When I enrolled to Pascale Wettstein’s Yoga Teacher Training (YTT), it was all for shaping my body. I had no idea I would learn so much about shaping my life … Invaluable Mindfulness I have started to appreciate the meaning of “being present” while practicing yoga poses. After all the hours I spent studying anatomy, learning about lengthening, contracting and stretching my muscles, feeling the flow of energy in our … Continue reading 5 treasures I found in my Yoga Teacher Training
My first reaction was typically French. I couldn’t help the loud “pfffffttttt“followed by a long “tssssttt” when my daughter asked me if she could join this new afternoon enrichment class that promises “Stage fright will not be a hindrance anymore! Let your child be “camera shy” no more!” – Sûrement pas ! in Europe, we actually love camera shy children. You are not even 5, forget … Continue reading How a bunch of Filipino toddlers is slowly convincing me to let my own kids perform on stage
Jeepney is the easiest and most common mean of transportations in the Philippines. The ride is very cheap, and the driver can stop you wherever your want (even though I heard that jeepneys should stop at designated stops but I am still looking for those signs after almost 2 years in Cebu). No air con obviously, crowded seating but so convenient! They are incredibly colourful and kitsh, with … Continue reading Travel theme: Move (by jeepney!)
This picture sums it all: This taxi driver has two daughters and like most of his colleagues often struggles to make ends meet. There is no such thing as maximum hours of work a day in the Philippines. You have to work, so you work. Trade union doesn’t mean anything. Sometimes the driver is so tired that he can fall asleep at a red light. … Continue reading Inspiring Monday: if I had to define the Filipino attitude
My kids are Jewish by their Mum and Protestant by their Dad. Mr Attila was born in a Buddhist country and his sister in a totally secular one. We worked in Muslim and Hindu places and we are currently living on a Catholic island. How could we possibly educate our children in a single religion? if there is one thing I learnt from all those years working in … Continue reading My problem with the Filipino teaching
Cebu has been inundated with Korean cafes. The decoration is simplistic: write whatever you want on a post it and leave your (almost) eternal print on a wall. When the post are not invitations to follow another stranger on IG, Facebook and twitter, they are the cheesiest love quotes and declarations. One guy finally got it right. Back to basics: Wishing you all a happy week … Continue reading From the most pragmatic guy in town
Where to get your toddler to eat with so much Gusto? At school of course! At least in Cambridge (Cebu!) This month, the kids learnt about the sea. So their teachers took us on a field visit to a restaurant where the chef would tell us about seafood… Lucky us (and especially me!). I was already thrilled enough to spend the whole morning with Mr Attila, but icing … Continue reading And then there was light !
And one minute for the Attilas to realize they are back on the rock. I took this pict in Bantayan, but it could really be anywhere in the Visayas (and probably far beyond, but I haven’t been out there yet). The friendliness of the Pinoy with kids is not a legend. I can’t remember a single restaurant where the waiter/waitress did not turn into a … Continue reading It only takes a 5-minute walk to know you are in Cebu!
« They confiscated my cell phone. Some weeks, I have to wake up at 3:30AM to prepare the breakfast of the 90 students of this building. I hardly go out anymore and I haven’t seen my family for weeks. Still, I have never been so happy and so proud of what I am doing!” Contradictory? Not when you are a student with Passerelles Numeriques (Digital Bridges … Continue reading And you thought Pinoy were lay back?..