It's been an interesting week. A lot has happened. Maybe the biggest highlight was the day after I got here in Kalibo, Elder Gan and I went with two Elders to Buruanga to open up the area for missionary work! We picked them up from the bus and we slept in the couples, the Strengs, apartment in Kalibo, which was incredibly nice. I took my first hot shower on my mission!!! We got up early in the morning and piled into the Strengs truck and drove down to Buruanga, which is at the tip of the peninsula on the northwest corner of the island. It is so beautiful. I knew that President Aquino was going to open up that area, so I really wanted to get transferred there and open up that area. It just sounds so fun to open up an area. Elder Gaco and Elder Lazaro are the Elders to open it up. Elder Gaco was Elder Boligaos companion as the two APs. President stuck two of the best missionaries there to open the area. In fact, President Aquino extended Elder Gaco's mission without even asking him first in order to have him open up Buruanga. Elder Gaco was supposed to go home this last transfer, but President extended him haha. Btw, Elder Boligao went home this week, so won't be seeing him anymore.
Anyways, we went the Buruanga Elders to help them set up their new apartment. It was pretty cool. I got to Boracay too! The forbidden island! The Strengs went there for a day date while we were in Buruanga and they brought us back some sand from the beaches there. It is like white flour. It is sooo nice. Then we could just see a bunch of hotels and stuff. There were a bunch of fancy boats and stuff too and people para sailing and stuff.
To answer your questions. School hours. I'm still not really sure. I think school gets out for a month and a half here pretty quick.
My companion is Elder Gan. To be honest, he is a little bit trunky, but I'll whip him into shape haha.
Chloe, people usually don't have any decoration at all. A lot of times though, if the house is concrete, they paint them really bright colors! Most of the time though, people are very poor and have houses made out of bamboo.
Have a great week!
|Saying farewell to Elder Coronel|
|Good byes to the Culasi Elders. Elder Kellerstrass and Stuart have been together|
since the MTC.
|With his new companion, Elder Gan|
|Very different from the place in the last area where they went to church. In Kalibo|
they have a very nice Chapel.
|Stuart found out the different between a hot dog and a hot dog|
sandwich. Hot dog sandwich has a bun and a hot dog
|What the locals wear for a fiesta.|
|If you look close you can see a big striped spider in the center of this photo. Stuart|
says the further north you get, the bigger the spiders. He says he can't get over how big they are!