Skip to main content

Davao Day 2 - Habitat for Humanity

Today was a relaxing day spent with Junjun, the head of the Davao Philippines Habitat for Humanity office. The main priority is to help rebuild after typhoons or earthquakes. Whereas Jon's county will build 1-2 houses a year, Junjun's goal is to build 3000 in one year!

But first, to start with breakfast. Our hotel has an AMAZING breakfast. All of the fresh fruits from the island - pineapple, melon, papaya, mango, and pomelo. We can get cereal, baked goods, hot breakfast food, bread pudding, rice, noodles, fish dishes, chicken dishes, pork dishes, salad, sushi, and the list goes on and on. I personally like to end my breakfast now with Ube ice cream!!! Ube is a purple yam grown in Asian countries. I'm in love with the taste of this ice cream! The only think I can kind of compare it to would be like pistachio, but I don't think that is even quite right.

Junjun took us to a very nice restaurant in a nicer area of town. The sign below I had actually seen on the tourist website when looking at Davao attractions! The D is durian, A is and orchid, V is the national Eagle, A is Mount Apo, and the O is a pomelo.

I took a ton of shots of the view from the restaurant. It was a great sight! The restaurant, like most, was open air, just a roof to cover us from any inclement weather. 

We ate more traditional cuisine - Junjun helped us order!
Tuna (seviche) dipped in fresh calamansi juice (like a lime) and soy sauce
Kare Kare - which was like a beef dish, but made of ox tail, and dressed in a peanut sauce
Tuna belly - Jon really liked this one!
Vegetables made in coconut milk, they included squash,beans, and a bunch of other unknown veggies, some good, some we weren't very keen of.

Here are some pictures from outside the restaurant, including the pet monkey, playground equipment with landscaping right next to it, the traditional stars, a bathroom with a view (so many of the public bathrooms are open air!), and some traditional. instrument play.

After lunch Junjun drove us to some Habitat Houses. These are habitat houses that are not built due to disaster relief, but are built more like they would be in America. Once built, the owners pay for the house but at an affordable price. These houses are not occupied yet because the teachers that should be in them are struggling to get there loans to completely process. Each house has 3 rooms - the main room, a bedroom, and bathroom. The whole thing is about the size of our living/dining room, maybe a tad bigger. And these houses are considered to be the best most people could get around here. Of course, there are people who have much nicer, but majority would find these amazing. Sure puts my own excess into perspective. 

In the evening we went to Velendico which is a triangluar type mall that houses MANY shops of local baskets, women's clothing, jewelry and some other things, but mainly those three things over and over. I bought a couple baskets, but otherwise there wasn't much we were interested in, I think it was more overwhelming than anything!

Here is the view from our hotel room on the 11th floor. Jon and Caleb took in the sites, the crazy traffic, and the loud sounds for a while. Then we all tried to settle down and sleep before our big day coming!!!


Popular posts from this blog

The orphans next door

When Jon and I talked about adoption, before we were even married, I had brought up that I would want to adopt from the States, as there is so much need here. So when we were even more interested in adopting, I really started delving into our different options which included adoption through foster care, new baby adoption, or international adoption. Our hearts feel led to care for the orphan, and thus we decided baby adoption was not for us. We've had our beautiful baby boy, and as much as I would love to have another baby in the house, there are so many people who weren't able to have their baby - this is their chance. Those babies will have homes. So I then started my research on the other two types of adoption.

Foster care started weighing quite heavily on my heart. I'm a teacher, and everyday, without fail, I see a child struggling because of an unfit home life. I know that there are children, in my own community, without a forever family. They have no one to call Mom …

To the man who raised our son - In Memory of Pastor Dan

If all of us can only understand what compassion and grace truly mean,  this world might be a better place.  ~Pastor Dan Montenegro
There is a person I have dreamed of seeing again. I imagine our Tope, ten years older, as a young man, going back to where he was raised the first five years of his life. The walls of his orphanage would take shape and memories would form for Tope, memories that he would both share and keep to himself. We would share our memories too. Memories of when the gate opened and we first saw his face. Memories of the children that surrounded us, watching as he met his Mom & Dad for the first time. Memories of the caretakers that had spent so much time and love on our little boy. And then we would not just see the building, the new children living here, the memories of past and present, but we would see Pastor Dan standing there, standing proud and grinning as he would hold out his arms to embrace our son. 
This man.  He is kind, gentle, humble. He is a servant …

Philippines Travel - Random Tips

When I say random tips, I truly mean random tips!
I kept a list of random things we learned while traveling in the Philippines. If you are planning on traveling there at any time, some of these could be very useful, some will just be some fun knowledge to have. Many of these tips you will not learn from your adoption agency or travel agency!

Here it goes!


Pictures of documents: If you are taking your smart phone or a tablet with you, then take pictures of emails, addresses, and phone numbers you may need. More than once I didn't have that one piece of paper that I needed with that random phone number, BUT I had taken photos of many of my emails with people's names and numbers and hotel addresses which saved us many headaches! If you have a smart phone, hold down the power key and the toggle key at the same time, and voila!, you take a picture of the screen you are looking at.

Gifts: Many people bring gifts for their hosts/drivers, orphanages caretakers, and other a…