Estelea's Blog

French proud Mum and wife, restless explorer and doer freshly landed in Hanoi. One Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “kids friendly” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

Cheers to new (Vietnamese) beginnings!

Au revoir la France!

And Merci for our beautiful wedding. For the endless tears well in my eyes with the stirring of overwhelming love! My family are my roots, I am so found of them all, would we be connected by blood or heart. And they were all here, to start with my bunch of crazy siblings I love more than they ll ever know. Not to mention my now husband and my hysterical little Attilas .. Post to follow of course, stay tuned!

Merci aussi pour the reload of my batteries. I had kept too fast a pace for months, there was not even day off between packing from the Phils to moving to Vietnam, with the stress of the logistic of a wedding to organise in hardly 2 months and all the visits to the doctors for the fam .. My body had to stop me, and it did as I slightly injured my cervical spine, endured a few hours of otoconia and had to stop yoga for a few weeks. The good point is that it gave me the well needed time to finally spend time wandering in forest of my childhood, the only place where time has not grip on anything. There is always a moment where beauty stops me and captures me in wonder. Next time the forest will be the main point of my agenda. The rest will follow ..

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Bonjour Hanoi!

We landed yesterday and had our first coffee in town today. On the coach beside me, I picked the last edition of the Tay Ho Times . It felt as if the edito had been written especially for me:



The kids are resuming school on Wednesday, then the real holidays will begin: MINE!!!
I already found a yoga class to attend, a Creative learning centre nearby, the French institute to visit . This time I have a working permit, and I am planning to make good use of it!  Can’t wait to get started (given the looks of the barrista, seems that I said that very loud. oups)

Stick with us,

And welcome to FrenchtouchinHanoi ❤️




27 comments on “Cheers to new (Vietnamese) beginnings!

  1. Ann
    August 20, 2017

    Another day, another year and yet another adventure! Plus another language for the kids to master. 😄😄😄 Nothing is gonna stop you this time. Yayyyy for the work permit!

    • estelea
      August 22, 2017

      Thanks for the good vibes my friend 😉 Can’t believe we’ve been here only 3 days, our agenda is so packed, between the house hunting, school and trying to find my ways around… So much information to digest. I couldn’t even tell the classes of the kids to the teachers this morning 😛
      At least for now I can blame it on the jetlag 😉 Big hugs !

  2. LDG luciledegodoy
    August 21, 2017

    Hello, newly married woman! Welcome back to blogging.
    First of all, I wish you and yours, all the best in Hanoi. Your always positive and generous attitude to life and others, will give you back in kind.
    I have enjoyed to join your wedding ceremony online, and was thrilled with the happiness and joy, all the way! May it continue endlessly.
    Take good care of your back, and best of luck with finding a job and landing in Hanoi.

    • estelea
      August 22, 2017

      Thanks so so much my dear Lucile! So you’re back to the blogosphere too? I’ve been missing the poetry of your posts, great to see you here again!

      I am starting a Yoga for kids teacher training tomorrow, and I will check on a potentiel job next week already! Hanoi is so vibrant, very easy to meet up with like minded expats (and hopefully Vietnamese very soon too). What a change from Cebu! You should come and visit some day, this time we are getting closer 😉

      Big Hug ❤

      • LDG luciledegodoy
        August 29, 2017

        You are most welcome, dear Stephanie. I’m returning very silently….😂
        It’s been too long away from here and I do miss all of you. It’s not only that I miss blogging as I did it rarely but never really stopped. But it’s difficult to keep in contact with the blogging community when posting irregularly and not visiting the reader often.
        So I’m back!

        That’s great about your yoga training! You will be a wonderful teacher and I guess the atillas will follow it too!
        I’m very excited to hear your impressions about Hanoi. Vietnam is in my must see list and I may surprise you and show up there !

        Best of luck with everything and agia t hug! ❤️

      • estelea
        August 30, 2017

        Eagerly waiting for you ❤

      • LDG luciledegodoy
        August 30, 2017

        Stay tuned! 👍😘

  3. lexklein
    August 22, 2017

    Yay – so glad your summer was suitably French and family-filled, and can’t wait to hear more about your new life in Hanoi. My goal is to get there before your next assignment!

    • estelea
      August 22, 2017

      Lexie, I Love this goal and totally support it!!!
      See you here soon X

  4. Terri Webster Schrandt
    August 22, 2017

    Congrats on your wedding and your new place in Vietnam!

    • estelea
      August 22, 2017

      Thanks Terri! We are all set for the new adventures .. with a legit touch 😉

  5. connie.n.w.
    August 22, 2017

    So exciting and it seems things are very active and fulfilling. I’m looking forward to hearing stories of your new journey in Vietnam. I am with you about wandering in nature, so peaceful and necessary. I sense good things happening for you!! Especially if you keep up your positive energy! ❤

    • estelea
      August 23, 2017

      Oh yes! Made good stocks of positive energy, totally waterproof to dance under the rains of the season 🙂

      • connie.n.w.
        August 23, 2017

        Ah! I love how you said that. Waterproof for those rainy days so no matter what you’ll always have sunshine!

  6. Andrew Seal
    August 22, 2017

    Congratulations on your wedding Estelea and a warm welcome to your new home to you and your beautiful family. Looking forward to reading all about your adventures in the months to come. This a wonderful photo and definitely an oooh! Shiny moment.

  7. Yamuna
    August 23, 2017

    Sounds like it’s going to be a fun adventure! Good luck 🙂

    • estelea
      August 23, 2017

      Thanks Yamuna for your kind wishes that led me to your great blog. You got a new follower here, I love the way you write!

      • Yamuna
        August 23, 2017

        Thank you for the kind words! 🙂 I’m looking forward to following your Vietnamese adventures as well.

  8. Swapnil Pandey
    August 24, 2017

    I went through some of the posts and they are lovely

    • estelea
      August 24, 2017

      Thanks Swapnil! Your blog is so comprehensive! Next month is Indian week here in Hanoi, I ll write a post about your lovely community here. I have lived 3 years in India and am still cherishing the memories 🙂 Have a beautiful day/night!

      • Swapnil Pandey
        August 24, 2017

        Wow! So good to know this… look forward for it would request you to ping me if you can once your India posts are up

      • estelea
        August 31, 2017

        Sure 🙂

  9. The Greenwich Mummy Blog
    September 1, 2017

    Yay!!! You’ll really like it in Vietnam 🙂 if you’re still there next year and I do manage to save up to fly back with the kids, it would be great to meet up with you in Hanoi before we head to Halong Bay where my parents are. So fortunate you found a yoga class so quickly too! 🙂

    • estelea
      November 28, 2017

      Oh yes we ll be there !!! Would be awesome to meet up in 3D, for sure. There are times our host country does not let us access WordPress so make sure you let me know when you are around by also emailing me at See you X

      • The Greenwich Mummy
        November 28, 2017

        Email saved!! Sure thing, it would be so great if we could… hopefully next year or if you’re still there in 3 years. Baby Girl will be a struggle on the plane right now, she is such a diva! 😊

      • estelea
        November 29, 2017

        Hehehe, you may be surprised. The most diva pf my kids slept almost all the way last time 🙂 See you here, if the pollution does not kick us out too early, we are in Hanoi for another 4 years. No excuse 🙂

  10. amaranto es
    September 27, 2017

    Best of circumstances with everything and agia t squeeze! !

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