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Day 20: give 5 compliments today

I can live for 2 months on a good compliment Mark Twain Same for me! Last month as I was walking my son back from school, a young lady looked at me and said “You have such a contagious smile!”. At first I thought I misheard her so she repeated her compliment and I felt so awkward. My smile grew even bigger when I thanked … Continue reading Day 20: give 5 compliments today

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Day 8: do something kind for someone

Ever heard about the Power of Kindness? There have been significant studies on this topic that I find fascinating; Treating other people well isn’t just good for your karma. It’s also a boost for your mental and physical health: It is good for the heart – When someone does something truly kind for you, not only do our emotions take over and physical expressions of … Continue reading Day 8: do something kind for someone

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)

A beautiful present from across time and oceans

What do you do when you are feeling down? when nothing is working as it should, everything seems to be rudely delayed when not abruptly cancelled, even your friends are becoming irritating and you feel like having a huge thundery cloud over your head? For me, the deafening merciless karaoke downstairs has added a dramatic dimension to everything as I hadn’t slept more than 3 h  a night … Continue reading A beautiful present from across time and oceans

My Japanese antidote to Nostalgia

Natshukashii – (adj): a warm, sudden feeling of sentimentality in which small things bring back some old, euphoric memories when one remembers the goodness and the fondness of that time. I can’t deal with nostalgia the way we French do ‘the falling leaves … drift by the window …“. It depresses me to realise how times flies, even though I am at this delusional age … Continue reading My Japanese antidote to Nostalgia

Unplugged in France and Switzerland

  We are traveling, hugging, kissing, eating, drinking, laughing,dancing,joking, exploring, discovering, sleeping, listening, admiring, contemplating, announcing, planning and sipping more champagne and espresso … Until we come back from our annual familial vacations in France and Switzerland, you won’t read much from me. In our “modern” world of instant gratifications and quick fixes, I have decided to play it like a rebel : I won’t update my blog before … Continue reading Unplugged in France and Switzerland

My toddler’s words of wisdom on Father’s Day

My Attilas are down to earth and pragmatic. They take that from their Swiss Dad. They are also pretty confident and to the point. Guess they got that from their French Mum. They were in deep conversation about Fathers’ Day this afternoon, and I just overheard the conclusion drawn by my son. I must admit I admire his lucidity. Out of the mouths of babies and … Continue reading My toddler’s words of wisdom on Father’s Day

Mother’s Day subliminal message to SuperDad

The kids and I agree that since all great journeys start with a single step, the perfect Mother I am should always have great shoes! Ms Attila voted for those ones, they would match perfectly with my SuperMama red cape: I promise to use them to teach the kids the meaning of quality, craftsmanship, labor and passion. This is priceless, isn’t it? (Little reminder: Mother’s … Continue reading Mother’s Day subliminal message to SuperDad