Mabuhay! In case you were wondering, it's really hot in the Philippines, but guess what? That doesn't mean adventures don't happen, and today they did. I'd like to think it's an auspicious way to start the day when you get to ride a motorcycle "trike" across town, you go to church and find you've stumbled upon a Filipino wedding. The rest of today included visits to churches, stops at Rattan furniture shops, a drive-by tour of an agricultural college, a mall (for the air conditioning of course), halo-halo (only the most famous, and delicious Filipino dessert!), but by far the best part of the day was our impromptu visit to Mt. Isarog and a hike down to Malabsay Falls. It was the perfect escape from hustle and bustle. It was worth every step as we descended down on the falls and were cooled by the splash of the falls as it hit the water below. Pretty magical! I continue to be moved by the lush countryside of the Philippines. Each day has presented a new majesty and beauty, new friends and the opportunity to begin to understand more about this country and its people. Perhaps not rich in money, they are rich in culture, kindness, respect, hard work and beauty.
p.s. I recently learned that Filippinos consider this to be the selfie captial of the world, so in true spirit, embracing their culture, I am trying my hand at selfies. Clearly I have some learning to do :)