Mundane Monday: Come rain ..

.. Or come shine, Paris is always a good idea! Holidays are over, we landed in Cebu last Friday. I am going through our pictures, and as the temperature here reaches 92F, I recall how Paris welcomed us, full spring swing, with its famous April showers (we actually call them March ones). I love the rain – with a bit of sun . Because you know it won’t … Continue reading Mundane Monday: Come rain ..

Unplugged in France and Switzerland

  We are traveling, hugging, kissing, eating, drinking, laughing,dancing,joking, exploring, discovering, sleeping, listening, admiring, contemplating, announcing, planning and sipping more champagne and espresso … Until we come back from our annual familial vacations in France and Switzerland, you won’t read much from me. In our “modern” world of instant gratifications and quick fixes, I have decided to play it like a rebel : I won’t update my blog before … Continue reading Unplugged in France and Switzerland

Why would a French lady ever want to be Asian?!

  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?!

“If you want to live a happy life …

  …Tie it to a goal, not to people or objects”. A. Einstein I came across this quote the other day and it got me thinking : Our contract in the Philippines ends in December, and when I wonder “where next?”, I have a hard time tying the answer to  a goal. I consider what would be good to our family – a safe place for … Continue reading “If you want to live a happy life …

Calories don’t count on the Week end (especially at Ladurée)

I am kinda back in Cebu. I mean, my body has landed, for sure. But my mind is still somewhere in a paradisiac Parisian little shop. All week long, as I was painfully chewing this infamous Jewish bread that tastes like cardboard (matzo anyone?), I only had one name in head (and in stomach!): Ladurée. Like Tiffany’s, Ladurée does not need any definition. You don’t eat a basic macaron there. You … Continue reading Calories don’t count on the Week end (especially at Ladurée)

The French word of the day: mamie

Last week of the series on “French words”. For this year at least! This week’s photo challenge totally matches with the pic of the day: The Attilas have been expecting their French grand mother for a few minutes already.. and finally here she sits down! My kids are blessed with an ultra dynamic grand mother, who shares a special love story with her grand daughter Ms … Continue reading The French word of the day: mamie

In the mood for a quiet (start of the) day

Le “Flore” is my favorite café in Paris. It used to be my refuge from the rest of the world when I was studying political sciences a street away, some years ago. It is still my little oasis when I visit the French capital. I have to stop there, even just an hour, or else my French trip would not be complete. Like all my favorite places … Continue reading In the mood for a quiet (start of the) day

The French word of the day: raclette

When you spent your day like this: When you are finally turning into this: Then you know it is definitely, totally, absolutely, time for THIS: La Raclette is the simplest yet the most delicious meal ever after a day skying (then you really need your calories back): it is just made of melted cheese on boiled potatoes, with pickles, onions ..  Swiss usually have it … Continue reading The French word of the day: raclette