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 :

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


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.