|Family picture from yesterday at the park.|
Caleb has a flying butterfly.
Our second day in Manila was fantastic! We got out of the city and saw a ton of the countryside, multiple areas outside of the city, and a beautiful "lake" that houses a volcano.
|We've been starting our mornings with this view.|
|Starting out on our journey today we saw some gigantic billboards. |
These two were selling Jollibee and the other was selling TUNA... tuna!?!?
|Our first trip to Jollbee! |
This is the Philippines favorite fast food restaurant, it is similar to our McDonald's.
Their primary food though is chicken, much like KFC.
|Where do pineapples come from!?!|
Did you say a tree??
Then you, like myself and Jon, are wrong!!!!
These are Pineapple Fields!
|Pineapples are grown from the ground! |
When this is ready to pick, the pineapple will be sitting straight up on top of the soil.
|Here is the stand we stopped and looked at.|
It was full of pineapples of all sizes!
They looked soooooo good. Wish we had had a knife in order to cut one.
|There were many vendors along the way that had fruit.|
|Our windows were open when we passed these flowers.|
They smelled so incredibly fantastic.
I am now craving to be in a greenhouse buying my spring flowers!
|This shrine was at the end of a road.|
The road was a few blocks from the local Catholic church.
|The volcano is the darker object towards the front and on the right.|
The volcano is active.
It was overcast that day, which is typical.
Below where it looks like a lot of big dots in the water was actually a fish hatchery.
|Family picture in front of the volcano!|
|We ate at this restaurant where we could look at the volcano the whole meal.|
We tried our first coconut water!
Caleb wasn't so sure about trying something new... and he wasn't so thrilled after he tried it either.
|This is Kate - our caseworker form AGCI!|
It was so fun spending the first two days with her.
It was also a blessing as it took away some of the nerves of travel
since we knew she was leading the way with Ricky our driver.
|Mom and son moment in a small tunnel going up to the restaurant.|
|Caleb drawing in his book.|
Here he was analyzing the shape of the volcano.
|Another breathtaking view from the restaurant.|
|I tried the coconut too and found it to taste ok, but what I really liked was the actual coconut!|
It has a faint taste of watermelon I think.
|This is a "vegetable" called pusosaging.|
It is from the "heart of the banana" and is mixed with coconut milk and spices such as chile.
It was excellent mixed into our garlic rice. It had so much flavor.
|Lechon Kawali - Jon's pork dish|
|Look at these bananas! Don't they look scrumptious!?!|
|So not much to look at, but I found quite interesting.|
Instead of tanning beds, people in the Philippines try to lighten their skin at SkinStations.
AKA - whereever you go, people are unha
|There are still multiple signs up from Pope Francis' visit last week.|
|Another beautiful view|
|Ricki our local host and driver|
Kate our AGCI caseworker
|Close up of the Volcano|
|Notice how the rooster has a leash on his foot.|
Cock fighting is prevalent around the islands even though in most places it is illegal.
We loved the sights we saw on this day. Wish I had time to download even more pictures, but just happy I finally got these to download with our poor internet connection.
We are actually now in Davao as I finish this up. Will have more later on our day of travel to Davao and the sightseeing we do tomorrow.