I am so happy that the year 2009 ended good for all of us here on LIP. We were giving away stuff. The year 2010 starts as a good year for us also. We started the year with helping out others.
Today I am writing about a teenager, his name is Jonathan, and he is wanting to study here in the Philippines. He comes from the USA. While browsing over the net to look for more info about the Philippines particularly Davao, he came across Bob’s name. Of course who wouldn’t be? 😉 So then he contacted Bob a few months ago and was asking about Davao. Bob’s been kind enough to give him lots of information that he wants to know about Davao.
Finally just after Christmas Jonathan and his mom and family came here to the Philippines to see the place for themselves. They liked it. I forgot to mention that Jonathan has a Filipina girlfriend that lives here in Davao City too. So they met for the first time just a week or two ago. One reason for him to stay here and be with her hopefully after they finish up college. Right before New Year Bob and I met up Jonathan’s mom and her boyfriend. They are really nice people. They want to meet us because they knew that Jonathan’s been reading our site and his been corresponding with Bob before coming here for the visit.
She also wanted that she had somebody here that can help out Jonathan if he needs any advice. I guess being Bob’s from the States and me having lived in the States for a long time can understand Jonathan’s needs of advice. He might misunderstand the Filipino culture or he might be misunderstood here. We also brought in Bebe (Bob’s Bisaya teacher) to meet him because she can also teach a bit more with the culture. We all did this out for our care for him. It’s our human nature I guess to help out.
The parents of Jonathan seems a bit relieved him being here for himself that some people did care for their son here. We told Jonathan that its going to be okay for him to live here in Davao, but not to be shocked and disappointed because he will get frustrated here sometimes and he will have lots of stuff to be adjusting to. He could even be depressed sometimes and its normal. We told him if he feels like that to just text us and we could talk to him and help him. Even Bebe said that too. She’s also helping Jonathan meet some other expats here and brought him to the school that she’s teaching and meet up lots of students that the parents were missionaries.
Last Sunday Bob and I brought Jonathan to the church we go to. We let him meet up the pastor and the head of the youth group. He already had the cell phone number of the head of the youth group I’m really happy about that. After church we brought him to our house and we talked a bit about life here and adjustments. After we talked I brought him around town and showed him the banks that I go to for the ATM machine that works good for foreign cards. I showed him some other churches since he still searching what church to go to here. We told him to not be shy on asking help from us and from other people here.
Jonathan really loves his girlfriend a lot. They both tried their best to study hard and be finished, then hopefully settle down later. I don’t really ask Jonathan yet regarding his girlfriend’s family. It seems that he really had fun with them when they were together. Jonathan’s mom speaks good about the girlfriends family. She wished she had more time when she’s here. She just had few days to spent, she had to go back to work. Hopefully Jonathan will be staying here for a long time and I’m pretty sure his mom will come back then and maybe stay here for awhile and enjoy her stay.
His mom really enjoyed the fruits here in the Philippines. I hope she tried the durian before flying back to the States. While we had her over to our house she’s talking about trying it. I forgot to ask Jonathan about it. She’s just amazed of all the different kinds of fruits thats available here. She tried the pomelo and she likes it and said its more juicy compared to grapefruit.
To Jonathan best of luck in staying here. If you need any advice we are here to help you. You can text us anytime. Don’t give up easy, its not going to be easy making adjustments here but Bob and I try our very best to help you in anyway we can. Good luck on taking the entrance examination soon. Good luck also on getting your student visa. I hope it’s quick to get it. Have a good stay here in Davao.