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?”
We have entered our third month of homeschooling and I don’t expect the schools to open anytime soon anymore. We are practicing non attachement to whatever our normal routine used to be. Kids will remain at home for a while, and we won’t move out of Hanoi, even for a few days. The tension is palpable. Fear and mistrust weight very heavy those days. I … Continue reading Corona Virus in Vietnam: keep your sanity with 2 wolves and a few cartoons
How I feel each time I get the email that work is yet again postponed ! We are all waiting for the Government to announce whether the schools will remain closed for a week or more. So far it’s all being manageable because the pollution was not too dramatic. I could take the kids for a bike ride 1h a day with the masks, in … Continue reading In the meanwhile in Hanoi …
Fascinating. The documentary hooked me right from the start. We all know (at least in the yoga community) the man and his inheritage. 26 poses and two breathing exercises performed in the same order every class for exactly 90 minutes in a heated room. So hot that most practionners would practice in bikini. The documentary is all about the fall of his empire after he’s … Continue reading My 2 cents on Bikram doc on Netflix
“We have a tendency to think in terms of doing and not in terms of being. We think that when we’re not doing anything, we’re wasting our time. But that’s not true. Our time is first of all for us to be. To be what? To be alive, to be peaceful, to be joyful, to be loving. And this is what the world needs the … Continue reading Week-end vibes
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes Marcel Proust Continue reading Weekend vibes
Endemic level of pollution, dirty white skies, food toxicity, noise, dreaful traffic .. Hanoi has its ways to raise our stress level, especially as a parent.. Best remedy would be to get a promotion to Hawaii or Switzerland. But very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene. So here are a few cheaper – yet super efficient totally healthy … Continue reading 4 totally free and most efficient antidepressants of the season !
The new riches in town are selling air imported from Canada, Norway and Switzerland. You can buy your life saving kit on Facebook obviously and in almost every Embassy and International hospital. If only! The situation in Hanoi is getting worse by the week. This morning the AQI was on “dangereux” meaning “hazardous”. Everyone may experience serious health effect and we should all avoir being … Continue reading How do you say Greta in Vietnamese?
You know you are in Asia … I could use one .. but only as an extra layer of protection when traveling on the Grab moto on the bumpy Vietnamese roads. I can’t imagine how uncomfy it must be to wear a fake but with 35 C outside and 90% of humidity. Lucky us Frenchies we come well equipped 🙂 In response to WPC on … Continue reading Unlikely to be found in Europe
learn to rest, not to quit”. All expats have been there. The first three months in a new country are exhilarating. Everything is new, exciting, it is so easy to make friends and for luckiest of us, the food is delicious here. We are super busy: new house to find, new school, new habits, new schedules .. Then it’s usually after 3 months that the … Continue reading “When tired