Tomorrow, we are flying back home: the City of Lights, the land of gastronomy, the paradise of wine connaisseurs and literature passionated. My beloved Paris, here we come! Actually we are going to MY home. My children are born and raised in Asia and know Thailand and the Philippines far better than France. Sushi, pad thai, pancit and even kimchi are much more often on … Continue reading Why would a French lady ever want to be Asian?!
Would you let your 6 year old kid travel all alone in the largest city of your country? If you had the time, the money and even the car, would you still have the heart to let your most precious belonging spend hours commuting in subways, buses and cross the streets all by herself? Japanese parents do!!! When I told a Japanese friend about … Continue reading Education: 3 inspiring practices to steal from the Japanese
Sometimes all we need is to breath. Trust. Let go and see what happens. Planners of the world, I admire you. I am so bad at planning. I love setting directions though, direct the sail along the way. That’s how I feel the more creative, the more in tune with myself, my intuition. It forces me to open my eyes and my heart to … Continue reading Forget about Plans!
For a French/Swiss family like ours, Christmas is comes in white, with cookies and creamy chocolate. Christmas means building snowmen with cousins. It means a lot. But this year we decided to sacrifice to the tradition and we stayed on the little island of Bantayan. Tickets to Europe are too expensive at this time of year, so we had to stay in the Philippines, and my … Continue reading 4 reasons NOT to spend Christmas in the Philippines
My first reaction was typically French. I couldn’t help the loud “pfffffttttt“followed by a long “tssssttt” when my daughter asked me if she could join this new afternoon enrichment class that promises “Stage fright will not be a hindrance anymore! Let your child be “camera shy” no more!” – Sûrement pas ! in Europe, we actually love camera shy children. You are not even 5, forget … Continue reading How a bunch of Filipino toddlers is slowly convincing me to let my own kids perform on stage
This picture sums it all: This taxi driver has two daughters and like most of his colleagues often struggles to make ends meet. There is no such thing as maximum hours of work a day in the Philippines. You have to work, so you work. Trade union doesn’t mean anything. Sometimes the driver is so tired that he can fall asleep at a red light. … Continue reading Inspiring Monday: if I had to define the Filipino attitude
After more than a year in the Philippines, I finally understood why Filipinos make the sign of the Cross before entering a jeepney ; ) Wishing you all Safe and Happy journeys! Continue reading You know you are in the Philippines…
Close up on my treasures, Mr and Ms Attila: When you travel to Asia with toddlers, you feel like you are escorting rock stars: anywhere you go, your kids are greeted with “ohhh!!! so cute!!!” “ohhhh, hello handsome, how old are you?”. “ohhh, beautiful long lashes, ohhh skin so white!” All camera flashes on them, every teenager wants their selfie with them. My daughter does not care much … Continue reading Photo101: treasures and close up
In the Philippines, most women become Mums in their 20s. Even though the new generation tends to have less children, most of the Filipinas have between 4 and 6 kiddos when they reach 35. Hence, another little cultural shock when I visited a doc this morning: The doc, checking my file “Good morning M’ame Estela! so you are 43?” – Yes. – how many children do you have … Continue reading You know you are in the Philippines…
Born and raised in Asia, they flew before they could walk. French by their Mum, Swiss German by their Dad, 6 y.o altogether and already fluent in English, French, Bärn Deutsch and Mandarin. Thailand taught them how to bow before Buddhist altars, we celebrate Hanukha and Christmas, and they already understood that God has many, many houses. Meet my kiddos, Mr and Ms Attila! Our little tribe … Continue reading Where is “Home” for my Multicultural kids?