That means "Good Morning" in Kiniray-a. So Big News: "TRANSFERED"
So where have I ended up this transfer? Well, a PumpBoat, Jeepney, and a Ceres Bus ride later, and I have ended up in the Province of Antique in San Jose de Buenavista. My third (and hopefully my last) Area.
So my new companion is Sister Crisanto. She's actually Sister Haun's (my companion from Guimaras) Granddaughter. Which makes her my 2nd cousin once removed? something like that. She's 4.5 months or so into the mission. She's super sweet and we're fairly similar in temperament and humor.
|Sister Crisanto and Sister Smith|
|Christmas Party! and New Housemates: |
Sisters Haun, Crisanto, and Fantone
I actually kinda had some culture shock. There is literally nothing in Guimaras, and there is just SO MUCH here. Like, I was so happy to have a Can Opener. a CAN OPENER. What's going to be my reaction to things back home??
More culture shock: I will never do my laundry by hand ever again because the Sessions (the beloved couple missionaries) are kind enough to let us use their washer and drier.
|How does one use this??|
Speaking of languages. Here in Antique they speak Kiniray-a (also known as Karay-a. not sure what the difference is) it's very similar to Ilonggo.
Like. . . if you say it in Ilonggo and then in Karay-a
To me: "Sa akon." is "Kanakon."
Now: Subong" is "Kadya"
Good Morning: "Maayong aga" is "Mayad nga aga"
Here: "Diri" is "Dya"
and a lot of Ls are now Rs.
Nothing: "Wala" to "Wara"
To Sleep: "Tulog" to "Turog"
It's very pretty and I'm getting quite good at rolling my tongue.
and just things like that. Mostly it's the pronouns that have changed. Really the hardest part is figuring out what language Sister Crisanto is speaking. She came from Kalibo (where they speak Aklanon and Tagalog) and has only been Karay-a for a transfer. Soo... needless to say she's very mixed. (or as I would say: Halo-halo.)
I miss Guimaras. . The Tacdoro Family and the red roads and being in the Mountains. But I'm loving being on the beach and having the views of mountains instead. I'll find out if Edmar, Alma, and Albert really got baptized in a few weeks when Sister Haun brings news back from MLC from Sister Glori.
|Last Night with my Family in Guimaras! |
We gave them a small bit of Christmas :)
By the way. I should be on around 8 am my time on the 26th so that will be around 5pm for you on Christmas. We'll be going on splits (Sister Fantone and Sister Crisanto will call together. and Sister Haun and I will call together) the pinays call on Christmas day, and we call the day after, so that it gets to you on Christmas. Soooooo... Sister Haun get's double time to talk with her family because her parents separated (special permission from President) so. . . that means we get DOUBLE time together this Christmas. I don't know how we're going to talk so long.
I hope you're all having a wonderful Christmas. I know that this time to remember Christ's birth should just really be year round. He has completed His atonement, and we can once again live with our Father in Heaven and our Families through Him. I've already seen so much Faith in Jesus Christ here, in one investigator, Hernie, who asked for a priesthood blessing before going to Iloilo for a surgery yesterday.
I love you all,
All's well in San Jose,
and have a Merry CHRISTmas!
|My New Apo (Granddaughter). |
I'm afraid I've forgotten her name.
|Remember how I got a new Umbrella?|
|I figured I should finally take a selfie |
from the land of selfies.
ps. sorry for all the pictures ;)