Yesterday afternoon I was sitting around trying to figure out how to fly up to Bagabag on Monday but it wasn't looking very promissing. While we were talking someone came up and recognized my dad. We talked for a few minutes and he said he was driving up to Bagabag in a couple hours. I realized this would be perfect since it would allow me to go to Corrigador on Wednesday and Thursday and still be back for the wedding on Friday. So I caught a ride with him and am now in Bagabag. I'm not sure how or when I will be back but I got here just in time.
I went out to my old school, Faith Academy, this morning. It was really neat to see it again. I attended 2nd to 5th grade between 1987 to 1991 there. Of course, all of my classmates are no longer there. Or so I though. I was wandering around with my dad visiting different places I remember and ran into my old little league baseball coach. Turns out his son, Peter Beck, is visiting right now. I stopped by and saw him and hopefully will be able to hang out with him more while I'm here.
I'm back in the Philippines and having a great time. It has been about 15 years since I was last here and interestingly, the SIL office in Manila is almost exactly the same as I remember it being. I even checked to see if my name was still in the cement where we had put it and sure enough, it is still there. It says Randall and Aaron (Morgan, a friend from then) 7-31-90. How awesome is that? The only difference I see is the Nippa hut is now gone. Eaten by termites.
I realized coming over that I have 5 different airlines I'm flying. So far my experience has been good except Tiger Airways. NEVER FLY TIGER AIRWAYS. They are a typical low cost airlines that likes to nickel and dime you to death but where they really excel is in overweight luggage. They heavily enforce the one carry on per person and have a 15 Kg limit for check in luggage. I had a bit more and don't mind paying for overweight most of the time because of it.
Are you interested in helping in international relief but don't want to leave the comfort of your house? The World Food Programme has a game I'm currently downloading about delivering food in disaster areas. I haven't tried it out yet so let me know what you think.
Last night we all went to the hospital so that one of the guys up here could get his appendix taken out. The surgery went fine but the wierdest part was when the doctor came out of the surgery room with a prescription for medicine that he needed. We had to go find the medicine which of course wasn't available in the hospital. I just keep trying to picture this scene happening in America.
A doctor comes out of the operating room. "Excuse me, is a relative of so-and-so here?"
"Yes, I am," says the family member.
One of our field supervisors has been sick the last few days. He was checked out by a nurse friend yesterday and went to the hospital today and confirmed that he has appendicitis. Hopefully we can get him surgery in the next couple of days.
On another note, a couple of other field supervisors have taken to wearing white gloves on their left hands supposedly due to sweating. As long as they don't get extensive plastic surgery to their face and bleach their skin I'm okay with it.
Doesn't make any sense? I laughed pretty hard when I read it. Its a translation from french to english using Google Translate. Check it out:
Is a keyboard and mouse the best we can do? Right now they are the best way that we know of to input and manipulate data in a computer. It wasn't always that way though. The earliest computers had switches, nobs or dials to input data. These were later replaced by punchcards and eventually the keyboard. The keyboard worked great for text input and output. Think the old black and white text screens.
So I was out on my bike today driving around with my new GPS unit mapping the city. I was also searching for a longer and better running path somewhere in my neighborhood. I must have driven for about an hour, mapping different roads out. Then I went to reset the trip information to measure out the running path and accidently deleted all the track information I had just spent all that time gathering. I had to go back and record it all again from scratch.
Every once in a while I have really random thoughts. One that I've had off and on for a long time is, what would it be like to live to be 969 years old? Can you imagine what type of world we would live in if everyone lived that long?
I hope I've learned my lesson. On Monday I was out running and didn't have any problems going about 3 miles pretty quickly. That night though I noticed a strange pain in the back of my left knee. It isn't so bad but I've stopped running until it gets better. I guess I should be stretching better so I don't pull any more tendons. Hopefully I can start running again tomorrow.
Okay, I've got to jump on the bandwagon and do a list of cities I have spent at least one night in during 2005.
Here is what I can think of so far:
Calico/Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Pelabuhan Ratu, Indonesia
Bandar Lampung, Indonesia
Muara Enim, Indonesia
Bukkit Tinggi, Indonesia
Danau Toba, Indonesia
Gunung Sitoli (Nias), Indonesia
Being an American jogging through villages in Aceh, I tend to draw a lot of attention. I regularly get comments which usually consist of "Hello Mister" or "How are you!" The last few days I've had some rather startling comments. They are "You are very handsome," "Will you marry me?" and "I love you!"
Normally something like this would start to go to my head. Every time it starts to though I just remind myself that these comments were all said by 12 year old boys.
This is My Rather Random Ramblings after all.
I'm ready to announce the first of the exciting plans I promised to tell you about. My parents are going to be in the Philippines the second half of February and the beginning of March so I am going to go and join them. It will be the first time since I was 11 that I have been in the Philippines. I can't wait to see how things that I remember are different now. We will be going to the wedding of our house helper that we have stayed in contact with. Awesome!
There is a new e-mail born virus on the loose. Any of you who are using MS Windows should take caution. If you received an e-mail with any of these subjects 'hot movie,' 'A Great Video' or 'Crazy illegal Sex!' or something like it, please be careful.
You cannot get the virus by only receiving the e-mail. If you click on the link within the e-mail though, you will infect your computer and probably not even know it.