Monday, January 26, 2009

The Choir

I've been wanting to write for some time to share this wonderful concert that took place May of 2007 in Marseilles (I know it's far too late) performed by the Manila Chamber Singers. They have had a European tour that year and Marseilles was one of their destinations. The concert was held at the Church where Filipinos and Spanish attend. I had the chance to meet with all these very talented young people from UP Diliman and here they are singing acapella:

Fantastic show isn't it !!! Many of us have attended and few French people as they were not advised earlier. It was absolutely one spectacular event for us Filipinos to see these young people who came all the way from the Philippines to Europe for a free concert. As a sign of gratitude, a lot of us bought their CD's they promote so as to compensate their expenses and some souvenir handmade by the choir. We also toured these young talents within Marseilles. And before they said goodbye a beautiful song was dedicated to us.

Hey guys hope you will come back to see us !

I just can't wait to see them perform once again biggrin ! Even if Marseilles doesn't have all these big Filipino artists in concert like Piolo doing a concert or Gary Valenciano, these young talented ones are worth watching ! Together, they have performed music that gave a tremendous joy to Filipinos abroad !

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Make it a habit

"La vie est belle mais ça dépend de qui". (Life is beautiful but it depends on whom.) This is the exact words of Jacques yesterday when I was watching 66 minutes. Jacques is 50 years old, one of the many homeless in the “Bois de Vincennes, Paris” . He lives in the midst at the park with a tent to live with. A comforter maybe 5 times thicker to protect from the cold winter but not enough to escape from freezing weather of Paris. Since he became a homeless he has this grave bronchitis and has become worse because of the situation he is into. Like every homeless people who lives in parks, riversides with their tents and huts, or live in side street with their card-board Jacques chose to put up his little home in the woods. He prefers to set up a tent in the woods rather than living in the sidewalks of Paris as it is difficult probably because of constant police control.

As temperature falls to -6°C the only thing he does together with other friend is to put a fireplace. Sometimes, no food to eat. Talk and laugh all together to forget that life is unjust. He said that they need to sleep earlier around 8 in the evening because the fire is not sufficient until the night. I can't help it and got teary eyed when he said that his future is behind him and that there isn’t hope anymore. And he let them pass. Sometimes, he thinks to put an end to his life to avoid this miserable situation. That is the only solution so as not to suffer anymore. But then again, when he’s clear-headed enough, he still thinks that maybe tomorrow will be another day. Or everything will pass one day. Briefly he seems to bend forward to that reflection.

In fact, his interview aired on the television last winter and a lot of people got so touched and so the situation gets better for Jacques. Thanks to that reportage he now receives help from a lot of people like receiving goods almost everyday. Accompanied with some children’s drawings and letters that he keeps and see life on a different phase.

So let’s make gratitude a habit even for simple things. Say your Thanks out loud. Stop complaining there are worse things out there. Be Grateful for the challenging and difficult times, too because that what make us stronger.

Image from Europe1

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Marseille sous la neige

Enfin, je suis là après une longue vacances. Je suis donc vous souhaiter une trés Bonne et Heureuse Année. Espérons que cette année sera meilleure pour tout le monde malgré la crise financière mondiale nous sommes confrontés. Surtout d'avoir une bonne sante car c'est primordial! Je vous parlerai de la suite d'une magnifique journée pour tous au moins ou peut être une galère pour ceux qui ont resté sur la route toute la nuit.

Il s'agit d'un paysage normal de notre hiver, printemps, l'été et l'automne.

Et ça, c'est quand Marseille sous la neige ! C'est beau et c'est rare !

Ce nes't pas une blague lol ! Le coin le plus chaud de la France est sous la neige heir. J'ai rarement vu Marseille comme cela. Mais selon mes voisins la dernière fois où il a neigé à Marseille c'était en 1962 et Février 1987. En surfant, j'ai découvert des vielles images grâce à ce site. Ces photos ont été prises Janvier 14, 1914.

Le Square de la Bourse

Vieux Port

Le Canal de la Douane

Vieux Port et Pont Transbordeur

Un coin du Parc Borely

Click for translation some words may not be exact but it will help you understand the subject !