I have left out that we have already had like 4 gigantic Chinese meals at this point and my stomach was like "F-You!!!!" However, most Asians bathrooms are equipped with bidets. So even though it was coming out of me like hot lava, I still managed to stay squeaky clean.
Today was ladies day out. Derrick, his sister Del, his Mom, and I went shopping. It was at an Asian market where all prices are negotiable, which mean we had to play "hide the white tourist" to get any kind of deal. I would have to walk by a booth on my own. I would then meet Derrick and describe what I wanted. He would then casually stroll over sans me and negotiate. It was fun. However, my stomach did not share my enthusiasm and I kept having to go the restroom. They had free bathrooms (seriously like a murder scene) and paid bathrooms. I quickly learned that 25 pesos is a totally acceptable amount to spend on a bathroom visit.
Del and Derrick took his Mom to salon and we took her to lunch. Her knees are failing and she is now in a wheelchair so it was nice to get her out and about. She was very happy. At the end of lunch, we all shared a banana spilt and Derrick snapped a picture of her with the biggest smile on her face.
I was able to catch the boys on FaceTime after school and the were so cute. We have come a long way in the past 7 months since taking in Jerry and I am anxious to get all the feedback I can from my parents. I am proud of my boys and glad they are having a blast with their grandparents.
We were having dinner with Derrick's family tonight at a Japanese restaurant (yay Japanese and not another gigantic Chinese meal) and we had to walk to his Mom's house through his neighborhood at night. Yes, the gritty neighborhood I mentioned in another post. There are cars, tricycles, buses, scooter, motorcycles flying by and there is no sidewalk. I was totally thinking "so this is how I die" as we crossed the streets. It was a madhouse and I might as well have been wearing a "mug me" shirt as I strutted with my new cute shirt and man bag. We survived and had a lovely Japanese dinner.
The Japanese keep very Zen, clean restrooms just so you know, which I noticed on my many visits.