Excited anticipation is not one of my attributes, I simply anticipate. I know what’s coming (well, on occasion) and that’s that. The up-coming SE Asia trip would be for some people a butterfly-in-your-stomach kind of experience as the anticipated day of departure draws nearer. That is not my style, I prefer to assume nothing and allow what comes to come, this way there is no surprises when things do not turn out as planned. I will admit to only one expectation and that is to grow, learn, and experience new cultures, traditions, and religious experiences. But that’s as far as I will go. These expectations are reasonable assuming that they are the very reason for going to SE Asia in the first place. I like to think of myself as calm, cool and collected type of person; not phased by unfamiliar territory. Well, this is not completely true, to be honest there is one thing that perks my interest. I look forward to climbing trees. This may sound like the underdeveloped ambitions of a twelve year old, but these ambitions are mine and I love them dearly. Though there is more behind this than most people would realize. My family took a year off to become missionaries in the Philippines when I was twelve, an age when I was shy and not very open to new experiences. My sole joy and comfort while overseas was the new variety of trees and prospects of challenging new climbs that grew out of nearly every nook and cranny of the Philippine islands. When I reflect on my time in the Philippines what I remember most was the delicious fruit and the trees I had to climb to retrieve them. When anticipating the upcoming events of our Asia trip I cannot help but get a little excited, even a little butterfly-in-my-stomach kind of feeling when I think of all those large wonderful trees waiting for me to climb.