Transformation or Cohabitation?

Hanoï vibes ! Speed and steady, modern yet still very traditional. My kind of town, with so much to explore and decipher. One of those places that you’ll never really know, no matter how much you read or visit .. In response to WPC on Transformation      Continue reading Transformation or Cohabitation?

Grannies do it better, especially au pair !

When I first met Steffy, I had to ask her twice about her job. Although her English is perfect, I thought she couldn’t pronounce “nanny” correctly as she kept on saying “No, it is GRAN-NY. I am a granny au pair”. To my knowledge, au pair were only young students, sometimes hardly older than the kids they were supposed to look after. Seems that I … Continue reading Grannies do it better, especially au pair !

Why I loved visiting Hanoi with local kids

08AM. My Attilas are in school; Hubby at work. For a split second, I am experiencing that awkward moment when I am not sure if I actually have free time or if I am just forgetting everything. Just in case, I am running out of the house. With a local kid this time … The specificity of Hanoi Kids Hanoikids is a volunteer organization. You … Continue reading Why I loved visiting Hanoi with local kids

From Europe with LoVe (and a BIG bit of pre-wedding stress)

Adios Philippines! Welcome Europe ! We left Cebu for good hardly a month ago and we’ve been incredibly busy since then: getting our long overdue doses of hugs and kisses from our French family and friends every single day toped with the most delicious food of the universe, and getting (sort of) organised for Da Wedding! In cased you missed it, we are eventually tightening … Continue reading From Europe with LoVe (and a BIG bit of pre-wedding stress)

Emotional, me? The day my daughter graduated from Cambridge

We have been rehearsing for those 2 minutes religiously : Mum and Dad holding the hands of Ms Attila all the way to the stage. Stop. I put her stole around her neck. Stop. Picture. She goes to her teacher to get her certificate and brings it to us. Stop. We go back to our seats and she joines her classmates. Simple, no? We rehearsed. … Continue reading Emotional, me? The day my daughter graduated from Cambridge

Yes we did: Macron president!

“Centrist politician Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election on Sunday over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen over 66%” What a relief! what a great news to wake up to! a tolerant, open and optimistic France has kicked out the dark values of the extreme wing party. Had you asked me 6 months ago, I would have never believed this would have been possible. A year … Continue reading Yes we did: Macron president!

US and Syria, French presidential elections, United AirLines: anything I can do?

How do you cope with the news? Do you also experience waves of anxiety, and fear for the world we are creating for our children? I have spent the last days arguing about the American policy, desperating about the French presidential candidates and hysterically retweeting about how United Airlines forcibly dragged a 69-year-old man from its overbooked plane. Violence calls for violence, I think it is in our human … Continue reading US and Syria, French presidential elections, United AirLines: anything I can do?

Reblog: 11/9

Originally posted on Life Matters:
I hear calls for unity I read admonitions to … move on …accept reality …respect feelings …support the new direction. …”rejoice with those who rejoice.” I will. I resolve to. I can. In time. In your haste to move on to celebrate, to share victorious congratulations, remember those who are grieving, as I hope I could have, had the tables… Continue reading Reblog: 11/9