Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Nakakatuwang isipin na sa Pilipinas pagsapit ni "BER" andiyang nagmamadali ang mga tao. Anong bang meron ? Pasko na daw, pag tumingin ka sa kalendaryo teka September pa lang ! Pero makikita mong nagsisimula ng magdekorasyon ng bahay, mamili ng mga pang regalo sa kanilang sangkatutak na inaanak, sa mga kaibigan, kamag-anak at pamilya. Eto kaya ang dahilang kung bakit September pa lang eh nagkrismas shopping na :D ! Tuwing sasapit ang pasko laging naming naalala ang conversation ng aking ka officemate noon sa aming Sales Manager na Expat (na asawa ko na ngayon). Hindi puedeng hindi namin pag usapan sa bahay dahil hannggang ngayon eh puzzled pa rin ang aking mister.

Eto ang kanilang conversation :

Sales Manager : What are you doing Jocy (secretary) ? Did I disturb you ?

Secretary : Oh no ! hi Bernard, it's almost Christmas! (naglilista ng mga kakailanganin sa Christmas Decorations at Christmas Party at mga pang regalo sa mga kliyente).

Sales Manager : What are you talking about ? We are on the month of September! We still have 3 months to go before Christmas !

Secretary : You know it's Filipino traditions. When you go to malls you will see they are already starting to decorate specially where you live.

Eh kasi naman si mister dating nakatira sa isang Condo sa Makati. Hay naku, ayon nga at hindi nagkamali si sekretary. Laking gulat ng aking mister, paano ba naman sumapit lang si BER aba at sa opis namin nag iisip na kung paano ang dekorasyong gagawin. Tanong nya sa akin bakit daw pag September eh Krismas na sa atin ? Naku, hindi ko tuloy alam kung ano ang isasagot ko sa kanya, basta ang sinabi ko na lang sa kanya kasi nga pag September iba na ang simoy ng hangin. Isa itong simbolo at tradisyon ng aming kinagisnang kultura. Pero ang totoo kahit ako hindi ko maintindihan, kung bakit nga ba natin itinuturing ang pagdating ni BER eh Krismas na. Kasi naman kahit saan man tingnan sa apat ng sulok ng mundo ang krismas ay sineselebreyt tuwing Disyembre lang. Sa atin September pa lang, Krismas na ! Kayo ba meron ba kayong idea kung bakit ? Hanggang ngayon isa pa rin sa aking itong palaisipan...Syempre naman nag research na ako pero hindi pa rin ako kuntento sa mga kasagutan ! Kayo ba matutulungan nyo ba ako ? Ganun paman, ang Pasko sa atin ay walang kapantay !

Check this out ! The Giant Lantern Festival 2006 in Pampanga.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy Holidays to all !

The French Version

The English Version


Friday, December 14, 2007

Plain housewife ?

I know that I've been absent for a long time but I have a valid reason to be. Sorry for not updating. I've been into one of my difficult moments these past weeks. I was thinking why do things go wrong when everything's almost perfect ? We're almost done with our kitchen renovation suddenly my son got sick. At first, I thought it was just a simple cough and colds. I gave him necessary medications but it wasn't enough when he complained that his stomach was painful. I again presumed that it was just his muscle aching. Call it a mother's instinct, I hurriedly then called the pediatrician with no hesitation. Told her about my son and he's hurt somewhere in the stomach when he coughs. The doctor was good enough to accept us on that same day at 6PM. I went to her clinic then she asked me to do an x-ray right away to make sure of her diagnosis of pneumonia. The X-ray result came and my son suffers from pulmonary infection or commonly known as pneumonia (doctor was right). The X-ray doctor told us that he needs to have a strong medication to fight against it. Then we went back to the clinic to see the doctor with the X-ray results. She gave my son lots of medicine to take. He stayed at home for 1 week and no schooling for another one week until he gets completely healed. We both had sleepless nights. I needed to sleep beside him because he had crisis in the middle of the night. His right pulmon was aching and I cannot do anything about it. All I can do was to put my hand on his right pulmon and massage it. Held him in my arms to assure that everything will going to be alright. If only I have a magic wand to take away the pain, I would have done it. He couldn't sleep and no appetite at all for a week. Imagine the fear I had. I don't mind being tired but I just wanted to make him feel better and was hoping that Mayumi will not be infected too. Good thing, my daughter stays well and healthy. After that episode I was released, my son is finally one hundred percent okay. At any point and all along I have the fear of plunging in into another event again. It serves me right, he went back to school Monday and Tuesday, that Tuesday afternoon he unfortunately catched Conjunctivitis and was poor little boy he's not yet finished with these series of sickness ! So he stayed again for another week. Finally, he's better now...much better ! That's just about the life's slopes. What is important is how we would be able to face and overcome them without "panicking"...easy to tell when we all don't sail on the same boat, right ? After those horrible weeks, I am back in circulation....I also would like to take this chance to thank PMN for inviting me to join the group. I will soon post for parenting please bear with me I am working on it.

Anyway, I don't normally post a forwarded email ( I did once because it was worth to share) now this caught my attention. I would really wanted to share this to all mothers and mothers to be. This could also be applied to men....I guess, for single fathers :D ! After what we have been through mothers, we should be proud to be called a plain housewife !

A COMMITMENT By Tingting Cojuangco
Sunday, December 02 2007 (

I get mixed feelings of anger, exasperation and comic relief whenever I ask a woman, “Do you work?” and she answers, “I am only a housewife.” Only? There are not enough hours in a day for any housewife!

Watching game shows, I notice the host’s standard line for personal interviews includes “What does your mother do?” And the instant reply that follows has become an equally standard line… “She is a plain housewife.” Now, that daughter’s response just irks me. Poor mom. And until this writing, it never dawned on me that being a housewife was simple, basic… and plain. So…

What does a housewife do? She wakes up earlier than her husband and children to fix the day’s lunch boxes. She toasts the bread in a microwave she (possibly) bought from her own salary. She may be in curlers just like in the American TV comedies. I hope not, because I think it’s terrible to see a woman in curlers sitting before her husband (unless you’re Lucille Ball) when, during courtship, she was blow-drying her hair every other day!

A housewife has to be like an octopus. While toasting the bread she’s getting the rice boiled and a can of pork and beans and a meat dish from last night’s dinner into Tupperware for her children’s lunch. She runs to the stove to check the bacon she is frying to make a sandwich. Sometimes she lays on a coat of butter and sugar — for energy — and she’ll consume her children’s leftovers!

Forward thinker, nights before school days, Mommy lays out her children’s uniform on a chair with shoes and socks ready to just slip on because it’s difficult to wake her little girls and boys who dress half-asleep. Clothes on standby make her job easier. I did that! For the sake of love and dressing up my girls to look coordinated.

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The children come down the stairs holding the banister. One is crying because he can’t find his toothbrush; the other missing his notebook after doing last night’s assignment and where do you think it might be? “What did we do last night?” Even her memory has to be awake at 6 a.m.

Disastrous! She runs up to look for that math notebook and the bacon gets burned. The children organized at the breakfast nook say they want crackers, too. She tells her children, “Put coco jam on the crackers. Okay, eat your cornflakes now… Drink your milk… Take your vitamins… There’s the school bus… Hurry!! Give mom a kiss… Remember me?”

Whew! Lock the door… Thank God that’s over… Up to the bedroom, and your husband’s staring. “Darling…?” Guess what? He wants to make love. And you feel like it’s lunch time already after hard labor at the kitchen when it’s just 6:30 a.m. If you don’t give in he’ll look for it outside. Didn’t Fr. Padre say that? I hope I don’t smell like bacon and Spam…

“Oh gosh, it’s late — 7:15!!” You take a shower… brush your teeth to discover the toothpaste cap is missing and look for it under the sink… one minute… two minutes… three minutes… and you have to put on your makeup. The mascara’s too thick. You forgot your sunscreen. Your hair’s soaking wet. A horn toots while you’re getting dressed. It’s your husband rushing to drop you off at work.

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At work you punch in at 8:30 a.m. late again… Well, there’s overtime and you’ll make up anyway for your lost salary after 5 p.m. At 6 p.m. you go to the supermarket to buy fruits and milk… Good thing you went to the market Saturday; that should take care of the whole week’s fresh and refrigerated food for dinners. Did I give the maid the week’s menu? Yes, I did… But what happened to Yaya Melissa? She didn’t came home from the province last night…

Yaya Melissa had to help her Nanay in the field, Tatay was running a temperature so Koyang harvested the palay and laid them out on the road to dry. She and her mother put the dried palay inside sacks the whole day… Nanay’s been awake since 4 a.m. and it’s now 2 p.m. She must rest a bit from the day’s heat, while Melissa watches over her younger sister. It’s time for Nanay to buy the medicine in town for Tatay; buy a plastic drum in the market for accumulating the water from the shallow well for washing the dishes, for cooking and for bathing.

She passes by the market to check palay prices and buy tuyo, kamatis, ampalaya and carne… Takes a pedicab home by 5 p.m — early enough to burn the wood that’s a little wet from the rains so it takes her five tries. Nevertheless she must cook dinner. There’s a knock at the door. Oh, those NPA’s again asking for food. It’s the third time this month. I’m tired of cooking for them… and they’re eating up my family’s share. This time I’ll send them away… That takes a lot of courage. But she does send them off. They hardly have enough for five children. Their neighbors have seven and eight because there isn’t a TV set in the barangay. No electricity! And it’s dark by 6:30 p.m. But her neighbor’s advantage is a lot of hands working the field. Thank God for children!

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Being a housewife is not as plain or uneventful as it may seem. On the contrary, housewives are superwomen of sorts. They work from dawn to dusk and do a lot of problem solving.

Helping the children with school assignments can be cumbersome; therefore, keeping abreast with the fast-phased high-tech learning styles she must do. I remember every time my mom taught me she’d raise her voice and I’d cry. Since then — Grade 4 — I have had a tutor whom I abused. Studying with a pillow on my desk, I lay my head on it, or played jackstones while studying and eating apples and more apples. I have never shrugged aside the offer of tutorial classes, which explains professors’ or Roland’s visits.

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Yes, yes. Multi-tasking is a game that a housewife can very well handle. Like a tiny ant carrying a luminous beetle. Her excellent ability for organization comes handy as she segregates the contents of the laundry bin that needs soaking first and a washing machine at once, if she is lucky enough to own one. In between pants and T-shirts she sweet-talks the Meralco and NAWASA collectors for another monthly payment extension. Not to mention she has also a number of pahulugan to negotiate.

If she can get the kids to take their afternoon nap, she hurries to hang-dry the laundered clothes. Has she estimated the drying and collecting time before the sun sets at six? Of course, by then she has strived to make the living room and bedroom floors sparkle with the best quick-shine floor polish she could purchase from the neighborhood store. One last activity is beautifying herself before her husband comes home from work.

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I forgot to add: a housewife acts as referee, too: separating fighting siblings before bedtime. And then she acts as guidance counselor with motherly words of wisdom for her children to live by.

The remaining hours of the night are spent tidying the dining room and the sink before she dives into bed to listen to a husband unburden his woes of the day as she lies awake hoping he’ll give her a most cherished prize for the day’s job well done: a goodnight kiss.

Now, what does your mother do? P L E N T Y !!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


during the day

the sunset

I grew up looking at this landscape. Half of my origin, my childhood souvenirs, the family, friends, neighbors .....I just miss HOME !

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Ca fait 9 mois j'ai eu mon permis conduire et j'avoue que le premier 3 mois ont été un peu stressants pour un néophyte conductrice surexciter comme je suis. Après avoir l'habitude de conduire quotidiennement surtout à Marseille je deviens de plus en plus confiante sur la route. J'ai des reflexes que je ne jamais eu auparavant. En tant que nouvelle conductrice j'avais des bon et mauvais experience sur les regardes des autres. Pourquoi ? Parce que le "A" est toujours visible sur ma voiture. C'est obligatoire et quelque fois un cauchemar! Je me souviens le post de Makis et elle a tout a fait raison. C'est une réalité que la conduite est une source de stress en soi. Nos comportements sont en quelque sorte est véritablement tester quand nous croisons tous genres de conducteurs (les brutes, les pilotes de course automobile, les Dimanches, les Roi de la route) . Nous sommes faire face aux événements stressants de tous les jours.

Voila un bon exemple, je suis allée au centre ville et puis je me suis garé sur la route (rue à sens unique) avec des voitures qui sont stationner sur les deux côtés.Je conduis une voiture Peugeot Partner, donc vous imaginez que pour une nouvelle conductrice ce n'est pas facile de manouvrer cette type de voiture...c'est presque un camion de livraison ! J'étais prudemment en train de finir mon créneau (pas assez de place et juste) Il y avais un arrogant, impatient chauffer de taxi deriérre moi. Je me suis garé très vite quand je pouvais mais le Monsieur chauffeur n'était pas vraiment content car pour lui je ne me suis pas garer assez vite. Evidemment, je ne suis pas une experte. Le villain chauffeur me disait avec un accent Marseillais " Il faut que vous l'apprenez car vous n'arrivez pas " mais quel abruti ! Je n'ai pas l'attention de me justifier sur ma conduite. J'avais du mal à avaler son sarcasm. Je suis peut-être inexpérience mais pas une idiote ! En general, les gens sont souvent aggresifs au voulant, ils sont impatients et ils ne comprennent rien! C'est pour cette raison le fameux "A" (Apprentisage) est obligatoirement collées derriére ma voiture pour avertir les gens. J'ai encore 2 ans et 3 mois avant de la retirer ! J'esperai les gens comprennent finalement j'au eu tort. Après quelques mois d'expérience, il m'a fallu mieux comprendre qu'il y a des gens qui ont souffert de harcèlement moral y compris moi avec mon signe "A" collées derrière ma voiture. Ce n'est pas du tout toujours évident mais je tiens le coup. Malheuresement, les gens oublient vite qui sont aussi passés par là ! Une signe de l'amnésie je suppose. Bref, les choses que j'aurai besoin de faire c'est d'être patiente, avoir d'une présence d'esprit , à faire preuve de prudence et de respecter les règles.

Cette nouvelle publicité en France sur la sécurité routière a attiré mon attention. La conduite demande beaucoup de concentration en particulier respecter les règles sur la route. C'est vrai que au départ cette pub m'a un peu choqué, malheuresement c'est la verité qui arrivent souvent. J'espère que cette nouvelle annonce tout le monde se rendent compte que nous ne devons pas négliger ces petites choses tandis qu'on est au voulant.

Ad Translation :

Vous roulez juste un peu trop vite : You are just driving a little too fast.

Vous lisez juste un petit message : Your are just reading a litte text message.

Vous tournez juste sans clignotant : You are just turning without signaling.

Vous l'avez just un peu tué : You just killed him a little bit

Sur la route il n'y a pas des petites infractions : On the road there are no little infractions

Respectons les règles : Let us respect the rules.

Please click for English Translation it may not be the exact translation but it would help you to understand the subject.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

new things

I am finally back to circulation but I still need to re-arrange and clean non-stop the mess at home. Kitchen's renovation is over but the expected installation of kitchen furnitures and kitchen equipements (washing machine, dish washer, gas stove & microwave) would be at the end of the month. Meaning, I have to live without the sink, gas stove and washing machine for another 3 more weeks. Anyhow, these are the renovated toilet and bathroom.

New bathroom & New toilet (sorry unavailable)

Sorry I haven't got a pictures of my old bathroom and toilet (need re-decorate the toilet). As soon as the kitchen furnitures are completely installed I will share them to you.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

hiatus, aperture, break, interruption,whatever !!

Do you think I could stay at our flat with these ? In whatever term, I will be away ! No, gas stove, no washing machine, no sink, no water ! I will see you soon, I hope ! For the meantime you could check my/our OTHER BLOG.

Friday, October 19, 2007

I feel good !

The last time it was the renovation of our bathroom now it's the kitchen. Since I could not access to my kitchen my children eat at the school canteen. Normally, everday I bring them at 9AM and pick them up before 11:30 for lunch and bring Sébastien back before 1:30 PM Mayumi stays with me. Since the kitchen is under renovation I will pick them up by 4:30 PM. In this case, I have 7 and 1/2 hours all by kill the time. Of course, even if we have the renovation I still do the chores, chat and blog.

This is my old kitchen. If you will notice the black on the ceiling it was my fault. I almost burn down the kitchen :( but it's not the reason of renovation but because when we bought the apartment it's already the kitchen. We just wanted to change this old kitchen.

It's true that becoming a mother has a lot of responsibilities and things to prioritize. But on the other hand, responsibilities should not hinder us the need to go out and unwind without the children. It is not being self centered or irresponsible but a mother should not neglect his personal needs and desires. A mother needs a space to blossom too. As my frenchhoney repeatedly tells me everytime that I did not get married just to take care and attend to their needs.....that I should THINK and LIVE for myself too! That I should go out and enjoy the life without thinking what to cook, the mess to clean, the things to oversee at home etc. I maybe have the style of the women during the 21st century but it was my choice. I answered him that I have all the time to do that and that I will always have the chance to go out and have fun. Anyways, we do go out from time to time but he told me again "It's different if you could go out alone or with friends around" !

Now the moment came....Just like the last time, I went out with my vietnamese friend whom I met from my driving school. We easily became friends. She's very nice and because we have things in common, we are both asian and both married to frenchies. We could talk everything without borders for the reason of culture similarities. After that getaway, I reflected what my frenchhoney told me about going out alone or with friends and he is completely right! When I went out with my girlfriend, I couldn't explain the sensation I had. I feel new ! It was like I am an adolescent who went out without thinking of the curfew, that I need to go back or else my parents will scold me. Or a dove in a wedding that has been freed by the newly married and didn't care to fly back. So that's for me, being a mother we should not be a prisoner of our responsibilities. I think it's always a matter of time management and organization so as not to neglect things that are important for myself.

Picture was taken inside the metro on the way going at where we parked our car

I also had the chance to take pictures before meeting up with my vietnamese friend. I took the pictures of inside-metro nothing special !

And since it's Rugby's Championship League they made this structured garden in the turn around of Rond Point du Prado 8th District of Marseille. Cool !

Well, I did enjoy the small escapade. I think I should do it not more often anyway, kids are at school. I should take the advantage of my free time only for myself when kids are at school and let alone the mess ??? LOL Honestly speaking, I really feel good and I am happy to have found a little part of my old self because I've almost failed to heed on my personal needs.

Friday, October 12, 2007

the real version

Last weekend we went out to have a little walk in the forest of Luminy. Since summer is really over the central massif are now open for hiking. It's true that we are at the beginning of Autumn season but we are very much surprise to have such agreeable and sunny weather in Marseille.Normally, the minimum temperature of Autumn in the morning is about 10-13°C but we are still experiencing 15-19°C this year! I went out at exactly 15:28 in the afternoon (French time) to check our thermometer and found out a 25°C under a shaded light condition. We still haven't experience rain this year. We experienced a little bit or rain shower but it was not enough to water the mountains and plants. Not even a bit of fresher environment. There are times in the morning, it's a bit cold but when the clock ticks at 10:00 AM there you go the sun shinning. Sometimes we are confused by these changes because we don't know what to wear either we should keep our summer clothes or bring out from the closet the autumn outfit we have. I guess, in this case we should wear light clothes and bring jackets (not so thick) like cardigans or vests.

Here are some sceneries, top view from Luminy, enjoy the look from afar...the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, I am already doing our planning and choose the hiking spots, scheduling is very important to motivate us to do once a week. I need to look for a 1 and 1/2 hour maximum walk only because our kids are still very young to do long walks. Anyways, I am sure I could find a perfect place to hike besides we live in Marseille, there are a lot to see and explore.

For the meantime, here's Mayumi doing the real version of HAKA DANCE :) ! Have a great weekend to all !

Monday, October 08, 2007

tagged by twos

So Pining is curious to find out what's on my desktop! Like all are the center of my computer screen. This photo was taken when we were in Corsica. So simple eh ! My son Sébastien who is turning 5 years old next January and my naughty daughter Mayumi who's 2 years and 6 months.

I don't know why but I like to be tagged. Now here is for Niceheart. Just to know me a little bit more.

• Where is your cellphone? On the bar

• Relationship? Two way
• Your hair? Wavy :) !
• Work? Still searching
• Your sister? My bestfriend !
• Your favorite thing(s) ? Computer, digicam & DVD collections
• Your dream last night? I don't remember....
• Your favorite drink? Mango juice
• Your dream car? It's not my thing as long as I have one !
• The room you’re in? Computer table
• Your shoes? comfy
• Your fears? losing a love one
• What do you want to be in 10 years? to have my Taekwondo black belt
• Who did you hang out with this weekend? Family out on hiking
• What are you not good at? Drawings and Math
• Muffin? chocolate
• One of your wish list items? To visit Italy !
• Where did you grow up? Manila & Quezon Province
• Last thing you did? Wash the dishes
• What are you wearing? short and t-shirt
• What aren’t you wearing? my slippers
• Your pet? Fishes
• Your computer? just perfect to communicate with
• Your life? simple and busy
• Your mood? Zen
• Missing? My family back home
• What are you thinking about right now? if I would be able to work one day
• Your car? Peugeot Partner (French mark)
• Your kitchen? Expected renovation this month
• Your summer? Exciting
• Your favorite color? Blue
• Last time you laughed? now because of my daughter
• Last time you cried? September when I was watching Dubai Film
• School? FEU
• Love? is the greatest gift of all

Thanks for tagging me guys I find it exciting!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

conquering the blacks!

Yesterday night we went out to watch the Rugby Match between France against New Zealand (known as the Blacks). Hubby had an invitation at La Place de La Joliette where they installed a big screen. There are bars, pizzeria and moroccan delicacies to enjoy with while having dinner in front of this giant screen. Surprised about the ambiance brought by the game. There were people tatoed on their face and costumed with white, red and blue color! The television station have shown history of previous games by the French team.

The show started and French people were proud to sing the French hymn trying to embraced the game. While the camera focused a candid shot to President Sarkozy and Prime Minister Fillon, the spectators from the room were boooing them, shouting & whistling! That I couldn't explain, why? Game started and after a few minutes one of the french team got injured. We were devastated ! I was shouting, complaining, and doing non-stop stressful gestures. The black scored 13 against 3 by Les Blue for the 1st quarter. Second quarter, the French team bombarded the black with their killing kick off and the magic entrance of Frédéric Michalak and Dominici has made all the difference! To cut the story short "Les Blue" won against "All Black" 18-20 which made them qualified to the semi final ! Now, don't you think THIS would would make them reach the final battle :) !

They are also my favorite but I will still go for the French team :)!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Thankful Thoughts for Toe

This is to thank TOE as I was awarded as a rockin' girl blogger. As my gratitude, would like to share this recipe to you. I guess everyone knows me that I am a good cook (kabaligtaran-the opposite). I have learned this from a Filipino friend who lives in Italy. A very simple recipe since Toe and Honey love cooking :) !

Ingredients :

Pasta (depends on your preference)
smoke bacon
3 branches of leeks

3 branches of celery
shitake mushroom (depends on the quantity you would like to have)
chicken bouillon (instead of salt)
good olive oil

Preparation :

Cut the leeks into round 5 cm (1-2 inch) and and the celery into cubes. Sauté the smoked bacon into a pan at medium heat with an olive oil of your preference. Add the cut leeks, celery and mushroom shitake. Add the chicken bouillon and pepper to taste. Mix well. When the leeks, celery and mushroom shitake are soft enough and is juicy it is cook already. Set aside.

Meanwhile, boil water and cook about 250 g of pasta al dente. Mix the sauce together in a big bowl when the pasta is done and serve immediately. Buon appetito! Happy cooking Toe !

Friday, September 28, 2007

Relax na relax ako !

My friend ask me to check his blog and I did. I guess, I should also post this as a response. ACCEPTED without a bit of hesitation. Others may say that I am being sensitive but I am not, I just needed fair assessment and because I give so much VALUE for blog perse!

NO CENSORING, the truth is this is what they're hiding behind those carboards !

Thursday, September 27, 2007

never imagine I am capable

This is a typical street in Marseille. This narrow street is a two-way and I am always confronted with the plight of everyday driving. I am becoming more and more confident in driving. This is the way going to school !

This is a one-way and narrow street. Driver should be very careful when passing because of pedestrian traversing this way should be 30km/hr.

Another one-way street where the school is located. Parents and or guardians stay inside these steel barriers when picking up the kids.

I found a great site for your
virtual visit ! Do check this out !

Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Beauty continues.....

Now, back to my normal post.....all comments on my previous post are greatly appreciated, thank you!

After all the reparations, cleaning and maintenance the house is ready to receive friends to our humble place. I am talking of French-Filipina and French-German couples, yes we are going International in the
village. A Filipina who arrived in France barely two years ago and who's also adapting to the French way of life. Her outlook on adjusting to her new environment had impressed me. I would say, she easily surpasses all the sentiments and differences between the two countries . Nonetheless, every foreigners need to undergo changes but it's depends on how we will be able to overcome them.

To start with, we welcomed our Franco-Filipino couple friends who supposed to arrive earlier but since there was a technical problem during the trip they arrived later at night than expected. Arriving at the Port of Bastia it was annoying that car rental shop was close because they needed to pick up the rented car to sojourn on the Corsica for three weeks. Fortunately, there was this nice guy who worked late at the shop let them took the car so the plan of staying at the hotel was completely disregard. Finally, they arrived at the village, had a simple dinner while narrating the exhausting yet exciting trip they had. Lights off and everyone went to bed.

Next morning, beheld the sight of the sunrise from a distance burned their hearts ceaselessly. Captured by the mountainous and greenest sights just in front of the house that cannot be seen in huge noisy cities . The majestic beauty of an island is just something extraordinary. Even whispers could be heard brought by the quieteness of the environment which is so relaxing ! We did the tour by car to the neighboring villages which are just accessible. Of course taking pictures of the sceneries was also a major part of the promenade while Honey was narrating a little bit about the place. Appreciating the Shepherd's animals that were completely out in liberty munching herbs and enjoying their freedom .
It was almost one in the afternoon that our stomach growled for hunger. While strolling, good enough we saw a typical Corsican restaurant situated in the village of Sermano. To begin with we have ordered fresh drinks for appetizer. The two frenchies asked for a typical Corsican beer, I have ordered a bottle of fresh Perrier and Coca cola for the kids. To simplify things, we have ordered the menu of the day ! We devoured our first plate, a homemaid Corsican Salad with their famous Brocciu Cheese accompanied by leek fritters (beignets de poireaux) main menu was a giant breaded pork and filled with frenchfries on the side. Finally, the owner came out with one of the specialties of Corsica a delicious dessert called Gâteau à la chataigne (cake made of chestnut flour). It was really delicious co'z almost everything were homemaid products. While all these were served Claude was taking a video of the owner asking to explain how Brocciu cheese and chestnut cake are being prepared and me asking for the recipe of leek fritters ! An additional knowledge as unexperienced cook.
We spent the whole day promenading and took advantage of the great weather we had in Corsica.

The next day we went picnicking at Tavignanu River just a minute away from the village. Traversing more than 58 km, Tavignanu is the second largest river of Corsica. The river continues going to Lake Nino, passing by the valley of Restonica, and very close to Aleria on the Eastern coast. The average water temperature in September is not above 25°celsius because the water comes fresh from the mountain, we went on the month of July so water was around 19° to 20° celsius. Before we found a great place for our picnic we needed to walk a little bit, the place started to be crowded. Finally, we found a place where we can scout just near a crystal clear water of a deep basin (pond). Sorry I didn't have the camera with me and I didn't have a picture of the basin. Children had fun, so you see my daughter she smiles very rare on the photos, so when I say fun, she really did enjoy ! We Pinays were not able to take even a little swim but just dipping our feet were enough as it was really cold ! We are still used to have warm water as 30° to 35° celsius. I just couldn't !

If you you need to know more about the place you could visit this site Corsica Attractions ! We will never know, you could include Corsica on your travel lists.

This is too long, I know :) ! Will continue the rest of my travel(telling) on Corsica vacation. For the moment, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Sunday !

Monday, September 17, 2007

not even a sweet revenge !

I made a tagalog poem to thank my family, friends and those who are close to me in remembering me on the day of my birthday. In common perception, Tagalog is an easy language for us Filipinos because we speak it everyday. But I can tell you that it's the contrary. I took an effort thinking of all the vocabulary words I learned from high school. The perfect words that rhyme but most especially it is what I honeslty feel about them.

I love blogging, blogger friends and the strangers who visit my blog. I blog because I want to make friends, to learn from their experiences, to have their point of view, to have a subject of conversation and everything that concerns blogging which are profitable. Mainly, I am open to constructive criticism and most of all I don't like to have enemies ! This morning I had a visitor and he surprised me with his comment on my previous post (which I already erased). His exact comment was "Parang suicide note...." ("Seems to be a suicide note"). I was thankful that a stranger visited my blog but his message was very offending ! For your information, it was a thank you message for all the people who are dear to me, if in case you do not understand profound vocabularies , apparently you are a Filipino like me. The comment was signed not by his real name and without his blogging details (URL). I saw some of his comments which are also in my links with his URL so I said to myself he's a COWARD with bad intentions because he did not put his identity. Sorry, I was able to track you !

Even if it's a joke, I don't think that it is the right thing to say to a person especially if you do not know him/her. I was asking myself, do I deserve this kind of comment ? I myself do not have the courage to aggress people by comments such as this ! I've been sincere with all the comments I make in every blog I visit ! If I disagree to a certain post I will write what I think in a nice way or if the post is somewhat revolting I tell it frankly without hurting someone's feelings ! Sometimes, I don't understand that there are people who are capable of bitching.

This is not a kind of revenge but to remind YOU to please be nice ! I don't know you and I didn't do anything against you !

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Paglipas ng panahon

Tatlongpu't limang taong nagdaan hanggang ngayon
Ako’y nagpapasalamat ng walang hanggan.
Mula sa aking pagkabata isip ay namulat
Magandang pag uugali, maayos na pakikisama sa lahat .

Mga magulang na umaantabay
Aking mga gawain sila'y tanging gabay.
Sa kanilang mga mata kasiyahay nasisilayan
Tuwing ako'y nagtatagumpay.

Kasiyahan, kalungkutan, tagumpay man o kabiguan
Nandiyan pa rin silang ako'y parangalan.
Lingid sa mga nagawang pagkakamali
Hatid nila'y walang sawang pagsusulsi.

Sa aking mga kapatid na umaagapay
Kasagutan ko ay malaking pagpupugay.
Mga pagsubok sa buhay, hirap man o ginhawa
Kaakiba't ko pa rin silang nagtitiyaga.

Para sa aking kabiyak sa buhay
Ako'y minamahal ng walang kapantay.
Iba man ang ating pinagmulan
Respeto at pagmamahal ang ating timbulan.

Mga anak kong nagbibigay ng ligaya
Sa bawat mahigpit na yakap at halik
Pagod ay mabilis na nawawaglit
Nabibigay lakas sa bawat paghihinagpis.

Maari ko bang kalimutan mga kaibigang walang sawâ
Bawat pagdurugo ng puso ko'y kasamang magbatâ
Sa bawat kalokohan aming maisipan
Matatag na samahan at walang iwanan

Andiyan ako ay humagalpak sa tuwa
Ngunit luklukan din ang pagluhà't pagluluksâ
Ganoon pa man ang buhay na taglay
Patuloy ang aking pakikibaka ng walang humpay.

Para sa lahat kayo'y tatak sa aking buhay
Hindi kumukupas at walang katumbas
Maraming salamat sa nasa ITAAS
Hulog kayong nagsisigasig mula sa langit.
Lumipas man ang panahon
Pukpukin man ako ng pagsubok ng sansinukob
Nariyan pa rin akong matatag na tagapaglingkod.

Thank you for those who sent me emails, ecards, IM''s, friendster messages, text and even voice messages. I am glad you are a part of my life ! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US MAKIS !

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Les 3 Mousquetaires

Family day at Park Borely. I am proud of how I took this photo co'z I am not really good when it comes to picture taking ! Any suggestions on how to take pictures ? I mean good one even if I don't have professional camera equipment. I am just using a simple digital cam.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Les astuces du jardin

Ca faisait longtemps que je n’avais pas deployer sur mon blog pas un seul mots en Français ! La raison, je n'ai même pas pu en placer une. Je suis une grande paresseuse! Ce n'est pas grave c'est les vacances donc je mets les pieds dans la pédale! Alors là, le moment est venu de me commencerai donc par une histoire légère !

Tout l'été le parc près d'où nous vivons est presque tous les jours fermer pour eviter l'incendie. Mais hier aprés-midi c'était exceptionnel car il était ouvert tout la journée. Malgré les vents un peu frais qui m'a fait frissonner je suis sorti avec les enfants. Au lieu d'aller ailleurs se promener je me suis dis pourquoi pas sortir un moment privilégier pour s'aérer juste à côté de chez nous. Bonne chose, je ne conduirerai pas!

Nous étions sorti avec la voisine et avec sa chienne au parc. C'est toujours sympa de discuter avec les gens parce que je continue à découvrir tant chose sur la France pendant que les enfants se regale au parc avec les autres enfants. Nous avons decidé d'allé dans la forêt un peu plus loin et puis en marchant nous avons trouvé un figuier. Ca fait 6 ans je suis en France mais je n'ai jamais goûter une figue bien fraiche ! Eh oui ! Ce qui est dommage il y avait pas mal déjà sont tombé par terre et les gens qui se balladent ne fais pas attention avec la chance qu'ils ont ! Donc, je ne participerai pas à cette mal attention. C'est un peu ça le désavantage de l'insensibilité, nous pouvons presque tout avoir jusqu'à ne plus savoir quoi en faire même la nature nous donne des surprirse avec tout sa doucer. Certes, la défi commence! Pour ne pas gâcher j'ai grimper un peu plus haut jusqu'au ce que je l'attrape les fruits ! Eh oui, je suis une sacré scaladeur ! Voila les figues (Ficus Carica) que j'ai ramassée ! Il y avait une mère avec sa fille qui ramassait avec joie des figues bien mur et je suis contente de voir ces gens là qui partagent mes sentiments, contribué à mieux faire connaître et respecter la nature !

Huh, ce n'était pas facile de grimper un arbre surtout si l'àge est mis en question ! Je ne me rappele plus la dernière fois j'ai grimpe un arbre....mais la sensation j'ai eu la haut est inexplicable ! Si comme c'était hier ! Et à ce moment-là, mes souvenirs remonte et grimper un arbre est une partie de mes souvenirs d'enfance.

Je suis rentée à la maison fière et contente ! Tandis que les enfants prenaient un bain, j'e me demande quest-ce que je peux faire avec ses figues ? Voila une meilleure idée....faire de la confiture ;) ! J'ai toujours voulu apprends comment faire de la confiture.

J'ai trouve dans mon tiroir un produit Alsa que j'ai gardé depuis un moment. C'est un produit qui existe depuis des années. Il sagit de poudre constitué de peptine qui a pour but de gelifier naturellement la confiture et garder sa fraicheur bien longtemps comme de la confiture qu'on achete dans la grande surface. Ce produit est trés utile dans tous les cas de cuisine. A l'interieur de cette boite vous trouvez 5 sachettes de gelifiant (equivalent de 10 to 12 pots) et un petit livret contenant la notice et surtout plusieurs recettes facile à suivre. Si vous voulez reussi avec vos confitures n'oubliez pas d'acheter ce produits qui vous aidera de faire une delicieuse confiture maison ♫♫ ! Je me mets aux fourneaux et aux casseroles ! J'ai commencé à suivre la recette, et puis basta !

Ma conclusion finale de cette experience, nous devons prendre soin de la nature un peu plus et qu'elle doit faire partie de notre quotidien spontanement. Pensons a notre environnement à ces quelques gestes qui ne coûtent rien et peuvent apporter tant des belles choses ! Et la voila, ma confiture trés appétissante à base des figues succulentes ! Vous trouvez pas ça génial !!!

Translation :

It’s been a long time that I was not able to unfold on my blog not only one French word! The reason, I could not even place one of them. I am a lazy fart! It doesn’t matter it’s holidays then I need to have a break! Well, the moment came for me to dig in… I will start from a light anecdote!

Every summer the park close to where we live is almost close every day to avoid the fire. But yesterday it was exceptional because it was open all the day. In spite of the little fresh wind which made me shiver I went out with the children. Instead of going elsewhere for a stroll I thought of going out and why not take the privilege time to have a fresh air just near our area. Good thing, I will not drive!

We went out together with our neighbor and her dog for a stroll at the park. It is always nice to discuss with people because I continue to discover so much things about France while the children themselves are having fun with other children. We decided to go in the forest a little further and then while walking we found a fig tree. It’s been 6 years that I live in France but I have never tasted a fresh fig ! Oh yes! What’s unfortunate about this is that there were a lot of figs which already fell on the ground and people who promenade do not pay attention with the chance that they have! Therefore, I will not participate in this blithe indifference of the plight. It’s the disadvantage of insensitivity, we can almost have everything not knowing what to do until the nature reserve us surprises with all its gentleness. Indeed, the challenge starts! I cannot afford to waste them so I climbed a little higher until I reached the fruits! Yes I am tree hiker! Voila,the figs (Ficus Carica) which I collected! There was a mother with her daughter who also harvested with joy the figs and I am glad to see these people who share my feelings, contribute to know better and to respect the nature!

Huh, it was not easy to climb a tree especially if we speak about the age! I cannot recall when was the last time I climbed a tree…but the feeling I had on top was inexplicable! As if it was yesterday! And, at this time, all the memories came back and climbing a tree is part of my childhood memories.I am went home proud and happy! While the kids take their bath, I was asking what to do with the figs? Voila, a better idea…to make a jam ;) ! I’ve always wanted to learn how to make it.I found inside my drawer an Alsa product which I kept since. It is a product which exists since years. It’s a powder made up of peptin the purpose of which is to jellify the fruits into liquid and naturally keeps its freshness even more longer. It’s already like those jam that can be brought in the groceries. This product is very useful in all sorts of cooking. Inside you will find 5 sachets in powder (each sachet could make 10 to 12 pots) with an instructions and containing a small leaflets with a lot of easy recipes to follow. If you want to succeed with your jams do not forget to buy this products which will help you to make a delicious house made jams ♫♫! I am ready to face my stove and the pans! I started to follow the recipe, and then go!

My final conclusion of this experience, we should take care of the nature moreoften and it should spontaneously be a part of our daily lives. Let us think of our environment with these little gestures which do not cost anything and can bring a lot of beautiful things to us! And there you go my savorous jam made from succulent figs ! Don’t you find it brilliant!!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Corsica and its beauty

After celebrating Mayumi's baptism , that night of the same day we boarded at 9:30 PM heading off to Corsica arriving the next day at 6:30 AM. Each year we spend summer holidays in the mountain to escape from the polluted, noisy, stressing, and congested city of Marseille. Corsica is an island and region of France and is the 4th largest island in Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily, Sardinia which is 7-mile (11-km) a short strait from Bonifacio 56 miles (90 km) from northwestern Italy, and Cyprus ) . It is also known as "L'île de Beauté" (Island of Beauty) because of its enchanting mountainous green environment, the wildlife animals, rocky cliffs, pure and crystal clear lakes and rivers, mutli colored sea, white fine beaches, the Corsican typical houses and gastronomy. Inhabitants of Corsica are mostly from Marseilles and they consider it as their second home.

Arriving early in the morning at the port of
Propriano I didn't expect that travelling from there would be strenuously hard (it was our first time normally we take Port of Bastia). Some of you are aware that I have a transportation problem of any sorts. Same old banana, but this time it was not a catastropic experience for me. Unfortunately, my poor little girl suffered a lot from this trip ! I'll spare you the disgusting details. It was like following the trail of a big roller coaster!

Being in the village of 69 permanent residents, with a surface of 22 km ² and 894 meters of altitude on a surface of 2.379 hectares (either 2,9 hab/km ²) are just perfect to find fresher air and tranquility. Our first week was consecrated from cleaning the house itself and its sorroundings, to paint and treat the wooden windows and doors with special products for maintenance, to construct a bench made of stone just under the figue tree, to spend our time together as family going at the beach and river and discussing with the villagers is always included in our lists.

The village where family house is located

I took a picture from the old room of frenchhubby of this bee hives with manufactured honey already ! We let this area close for a week because they could be dangerous for the kids. We asked help from Antoine who is an apiculteur (beekeeper) at the same time has a miellerie (production and sells honey).

We tried really hard to regain the beehives but there was no other way to recuperate it so we ended up exterminating them. I know it was unfortunate but I prefer the safety of my kids !

I will leave you with the first part of our Corsica expedition and will tell you more of my exciting stories with our invited friends !


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Tagged : What were you thinking?

Got tagged by Analyse! Now, the question is what were you thinking when you first met your current main squeeze? (husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, significant other, sex partner, WHATEVER!)

Working in shifting hours is quite exhausting, the young woman was just starting her day while everyone's ready to put their pajamas on. She was well paid, she enjoyed entertaining clients, she was good in pacifying an angry client, she could be tough with her subordinates. After working for 5 years and 3 months in the Hotel Business to be exact the young woman was contented to end her career working night and day, day and night. So then she definitely wants CHANGE !

A friend (who's an ex employee of hotel) asked the young woman if she wanted to apply at their international office. This friend has been asking her many times and long time ago but she refuses to apply. This time proposition was granted. To make the story short, the young woman applied, had undergone interviews and later on hired by the
Company as an assistant to the Executive Secretary at the same time receptionist (the only position that was available).

One morning, the young woman went to her new office, prepared herself for her first day to work with new people, new environment and new things to be learned. She though of having to start a new beginnings! After 5 long years of shifting hours and sleepless nights she will be able to see sun rises again. Suddenly, a man of white race came in, wearing a blue slacks and yellow short sleeves shirt with his laptop bag. Here goes the conversation :

Young woman : "Good Morning Sir" with a warm greeting & a fortune smile (take note) !

White race man : "Good Morning" responded with coldness not even a smile and went straight to his office

Young woman : "Who was he ?" asking her colleague with rasing eyebrows

Officemate : Oh he is our Sales Manager and he's French ! He just arrived November 1998.

Young Woman : Oh I see, that's why he's a snob he's French! Sayang guapo pa naman sya ! (It's a pity, he's handsome though)

The young woman thought that there was only one Expatriate and that's the Director and President of the Company ! She was surprised to see this snobbish French Man of which she thought one of their clients. (During the interview Frenchie was in Singapore)

So then, the young woman has no choice but obliged to work with this snobbish frenchie! Everyday is a battle for her. Later on frenchie learned to greet the young woman with a smile every morning ! The young woman wanted to learn french, she always love to learn other language. With her curiousity he asked Frenchie how to say to a woman that she's beautiful in French. So she got the answer accompanied by a naughty smile " Tu manges comme un petit cochon " (You eat like a pig....this is the real meaning of this) and winked at her...and she believed him ! From there, a beautiful love story started !

..............And we are living happily ever after !

P.S. I just learned later on that it was love at first sight for Frenchie ;) !

Friday, July 27, 2007

moving forward....

June has been a busy month for me. I had two interviews the first one with Alinéa as a Service Quality Assistant. By the way, it was my second interview with them ! I've posted my first interview with the same enterprise and unfortunately didn't get the job because they needed someone who speaks Chinese ! This time was not a success either!

Job description : To work within the service Quality and Design, you intervene in the chain of provisioning of our products importation (Asia zone). You ensure the organization and the follow-up of the good course of the quality controls realized in our suppliers by our offices of control. You are in load of the planning of these controls, of the follow-up of the costs, alert on nonconformities, take part in the life of the products of the sign while intervening in the drafting and the update of technical documents. Coordinator of this activity, you work with the offices of control, Alinéa suppliers and central merchandisings. You maintain a relation privileged with our stores of which you collect information on the quality of the products and the SAV (Service Après Vente). Imperatively english speaking.

After two weeks of waiting I finally got the result. My friend who happened to be the HR personnel told me that my candidature was not retained ! She further explained that they have appreciated my personality and everything that follows. Their only worry is that I may not probably be able to express and understand certain technicalities in French. She also added that I speak very well but they would need someone who will be able to have an advance knowledge in terms of French business dealing. It doesn't mean that I am not competent to accomplish the tasks.
I understood perfectly her reasons but I was just contemplating on why do they exige that one must speak english as one of their qualifications while there are not so many people who speak the english language (very limited) ! They speak more of European Languages (Italian, Spanish, German). I still believe that France shows a lack of open mindedness when it comes to integration ! Small chances to get integrated in a working environment. Don't you agree that I also need to receive an equal opportunity, treatment and consideration ?

Second interview I had was with
Travelex ! It is a foreign exchange and money transfer company. Still waiting for the result on September. I will tell you more about it as soon as I have news from them. At present Travelex has an office in Marseille and they will soon open an extension office because of an abrupt client demands.

Enough for job searching. I still have more time to do it, the most ideal would be on September. What was more essential was keeping myself busy preparing for Mayumi's Baptism which was held last July 1st. I have made personalized invitations, souvenirs with dragées (coated candies, a typical souvenir in France in all sorts of occassions). Second, I needed to prepare our stuffs for a 3 week vacation in Corsica not to forget things that are very important. Third, we have received my son's school card and we are ecstatically happy for a job well done. Admitted to higher level this school year 2007-2008. Fourth, I needed to be present most of the time for my children and attend to their everyday needs. I have so many things to be grateful with....that I get oblivious of the mounting pressures, the fatigue, and difficulties I undergone during job searching !

The reasons why I am inactive lately in the blogsphere ! June is quite a challenging month and anyhow difficult to digest but now I am back and July is more interesting and fun !