Wednesday, April 29, 2009
No Room at the Inn
No there is not any government official forcing us to make the pilgrimage to Baguio to pay taxes or even visa fees but yet go to Baguio we must. We are still unable to access any cash here in Bontoc. We had anticipated going to Baguio as a family so we could get the needed cash plus take care of some other things such as getting haircuts, glasses for Alexie since the ones she had broke about a week ago, picking up the usual items we are unable to get here and have some family fun. It seemed like the perfect time to make the trip. If we arrived the end of April and stayed until the beginning of May we could withdraw both months cash limits. We had no ministry commitments since Friday is a holiday and the health office will be closed so we will not be able to have our health clinic. We have not officially started the school year so there would not be any conflicts with that either. Our usual accommodations were not available but we thought we would just get a hotel room. But each one we contacted said the same, "Sorry there is no room." We thought we could just go ahead and go and attempt to live in the SM mall an idea we got from a book we have read, From the Mized-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, or maybe on the streets like another book we just read. (Rather than The Family Under the Bridge we would be The Family on Session Road.) Since we were unaware of any stables available and Annalise is a bit big to sleep in a manger. Think of the blog material we could have gathered! But alas we chose to not get our names in the newspapers for any such activity preferring the publicity of this week's Mountain Province Exponent regarding our missionary activities. As we still desperately needed the cash, Thomas is on his way to Baguio and will return late tonight.