Wednesday, June 28, 2006

vamos a la casa!

Yesterday it was a big and important match between France and Spain. Before the game started I tuned into TF1 and watched an interesting interview between the supporters of the two teams.

Spain Supporters : Oh well, I know that this time we will win against France! We have a very young players and they are in good form, they have the best techinques compared from the past years. We know that we always lost against FRANCE but this time, it gonna be SPAIN !

**With all the supporters in the background waving, cheering, screaming and showing with pride the flag of Spain...with their make ups in red**

France supporters : We maybe have the old players but they are more experienced! I know that this match will be difficult but we are confident that we will win! Afterall, Spain didn't win even a single match against us! Allez les Blues! Allez les France! ( Go Blue, Go France)

That night, when Ribery marked the first but...I was screaming and Bernard didn't stop running and dancing around the house from the kitchen to the terrace while singing Allez les blues! On va gagner! ( Go Blue, we will win )

Then another but from Veira, it was magical ! Then another but from the hero of all times Zinadine Zidane, magnifique!!! I guess he's ready to retire ! France qualified in the quarter final...isn't fantastic! Score France 3-1 Spain (the but wasn't that special... penalty but and that's all it was!)

But I know that the battle is not yet over ! Saturday will be another story...FRANCE against BRAZIL...let us see what will happen! I just hope that the chance will be on their side! Bon courage à L'equipe de France! C'est les temps de gagner après toutes ses année!

Please click the link : Calling France players as "Le Vieux ou Les Papys de Football"
Le Monde


Wednesday, June 21, 2006

the best but imperfect

Due to some reasons this is a way too late for Father's Day. Anyway, as the saying goes it is better late than never, right!?

Growing up I've always known my father as a strong person..... I've seen him raging in anger whenever things aren't done correctly or the way it should be. He never fears of anything even to the point of risking his own well being for the sake of his family or for the others.

That he never feels pain....I've seen him on a tough situations but he always stands out courageously facing life's difficulties. He gave us a beautiful gift of seeing humour even in the most difficult circumstances.

That he never cries.... Normally, men don't cry even just for a movie but believe me he did! I've seen him cried which proves of his sensitivity and I always believed that a strong man is never afraid to cry!

And he's always right (even he's not).... A father is always proud of themselves and often called the man of the house. You cannot break a father's rule, but sometimes when us children explain things he somehow listens, understands and tries to accept his mistakes which is not very easy to swallow especially for a man itself!

I always thought that my father has a big heart! Why, because even he has nothing left he always has a manner of helping even in his own little way be it for family, friends, neighbors or just for a simple stranger.

Of course, everyone of us has weaknesses and whatever his imperfections are he will always be the best father I could ever have. Thank you for being a wonderful father to us. To bring out the best in us. For loving us unconditionally....Happy Father's day and I love you Dad!

Thoughts to Ponder :

The most important thing that a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a REAL father.

Friday, June 09, 2006

weekends recap

If someone would ask me what is my favorite season that would be SPRING ! Not too hot nor too cold. I am imagining already the transient beauty and blooming flowers everywhere, fleeting's season of savorous cherries and strawberries. The goddess sunbathers of David (i call them) one piece, two pieces, topless name it we've got it, they're everywhere. Because of this abrupt transitions there goes the dramatic change of one's tune! La Mode (the fashion), the women and men in their best attire. Women, from pullover and thick leather jackets to sexy and short dresses, from close shoes to tongs (slippers or sandals) and stiletto high helled shoes. Men, in their sports wear, hunky shirts, printed shorts and sunglasses! They seem to enjoy and embrace the SPRING! Although this would also mean we will have MISTRAL in the south of France and our being allergic to pollen. Since the month of May has many long weekends we decided to spend it without wasting any single minute of it!

We had an appetizer at Kala's place to celebrate her birthday! Like Makis said we have fun with words! Exchange of funny stories, experiences, and the four of us Filipinas married with French guys are missing our native country, native language and everything in there! It was funny because Pierre was saying that it was so strange to hear again Filipinas talking in Tagalog and how he missess it and suddenly Apol crying out loud that we won (we're glad to have met Apol and Pierre too)...he he he because we talked louder than Frenchguys! A good occassion for us Filipinas to feel completely at home at last even for a shortest time!

Since we love sports, playing tennis keep us toning our sleeping muscles and hanging out with a very cute and young couple Kala and Julien. It was really a one good and sunny Saturday afternoon playing tennis! Though I am not a good player but it keeps me fit and just doing a little bit of exercise. We took our children with us so they can also enjoy roaming around playing inside the tennis court. After playing tennis, Kala cooked lunch for everyone ( and I discovered something for the sauce of gnocchi, btw thanks Kala loved it ). Makis arrived to join us and we later on went out for a walk in the park. Indeed, it is always pleasant to hang out with nice people!

Since Mayumi turned 1 year old on the 25th of April we celebrated it later on because we also need to consider the availability of our friends! Please see their own site at Angels in full Colours

I have seen a lot of nice places in the south and some places in the north of France, but I am not familiar with
Carry Le Rouet where Makis lives and it's just 30 minutes drive from Marseille. I asked Frenchhoney to visit the place and then called Makis if she wanted to join us and voila, here she is ready to be our perfect and sympathique tour guide (thanks a lot Makis, it was wonderful)! After a long walk and sight seeing, the hungry troops (lol) went to a restaurant and have eaten a two big plate of delicious Pizza and Makis ordered a yummy banana split as a dessert while Basti :-) was asking her for a scoop ! A simple wander on the beach with a friend was just perfect!

There is always a time for a family getaway! We spent the whole day in Parc Borely and rented a bicylce to tour around. The kids enjoyed with the new design of the playground and parents were likewise amused and had fun! How about dining inside the restaurant of the park. Not bad for our weekend!

The next day, a friend of ours organized a piquenique in Campagne Pastré ( a park near the beach ). Unfortunately, we were the only family who were available at that time. The others have other plans! Even, we were few on that the day, it was still one of those extraordinary stroll in the park because I learned something very interesting for Sébastien and Mayumi's future outdoor sports! Horseback riding !!!

horseback riding inside the park ! excellent idea isn't it!

A FrancoFil couple friends from Paris (Ate Pat) who happened to be married to an Ex-Boss of my sister in Vivendi ( working with him for 9 name now is Veolia Water, Phils.) came to visit Marseille! I invited them to come over for dinner and it was also a chance to meet my Frenchhoney. It is really a small world, and it's always nice to see people that we knew way back home!

Part I of rollerblading : Kala and Julien discovered a piste cyclabes (cycle track or bicycle path or runway) in Toulon therefore we drove one hour from where we live just to rollerblade! Imagine the effort we made just to have fun and see this new discovery of friends and just being together! Arriving there, at first I was excited to at last put my feet alltogether with my precious rollerblades. Sadly, it was a failure, I am worried with my left knee (problem of instability) because of that I finally went jogging and Mayumi enjoyed sight seeing while sitting inside her stroller! Though the cute couple proposed of helping me to rollerblade but there's always my fear of slipping or falling!
Part II of rollerblading : Two weeks after, I wanted Kala and Julien to try rollerblading inside the Stade Velodrome (where the famous football is being held). Though it is not as big and long as of Toulon pistes cyclabe but we had so much fun of just spending quality time...rollerblading.....talking.....laughing and just enjoying the great weather we have here in the south!