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more on moving home

Moving home to most of us is one of the most stressful in our part of life….that means BIG changes. Social circle, school, job, kid’s activities etc. But I still consider myself lucky to move just down the block, thus only small changes. We have preserved almost everything like kid’s school, social circle, activities, my husband’s office which is an hour and a 15 minutes drive stays the same. It makes our home moving uncomplicated because we have anticipated almost everything since it’s not a question of changing world of work or company. From choosing the place where to live although we have considered looking somewhere which is completely out from the town we’re in. The packing which I started 6 months before the D day. Along with de-cluttering helped me to unburden all the old stuffs and could finally bid goodbye to them. My kids were really cooperative while de-cluttering their toys and that’s less job for me.

A big turmoil that is as we often stressed out thinking if things will …

step by step

Buying a house is not like buying a pair of shoes that if it doesn’t fit you right you could bring them back to the store. It’s the major and vital financial decision in life. It could be lengthy, complex, exciting and stressful… name it ! It’s a maze of legal work, bidding, opting for a good mortgage arrangement. Most importantly finding the right home of your choice. More than anything else, financial situation is important to purchase a house. However, being emotionally & mentally prepared are also the keys to start an important project and seek for a home you can really afford. With all the aforementioned, now I can say we are ready !


I then started to check real estate magazines and internet for houses, apartments or even lands for sale in our district & neighboring cities. Our house hunting didn’t take long as we personally opted for direct selling. First, we needed to look at our budget that will fit into our financial condition. Second, real estate is costly so our fri…

room sharing : a good delimma

Our first born child (a boy) was the motivation why we bought the apartment of two bedrooms since November 2002. After 2 years and 4 months to be exact, I gave birth to our second child (a girl) and we are still living in that same apartment of 65 sq. meters. It is located in the city but off from busy streets. My husband wanted us to move to a bigger place after having a baby girl. He was thinking there wouldn’t be enough space for them. Told him why not share a room besides they are still young? I said to him kids of not the same sex in the same room is not bad at all. Siblings are suppose to share whatever things they have and sharing a room is one of them. It promotes a closer sibling rapport. They would learn, develop and adapt themselves in different situations along the way. I was joking about it too, that he married a Filipina and so we should live like an authentic Filipino family. I do not see anything wrong with it. I grew up with my brother and sister in the same room and …

mon voisin est un grand malade

Ca faisait un bail je n’ai pas écrit en Français et c’est drôle de me retrouver devant mon ordinateur taper, fouiller et rectifier les mots en Français. Déjà pour pouvoir mettre à jour mon blog c’est assez difficile mais bon c’est comme ça. Il m'a fallu beaucoup de temps, déclic et de courage pour me lancer….et tiens, me voilà ressuscité ! Ce n'est pas dans ma nature de me plaindre, mais aujourd’hui laissez- moi me plaindre bon sang ! Je vais vous dire pourquoi ? Mon voisin d’en bas m’énerve car le dernier fois il me demandé de me garer comme il l'aurait souhaité. Moi, je n’ai pas hésiter de le faire autant. Oui, je me tais car j’avoue ça m’a énervée et puis il y avait mes enfants avec moi. Je ne voudrai pas avoir la dispute et me causer plus de problème car ça sera plus mon voisin dans pas longtemps, hélas ! J’ai toujours respecter les consignes dans la résidence, car il est vrai qu'il est très important d'avoir de bons rapports avec les voisins. Mais alors là, je …

way too late post

Exploring the neighbourhood regions is also interesting. The South of France has its exquisite scenery, with good food and great weather. Of course the French Riviera and Gorges du Verdon represents a lot of tourists every year. Municipalities like Orange, Arles, Ardèche, Aix-en Provence are a must sees. Big cities like Marseille, Toulon and Alpes Maritime, are a great sites to visit. The Provence is dotted with lovely little towns. Since our drama queen is asking for a visit, my family of five never says no.

Summer is not complete and won’t be a perfect getaway without having to sunbathe, getting to swim either in a pool, beach and lake. We went to spend the half of the day at Lac St. Cassien (Lake St. Cassien) with Makis. It is one of the tourist spots in the Alpes Maritime. A lovely dike of 66 metres high and produced to have an artificial lake. It is a 5 kms long, placed in water during the 1966 and it’s located near the highway which is only 12 km west of Cannes. There are lots o…