Have you ever wondered what a carabou does to cool off? That probably wasn't on the top of my 'info to find out' list until a month ago...in fact, I had NEVER even seen a carabou until we came to the Philippines in August. We studied about different countries, cultures, foods, geography, weather, etc. in World Geography in the 11th grade but people, THAT WAS CENTURIES AGO!!! The carabou is the tractor of the Philippines. We are constantly amazed at their size and strength. Every family [at least in this part of the country] own or have access to a carabou. One sweet sister we were teaching asked me in broken English, 'Sister...you have carabou's in America?' When I responded no, she was visibly shocked and said 'then how do you get your work done?' You see, here in this farming area of the Philippines, everyone and I mean EVERYONE uses carabou's. They pull carts filled with rice bags, carts filled with building parts, carts filled with car parts, carts filled with people and plows just to name a few. Randy is fascinated to watch the 'handler' drive the carabou-there is a wire threaded through it's nostrils and it is 'steered' similar to a horse in America. His contention is 'I would turn my head also if someone put a wire in MY nose'...they are really interesting creatures and today as we were teaching in 'the bukid', Randy took this little video showing how they cool themselves in this heat.
This has been a great week and it is only Tuesday!! Last night we had a family home evening at a home that has a 'bahay kubo' which is, in our language, a gazebo! These are not as grand as ours in America but instead are made from bamboo. In this one, we are sitting elevated about 3 feet. It was a great evening and ended with chocolate chip cookies [thanks to Annalee for the chips]!!! Everything is better with cookies...
|Family Home Evening in the Bahay Kubo|
|Walking the plank!!|
|Sister Janette Ortega in her terrace|
|Randy enjoying his dirty ice cream|
|Brother DeGuzman and his ice cream truck|
Chow King is a popular eating place here in the Philippines-they are one of the few 'fast food' places around and serve Asian cuisine. They popular dessert is called Halo Halo which translated means 'mix it up good'. The first time we went there was with Elder Naylor and Elder Lucernes in August and I really enjoyed the eats-their Orange Chicken is pretty good and I loved the Halo Halo-it is made with cream, ice, sugar, jello, custard, ube ice cream, corn, beans and anything else the chef decides to throw in. It sounds awful but it was surprisingly tasty. I guess I am more adventurous than some of the other senior couples because I don't think Brenda or Gloria have tried some of the stuff I have...I figure, I will probably only be in this country once in my life and I want ALL the experiences, EXCEPT BALUT!!! That is one thing I will pass on...