*a repost from 2007. I was about 4 months into my stay in the Philippines. The photo is one of my favorites from the Philippines. Every city that I visited had an Iglesia ni Cristo church and the architecture of all of them was almost exactly the same. Along with beaches and other tropical things that you’d expect, these churches became seared into my memory.
I’ve walked around town a lot lately. This is partly an effort to stay in shape and lose weight, but also an attempt to avoid becoming an active contributor to one of many police organizations’ Christmas drive. Starting in November, traffic stops became commonplace.
I bought my Honda Wave scooter around October 26th. The dealer claims that the plates won’t come in until 45 days later; the police don’t care how long that it takes. So I can only drive at night when the police are sleeping or spending their take for the day. I’m somewhere around day 36, so I’ll be legal soon.
I love riding the scooter; motor bike is still my favorite mode of transportation. It’s not quite as awesome as riding the Harley, but still very much fun. As much as i hate wearing a helmet, I wear it all of the time to avoid an additional mark against myself. Being a foreigner puts a big target on you while riding. The target combined with the time of year means being extra careful for the next month or so. Other than registration and helmet, you can pretty much drive however you want here. There are no real rules, which makes any ride a death-defying adventure.
Walking has been great, especially now that the weather has turned cool. Filipino people feel like they will freeze at night. Sweaters, coats, and jackets are becoming the norm in the evening. I wish that it would never end.
You see a lot while walking that you would otherwise never see. I bring my mp3 player loaded with something to fit my mood and head out without much direction. I’m really looking forward to Buster and Turtle being old enough to go for long walks. I’ll be able to go anywhere without any worry of taking a wrong turn into trouble.
Saturday Buster and Turtle had their first trip to the vet. Both had worms. They are growing up fast. Both are very smart and sweet. Everyone probably says that about their dogs, but these two are good. They’ve been eating some bushes, but otherwise no problems. Getting two at once has worked out great. It’s hard to keep their attention for too long because they start wrestling in between everything else that they do. They take turns beating each other up and are always concerned about what the other one is up to. Every day they get more makulit (kind of like mischievous in kids). Turtle, the female, is much smaller, but the far more aggressive of the two. Little by little they get more protective and their guarding instincts start to build.
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