Wednesday, June 30, 2010























































































































































































As requested, here are some photos of laundry in action. Cree had the day off this week for fiesta, so he offered to learn/help me. Afterwards he was so tired all he wanted to do was sit. He said he had a renewed appreciation for all I do....I'm just grateful we have a washer and dryer waiting for us in Ann Arbor.





Monday night, the nuns at the convent invited us over for dinner. It was delicious and the company was delightful. They just giggled the whole meal. Everyone seemed so joyful and happy! Cree and I got to sit as guests of honor next to the Father. He is 82 years old spent much of the time reminiscing about WWII. It was fascinating.

After dinner, they gave us a big bag of Oreo's...Cree's favorite, grabbed a flashlight and took us on a 10 minute walk to the road. All along the way, we could see lighting in the distance. It was so beautiful. When we got home, we went out to the balcony and Cree caught these beautiful photos. I think we snuggled there watching the lightning for about an hour. It was wonderful.

My friend Ayumi sent me an e-mail with the subject heading "I could see you wearing this." Attached was a link to this very dress at SeeSaw Vintage on Etsy. Everything was so cute...If I had the means I'd snatch up each and every item for sale. Good find Ayumi!

Thursday, June 24, 2010




I found this post about Emerson Made on Wit + Delight, one of my favorite blogs. I adore the necklace and skirts....and the chicken. The packaging is great too don't you think?



Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Another laundry day...I'm getting pretty efficient. My knuckles no longer bleed and I've created a pretty great laundry ipod mix. That said, people still get the giggles when they walk by the American washing clothes in her swimsuit and shorts while bopping her head to music. I just smile and wave and try to find joy in the fact that they at least have a funny story to tell their friends at the market, even if it is at my expense.

We also have a flip flop update. Remember this story? About Cree's flip flops being mysteriously replaced with itty bitty dirty ones? Well, two nights ago our neighbor came by to tell us of a crazy man who has been roaming our area. She told us he was the one who took our shoes. In my head it sounded like a made up story to cover up some little neighbor kid's tracks. The next morning when we went out to the end of our street to catch a trike, there was a man wearing only his underwear and a t-shirt. Guess what was on his feet? Cree's red flip flops.

I never would have guessed we'd see those again. If the poor guy couldn't afford pants, I guess the least we could do was let him keep the flip flops. He did leave his old pair in exchange, so I guess you could say he technically wasn't stealing them, just trading....

Even so, I waited for the laundry to dry before going into work rather than leaving it out like I usually do. I'd rather he not switch out my underwear for his.
This is number one on my wish list. I've heard rumors that Mucca Design (home of my first internship) is mentioned more than once.

Monday, June 21, 2010



While we've been here in the Philippines, I've been reminded SO many times of the year my family spent in Jakarta, Indonesia. There are many similarities. Toting water, hand washing clothes, showering out of a bucket...It has all been an adjustment, but it's been fine because it is just the two of us, Cree and I. I can't imagine what this experience would have been like with little children! I remember going to the market with my mom and having a complete fit over how badly it smelled. I plugged my nose and squealed....just delightful. That said, I'm grateful that my parents took the chance and gave my brother and I such a wonderful life experience. I hope Cree and I have many more to come.





















Happy Father's Day Dad!

Alright. This was Cree's idea and I thought it was pretty cute. He took the camera with us on our trike ride to work and documented just about everything possible so you could see what our ride to work looked like. Enjoy!




















My family finally caved and bought a webcam. Mama had seen an Oprah episode about the evils of webcams, hence the delay. After a couple pleads from our end, she decided Father's day would be a great day to give it a shot. Half way through our chat this morning, their electricity went out. When they signed back on, we found this lovely sight. We just about died laughing. I have such a cute family. I think Will looks pretty good with long hair. I think he should consider growing it out. It brought me back to my Hanson days.

On a side note. Don't they look angelic? All in white? The light shining down on them from above?

Friday, June 18, 2010

I thought this typography was fun.

Also, this morning Cree and I went out to check on our water supply. We usually slip on our flip flops, but Cree's were no where to be seen. There was however a small pair of dirty flip flops placed side by side on our front step. Rather than just stealing Cree's....they decided to leave theirs as a replacement.

We didn't know whether to be frustrated or laugh our heads off.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010








Today was market day for the Jones family. We always go on Wednesdays because the produce is the freshest. Usually I wash our clothes and then meet Cree at the market over lunch. There are many things I am learning to do by myself, but bargain at the market is not one of them. Today we bought potatoes, garlic, carrots, cucumbers, onions, mangos and bananas. We usually go to the same woman, but this week she tried to charge us 10 extra pesos for each bundle. Maybe we need to check out some other vendors.

We've been experimenting with some of the native dishes and have mastered three of them. We were so proud of ourselves. They actually taste really good. I'll have to post some photos of the dishes we've learned the next time around.