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!