The Phillipines - MINDANAO in the South.
Well the travel bug got to me again and off I went to explore the southern Phillipines in Mindanao.
I stay with a family in Mandug village not far from the foot of Mt. Apo which I climbed many years ago. Here life is happy but basic. Transport is by Jeepney or by motor bike and side car. There is no running water so water is trucked in or pumped from the water table by old fashioned hand pumps.
We trekked up to the top of the nearby Prayer Mountain to visit the local pastor who lives up on the summit. We were invited into his house and enjoyed his families hospitality and I had a long chat about missions he had initiated to the tribal areas of Mindanao and overseas in Burma.
I discovered that we had both been there at the same time assisting the white Karen tribal peoples who live in the war torn border regions on the Thai border.
In the early 90's I had been smuggled into the region in the back of a truck to take medicine to some of the villages.