Monday, March 18, 2013
1st E-mail from the Philippines:
Hey whats going on? I'm emailing you from the Sipicot internet cafe its 7 pm here. Well lets just say I've experienced everything so far.The plane ride from Taipe to Manila was about and hour in a half got in Manila at around 2 then took a 2 min. bus ride to the Manila airport hotel by this time im drenched in sweat. We finally meet all together at the hotel and we are all just culture shocked. We waited in the so called lobby with airconditioned which was awesome! Chilled until our room was good to go then we took our stuff to the room which was as nice as it gets for hotels. Afterward we were starving and we met up with the Elders that were getting ready to leave that day who were staying there also and headed over to the friendly KFC. It was actually masirap "delicious" instead of a bisquit i got sticky rice mmmm........ and so begins the rice adventure. Afterward we went back and played with hotels' monkey "George" who is so funny, he stole the hotel workers sun glasses that were Ray Bans and just demolished them smashed them and threw them in the jungle. We crashed at the hotel until like 630 and went to KFC again i didnt eat anything. Then went back and slept til 100. Then at 330 we went to the airport to get ready for our flight to naga and so heres the crazy thing there is no driving laws in the Philippines so you can use both sides of the street so i almost died like five times getting there but the Filipino people are like the best drivers in the world no joke. Better than New York or American police. So our flight was at 545 landed in Naga at like 645 and were greeted my the area president and his wife and his counselor and his wife. Drove like 30 mins to the mission home and then chilled out. We received instructions about our mission were given our support money and other fun stuff got interviewed by the president, then got lunch and got assigned to our companion. I have been assigned to the Sipicot area with Elder Parohinog! He is so great he is a native form the Lligino mission I have been blessed to have him as my "Tay" father or dad or my trainer he's been helping me so much so far. So sad to say goodbye to everyone. Well rode on my first jeepney that was fun until they fit 34 people on it. yeah... our area is about 1 hour north of Naga. our apartment is yeah... but not complaining but its no sisters apartment! Its good but I'm dead, did some comp study and went out to meet our branch president, his name is President Abad he is great and oh yeah have no idea what anyone's saying so far. now so Our apartment is in Sipicot Centro and outside of that is pure thick jungle definitely the boonies. 2 doors down is our other elder Elder Finley from Provo he's awesome hes my translator haha and Elder Pascual from the iligino mission like my comp. as soon as i got back home ate rice and crashed. Woke up and had like a panic attack then recovered. Ate breakfest with the others rice and fried egg. Went out and got acquainted with the the members and they are so great I love them. But later that day I was really felling homesick and a little awkward but I was trying to be friendly and just tried to push on for that day. Dinner rice and like fried egg plant. Saturday we got busy meeting less actives and teaching some lessons a lot of walking and "tricys" which is a motorcycle with a side cart attached to it those are cool! Alot of packed jeepneys and thick jungle walking. Gave a blessing to a sick baby but for all of our appointments we had, we couldn't do them because there were no priesthood members around so a lot of walking for nothing it felt like, but it was for something. By this time im exhausted but we went to a youth activity to support the members and less actives that was legit ,the kids are so awesome. 1 Brother got his mission call and 2 brothers are working on there mission calls via paper packet. Then after we taught Sister Rexy and Sister Marcos and that went good I extended my first baptismal invitation it felt so good the date is May 4 so lets hope it goes well. Fish and rice woooooo!..... Sunday morning I wake up to Elder Parohinog killing a mouse in our apartment. So got ready for church with a good ole bucket shower and took about and 1 1/2 to 2 hour ride to our group that we meet for church and then still took forever walking. The group was 10 member all together including me and my companion gave a talk/ testimony felt good seeing such a small gruoup be here in a straw hut participating in sacrament meeting and other classes it really builds your testimony and reminds you why you are here. Then we took a quick "ride"across the river to a members house to teach them ,went on a make shift raft like something from cast away it was legit. We taught them and found a new investigator! The member we taught has buko trees "Coconut" trees so we took them to our next lunch appointment then hauled them all the way back to the apartment. Elder Parohinog is not feeling so good he had an urinary infection i think, so i gave him a blessing and he seemed to be doing alright for now. No its P-day, or preparation day. The only day we have to do laundry, shop write home via e-mail. We woke up to banging on the door i guess a members Tay/father died and they needed some one to help dress him for burial. So me Elder Parohinog, Elder Finley and Elder Pascual got dressed and jumped on a tricey to the funeral home. Yeah probably gonna have nightmares tonight. but it was good, got done with that than took a bucket bath and headed to Naga SM!!!!!! closest thing to Brea Mall seriously feels like America got money ate McDonald tasted just like home just really expensive and the portions are like what they were back in the 60's, small! Ran into some other Elders not surprising on a PDAY went to the hospital for my companion I guess he checked out good and is feeling better just needs to rest. Went to the mission office to get reimbursed, got to chat with some other elders they are great. Got some ice cream at 7/11 closest things to America estig/cool, then headed home in a nasty bus packed full of people! Went back to the apartment and are here now so all is well......so I miss you all and care deeply about you all I love you and have been praying for strength to push on I hope all is well and its crazy to think that yesterday was St. Patty's hahaha we were too busy working to notice. I'll keep and eye out for the letters. Please tell everyone to keep writing and e-mailing I need the reminders from home. I love you and I'll talk to you soon!
Love Elder Llorens