It's only 4 pm here in Manila (1am in Boise), and we've already had a full day (thank God!). Going off whatever sleep we got last night (I got 5 hours), we took a Jeepney to the "Love house," one of the safe houses that Wipe Every Tear facilitates. Our 2 nurse practitioners were conducting physical exams on whichever girls were at the house and not in school. These girls have been rescued from sex trafficking, many have come from bars where multiple girls are employed and sold by the hour.
I know this is a heavy topic. I wish I had more time to go into all the experiences I have with the girls and going into the bars on my previous trip.
We spent some time walking around Quezon City today. Two trips to the pharmacy. To purchase medications, you walk up to the pharmacy tech, and tell him what you want and how many. No prescriptions! Not sure how this works with narcotics... Not all drugs are available, they have some "substitutes" that our team pharmacist approved, sort of. She wasn't familiar with all of the options.
I have to remind myself "do NOT flush the toilet paper" every time and I still forget! You have to throw all TP in a trash bin next to the toilet. The Philippines septic system is very delicate.
It's very hot. It's more muggy than Haiti. I had to buy deodorant today since my toiletries are in my missing bag---still missing.