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 myself....to 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 mothers....kids 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 !