost for His Highest" which has been really encouraging.

And today, I went to IRRI to see where I was going to work. It's AIR CONDITIONED! :D And the facility is really nice, and they have good food. It should be really interesting to work there. I'm going to be studying a rice-maize crop rotation. Pretty much irrelavent for US agriculture, but in Asia, the push for bio fuels has increased the desire for corn in rotations. Should definitely be educational. :D

I also got to talk with Katie H and Katie W on my webcam today! So it works! It was nice to talk with someone familiar. Once I move into the dorms, I'll have wi-fi, so I'll be more available to talk with the rest of you! Alrighty, talk to you all soon!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Check out the video blog!

Well, here's your first look at me in the philippines....not a pretty sight. :oD It's short, so enjoy!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Day 2, and my towel won't dry.

Aryn, I think I understand the problem that you had when you first moved to Seattle. Nothing dries here! EVER. It's far too humid, and my apartment gets very little sunshine.

It's rained here, really hard, for the last couple of days on and off. It's nice though, because it cools the temperature for a little while.

I have a cell phone now. I feel like such a sinner. But I didn't really have a choice. I would give out the number, but I don't know how international calls was a cheapie. Skype is still the best, but it has to be planned. My screen name is brycecr if you want to add me to your list.

I've decided to move into the dorms. The apartment I'm currently living in is a good half-hour walk from campus, and I don't want to have to ride jeepnies everywhere. Plus, it's safer, among students, and there are laundry facilities and internet. Also, I won't have chickens as a natural alarm clock anymore, at 4 am.

Well, I will probably update close to every day, so I will keep them relatively short. Please pray for me because I'm having a little trouble adjusting to being so far from home. I miss you all. :D Yay for the internet and email! please feel free to email me at . I will definitely respond, and it's encouraging to hear from all of you. Yay for comments! :o)

I am going to a small group Bible Study meeting tomorrow with one of the Americans that works at IRRI. I think I will feel much more comfortable here once I get plugged into a group where I can have fellowship. See you later!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

I'm here, and it's HOT.

Here's a good intro:
1. My first memory of being in Asia is barfing on the landing in Taiwan. Welcome to asia, huh?
2. Traffic is INSANE here, lanes are pretty much just one actually uses them.
3. I have chickens in my front yard. Awesome. I won't even need an alarm clock.

So yes, I am here and am already picking up a few tagalog phrases...though I'm not totally sure what they all mean. I'll post some pictures of my apartment soon, as well as the rest of the area. I've been a little too wiped out today to be touristy.

Thank you all for your prayers and encouragements. I had a hard time leaving the states. As I sat on the plane, I couldn't help thinking "WHAT are you doing?!" But now that I'm here, things have improved, although it's hard to believe that this isn't just a vacation, it's actually six months. I am here because this is where God wants me, where He can use me best. I anticipate that this is going to be an enormous growth period for me, because I can already tell being here is going to be a challenge at times. Nympha (the lady to who picked me up at the airport) just left me to find my way home on the jeepney...I made it, barely. It rains like crazy here, and I couldn't even see where to get off, let alone remember what to say to make them stop driving. :o)

It doesn't look like I'll be getting internet in my's too complicated. Things are far more primative than I anticipated. But that's ok, there IS a wi-fi connection near campus where I can use my laptop, so I'll be available to talk on AIM and skype every once in a just might need to be more planned than I thought. It turns out that Michigan is a 13 hour time difference, and Seattle is 16 hours (sorry Aryn), so I will have to make an effort to get to the cafe's at the correct time.

Anyways, I'm just rambling now. More to come later. :D Spread the word about this thing, I like getting comments!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Today is the BIG big day!

It's odd for me to think that I am going to be in Manila at 9:40 tomorrow night (here, anyway). I have a feeling it's going to be a long, long, looooooooooooong day. :D But, it will be exciting of course. I just hope that I don't have to sit next to a screaming baby for 13 hours.

Please be in prayer for my housing situation...I'm sure it's all going to work out fine, but I am just a little nervous. It's not the conditions that I'm worried about, it's just how expensive it will be to fill it. I was informed yesterday through an email that the apartment is empty, which is the opposite of what I thought I was getting. I was under the impression that Justin had left everything there for me (bed, refridgerator, etc), and that it was going to save me some money.

But God is watching out for me because... MY CAR SOLD! :D What a relief, because that's an extra $2500 in my bank account. I just find it humorous that it took my dad less than 3 days to sell what I had been working on for 3 months. Way to go Dad!

Here's the album of Aryn, Tim, and my time around Seattle. The pictures of the glass building are of the Seattle Public Library, and if I get a chance to write about that building later, I will, because its CRAZY. The mountain pictures were taken on a trail in the North Cascades, which are pretty amazing.

Seattle 2007: Pre-Philippines

Ok, next time you'll be hearing from me, I will be in the Philippines! Probably sweating buckets in my apartment, with a box fan 2 inches from my face. :D I must say, I'm pretty excited for the warmth. There's a high of 85F in Manila today.

peace out,