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Day 18: spend time outside (a postcard from home)

When I am asked if I miss our expatriate years, I sometimes say yes, especially for the kindness and the respectful manners of Asian people. But it there is one priceless thing I love here, it’s spending time outside, especially in Autumn. This is what it looks like: A demain ! Continue reading Day 18: spend time outside (a postcard from home)

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Day 17: reorganize closets (special guest: Marie Kondo!)

Do you think that organized people are just too lazy to go looking for what they want? Or secretly admire them? I tend to appreciate my little mess, but I am giving a go for today challenge, as I feel it can only do me good – and to the rest of the family too. So l looked into the Marie Kondo program and I … Continue reading Day 17: reorganize closets (special guest: Marie Kondo!)

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Day 6: Draw your dream house

Have your heard about the power of creative visualisation? It’s as simple as using mental imagery and affirmation to produce positive changes in your life.  As you practice visualizing the future you want, you create that future Be precise, be specific and the more details the best… Visualise We have decided to buy a house in France, where we are currently living. It will be … Continue reading Day 6: Draw your dream house

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Bravo moi même pour la validation de mes acquis de 2021: “Agent du Changement!”

Dans cette période de voeux de réussite et d’auto-congratulation typiquement Likedinienne, je me suis comme d’abord demandée si j’avais légitimement ma place dans la Grande Galerie des portraits de “Winners” et autres “Achievers”. Jusqu’à ce que l’INSEAD – l’une des plus prestigieuses ecoles de commerce du mode!- me regarde droit dans l’écran et me confirme que moi aussi, je pouvais ajouter “Agent du Changement” à … Continue reading Bravo moi même pour la validation de mes acquis de 2021: “Agent du Changement!”

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“Et ce retour, ça se passe comment?”

20 ans en Asie, 3 en Afrique, et des poussières aux Etats Unis, peut encore parler de “retour” quand on a passé la moitié de sa vie “dehors”? Où est “la maison” pour une famille qui s’est créée en Inde avant de grandir au Sri Lanka, en Thaïlande, aux Philippines, au Vietnam, et pour laquelle “France” ne signifiait que “grandes vacances et cousinades”? Un départ … Continue reading “Et ce retour, ça se passe comment?”

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3 day family trip away from Hanoi: in the jungle and the caves of Phong Nha

Hardly 1h flight from the capital and 30mn car trip lies an incredible gem: Welcome to Phong Nha! Phong Nha is a very interesting place for its particular history: the Ho Chi Minh trail was a military supply route running from Northern Vietnam through Laos and Cambodia to the South Vietnam. The route sent weapons, manpower, ammunition and other supplies from communist-led North Vietnam to their supporters in South Vietnam during … Continue reading 3 day family trip away from Hanoi: in the jungle and the caves of Phong Nha

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The (radical) 3 ingredient diet we all need those days!

How are you feeling those days? Do you have the freedom to wander in town in eat in restaurants or not just yet? Are you in a homeschooling mode, with no idea of what next month will look like? How are you coping with the current situation? In those times of uncertainty, I have realised that I need discipline and routine to make me feel … Continue reading The (radical) 3 ingredient diet we all need those days!

Deconfined in Hanoi : back to school !

And finally the day came: for the first time of the year, the kids are finally waiting for the bus to take them to school! The bus monitor is wearing a mask as well, like all the other kids and the driver, and she religiously washes my children hands. Set for the day ! Of course I am having mixed feelings, but they are so … Continue reading Deconfined in Hanoi : back to school !