Deciding what to actually buy is based on a very complicated equation with variables including price, conversion from local currency to USD, and the weight to volume ratio. Basically, can I afford it and will it fit in my suitcase? The end result of day #1 was that we made some needed purchases, but didn't go too crazy :).
After dropping our cargo back at the hotel, Scott and Gail went for a swim while I got my hair cut. The haircut included a head and back massage... "only in the Philippines!" per my hairdresser/masseuse. WOW. I could definitely get used to this place. Gail and I also treated ourselves to a pedicure at the hotel spa. Nothing makes me happy like purple toes!
Now lest you think we missionaries are goofing off a little too much, such trips are few and far between. Our Papa is so good, and he loves us. He knows that sometimes we need to get out of the bush, to be a regular ole American tourist, to go shopping or eat in a restaurant or be pampered. These get-aways fill us up. They help us to survive living so far away from home for years at a time. Thank you, Lord, for your gift to me today!
"There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his."
~ Hebrews 4:9-10