I think Quebec and Canadian drivers would have a heart attack driving here in the Philippines. There are so many vehicles on the road and it’s like Nory’s brother-in-law said to me last night, it is survival of the fittest. Cars, taxis, jeepneys, buses, tri-cycles (motorcycles or bikes with a sidecar) motorcycles and trucks weave in and out of traffic all vying to get ahead of the other. Some streets are nothing more than very narrow laneways filled with people. The only rules I have seen seem to be in the downtown centers or the courtesy drivers give to each other. You have to have very good reflexes and patience to drive in the Philippines. Vehicles come out of nowhere and I am surprised that I haven’t seen a single accident yet. This is the testament to the skill of the drivers here. I was told though that this is nothing compared to drivers in Vietnam, India or China. You have to keep all your senses wide open, there are no sleepy drivers here.
That is the way it has to be as a Christian as well. In life things come at us from many different angles and if we don’t know how to re-act or re-act quickly, we’ll get left behind or pushed off to the side. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says; “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. “ Like the roads here in the Philippines the road to follow Christ is narrow. There are many pitfalls and traffic jams along the way and you will face many other challenges. James said; “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4. The only way you will survive as a Christian is by keeping your eyes on Christ and let Him point out to you the dangers around you. In getting into a taxi cab or driving with somebody else here, I am putting my life in their hands here. Because of their skill and the quick way they can re-act, I have no fear. Jesus take the wheel takes on a whole new meaning here and it should the daily prayer of the Christians heart. Letting Him get us to the place we need to get to. In doing that you are sure to make it to your final destination safely.
Last night we went out and celebrated Nory’s mom’s birthday with all her family at a buffet restaurant called Dad’s, in the Mega Mall, they served Filipino, Japanese and continental food. Many of which I had never tasted before. Nory’s brother-in-law Ric, suggested I try the escargot, but nope I’m just not one those that can eat something that is slimy. Other than that, the food was delicious.
Ric told me the Mega mall contains close to a 1,000 stores. It dwarfs Carrefour Angrignon back in LaSalle. He said that the Mall of Asia in Manila is bigger but that now the Chinese have beaten even that. We will be going back to the Mega Mall once again later as I need get my haircut and find that USB cable for my Camera.
Nory has 5 sisters and 1 brother. Nory is the eldest, followed by Ids, Knitz, Nelly, Hernan (her brother) Noemi and Nette. Nelly is the only one I haven’t met as yet as she is back in Canada and will be visiting only in December.
Keep praying for us. God bless and talk to you all again tomorrow.