“Salamat Bantayan!” the First video postcard of Mr Attila Jr, 4 yo!

Fellow travelers and expats, have you too experienced this strange feeling when you are leaving a place? Leaving the great friends behind, those streets that are now so familiar .. Leaving reminds us what we can be part with and what we can’t. Filipinos have been very kind to our family. Never before had we met such friendly and smily people. For a Parisian like … Continue reading “Salamat Bantayan!” the First video postcard of Mr Attila Jr, 4 yo!

Would you fish sea horses?

We reached Madridejos in the wee hours, when fishermen unload their fresh catches on the beach. The giant blue crabs and obese squids got the kids full attention for a good 5 minutes, until they discovered The Bucket. At first I really thought they were toys. I had never seen let alone touch a sea horse before. The bucket was filled with hundreds of color mixed candies, shining … Continue reading Would you fish sea horses?

Summer School in Bantayan

It is summer break in our side of the world, so hot that the only options are to live it like a Pinoy: wandering in airconed malls or run away to the nearest beach. Lucky us, we can escape roasting Cebu (40 degrees today!) and retreat in Bantayan for another 2 weeks. Here is a glimpse of our life here, in case you want to join … Continue reading Summer School in Bantayan

Top family vacations in Asia: 5 days in Taipei

After 3 years in the Philippines, I have to admit it: Blue skies and white sandy beaches don’t get me high. I am definitely a city girl, the vibes of the capital are the most creative to me. I am craving for the intellectual stimulation and this unique feeling of solitude in the multitude. Add a forest nearby and I will feel totally at home. … Continue reading Top family vacations in Asia: 5 days in Taipei

Reblog Wed: On valuing our children in the classroom too

Originally posted on Motherhood Made Me Do It:
My son came home today with a giant piece of paper with his name written in the middle, surrounded by several incredibly kind words and phrases that his friends had used to describe him. He was beaming with pride when he showed me. It was, by far, his proudest moment in school to date. To be recognized… Continue reading Reblog Wed: On valuing our children in the classroom too

“Cebu” like Santo Niño, dried mangoes and .. French jewelry!

Are you one of those wet blanket who can’t appreciate a nice piece of jewelry without wondering “who made it and under which conditions?”  Especially when the beautiful bracelet has traveled all the way from a developing country? I am!I can’t help it. My obsession with responsible business has worsened since I became a Mum. From food to clothes, even earrings, I need to know how it … Continue reading “Cebu” like Santo Niño, dried mangoes and .. French jewelry!

My best Valentine present (parenting version)

“Valentine’s Day” is very loud in the Philippines: It’s all about red and pink hearts, mountains of chocolates on display even at the Pharmacy, and if you thought that the karaoke already played the cheesiest songs of the planet … Wait for Feb 14th! Yet I love Valentine’s Day! I actually take any chance to express my gratitude to the people I love most. I … Continue reading My best Valentine present (parenting version)

Repurposing on the road, Filipino Style

Spend some times in the Philippines and you’ll very soon realise that the sky is the limit when it comes to make the best with what you have. Creativity doesn’t need money to express itself at best. Your motorbike is too small to fit 6 passengers? Take a basket ball to make an additional seat! Wish you could fit 4 more kids on your bike? Here … Continue reading Repurposing on the road, Filipino Style

Sisterhood pride

I so wish I were in a big town yesterday, in Washington, NYC, Philadelphia, Paris, Barcelona, London or Berlin, marching with all those beautiful people! Standing peacefully yet so strongly for our values and our basic rights. There was no such thing as colour, race, religion .. It was about gathering strong in the name of tolerance and respect. I have been scrolling Twitter for hours, feeling stronger and more … Continue reading Sisterhood pride