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I blinked again…

… and became the super proud Mum of a 12 year old!!! This morning, as I hugged this Princess Happy Birthday, I couldn’t believe she was already taller than me. Not that I am really the model size with my 5.2 ft, but still.. 12 years old.. In only 5 years she’ll be excitedly applying to universities abroad, and I can’t yet believe I’ll be … Continue reading I blinked again…

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Nouveau venu !

Ravie d’annoncer qu’après des mois en zone de turbulence “choc culturel”, nous nous sommes enfin posés en France. La rentrée s’est bien passée pour les Attilas, en CM2 et en 5eme. Des emplois du temps de dingue pour ma collégienne, mais cette année je me plains moins et j’agis plus, comme vous le decouvrirez dans cet autre blog – qui sera plus dedié à ma … Continue reading Nouveau venu !

In the meanwhile in Hanoi …

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 …

Corona Virus: my current life in pictures

There’s not much left of Hanoi anymore. The usually busy streets are worringly quiet. People are all wearing masks and the cafes are desert. If you want to make money, sell hand sanitizers. They became the most sought item and all the pharmacies are “out of stock”. For the last 2 weeks, all planes from China are banned to enter the country. We are living … Continue reading Corona Virus: my current life in pictures

Family escape in Chiang Mai: 6 must do (2/2)

Not all classrooms have 4 walls and your teachers can wear many different kind of uniforms…   Chiang Mai this week was the best place to learn philosophy, music, science and sport. Learning philosophy with Buddhist monks This was probably the highlight of our stay in Chiang Mai. The chance to exchange with monks and learn about their culture and their way of life. At … Continue reading Family escape in Chiang Mai: 6 must do (2/2)

How do you say Greta in Vietnamese?

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?

My Delicious new prop for the Kids Yoga

Try to read this without mouth watering: “Cédric Grolet is known for his striking trompe l’oeil creations. What looks like a fig or lemon is actually an impossibly thin shell of lacquered white chocolate, which cracks open to reveal layers of fluffy ganache and spiced fruit”. This is how it all started. I had never paid much attention to the pastries we are very occasionally … Continue reading My Delicious new prop for the Kids Yoga

Our first year in Hanoi: 3 tips for new expat families

It’s already been a year since our little family of 4 has settled in Hanoi. Yes, we are totally melting in summer, freezing in winter and we do wear the  usual anti pollution masks far too often. But we played it like Vietnamese scooter drivers. We connected to the energy of the vibrant city and kept on moving. There is so much to explore here, … Continue reading Our first year in Hanoi: 3 tips for new expat families