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 guidlines...no 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 apartment...it'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 while...it 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!