Monday, October 24, 2011

Only in the Philippines!!

Rice truck set with plastic chairs to transport a group of people
The tractor of the Philippines
This Jeepney is a little overloaded, don't you think??

Open air meat market

Common broom-small slivers of bamboo tied together.  These are used for everything!

This is called a 'waiting shed' where people will wait for a trycie or jeepney-found on almost every corner.
Just one???

Basketball is the national sport here but I don't ever remember seeing a baseball diamond in a cemetery in the US!!

Such a serious look...

This little piggy went to market...
It has been a little over two months now and we are beginning to settle in and feel more at home.  The house we live in is very is quite large and roomy so we are not feeling cramped but it does have it's a/c except in the bedrooms, it leakes like a colander when it rains, we are not here alone as many little and big creatures co-habitate with us, there is no hot water, just to mention a few however, we love the neighborhood, roosters and pigs and all, the neighbors are great, the water pressure is good, allowing for refreshing showers, and thanks to our great leadership here in the mission, it is well furnished and the kitchen is nicely appointed with the latest in appliances.  We think we will stay!!

Mission Highlights is the name of the official Philippines, Cauayan City Mission blog hosted by our mission.  I have kept up on it from the very beginning and if you are interested, you can find the link to your right.  From the beginning, Brenda has had an occasional post entitled 'Only in the Philippines' and has included items of interest and pictures of things that you would only see here.  I have loved those posts and decided to draw on that idea for an occasional entry on this blog.  Today you will find a variety of pictures of things that you won't see in the United States for sure and I hope you will find them enjoyable....
Only in the Philippines will you see this strange sight...
You will see hundreds of these basket men selling their wares

Rice being transported on a sidecar

I think this little guy is named George...
This funeral procession is being led by a band

Notice the banner on the front of this cart with the statistics of the deceased??

The mourners follow on their way to the cemetery...

Hope you all are having a great fall.  I do miss the colors and the smells as I have said before but life is good and with the 'BER' months, [SeptemBER, OctoBER, NovemBER and DecemBER] comes Christmas decorations and music everywhere.  We even sang Away in a Manger on Sunday...these people do love their holidays!!!


  1. Love the pictures, bring back good memories of Mark's mission. In fact he was here this weekend and we told him you were there, he said you would love it, but that there were things you would have to get used to - some of them very strange!!! Miss and love you, Elder and Sis Mangum

  2. I love this post. We had a good laugh about the pig going to market!