Greetings! This afternoon Jenny, Lois and Charity took me on a Filipino Extravaganza to NCCC Mall. They needed a homework break and I needed some "out and about" time. Our first stop was to "Chow King"...the McDonald's of the Philippines....as Jenny said, "Kids here don't say, 'Mommy..take me to McDonald's'...they say, 'Mommy! Take me to Chow King!'" So there you go...we went to true Filipino fast food and had the most popular desert..."Halo Halo".
Halo Halo is crushed ice mixed with sweetened condensed milk, buko, candied bananas, candied beans, crunchy rice flakes, strange candied unidentifiable fruity jellies, and purple sweet potato ice cream....Mmmmm. It was good...the finished product is pictured below.
Then they took me up to the bowling alley...and check out my score! Yes, I am "Bet" and Lois was "Noif" 'cuz the guy couldn't figure out how to spell her name. :) Jenny and Charity were in the lane beside us and we had a great time cheering each other on and making quite the scene.
Then we took a taxi in search of REAL cheesecake....you see, the cheesecake here is made of processed cheese....tastes like salt and well....cheez whiz. But after being tipped off by another midwife, we found "Lachi's"....a dessert place far far away (or seemed like it) and REAL cheesecake appeared!
Tim's favorite dessert is cheesecake and I just needed to find one for him....and with the help of my dear friends, Jenny, Lois, and Charity, we picked out an EXTREMELY expensive (by Filipino standards) chocolate swirl cheesecake for Tim's birthday. Ahhhh. He will LOVE it.
Then we came home, had some grub and met at the clinic for home group...all us students and staff together again. The teaching was fantastic and it led to some deep repentance for things said and some things unsaid....for the way we foreigners have treated the Filipinas to the way we have portrayed the body of Christ. We were reminded that we ALL are the "aroma of Christ" and should treat each other as such. It was a good word. Heavy stuff and I know God is not finished with us.....
Tomorrow morning is another prenatal day and I am looking forward to meeting more ladies! Thank you for all your prayers and encouragements! Be blessed!