Sunday, March 26, 2017

Watch What I'm Wearing

I love this maternity shirt!  And I promise my hair wasn't that crazy, the sun sure does make it look that way in this picture though.  I'm about 35 weeks pregnant here.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Last Philippines Post










Thursday, March 23, 2017

Strawberry Fields

More pictures from our road trip in the Philippines.
The view was so great!  If you look close you can see more rice terraces.
These orange oreos were not bad.  I think we should have them in the US.
We went to famous strawberry fields and the market with them.
I saw these genuine frog leather coin purses.
The town was actually so crowded our hotel was overbooked and we ended up getting sent to stay in this persons mansion.  It was a little weird because it wasn't a hotel. It did seem very nice, although the AC and the warm water still didn't work.  I was actually feeling pretty sick this day so it wasn't my favorite.
I can't remember what they called this hunk of meat thing, but it seemed pretty gross to me.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sagada

Sagada had a lot of interesting things to see.  We went into a weaving factory where we saw them make blankets.  It was interesting to see them working the big looms.  They had signs up everywhere not to take pictures or disturb the employees.
The main thing we saw in that town were the hanging coffins.
Now they burry most of their dead like we do in America, but they used to hang them.  You can see some of the coffins are shorter and that is because instead of laying flat the people were more in a crouched position inside the coffins.  After time the coffins would fall off the wall and that was fine with them.  They just let the remains decompose back into the earth.  We even saw real bones from fallen coffins.
The dirt in the area is really great for pottery.  We toured a place where they make it.

For dinner we came across this little restaurant selling lemon meringue pies.  I love lemons so we got one to try.  It wasn't as good as what I'm used to, we didn't even finish it.  They did have these tiny tables and chairs though.  When we were sitting taking a picture some of the other guests in the restaurant decided to take a picture of us too.  I felt like a giant.
I took a picture of our dinner that night.  I ordered orange chicken so I just kind of expected it to be cut up pieces of meat.  This was one of the better meals I had.
Our hotel that night reminded me of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, except we only had 4 beds lined up.
This was our bathroom.  Not really nice for a hotel but definitely nicer than the public toilets we came upon.  Notice the garbage?  Often their toilets can't even flush down toilet paper, so I'm pretty sure that is supposed to be thrown in the garbage every time.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Watch What I'm Wearing

I borrowed this maternity dress and I am so grateful!  It is nice to wear something that actually fits!  I'm about 34 weeks pregnant in this picture.




Friday, March 17, 2017

Banaue

It was a long 8 hour van drive to the town Banaue.  I was still bun burned and tired from the island and this is when my feet really started to swell and I started getting sick.  We made it though with no issues.
Banaue was up very high and was pretty different than the other parts of the Philippines I'd seen so far.  Almost everywhere we looked was a great view and they even had pine trees.

The main reason we came up here was to see the famous rice terraces.  They are 2,000 year old rice fields cut into the mountains.  For more info here is the wiki link.  We hiked down for a closer look.
The hike wasn't bad, but I did have to go to the bathroom.  At the bottom they had a bathroom I could pay to use but it was one of the worse ones I'd seen and my real concern was that it only had a curtain and there were lots of people outside it.
One interesting thing about it was that all these people had to make this 1ish mile hike to and from their houses every time they wanted to leave the small village.  Cars couldn't drive down.  We saw people carrying eggs and food down to their houses a couple of times.  They had an elementary school at the bottom but that was it.  Older kids had to walk up and they pay for a ride to school.  Because of the cost they stayed somewhere near the school during the week before coming home on weekends.

This next picture is of a different rice field and village.
Here we are walking up.
This next picture is one I took from the car.  You can see the rice a little better here.  Notice how the road goes all the way to the very edge?  It was super curvy and pretty scary.  There were parts where the road eroded away, other parts we could see the ground underneath the road had eroded away making it even more scary.  Sometimes it was best not to look.
The hotel we stayed at that night had a mini model of an old home.
This next picture was the view from our room.
One nice thing about this town is that it was quit a bit cooler.  I wasn't checking all the time but I'd guess it was in the lower 70s with some overcast and even slight sprinkling.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Island Hopping

Cotton candy must me a little more popular in the Philippines than it is in America because they even sell cotton candy floats at McDonalds.  I tried one and it wasn't that great.  I guess I don't like cotton candy flavored pop.  Their McDonalds also sells other floats, and a couple different things like spaghetti.
While on Palawan our hotel was decent.  I think we Americans are just a little high maintenance.  At more than one of our hotels we complained about cold showers air conditioning not working.  This next picture is of the breakfast.  They tried to make it fancy, but most of the charm was wasted on me once I saw all the bugs jumping around the food.
We spent most of the day island hopping.  Our tour group went snorkeling and swimming on three different islands.  The first one was pretty small.  It was pretty empty too so I liked it.
This place was fun because they had a high jump I got to try out a couple times.  The sand was also nice and smooth.
While on the second island we ate lunch.  Under the water on this island was supper rocky.  It wasn't as smooth and pretty, but it actually was my favorite because they had the prettiest fish!  I spend the most time snorkeling here.  It was great.
We saw lots of people selling coconuts.
The third island was similar to the first because the beach was smooth and pretty, but this one didn't have any fish.

By the end of the day I was super sunburned!  I did put on sunblock but apparently not nearly enough.  My legs hurt so bad it was the worst sunburn I've ever had.  Every time I stood up for the next entire day it hurt so much!
The trip back to my parents house was a little crazy.  After flying back to the main island we couldn't find our driver for a while.  Once we found him he drove us to a bus then we got on the bus and rode to my parents town it took a while.  The bus was freezing though and my legs were killing me.  We ended up getting back after midnight which wouldn't be so bad.  The problem was we all needed to hurry and do laundry because we were leaving at 3:30am for our next trip.  I ended up falling asleep for a couple hours.  I think my mom stayed up the whole time switching laundry.  Their washing machine took a little more involvement than I'm used to.