Romance.. @Robinson’s?

I was trying to leave Robinson’s mall. I couldn’t reach the door cos I was surrounded by hundreds of screaming teenagers. No, it wasn’t a dream, and sadly they weren’t screaming for me but for JC de Vera, a clearly-popular celebrity who had just appeared on the specially-constructed stage in the middle of the shopping…

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Keep calm and carry on

Things aren’t panning out as I expected. I was expecting to hit the ground running and see miracles, signs and wonders wherever I went. Three months in and I’ve seen barely a trace. Sure, there have been some great experiences but that’s not what I’ve come here for. Let’s revisit the vision: ..from the rising…

Lick your elbow for ‘no’

I was in Tacloban the other day, getting off the jeepney at Robinson’s Mall, when I saw a guy with a t-shirt which said: Do you like me? Breathe for ‘yes’. Lick your elbow for ‘no’. We all want friends, right? (Yeah, you can say you're a loner but we all know you're pretending). Wouldn't…

British Expeditionary Force

Last week I went on vacation. I visited the home of one of the students in a village on Daram, one of the smaller islands. I thought it would be a romantic excursion – you know – a tropical island bathed in sunshine with long beaches running down to cool, clear waters. Boats are the…

Tacloban, Tacloban

Friday: It didn’t stop raining. From Saturday afternoon until Wednesday there was no end to the constant stream of heavy and prolonged downpours. By Tuesday I was fed up with it. I did my washing and hung it out anyway, in a prophetic act of defiance. I took it in again about three times before…

Post Match Analysis

Sunday: It’s raining heavily now, as it did all afternoon and evening yesterday. But there’s no wind. Man, if there was then I would not be writing this! Last week I had the opportunity to chat with a native English speaker. It gave me a good opportunity for an in-depth chat. (I didn't realise I…

Jesus calms the tropical storm

Thursday: Today I bore the consequences of my open-window policy. Many other window frames in the building also have no glass and the wind blows liberally through the place unhindered. This is usually great. It’s hot here, and I love the cool breeze at night. Not so cool was the thunderstorm we had today. Fortunately…

An encouraging day

Friday: I discovered that the mission teams from Manila were joining a medical mission today in Santa Fe, a town on the road from here to Ormoc, about half an hour by bus. I decided to pay a visit, as much out of curiosity than anything else, but on the bus I felt the Holy…

It’s more fun at 5a.m.

Thursday: At 4.30 this morning t here was an unusual amount of activity. I thought the students were just going for their devotional, but when the sound of singing turned out to be “Happy Birthday”, I decided to see what was going on. I went outside to see that the noise was coming from the…

Arrival of the cavalry

Tuesday: A mission team of about 30 people arrived from a Bible school in Manila. They cleaned up the piles of building waste and swept the grass and courtyard. They were here working in Leyte for a couple of weeks for their summer mission. Well, clearly it wasn’t just me who thought the place needed…