Friday, October 22, 2010

Just Living Life

I have been trying to think of something to blog about and I just haven't been able to think of anything. I think that means we are actually feeling at home here because I don't feel like everything we see and experience we have is totally blog-worthy. The funny thing is, they probably are but I am just getting used to my surroundings so I don't see things as so different anymore. I am going to do a post soon of just the crazy things that we see in Cebu. I have lots of pictures for that. Today, I just wanted to say how happy I am to really be feeling like we are at home here. It has been a long 10 weeks to get to this point.

I know some people just talk about the good stuff on their blog and I am not really like that. Moving here has been very hard, much harder than I ever expected. Living in Asia has been on my list of things I have to do before I die since I was 16 years old. When we got the opportunity to do so, and we were in a position where we could easily (no kids) we jumped at the chance. But no matter how much I wanted this, it has been very very hard. I sometimes think China wouldn't be AS hard for me because I have a weird obsessive love of China, the Chinese people, the Chinese culture and the Chinese language. I have not yet developed the same love for the Philippines. But, that being said, I am learning to love it. Ben asked me the other day at lunch what I like about the Philippiness so far, and here is part of my list:

1. The beach

2. Movies are very cheap (Ben and I can go to a new movie in a nice theater for like $5 total)

3. I found this wheatgrass drink that is yummy (it's sweetened with honey). I can buy it anywhere and it makes me feel like I am being healthy! The picture is of my healthy Sunday morning breakfast: egg, rice (no comments about it being white, we usually have brown), mango and wheatgrass.

4. My team at work. I am pretty lucky to have these people to work with. They make my life easy. (2 of them are missing from this picture)

5. The chance to work at the Cebu Temple and just the fact that we have a Temple so close.

6. The simple faith and obedience of the members of the church here. The Stake President told us on Sunday that when President Monson was here in Cebu to dedicate the Temple, he reminded the saints to remember those Filipino soldiers who fought and died in WWII. When he mentioned this I thought, "hmm, that's a long time ago, I wonder why he talked about that". The Stake President proceeded to tell us that a member of the stake has now collected over 3000 names of deceased soldiers whose names can now be added to family search and whose Temple work can be done for them. 3000 names! Now that is taking the words of the prophet and running with it.

7. The Shangri La click here to see my whole album dedicated to this place. We work out there, we lay out there, we swim there, we eat there, it is just beautiful! This place keeps me sane.

8. Time to spend with Ben. Right now, we really only have each other. Most married people never have a chance like this and I am grateful.

There are more things I could add, but the point is that I am finding things I like about this experience. When we first got here, I thought I was going to hate it forever. I have never experienced culture shock, not when I lived in China teaching English, not when I served my mission, but I experienced it here and I am finally getting out of it and learning to love where I am.


Tiffany Johnson said...

HAHAHAH! K, that picture of Ben holding that HILLARIOUS book made me laugh out loud. I love all the pictures. I love that you are feeling better about some things. You really are such an inspiration. I don't think I know many people as strong as you two are. Your breakfast sounds really yummy. I wish I could get Nate to like rice. I love it and would eat it more often if it weren't for that little factor. :-) Thanks for the update.

Amy Sue said...

It makes me happy to know that you are doing better! Such a great experience for you guys. Keep the pictures & blogs coming.

The Staheli's said...

Love it. Great post! And keep taking lots of pictures. :)

This is Us said...

Love the update! I'm glad it's starting to feel like home

Valerie Mom said...

Great post, Carmen. I'm glad that you are starting to feel settled. You are not only creating memories for yourselves, but you are also expanding our world exposure and that is wonderful. As we start to experience another cooler fall and then freezing winter, I'll be looking for those beautiful pictures of the beach, so keep them coming. Love you guys.