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temporary

Whew ! Previous month have been quite busy. Now, I am back and I have promised to update this blog once a month. I broke my promise but with a good cause. I was working ! Yes working outside. Have been out all the time to help a friend who just opened her business. My job is to take orders, serving dishes, arranging and cleaning tables, handling the payment by cards, cash or checks. Sometimes I also help her in the kitchen to cook the "plat du jour" (menu of the day). Honestly, I  was not trained for this (but I tried hard) not even have the specific qualifications to do the job so I was a little bit lost. My friend had taught me a lot how to do this correctly. Honestly, serving is not as simple as that. A job of a waiter/waitress goes beyond....it's not just taking orders and cleaning after. To do this difficult task one must have a proper training. There are techniques and guidelines to follow. I never really imagine how hard this job could be. Someone must be quick o…

grow old with me

Almost all of us is familiar to this saying that "life begins at forty" but does it ? Aging is indeed a part of human life but growing old is an option as life starts at any age. It really depends on the age....it's just a matter of numbers. Age doesn't represent maturity, it relies on how your mind works, how you see things. Personally, I don't consider growing old as becoming a grumpy old lady or being miserable because of wrinkles with tons of white hair or having a "poignées d'amour" (love handles) . Well, sometimes it's depressing to know & couldn't get out  the idea that I wouldn't be able to wear a two piece bikini at the beach anymore hahahaha. I know I am so narrow. But hey, why do I have to battle against the inevitable? I want to grow old gracefully....having to play like a child, stay up late night partying sometimes between girlfriends, buying the stuffs I like and one of them is Hello Kitty. Yes, I am proud to say that…

Just a thought

I wonder why Philippines isn't competing whenever there is an Olympic game. According to what I have read because I am really curious about it, the Philippines first sent athletes for competition was in 1924. That made the first country to compete and won a medal in the Southeast Asia. Since then, they have joined every summer Olympic games and have also competed the winter Olympic games on three different events since 1972 until 1994. The Philippines was the first tropical country to ever participate in the Winter Olympic Games.  It's just so unfortunate we have good athletes and our government couldn't send them. Why ? Luck of funds ? Not so sure about it. I was thinking we are the only airport that pays terminal fee and it costs 550php/person for International flight and 200php/person for domestic flight, that would be a lot of money!  I wonder where it goes ?


According to  MIAA, General Manager Jose Angel Honrado, they will use the fund for the acquisition of sophisti…

backpack turns into a nightmare

Fours years is quite long for me before going on a vacation to the Philippines. We normally go to the Philippines every two years because we want our children to adapt the Filipino life and experience their cultural heritage. The last time we went there was 2008. We're supposed to go back 2010 but  I gave birth and the baby was too small to travel so the trip pushed through for 2012. To update you,  we just recently went on a one month trip to the Philippines. One hour flight from Marseilles to Paris went okay. At Paris airport we have waited 2 hours only  before our flight to Beijing. Kids were happy to watch films during that long trip and they were able to sleep as well. Arriving Beijing we stayed 5 hours at the airport before our last destination. Husband was able to take a nap. I was unable to fall asleep over a long period of time... it's always the case anyway. Kids were full of energy so they have played all along at the airport. Beijing airport is clean, huge and com…

La soupe-au-lait

Booumm, blag, sprang, voilà le bruit j'ai entendu il n'y a pas longtemps que ça jusqu’à 23 heures le soir. Les enfants dormaient profondément.....heureusement ! J'ai cru mes voisin se disputaient mais j'ai un fort présentement que c'était contre nous. Le lendemain, j'ai fait exprès de les attendre car de tout façon je suis avec mes enfants en train de faire les devoirs dans le jardin.Mercredi, je le vois mon voisin arrivé ce jour là. Moi et les enfant ont lui dit bonjour mais il nous a complètement ignorer et même pas un regarde. J'ai trouvée ce-là étrange mais je me suis dit, ah il y a un problème. Donc, je lui dit a mon mari de voir le voisin et de lui demander si nous avons fait quelque chose. Pourquoi il s'est comporté comme ça avec nous surtout devant mes enfants. Si c'était que moi, je m'en fou ! C'est quand même hallucinant car au lieu de nous dire des choses en face on doit deviner ce qui se passe. C'est indéchiffrable!
Alors, m…

On social network : the wonder that is me !

I have closed my Friendster account before it close. I am happy ! Now, I only have Facebook, no myspace & no twitter account or the likes thank goodness ! I have my Multiply but it's privately for photos only. Plus, I don't have many contacts from there only very very close people.
 It's really hard to manage many social websites and sometimes could be boring. I don't know with you but personally I find it uninteresting to post your bag collection, shoe collection just to show to the whole world you have all those branded stuffs. Or the worst what people has been doing and will post every minute. Sometimes even doing nothing is a status already. I have come across a status update that really sucks like busy, eating, watching tele etc ....


First off, it's tough to talk about yourself. But whenever I go through discussions I have this impression that the ratio of interest is becoming too low because of "showing off" ! For sure shouting what you possess…

the city of romance

Philippines is known for its hospitality. I definitely agree not because I am a Filipina but because anywhere I go, whoever I meet people keep on telling me that. I have worked in the hotel industry for almost 7 years and clients tell me that we Filipinos are very warm and hospitable. This is a natural trait that we can be proud of although we are not the only country but I guess Asians are all alike.

It's been 11 years I've been living in France and I could really tell the difference between France and home. The service in France isn’t best known for its high level. I have may experiences during my first year in France most of them are good than bad probably because I live in the South or because I don't speak French yet, thanks to that. At least, I would not struggle to understand them. One more thing, perhaps I'm like a magnet that attracts nice & warm people so my experiences are mostly good. Honestly, I never lived anywhere else but in the South though I…

paint the town white

Snow is very rare in the South of France. Husband told me his first snow experience was on February 1987. And in my 11 years in Marseille, mine was January 2008 wherein the city got paralyzed because locals are not used to it. That year was really a heavy snow as hubby went to the office which is one and one half hour drive and this blanket of frigid powder has started to enveloped the city. He passed thru the tunnel and get trapped for 6 hours, while me and the kids went out to make a snowman and enjoying the powdery stuff. Some teenagers went to the hills to try snowboarding, it was just fantastic! Although snow is beautiful but it could be catastrophic at some point especially when you need to go to work, school or do errands and cannot go back home because you are stuck somewhere, that really sucks !

It's been two consecutive nights snowing in the South of France. Here we go again a very rare vision of my city under a big white blanket. Snow is like magic and as I watched my C…

new year ends

I normally post during Christmas and New Year but since I'm really really inactive on the blog sphere I haven't greeted anyone here. So I am greeting everyone a very belated Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year (anyway it's Chinese New Year so am not yet late for some lol) . Let's therefore brace 2012 with lots of hopes, a happy heart and more positivity.

Our new year was a bit of a disaster. How about you ? No fireworks, no good food only sick people. We were supposed to spend the new year with friends in the French Alps and expected to return home January 2. Unluckily, our three kids were sick all at the same time. You heard me right! We urgently needed to go home 31st of January as we didn't want to contaminate everyone. Home at 8 o'clock in the evening and we all bid farewell to 2011 tired but at least it was only gastro and not something worse . We all went to bed at 10 o'clock exhausted. Me, contemplating that whatever happened last year good…