4 reasons NOT to spend Christmas in the Philippines

For a French/Swiss family like ours, Christmas is comes in white, with cookies and creamy chocolate. Christmas means building snowmen with cousins. It means a lot. But this year we decided to sacrifice to the tradition and we stayed on the little island of Bantayan. Tickets to Europe are too expensive at this time of year, so we had to stay in the Philippines, and my … Continue reading 4 reasons NOT to spend Christmas in the Philippines

Christmas overload! 2 ways to make it REAL this year

Christmas overload! In the Philippines, we have been enduring for Santa for the last 6 months, everlasting Christmas carols played to the loudest possible volume  everywhere – karaoke, taxis, malls, sari sari .. I took the kids to dozens of Christmas shows rehearsals and I know by heart all their songs! I had to buy the Santa clothes, the Santa’s hats. The old man is a rock star … Continue reading Christmas overload! 2 ways to make it REAL this year

Merry Chrismukkah !!!

Jewish by their Mum, Protestant by their Dad, born in Buddhist countries and raised in a very Catholic one. Meet my children! We are not a religious family (how could we ?) but we love traditions and the spiritual values of religions. Today is the first day of Hanukkah, so I take the lead till Christmas. Hanukkah celebrates the triumph of faith and courage over militaries, … Continue reading Merry Chrismukkah !!!

Share a cup of Caffeined Kindness with a “Caffè Sospeso”

 Christmas and its tribute to the era of consumerism are over. Time to really relax for a minute, preferably out of the battlefield of paper wraps and hysterical electronic toys and find refuge in my child free/ safe haven : Café! The best coffees I ever had were all Italian. No Starbuckest paper bucket there, but the classic and timeless porcelain espresso cup. Standing at … Continue reading Share a cup of Caffeined Kindness with a “Caffè Sospeso”

Sweet (big and first!) lie: Santa Claus is coming!

We always tell our kids that lying is bad, and that they should always tell us the truth, nothing but the truth. But as soon as they can understand their surroundings, we make them believe in Santa.. I must be pretty good at telling Santa’s stories, only reason why they could stand still a few minutes for a Xmas photo shoot. “Father Christmas is watching kiddos, so … Continue reading Sweet (big and first!) lie: Santa Claus is coming!