Wednesday, July 30, 2008

My other ME

I don’t know if you have some difficulties in pronouncing my name HAZEL (Hey-zhul). On the other hand, when I arrived in France my name became AZEL (ah-zel) some would call me ASSEL (but I am not one & I assure you I don’t create hassle) and because French doesn’t pronounce the letter H! I didn’t know that French and Kapangpangan’s have in common. In Pampangga they don’t pronounce the letter H until I became friends with my friend C who is an origin of Pampangga (we’re both working in the Hotel Industry). One night, we were watching a film at home and in that particular scene there was a snake and she was screaming really hard while watching and pointing her finger on the television to warn the actors as if she could be heared by them “ Naku ingat ka sa a-as!!” (Oh be careful with the???). At that time I didn’t get it and inquisitively asked her what was about a-as after all? She smilingly told me that in Pampangga they don’t pronounce the H so she was referring about Ahas (snake) ! Thus, the next time she asked me to pass the ANGER she is talking about HANGER (a hook or rod used for hanging clothes)! I jokingly told you her you should be calling me AZEL then! She grinned at me explaining that for names of person and places will be particularly different. They could pronounce the H without technical hitches. Ouf, I was released then my name will be pronounced properly. This is because the Kapangpangan’s writing method had only 14 characters compared to the 26 calligraphy of the modern alphabets. They did not have the letters “f,” “v” and “h” and had only one character for “d” and “r,” one symbol for “e” and “i,” and one symbol for “o” and “u.” And that is also why they have trouble pronouncing “V” and “F”. Next time do not be surprised if a Kapangpangan says Ello and Good-Vye!

Going back to France I am okay when they call me AZEL or ASSEL. I understand why they drop the H letter because it’s the rule. I asked them why and got a simple explanation that it is a silent H so it would be inflexible for them to articulate with aspiration. I will bring you further on how they pronounce my name or call me as they want them to call me. A comical story I encountered on my first visit to Corsica and at that time I am no speaking French so everything was translated in English by Honey. He introduced me to the village people and to his distant cousins. And so I met his cousin P which is now 81 years old (she doesn’t look her age). A typical Corsican woman and warm by nature. She speaks French as well as the native language Corsu. Honey told me that she speaks robust Corsican accent which sometimes difficult to understand. Then we have kissed cheeks to cheeks as a sign of Hello in France.


Honey : Voila P, c’est mon épouse, Hazel. (Voila P, it"s my wife Hazel.)

Me : Ravie de vous connaître P, enfin ! (I am glad to meet you P, finally!)

P : Comment tu t’appelles déjà ?
(she approached me closely so she could hear me right) (What is your name again?)

I had probably repeated thrice articulating my name. Unfortunately, my name is not frequent in France therefore it’s tough to remember and pronounce it. She looked at me with confusion. And P was trying really hard remembering my name but apparently my name is tough for her to remember.

P : Oh la la, c’est trop complique pour moi. Je ne peux pas me souvenir de ton prénom, désolé ! Alors, je t’appellerai ISABELLE ! Comme ça c’est facile. (Oh la la, it's to complicated for me. I would not be able to remember your name, sorry! So, I will call you Isabelle! Now that's easy.)

I was surprised too perkily that I couldn’t express since I didn’t understand a single word she said……only ISABELLE. I was like why is she talking about Isabelle? I have understood after Honey translated everything she said. I smilingly told her, it’s not a big deal Isabelle is fine! And we laugh altogether.

Whenever we go and visit her she calls me Isabelle. At times I have the feeling that I am another person behind this beautiful name!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Should I or shouldn't I ?

I don’t know and I don’t care of what my neighbours will think everytime they see me clean our car inside the residence. Well, I know that vacuum creates an irritating sound however I don’t wash the car early in the morning or during nap time. I am not that insensitive on others wanting to have a quite environment. Knowing that Frenchies often complains because of the LITTLE noise a person could create nevertheless I still insist on cleaning our car. I have kids who eat inside the car obviously the presence of bread crumbs is frequently visible. I clean the car once a week and I think there’s nothing ghastly about washing a car even inside the property. There are some neighbours who would joke and ask me to clean their car “un coup de chiffon suffit et je serai content!” (One touch of sponge and I will be happy!). Or they will tell me that husband is quite lucky that I do the cleaning. While the truth is they wanted to pass a message on me that they want their wife to do the same (and because I am the only woman in the neighbourhood who consistently cleans a car). Others would throw out a killer glance on me and apparently unfriendly probably want to ask me why shouldn’t I just go clean my car at the car wash centre and stop making noise with my non-silence vacuum. A mischievous looks as if I am causing destruction and a penchant for wreaking havoc. Why should I? I know that a car wash centre exists but we are paying our monthly dues amongst the proprietors of the habitation so why not use of the benefits that goes along with it anyway. One way is by utilizing the water in cleaning the car to compensate from the costly monthly fee. It’s just fair enough and I am not the only one cleaning the car by the way. There are very few neighbours that will approach me discreetly telling me that washing a car don’t cost that much and the vacuums are more dominant! I will just plainly reply that it’s not about paying it’s about how I wanted my car to be washed without queuing and waiting without making any effort and to tell you honestly I love washing my car, that’s it!

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Just got back from a 7 hours travel from the Region of Bourgogne and stayed two days there for the wedding celebration of our friends. It was a great wedding and will tell you more about it. For the meantime we are re-charging the car to put our stuffs and by the time you read this we will be boarding on the ship heading to Corsica. And yes we didn't have much sleep for 2 days but then tonight finally we will surely sleep well since it is a night travel. See you soon and happy vacation to everyone.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Everyone meets everyone

It’s been four months since my last EB with Hilda and daughter Mayumi and I was talking about wondering who will be the next. Eventually a long-time plan of an EB between Makis and Hilda took place. Moreover, we also met another blogger Lynneth and family who apparently spending a grandiose vacation in the South. Makis had a good idea of proposing Lynneth to meet up with everyone. After my first encounter with Hilda this time will be Makis meets Hilda, Hazel meets Lynneth and Hilda meets Lynneth(just to be giving you the exact details) biggrin. I live in Marseille, Makis lives in Carry, Hilda lives in Lambesc and Lynneth will be coming from Frejus thus we decided to meet halfway. Typically an EB take place in restaurants, bars/ cafes or someone’s place but this time is just wonderful. Hilda proposed a picnic at the park in Aix-en Provence for a change out of the ordinary.

We went to Parc Jourdan and it was already 1:00 in the afternoon that our growling stomach started to whine. And looking at the KFC we just bought on the way to Aix made us ready to famishedly devour the crispy chicken once we find a nice spot at the park. Just a bit disappointed though there’s no gravy and rice to complete the KFC Pinoy style. Okay I must admit that we were really hungry and that Hilda who lives in Aix is not familiar with the park so we ended us picnicking in the "terrain de boules de Pétanques" (Playing field of Pétanques). We didn’t even have the courage to look for a nice spot with a large area of lush green grass surrounded by trees and flowers where we could really sit back, relax and eat agreeably. Particularly for not waiting Lynneth’s and family, sorry guys we were really starving it was past one already and kids are undeniably worn-out. I know we could have gone further to verify but we discovered it later after a satisfying lunch we had under a tree and beside a bench just to put some of our stuffs. We were re-charged!

With the energy we have after dining we moved from one place to another. We went out of the play field of Pétanque heading near a fountain in search for a fresher atmosphere. Since we were still waiting for Lynneth’s & family the kids enjoyed playing near the fountain and the three of us were contented chit-chatting. While Makis never stopped in checking out if there is possible area for the kids to play with. Finally, it’s just a question of going up, take the stairs and hélas there you could see a spacious, clean and peaceful garden as well as a play pen to enjoy with. At around 2:30 Lynneth’s and family arrived, introduced each one of us. And we would like to thank them for the gifts they have given to Basti and Mimi and Little Mayumi… indeed a very kind gesture. They had a pleasant lunch while we started a fine exchange to get to know each other. We savoured Hilda’s mouth watering dessert altogether. Kids play freely at the playpen. When it was the time to leave David's been sulking because he wanted to bring Sébastien with him back home. It took us little time to pacify him. Oh poor David, don’t worry if we pass by Paris we will never miss to visit you. Looking at David, we never stop bugging Lynneth to have a second baby brother or sister for David to enjoy with. Thanks for the pictures Makis, they're wonderful !

The journey was too short to talk about everything but it was indeed wonderful to have met everyone. Then again thanks to the power of blogging wink.





Thursday, July 10, 2008

Le permis ça se mérite!

Ca ferra un an j’ai eu mon permis de conduire plus exactement depuis le 13 Février 2007 (17 mois). Eh oui les temps passe vite! Tous les jours je me sens de plus en plus à laisse mais parfois je ressens des petites appréhensions. Disons conduire ce n’est pas facile surtout lorsque nous sommes confrontés avec des gens qui conduisent mal, qui n'obéissent pas la code de la route pourtant qu’ils connaissent les règles. Mais personnellement, avec toutes ces expériences ils sont vraiment utiles vu que j’apprends d’avoir :

La confiance en soi : Elle est très important de prends confiance dans ma capacité disons avoir ’La Positive Attitude’. Assurez vous tout le monde peut apprend à conduire et d’être confiant peuvent nous aider à s'en sortir. D’être pessimiste n'a jamais acquis une bataille !

Le réflexe : L’expérience de la route se procure en conduisant constamment. Sans parler de mettre la ceinture et les clignotants…c’est automatique !

La prise de décision : Sans la moindre d’hésitation face à des situations difficiles et parfois différents. Ce n’est pas aussi facile à prendre surtout face a un problème général…les comportement des gens sur la route mais je vis comme une épreuve que je devrai surmonter en permanence.

Se comporter avec courtoisie : Pas beaucoup des conducteurs ont la politesse parfois ils ont plutôt egoist. Je comprends c'est la circulations! Mais quand on est confronté à une condition farfelu il vaut mieux de rester zen et rationnel. Se disputer avec les gens ne sers a rien !

Suivre les règles : Tout simplement pour plus de sécurité et éviter tout risques que l’on peut rencontrer en conduisant.

La première fois j’ai passé l'épreuve j’ai raté car j’ai hésitée ce que l'instructeur m'avais demandé de le faire en arrivant du rond point donc les modalités de prise de décision ne sont pas encore établie en moi. Pas de tout confiante. Aucun réflexe néanmoins je suis courtoise mais cela ne suffit pas! Donc avec la conduite accompagne j’ai appris tant des choses. Même j’ai loupée ce n’était pas aussi mal que ça! J’ai l’ai eu deuxième coup car j’ai tellement travaillé après avoir échoué.

Let GOOGLE translate this for you. Some words may not be the exact translation but it helps, thanks.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Koh-Lanta season 8

I have talked about in my previous post just last year about the TV reality in France. The one I was religiously watching was La Nouvelle Star which ended last month. I was actually rooting for Benjamin because I like the way he performs unfortunately he did not make it to the finals sad. I find the regulations of the game a bit peculiar. The contestants perform and will be judged according to their performance. There are professional judges (i.e. singers, composer etc) but their judgment does not count because in the end the crowd will have the final say. Unfortunately, it’s the name of the game! In fairness to Amandine she also sings very well and I think the crowd preferred that a lady wins this time because in the last two consecutive shows winners were both men. But I still go for Benjamin, a true artist himself.

Summer is equivalent to TV Reality in France and they are budding like flowers but quite non-sense like Secret Story (equivalent to Pinoy Big Brothers ) and L’Ile de la Tentation (Island of Temptation) which are starting to be on television screen by now. I have talked about them on my preceding post and I never really watch a single episode of the show. I only talk concerning my favourite TV reality shows like Koh-Lanta (the French version of Mark Burnett's Survivor). This is a contest of adventure. Last year season 7 was held in the island of Palawan and I also did not agree of Kevin winning the adventure, I voted for Gregoire who once failed (just once) while Kevin lost many times during the adventure. Anyway, it’s like gambling either you loose or win!

Rules of the game:

Part 1
The Games are Comfort with a gain to improve the ordinary Adventurers on the camps.

The victory in the game Immunity preserves the entire team or the candidate's elimination after the Council.

At the Council, all contenders of the team will have a secret voting with a ballot. The name of the eliminated person is written on the ballot from the team which will be immediately excluded from the adventure.

Part 2
The Reunification includes the remaining candidates of the two teams into one (yellow and red team combined). From that moment, everyone plays for him and pulls individual benefit of his victory in the Test Comfort or immunity.
When reunification is effective, candidates are eliminated in an isolated island until the last Council, where he will designate the winner between the two finalists. The ultimate outcome of this Council will be announced live during the last broadcast in Paris.

I only talk about shows concerning good shows and because tonight, July 4 Koh-Lanta season 8 will be held for the second time in the Philippines biggrin. The exact place of shooting is in the Island of Caramoan in the Region of Camarines Sur. I was quite surprise normally they transfer from one country to another after every season. I’ve also learned that French adventurers, productions and crews stayed there for 3 months now for the shooting. They've built a number of cabanas during their stay. These cabanas will be a supplementary tourist attraction once the competition shooting ends.

I am excited for tonight to discover more my country and the beautiful islands behind the noisy city of Manila razz!