Friday, December 23, 2005

a party with a heart.....

Last Saturday (December 17) we have celebrated our Filipino Christmas Party administered by the Couple's for Christ in Marseille Region, this Christmas Party was open to eveyone even non Christian were embraced. That day it was not just one of those second rate scene but it was an exceptional & remarkable occassion for everyone especially to our Kababayans back home. The CFC (Couple's For Christ) Gawad Kalinga made a TOMBOLA project ( 2 euro / ticket ) there were prizes at stake. A fund consecrated for the poor to finance a small house for every family who cannot afford to have one. Once again, Filipinos working abroad have summoned all together to lend a hand even we are separated by thousands of miles from our country we only have one intention or purpose in mind....to share the Good Spirit of Christmas. Our two cents worth !!!

First Prize : Television Set
Second Prize : Mini Hi-Fi Chain Stereo
Third Prize : MicrowaveGrill 2 in one
Lots of Consolation Prizes


Every group prepared a number to be presented ( including me 2nd to the right ) even the kids were whole heartedly participated, I guess even the most timidiest kid contributed during that night. Unfortunately, I didn't have many shots because I was too busy looking after my kids. I'll ask my friends and will post it later on.


There was also Santa Claus who generously passed by and distributed gifts for the children. As you see, that boy is my eldest and I was so happy because it was only my first time to see him dancing with other kids. Now what I am sure of that putting him at school at an early age contributes a lot in his everyday socialization......happy though because he wasn't like this before he will just stand up there and continue looking at the others.

Ambiance was perfect, I would say. It was really something ! Partying at the same time helping those people who are in need. There was really a feeling of satisfaction....contentment....in fact it was my first time to attend Filipinos Christmas Party (we're always out of Marseille to go to my husband's family or be it in the Philippines). But that night, I saw Christmas in another pace, it's not just celebrating it habitually as we always do. Party here & party there, exchanging gifts and the likes. But that moment it is tempo wherein oneness was present, egoism didn't exist, smile in every people's faces! Seeing everyone who have given all their effort hand in hand for the project. It was successful in every angle you look at. Christian catholic or non catholic have forgathered for this project, without everyone this will not be a success. Thank God we did it....

Have a Merriest CHRISTmas to all !

Saturday, December 10, 2005

wishes granted

I've been living here in France for almost 5 years (precisely by June 2006) and it's been my long envie that I would like to have a CHRISTMAS TREE at home. I remember when I was a child my Mom used to decorate the house with a christmas tree made of dried branches of small tree, cotton, cartons & aluminum foil (we always dreamed of a white christmas) with the holy family beside and a little parol (lantern). Wondering how it feels to have a white Christmas with a snowman as part of the house christmas decorations. Now that I live in France and have the chance to experience white Christmas, I thought it would be something joyful and more meaningful but to my surprise Christmas in the Philippines is incomparable.

This is my first Christmas tree, at last....my wish is granted !!! please do not laugh because I am not artistic neither imaginative, just simply giving a pleasure for my husband & children. My concern to transfer this wonderful traditions to them!

In the Philippines Christmas is the most anticipated occassion ever and is celebrated accordingly. For us Filipinos, it is a time for sharing, giving, forgiving and most especially family reunions and the likes. It is true that there is no winter therefore, there is no snow and no white Christmas at all, no pine tress (except in Baguio wherein temperature is colder than normal) but there is always the meaning of a true Christmas. Early September, christmas songs is in the air, people are starting to decorate their houses with parols made out of bamboo (star lanterns), chistmas trees, brightly colored streamers, christmas lights and the holy family. You will see carollers, with their improvised musical instruments made of empty can, sticks, plastic etc. Shoppers doing their panic buying for their sangkatutak na inaanak. Malls are full and crowded with all these promotions and affordable prices.


Parols made of bamboo.

There is also the Simbang Gabi ( Midnight Mass or Misa de Gallo) the bells in every churches would be ringing by 3:00 in the morning to encourage Filipinos to attend the mass. The Simbang Gabi starts on the night of December 15. Some says that if we are able to complete nine days of the Simbang Gabi before Christmas Eve wishes or panata will be granted, I don't know if it's true in any case we are just trying to meet up and celebrate with HIM before his birthday comes. After the Simbang Gabi, outside the church you will see vendors of puto bumbong and bibingka which are two native holiday delicasies during every Christmas.



Well, there are a lot things to say about Philippine Christmas.... whether we celebrate it in the Philippines or somewhere else depends on us how we will be able to make it merrier, joyful and successful. Of course, we always prefer to celebrate it with our family and relatives back home but we also have our family and friends to celebrate it here. Anyway Christmas is everywhere it is just a matter on how we would appreciate it.

Have a joyful Christmas to all of you !!!




Friday, December 02, 2005

5th day

Sleepless nights, yes, this is my fifth exhausting day because my son is sick. It is ardous when someone is sick in the family especially our children. My son cannot express how he feels because he's just merely starting to verbalize. It was Monday afternoon, I was on my way to pick up my son from school when the teacher approached me saying that they can't figured out why my son doesn't stop crying. They've already questioned Sébastien if someone from his colleagues tried to hurt him (which was the case the last time I picked him up & the teacher explained to me it wasn't intentional... hoping it was not the cause). Unsuccessfully, they have got no response from my son....Sébastien just cried.

We arrived at home, I asked my son " Où tu as mal ? Quest-ce que tu as ? Are you hurt, where? What do you have? I was desperate because he cannot totally express how he feels. But then, it was a mother instinct that came out within me....I hurriedly check his temperature and found out that he has a fever of 38%. Without hesitation I gave him paracetamol so fever will not persist. Believing that fever will shove off I waited for 2 days unfortunately, fever is tenacious. I called our general doctor to come and check up Sébastien. Around 10AM, the doctor arrived and examined my son. He told me that he has
RHINOPHARYNGITE AIGUË - Rhinopharyngitis then he prescribed all the necessary medicines except antibiotics...according to him it's worthless. The next day, fever was still highly present ! My husband was there to help me knowing that next morning he needs to wake up early to go to work, he did not let me to face this situation all alone. He shared with me those sleepless nights. I am still into breastfeeding with our baby girl which also exiges my delicate attention . Doing two things at the same time is laborious....breastfeeding while the other one is sick. Lucky enough that I have my husband's full support on this.

Wednesday morning my husband sent Sébastien to the hospital because the fever persisted 'til 39.9% and it worries us more, meaning the medicines prescribed were not effective. After the long wait from the hospital, they've found out that he has also "
Angines - Tout sur les angines - Doctissimo (Angina). My poor son, he got two in a row, now he is under Antibiotics to eliminate all these viruses caused by the radical changes of temperature..... he's been absent from the school since Tuesday, he doesn't have the appetite, he cries for little things etc. I am completely wear down by all these and I think I am beginning to dislike WINTER....... it's the cause why people are often sick ! I just hope that baby girl will not be contaminated by the virus but I am sure that she will because Angine & Rhynopharingitis are contagious. Nevertheless, she'll also receive the same medications except antibiotics and I am getting ready for that day. Eventhough, I would still spend sleepless nights I don't give a darn care as long as they will be cured completely.......I will always be there .


P.S. Posted December 04, 2005 12:30NN


Again !!! my husband just left 10 minutes ago & is on his way going to the hospital for our baby girl Mayumi....she's already contaminated...yesterday night she has a fever of 39.6% . Gave her paracetamol as well but I think she needs more than that because she vomits. I wish I have a magic wand to change everything. Our children suffer so much during this season so to you all reading this post, cover yourself especially the children when going out or better stay at home and profit the time with your children.....not bad to stay at home, play with the kids or enjoy sharing bowls of chocolate milk and good cookies beside while watching your favorite film. Take care everyone and do the necessary precautions ! Have a wonderful Sunday !

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

getting - to - know - you - co-bloggers

1. What time did you get up this morning? At 7AM to prepare my son for school (of course with Mayumi)

2. Are you a morning person or night owl? NIGHT OWL or (tulog manok sa tagalog) i can't even sleep with lights on, if it's not my bed, if it's noisy.......in short, am bit complicated

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas) it was Friday, 11th of November to celebrate the end of WW1

4. What is your favorite TV show? 24 hours, CSI, Alias, Sex & the city, Friends, Faites entre l'accusé, Thalassa, Travel

5. What did you have for breakfast? Coffee with milk and cereals with a mixture of chocolate bits

6. What is your middle name? Guanzon

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Filipino, French, Italian, everything I guess :-))) (love eating)

8. What foods do you dislike? eating balot, frogs, rabbit

9. Favorite day of the week? everyday (becoz I take it as a challenge, still have the chance of waking up (all the family) in good health

10. What is your favorite CD at the moment? nothing in particular

11.What is your favorite sandwich? aha, I miss lady's choice pickles, unfortunately they don't have it here (France)

12. What characteristics do you despise? insensitive, arrogant , backfighter , impolite & pretending to be intelligent to the point of under estimating someone's capacity

13. What do you do most often when you are bored? playing with my babies (Sébastien & Mayumi) singing, surfing, reading & thinking & calling my family in the Philippines

14. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? top of the list Pilipinas, but I also want to visit Venice, Hawaii, Tahiti, Morocco, Cuba, Mexico

15. Favorite brand of clothing? I am not after the brand as long as I am comfortable with whatever I am wearing

16. Where were you born? Lucena City, Quezon Province

17. What is your best childhood memory? a) I spent every summer vacation in Quezon Province with my sister, brothers & cousins in Quezon province and attending fiestas after long years of schooling b) all the championships where I won in sports

18. Do you have pets? no :-(

19. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with everyone? Yup, excited to leave for Philippines next year February til March (1 month) & they will get to see my baby girl for the 1st time. :-)))) and this time with french friends cool !!!

20. What did you want to be when you were little? detective or policewoman, or soldier ha ha ha

21. Different jobs you have had in your life? I had once work with easycall for 6 mos., then in an accounting firm for 6 mos (i did not like my superior she was jealous of something) , then in the Hotel for 5 years and 2 months, the last one was in an International Moving Company (Crown Relocations) for 1 yr. & 5 mos. where I met my beloved husband !

22. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? eeerrrrrr most probably the egg???!!!!

So guys, that's a little bit a part of me. I guess I need to pass this on to Joy, Raquel, Francesca, Kala, Agring.... if you only have time most especially to Maman Analyse (if you can) and the newest Madame Kusinera (Barbs) . Have a safe and enjoyable day to all.


Friday, November 18, 2005

4 seasons...

Too bad not to be shared. It makes me think.....it gives me the courage........it gives me hope ! And you???

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall. When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.











The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.










The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise.









The third son disagreed he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.










The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.



The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree's life. He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.If you give up when it's winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.

Moral lessons:

Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.
Don't judge life by one difficult season.
Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Merry Christmas

Two days ago I heard from the news that there are still 6 frenchmen still alive since World War I and the oldest survivor is aging 111 yrs.old !!! An origin of VAR in the southeast of France. Not very far from where I leave. Outlive the war, is not very easy specially for us, it's unimaginable . Realizing that WAR is something horrible. How they were able to survive? I have all this admiration for them. Valiant soldiers were they.....I salute them......

It was Friday night when my husband and I went out to see a movie that depicts a part of history of the World War I. Since Friday is holiday in France, Great Britain and Germany had made a film co-producted by these 3 countries. In your right, you will see the title of the film
"Joyeux Noel" Merry Christmas or Fröhliches Weihnachten!

Synopsis :

This movie is inspired by a true story, which happened on Christmas Eve 1914 during the World War I, in many different places among the frontline.

When war breaks out the lull of summer 1914, it surprises and pulls millions of men in it's wake. And Christmas arrives, with it's snow and multitude, of family and army bundles. But the surprise won't come from inside the generous parcels which lie in the French, Scottish and German trenches.

The night, a momentous event will turn the destinies of four characters: A Scottish Priest, a French Lieutentant, an exceptional German Tenor and the one he loves and sings with (his wife a wonderful Danish Soprano). They will find themselves at the heart of unprecedented fraternisations between German , British and French troops. What a wonderful voice even in the middle of WAR they sung like birds and nothing can stop them to sing for all the soldiers not even WAR. German battlefields was decorated by Christmas trees, the British troops sung a Christmas song with the Priest playing an instrument and Sprink (German Tenor) sung and there it was started to capture the heart of many soldriers even the Lieutenant of German troops which is a Jewish he said " I am Jewish and we don't believe in Christmas but you've made me believe that it exist".

During that Christmas Eve, the unthinkable will happen: Leaders of each troops talked and agreed to have a ceased fire. Rifles will be left at the bottom of trenches and steps will be taken towards those opposite, to shake their hands, exchange a cigarette or a piece of chocolate, to wish them Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel or Fröhliches Weihnachten....Every soldiers even exhanged photos of their families who's wating for them to come back home, playing football in the battle fields, taking coffee, sharing their family stories and the French Lieutenant invited the German leader and said " if the war will be over I would like to invite you to my house and let's have a drink ".




Film Showing :
09 Novembre 2005
Produced by :
Christian Carion
Artist :
Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet , Danny Boon
German, British, Belgium, Romans & French Film
Genre :
Drame, Historique, Guerre
Filming Hours : 1h 55min.
Date of Production :
2004


I was thinking that even we are caught in the middle of something like hatred and revenge but during moments like this those are being replaced with peace and love! During the time of WAR they found the time to have a ceasefire to celebrate the Christmas...the day of our Almighty Saviour. This is a MUST see movie.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

triplés....triplets

Mon Mari à invité une collègue de travail hier soir pour dinêr avec nous, pour qu'elle puisse souffler un peu dans sa vie quotidienne. Donc, j'ai preparé le repas, le menu: La salade comme entrée, le thon au curry et legumes pour le plat accompagné du vin rosé et une tarte confiture aux amandes accompagner de cidre.

Cette femme a eu des triplés qui n'est pas facile à manager. De plus son mari travaille à Lyon (330 km de Marseille) parce qu'il ne trouve pas de travail a Marseille. Donc, la femme travaille à Marseille et se retrouve toute seule pour s'occuper leurs triplés! Son mari reviens par le TGV (train à grande vitesse) a Marseille chaque weekend pour pouvoir l'aider et partager les responsibilités. Au début, nous avons parlé de leurs travail c'est qui est normal et moi j'ai aussi participée dans la conversation car mon Mari me dit tout.

Pendant le repas, j'ai posé des questions. Comment fait elle pour tout les jours mener de front les obligations avec des triplés? Est-ce qu'elle a encore le temps pour elle même? J'ai eu tout de suite sa reponse en ordre chronologique....(d'aprés mon mari c'est une personne trés organisée même au niveau du travail), elle se léve a 6 heures du matin, a 6 heures et démi elle prépare les trois bibérons, a 7 heures elle raméne les triplés a la crêche et aprés repart pour aller travailler a 7 heures et démi. Au travail ce n'est pas non plus facile pour elle, vous voyez un peu la pression qu'elle peut avoir tout les jours. Elle fini son boulot a 5 heures de l'après-midi parce qu'elle doit repartir chercher les triplés a la crêche. La vérite, elle arrive quand même à être a la hauteur. Quelle vie ! je me demande très sincèrement comment elle fait, ce n'est pas facile ! Lorsque, le plupart de nous quelques fois on se plaind pour des petites choses! Par contre dans son cas, quotidiennement elle doit combattre tous les événements et j'ai beaucoup d'admiration pour elle. C'est une femme qui a beaucoup de courage face a tout ça!

Aprés hier soir, j’ai le sentiment d’être très privilégiée, pourtant je ne travaille pas, j'ai du temps à consacrer pour mes enfants, j'ai un mari a côté qui me soutient, des amis qui sont prêt a nous aider en cas de besoin. J'ai du temps pour moi même, sortir, faire la fête, soirée etc.

Le fait d'être mère a également suscité chez moi une réflexion sur la signification profonde de ce mot. Etre une mère ne se limite pas suelement l’acte de donner la naissance, mais beaucoup de travail et des responsibilités.

Simple English Translation :

Yesterday my husband invited his officemate to have dinner with us because he wanted her to have a break from everydays life. So I have prepared the dinner, the menu : vegetables salade as a starter, tuna with curry sauce accompanied with rose wine and for the dessert cake made of jam and almond and cider (it's a sort of drink with only 2% of added alcohol ).

This woman has triplets which is difficult to manage. Adding to this, her husband works in another place ( in Lyon 330 kms. from Marseille ) because he cannot find a job in Marseille. So then, the wife works in Marseille alone with her triplets! Her husband returns to Marseille every weekend by train TGV (high speed train) so he can help her and allocate the responsibilities as parents . In the beginning, we have talked about their work which is normal in a conversation but I have also participated in their discussion because my husband tells me everything about his journey at work.

While dining, I have asked her questions. How do you carry out facing in this kind of obligations with the triplets? Do you still have time for yourself ? I had the response right away in chronoligical order....(according to my husband she's a very organize person even at work ), she wakes up at 6 o'clock in the moring, at 6:30 she prepares 3 feeding bottles, at 7 o'clock she sends the triplets in the nursery and then she needs to set off again for work arriving in the office at 7:30 in the morning. In the office, it's not also easy for her, can you imagine the pressure she has predominantly experiencing. At 5 o'clock in the afternoon, it is imperative to finish her job because she must leave to pick up the children from the nursery. The truth is, she administers very well her obligations and be on the top of it. What a life ! I was asking sincerely how she can be able to carry on, when it is not easy ! In most cases we sometimes complain for little things! But in her case, quotidian she needs to fight and overcome all this circumstances and I really admire her a lot for it. She's a woman who has a lot of courage facing all this situation.

After this night, I have this sentiments that I have all the previlege provided that I don't work, I have quality time to devote for my children, I have a husband beside me who supports me a lot, friends who's always there in case I needed them. I still have the time for myself, to go out from time to time, attend parties and all this.

To be a mother has equally emerge in me to have a serious reflection on the deep meaning of this word. Being a mother is not just giving birth , but it requires a lot of work and responsibilities.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Haunted Bloggers !


Tomorrow is Halloween, time for trick or treat! I'm sure everyone is getting ready for their costume party....a witch, a ghost, a pumpkin head, a monster or you may create your own style that'll be more original and a lot more exciting! An oppoturnity to rediscover the artistic side in you. Not to foget all those terrifying ghost stories from real life or movies that makes us frighten TONIGHT !!!

But most specially, November 1 is also the day to remember the Saints and our dearly beloved who past away. The time to offer a prayer for their lost soul.

FYI "The word itself, "Halloween," actually has its origins in the Catholic Church. It comes from a contracted corruption of All Hallows Eve. November 1, "All Hollows Day" (or "All Saints Day"), is a Catholic day of observance in honor of saints. But, in the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland, summer officially ended on October 31. The holiday was called Samhain (sow-en), the Celtic New year". And was later on brought to the US by Irish immigrants in the late 1840's and continue through the years.



Happy Halloween to everyone !!!



Monday, October 10, 2005

Si on en parlait....if we talk about it

It was a sunny Sunday, as usual family is heading to Parc Borely. While on the way, my husband said "en fait on se stress pour rien quand tu vois le gens comme ça". ( in fact, we stress for nothing when you see people like them ). Looking uttermost behind the windowpane of the car, I said to him, "tu as raison, nous sommes pas malheureux il y a toujours le pire et nous avons vraiment de la chance" you are right, we are not unhappy there always the worst and we are really lucky.

What was it?.....those were handicap people who will stay forever in their wheelchair and the worst circumstance with their abnormalities. To be more clear with this discussion, my husband is a little bit stress because our son is a bit tardy in terms of speaking. When he sees some children of his age, they are more advance, they express themselves and these makes him anxious, it's probably because of being the only child and having dearth of experience. I said to him children are not the same, they have different rhythm, diverse capacity, most particularly they don't have mixed cultures as we have. I assured him because I am used with children, my sister and I took care of my youngest brother when we were in high school, we grew with him even with our cousins (we're the eldest that's why).

At home my husband speaks to our child in French and I am obliged to communicate with him in Tagalog which is evident and a must !!! My husbands prefers too :-). From time to time, we are introducing to him the English language as early as possible but not by sentences or phrases it's just a matter of words so he will get used to the sound of it and we are confident that later on he will learn from the school little by little. Anyway, children until the age of 7 have sharp memory so I will let them work and progress on it.

ALL OF THESE ARE STRESS

If you are used to thinking that stress is something that makes you worry, you have the wrong idea of stress. Stress is many different kinds of things: happy things, sad things, allergic things, physical things. Many people carry enormous stress loads and they do not even realize it.

WHAT IS STRESS?

We are all familiar with the word "stress". Stress is when you are worried about getting laid off your job, or worried about having enough money to pay your bills, or worried about your mother when the doctor says she may need an operation. In fact, to most of us, stress is synonymous with worry. If it is something that makes you worry, then it is stress.Your body, however, has a much broader definition of stress. TO YOUR BODY, STRESS IS SYNONYMOUS WITH CHANGE. Anything that causes a change in your life causes stress. It doesn't matter if it is a "good" change, or a "bad" change, they are both stress. When you find your dream apartment and get ready to move, that is stress. If you break your leg, that is stress. Good or bad, if it is a CHANGE in your life, it is stress as far as your body is concerned.


Now can you imagine that our stress is really NOTHING compared to those people who'll be in their wheelchair eternally! I empathize with them. So we ended the conversation, we STOP for awhile and THINK! We should be very happy and contented of what we have and try to be more relax, enjoy the time we can spend with our family, relatives, friends. Appreciate their effort, laugh and learn from them. Time is precious therefore we should profit right now before it's too late!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

specially for you Francesca! this time an english version !



The village of Corte walking distance up to Citadel.

Belvedere top of Corte.

Une chute d'eau magnifique!

The typical mountains of Corse.


During winter snow is everywhere as well.

The little villages of Corse between hills & mountains.

Still from the village of Corte 15 mins. from our village.

Other mountainsides of Corte. Splendid!


Corsica itself is beautiful because of their famous mountains, hills, rivers, forests and beaches. Actually, we go to Corsica yearly because my father in law owns a house there (typical CORSICAN HOUSE - made of stone aged 300 yrs. already if i'm not mistaken) otherwise it'll be an expensive travel for us. Taking the Ferry has already taken our budget because we have 2 children so we need a cabin to stay comfortably. Everything there is expensive so I advise you to planify your budget. I enjoyed trekking, eating typical Corsican foods (thanks to a lot of friends), fiestas and appetizers from our village and the neighboring villages and it's very agreable to meet a lot of people from all walks of life. Like you can talk to a stranger without hesitation because they are simply mountaineers who definitely appreciate the day. You will enjoy the superb views, and I can tell you it's magical !

The weather is great specially during summer season that makes Corsica over populated ! You will also find delightful bars and restaurants not to forget the local music Corse with it's repercussions. Even I don't understand a single word, it is still captivating. I had the chance to eat what they call "sanglier" with of course another typical homemade sauce by our neighbor. It is actually a savage or wild pig ("baboy damo" in our own language) with two different recipes. :-)). Not to forget the famous "brocciu" it's a local cheese from there, out of it you can make a delicious tasty fillings for pancakes, canneloni, quiches etc. I've participated in making this cheese and it was actually my first time to visit Corsica that was 2001 and people were so very hospitable to welcome me in their working place. It's was absolutely an unforgetable experience to witnessing how to make cheese or can I say once in a lifetime experience.

Sometime end of August and beginning of September it start to rain and I've never seen an enormous lightning and the blasting thunderstorm, you will be afraid and I was ! The village we are situated is 900 meters of altitude so can you imagine ! It could be dangerous so better be at home and not on top of the mountain so for hikers be very careful, one advice check the weather report before embarking.

Anyway, I have a lot of things to say about what Corsica is, experiences to share with, a day is not enough to articulate everything so I am inviting you to see with your own eyes, you will not be frustrated, it's worth seeing. Better be there in person you will enjoy it as much as I did.

By the way, one word of warning though, be careful in driving because Corsican people are imprudent, they're like the KING of the way, they don't respect any of the codes even the famous straight line meaning prohibited to cross the line. Apprarently, you know it by heart Francesca, "la ligne blanche".... See you soon in Corsica!

Friday, September 02, 2005

pas toujours facile!


Hier nous sommes arrivé de Corse, on s'est bien amusé, balladé et reposé. Mais aujhourd'hui, c'est special pourquoi? J'ai le coeur qui bat parce que nous avons ramené mon fils a l'école. Eh oui, c'est l'entrée scolaire et j'ai toutes les emotions qui sortent. La peur, l'angoisse, l'inquiètude, le stress.... je ne sais pas pourquoi pourtant c'est une bonne chose. C'est peut être par ce que mon fils me manquera....déjà....car toute là journée nous passons notre temps ensemble, je le voyais toujours en train de courir partout à la maison, jouer avec sa petite soeur, regarder la télé, faire quelques betises même des petits caprices. Je me suis habituée tous les jours de m'occuper de mes enfants. D'ailleurs je voudrais bien profiter de passer le temps avec eux car je ne travaille pas encore. Plus tard si jamais je vais travailler, il va falloir s'organiser, trouver le bon temps et avoir l'equilibre entre la famille et le travail. Certes, ça ne sera pas facile!

Finalement, je me demande est-ce que l'école a 2 ans et demi une est une bonne chose ou une vraie mauvaise idée??? Je suis à la fois contre et pour. Contre, parce que tout simplement il est encore petit, il a encore besoin de moi pour s'endormir et en plus je n'ai pas envie qu'il rencontre des enfants belliqueux / belliquese en vers lui car il est pas de tout comme ça. Il faut dire aussi qu'il va se retrouver avec des personnes qu'il ne connait pas et là effectivement il sera un peu perturbé. C'est vrai qu'en France la plupart des enfants vont a l'école a lâge de 3 ans (une specialité française - lls sont les seuls en Europe avec la Belgique francophone). L'école n'est pas adaptée aux moins de 3 ans mais les parents inscrivent leurs tout-petit parce que elle est gratuite ( ecoles publiques ) et surtout parce qu'ils n'ont pas d'autre possibilité de garde (a la créche il faut que soit les 2 parents travaillent ou soient avoir une activités, stage par example premiere chose a demander sinon, pas de garde).

Mais il ya une bonne nouvelle : désormais, il sera plus autonome. Dèjà il est propre, il mange tout seul (proprement), et même je le demande d'arranger ses jouets, jeter des ordures...pas mal pour un gamin. Je sais bien qu'il apprendra beaucoup a l'école...a parler, a se socialiser, à mieux comprendre. Il y a également des activités d'apprenstissage de sensibilisation aux differéntes formes artistiques et culturelles comme la religion. Dans mon cas, j'ai l'ai inscrit car je voudrais qu'il voit d'autres enfants, qu'il apprenne a parler (car il reste tout le temps avec moi, il ne voyait que MOI). Décidément, je ne précipite pas son avenir. Conclusion, ce n'est pas aussi mal qu'il aille a l'école, la verité est que l'école m'aidera beaucoup a former mon enfant. De toute façon il sera obligé d'y aller (maintenant ou plus tard.

Dans la vie qoutidienne en tant que parents nous avons des responsibilités, on ne cesse pas d'être parents et nous sommes toujours responsables quoi qu'il arrive. Nous devons montrer l'amour et notre soutient même jusqu'a leurs maturation.
Et vous, qu'en pensez vous ? Voilà en effet qui mérite une enorme réflexion!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Les Càcous....

Moi j'habite a Marseille et bien sûr il faut connaître la ville ainsi les citoyen. Nous avons des amis qui m'emprunté un livre a propos de Marseille, il m'a dis si tu veux tout savoir, tiens voilà....Après avoir lu ce bouquin très intérresant j'aimerais partager avec vous tous quest-ce que c'est.............UN CACOU

Et bien, un Càcou (le parler de Marseille)!? Pour donner une bref définition, c'est un frimeur Marseillais simplement. Marseille est une ville qu'elle est toujours fier de l'être. Ici il y a de tout, des images fortes, amplifié et toujours aussi exagéré. Il est un frimeur unique en son genre, surtout à ne pas confrondre avec le "caque" (à prononcer *cake* comme le gâteau anglais), le minet ou la minette, le gigolo. Le "càcou" est tout d'abord Marseillais qui a sa propre langage, ses passions, ses loisirs.

Une bon example : "Putain, hier au stade, on était 100,000", alors en realité la capacité du stade est de 60,000 spectateurs.

En outre, le càcou, est aussi souvent une ***grande gueule***. Ils aiment bien provoquer : " Tu veux te battre? Tu veux te battre? " mais dans sa tête, il ne souhaite qu'une seule chose : que l'on s'en tienne au verbe!!!

Chez les femmes, il y a aussi ce qu'on appele le look càcou. Premiere chose, la coiffure a prise avec une grande importance, a se maquiller..... bref se faire belle....disons toujours à la mode. Ex: Oh t'es trop bien coiffé, c'est quoi ta coupe? Reponse : C'est la coupe nuque longue! Suivant, les modes, il y a des bijoux, des bracelets (comme porte bonheur) le famous collier Marseillais(en l'or ou argent). Et si tu habites dans le 8éme arrondisement, il faut toujours se montrer, de paraître...c'est une signe de richesse, signe de la puissance, signe l'independance , elle fait l'objet de toutes les attentions.

Il y a également.....vrrouum, vrrrouuuum, vroouuummmm!!! Quest-ce que c'est??? une voiture (je t'aime)....Parmi toutes les passions, les amours, les folies, l'allure la VOITURE RESTE la plus importante. Ils choissent plutôt les Renault ou Peugeot, mais ils rêvent aussi d'avoir un BMW ou une Golf GTI 16 soupapes 36 pistons 42 cylindres 350 chevaux. D'allieurs, en agglomeration la vitesse était limiter à 60/kmh, apparament il y avait beaucoup des accidents ils ont du changer a 50/kmh (qu'ils conduissent mal les Marseilles)!!! je parle en general...en France!

Voila, c'est ça une vite explication de Marseille (ce n'est pas que ça...il y a encore à apprendre mais c'est beaucoup a raconter)...A Marseille rien n'est comme ailleurs!!! Mais malgré tout ça, j'aime bien habiter a Marseille parce que les gens sont souvent accuelliants, souriants, rigolo....n'oublier pas le soleil, les calanques, la mer et le famous STADE VELEDROME ( même il y a toujours des bouchons a cause des fans qui arrivent pour L'OM )...." Une fois de plus, les fadas des Virages Sud et Nord vont prendre leur écharpe et les faire tournoyer en chantant , Marseilles, Marseilles.... Tout le stade les suivra car, ici c'est connu,...quand le virage se met à chanter, c'est tout le stade qui va s'nfalmer....Et l'OM gagnera, ça ne peut être autrement." ALLEZ l'OM, ALLEZ LES BLUE!!!

Aujhourd'hui, je suis contente car j'ai enfin trouvé la communauté Philippin! Figurez vous, que il y a aussi un prêtre Philippin et la messe en Tagalog...elle pas belle la vie! Ne vous inquiétez pas, je serai pas d'être Marseillaise, j'essaye seulement de vivre ma vie avec ma belle famille et des amis qui seront toujours là.

A mon avis, il faut que vous venez visiter Marseille, ça vous donne le coup!!! Vous vous sentez toujours chez vous! A bientôt ! :-)



Thursday, August 11, 2005

enfin.....c'est les vacances

Demain nous partirons en Corse pour 20 jours!!! J'ai dèjà preparé nos affaires...huhhh ce n'est pas facile. Vous savez, j'ai anticipé les jours de preparations des affaires pour ne pas oublier des choses....surtout pas, sinon je suis mal!!! ça s'appele l'orgnisation. (selon mon mari) :-)

Yipeeee....Encore une fois nous allons voir des amis. Je suis toujours très impatiente d'aller car c'est une île vraiment extraordinaire en plus le village où nous étions est incomparable. Le village s'appele Sta. Lucia di Mercurio ou (St. Lucie de Mercurio en français), je me souviens la premiere fois je suis allée avec mon mari, c'était une experience inoubliable parce que les habitants de là bas sont accueillants et sympathique. Nous étions invités par ci, par là. Quand je me reveille le matin, je vois la montagne en face de la maison, le soleil qui se leve, l'air frais...je me suis dit...quelle chance !

Justement, je parle de la montagne, beh un jour mon mari et moi étions parti pour une ballade tranquille vers les montagnes en face de chez nous. Mon mari me assurée qu' il fallait 2 hueres de ballades pour y arriver là haut (aller retour)....Soudainment, nous avons rencontré un voisin s'appele André (un berger). Un gars, tellement sympa, pas costaud mais il faut voir, il est très resistant. Il nous a dit qu'il cherchait ses vaches et il nous a invité à l'accompagner. André est vraiment adorable, nous n'avons pas pu dire NON! Je me disais, pourquoi pas, ce n'est pas plus mal même à cette époque là je ne parle pas français, de tout façon mon mari est là pour me traduire la conversation qu'on va avoir.

Bref, devinez quest-ce que c'est passé ce jour là, nous avons marché et encore marché et cherché les vaches et puis ça faisait 5 heures nous faisions le tour de la montagne, les vaches et André se sont enfin retrouvé. Et moi,toujours souriante, qui ne parle pas français, qui n'était pas equipée, qui avais de problème de genoux....et mal partout (mon mari me felicité parce que je suis courageuse)...hueresement nous avons pas encore des enfants.

Alors, maintenant, je parle français, je suis équipée de chaussures de marche et si jamais André m'invite pour chercher ses vaches..... je dirai................................................NON !!! en tout cas je me sentais bien de marché mais c'était un peu trop!

Bon, a très bientôt mes amis. Je vous dirai tous. Ciao!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

La Mamie de la Madeleine

C'est le 16 Juillet 2005 et tout la famille se réunissent aujhourd'hui (avec ma mère adorè aussi presente) pour la 85 ans d'une femme admirable, pleine d'énergie et toujours aussi gaie. J'ai l'impression que cette Mamie ne vieilli jamais....alors pourquoi??? Tout d'abord, parce qu'elle conduisse encore sur l'autoroute...shhhh 130/kmh...ensuite, elle a un portable mais elle ne utilise pas en conduisant...enfin, quest-ce que vous croyez!!! Elle est surtout prudente. Elle n'est jamais chez elle car elle adore voyager partout. Peut être un jour elle achetera un ordi???!! On ne sais jamais. En plus, elle a une memoire exceptionelle parce que elle est capable de se souvien de tout les anniversaires ainsi que la mien.

Parlons la cuisine, je peux vous dire que c'est elle la meilleure! J'ai de la chance de goutêr le vrai TIRAMISU et pâté....hhmmm ça me donne l'eau dans la bouche! Eh là je vous dis....CHAPEAU MAMIE!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

nouveau défi

En realité, j'ai déjà crée un BLOG il y'a quelques temps mais au debut c'était on Anglais que presque tout le monde comprendre. Aprés je me suis dit, pourquoi pas commencer à realiser ou inventer un BLOG en Français ça serrait pas mal....raconter mes sentiments, mes penser, mes experiences et un plus c'est un autre façon d'apprendre a écrire et pratiquer la langue Française et même si je fais des fautes je pense que ce n'est pas bien grave, l'essentiel ce que j'ai essayé....rien est perdu! Je suis une mére et j'aimerai trouver le temps de m'amuser, avoir l'occupation et surtout s'améliorer dans ma façone d'écrire cette belle langue parce que parler c'est autre chose. Donc, j'ai decidé de faire une bonne démarrage.

Monday, June 20, 2005

SVP ne rigolez pas

Je suis prête, face a mon ordinateur...En fait, je ne sais pas comment fais ce BLOG jusqu'a une nouvelle amie s'appele Kala m'a conseiller de faire celà. Je ne suis pas au courant, disons, je suis un peu démoder, oui..ok...ok....ca va j'ai compris le message...je sais je manque d'imagination!!! Tous que je sais, c'est chatter sur Yahoo Messenger et envoyer un email et c'est tout. Helas...ma belle Kala, merci de m'avoir informé en tout cas, c'est très sympa de ta part. Je me sens bien dans ma peau, je vais pouvoir débuter sur la scéne. Aujhourd'hui, j'ai de la chance je suis à la mode.