learn to rest, not to quit”. All expats have been there. The first three months in a new country are exhilarating. Everything is new, exciting, it is so easy to make friends and for luckiest of us, the food is delicious here. We are super busy: new house to find, new school, new habits, new schedules .. Then it’s usually after 3 months that the … Continue reading “When tired
The news hit me like a punch: In 4 months, we are out of the country. Adios Filipino island life, back to Europe. But WHAT will we do and WHERE? I have been so into this “living the moment” state of mind, drishti hardly a few feet in front of me … With my eyes now wide open, I realize that my little Attilas will soon go to … Continue reading From SAHM to Working Mum (intro)
Last but not least, when they really don’t understand what’s so hilarious with this clip Continue reading You know your French kids are turning Pinoy …
Warning: Play the game and I guarantee you will love every second of it. You’ll probably get a little emotional too, but it’s really worth the run… Drop me a line when you are back to tell me how was the trip 🙂 Continue reading Homesick expat buddies, get ready to fly back home in 20 sec!
I had decided to celebrate “Bastille Day” in the most unusual and challenging way. At least for a Parisian: Then my computer crashed. In the Cebu, it means waiting for 2 months to finally get a new Mac. Unless you go for the very expensive one .. 8 weeks without a computer!!! I can’t even figure it out. Then internet went down at home. … Continue reading How I am surviving the “Not Complaining Challenge”
Our family has been living in South East Asia for almost 7 years, and each time we travel back to France, I realize how our environment has been shaping my spirits: Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia have a round kind of alphabet, nothing sharp like our A, V, Z or W. There is something smooth in the sweet fragrances of the incense sticks in the streets, the welcoming smiles … Continue reading Reverse Culture shock: what Paris’ edges are telling me
Why on Earth did I do this crazy thing? Perfect weather, perfect day, until…I checked the calendar. The numbers shouted at me, so loud that I almost fainted: half of the year had already passed by!!! How far did I go with expanding my network, working on my resumé and coming with a clear plan of action of where I want to be early next year? Ahem…Ahem… I … Continue reading Procrastinators peeps, can we stick to those 5 tips (as of … Right Now) ?
First day of Photo101! It’d been too long since my last Blogging course, I had missed the energy of the virtual classroom.. So here I am again, camera all set, eager to learn with and from all of you fellow bloggers! The theme of the day is Home. For an expat family,who has been living in dozens of countries (and still counting), this is a pretty challenging … Continue reading Photo 101: Home
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!
Born and raised in Asia, they flew before they could walk. French by their Mum, Swiss German by their Dad, 6 y.o altogether and already fluent in English, French, Bärn Deutsch and Mandarin. Thailand taught them how to bow before Buddhist altars, we celebrate Hanukha and Christmas, and they already understood that God has many, many houses. Meet my kiddos, Mr and Ms Attila! Our little tribe … Continue reading Where is “Home” for my Multicultural kids?