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Walmart Bingo

I took my 8-year old on a date tonight and she chose for her activity--wait for it--Walmart Bingo. She found bingo cards online and after our dinner, we commenced the hunt. The items on the card were mostly outrageous and not likely to find (including "bearded woman"), though not outside the realm of possibility; the "someone buying beer and diapers" came pretty close. Here, however, were some delightful finds I did manage to pick up, even if not on the bingo card:


Teenage girl in PJ'sDude with "Shh, this is my hangover shirt" t-shirtDude with one eyeDude with a mohawk and a mouth full of chewGuy buying wormsGuy with a full 1-1/2" gauge in his ear, plus more jewelry on his lips.  He looked like livestockBroken bottles on the floor in the drink aisleMormon missionaries.  Maybe they broke the drinks!  Luckily they were missing the facial jewelry.  Phew.A girl playing (successfully) with 3 hoola hoops at the same time   ^^^My kid^^^A large numbe…

Philippines - Final Thoughts

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This is entry #15.
Link to entry #14.
Jolayne is also chronicling our trip here.


Final Thoughts.

What an amazing journey we had!  This was a life-defining event for both me personally and also for my family.  As I've now had several months to consider the experience as a whole, I do regret that we were immediately thrown into the chaos and stress of moving once we returned home; I didn't really get to bask in the experience the way I'd hoped.  However, I am grateful for the time I spent noting and writing down the things that happened on this trip.  My journal entries are long and perhaps too detailed.  But I've learned from previous trips that the details and vividness of the experience tends to wear with time, so I'm hoping to keep as much of this as I can.

My favorite joke was "How many people can you fit on a jeepney?"  Answer: "Isa pa, isa pa!"  (One more, one more!)  Here's a fun clip I put together on our orphanage visit to prove the poi…

Philippines - Day 12 (Traveling/Korea)

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This is entry #14.
Link to entry #13.
Jolayne is also chronicling our trip here.


Day 12-13.  Wednesday, April 10th.

Day 12 picked up exactly where day 11 left off; it's all part of the same thing.  Our flight from Manila wound up leaving almost an hour late, but it was no big deal.  We boarded a new A330 about 1230am and pretty much all immediately fell asleep.  The plane was very quiet, and none of us touched the food we were served; Kristen probably slept the best and Amy the worst since she was sitting next to another guy that kept bumping her.  It's funny about personal space on airplanes.  Things you'd never do in public normally are all-of-a-sudden common and acceptable when confined on a plane: touching, rubbing, all sorts of awkward.  The flight was about 3 hours was all, and before we knew it we were landing back in Incheon/Seoul.  We took off at 82 degrees (+humidity) and landed to 32 degrees.  We'd taken time in Manila to pool all the things we'd need into a…