Tomorrow is the end of the first week of school. Each day gets a little more routine, but we still feel like children learning the ropes. It's amazing how many little simple things it takes to make a normal day seem predictable. We had the same adjustment going to Pakistan 16 years ago, but those things fade from memory living back in the good ol' USA. One little thing is not knowing the language...puts a fresh meaning on what immigrants go through, legal or not. At school communication is simple. On the curbside, or in a bazaar, we feel isolated even in a jammed shopping mall.
Officially mid-week the rainy season ended. But that's like first day of spring in Utah...it can still snow. Annual rainfall here is around 100 inches/yr so there's more rain coming. I suspect it may be a dry winter, as we've only had three periods of rain in the last two weeks. May have seen 1.5 inches in that time.
We've met a handful of good ex-pat Christians here, all involved in various field work, all of them younger (30-40 yrs). Translation projects for the so-called 10/40 country-side minorities seem common. Many of these have 12 to 20 yrs in this country and they easily speak Malay. Pictures of all this take time to transfer from cellphone to laptop. Not a difficult job but bedtime comes and goes without me yet in bed (12:30 AM now), so we must be doing more than watching TV! Hee hee, not a TV in the apartment. Entertainment mostly is: eating, bathing, school, study plans, and discussions with Barb...not a bad mix actually, just where does the time go! Half our students are Korean and Filipino, with the latter being mainly refugees from violent war lords in the southern islands and those who are jobless looking for work in this better economy. As usual, it's a combination of unstable homeland conditions.
Since arriving, can't say it's been super hot or humid regardless of clouds or blue skies, but the humidity is always hanging over the day and night. When the breeze quits or the rain stops, then it's really noticeable.
Bed calls....alarm set for 5:30 am!