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NO to Social Distancing !

Social distancing: maintaining a greater than usual distance from other people. I can’t stand this concept of “social distancing”. It makes me feel even more isolated from the rest of my community. Can we please only refer to Physical distancing instead? That’s the only kind of isolation we all need to respect in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Far from the eyes but more … Continue reading NO to Social Distancing !

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)

Have yourself a Merry Greedy Xmas! (4 ways to celebrate with less money but more ❤️)

1 week to go! before you drain all your energy and your money in the yearly shopping craziness, pause for a second .. Do we really need more material stuff to make us happy? Can we do something a bit different this year, that would not only please us but also the planet? Here are 4 ideas ..Not only to do good, but to also feel good … Continue reading Have yourself a Merry Greedy Xmas! (4 ways to celebrate with less money but more ❤️)

Why would a French lady ever want to be Asian?!

  Tomorrow, we are flying back home: the City of Lights, the  land of gastronomy, the paradise of wine connaisseurs and literature passionated. My beloved Paris, here we come! Actually we are going to MY home. My children are born and raised in Asia and know Thailand and the Philippines far better than France. Sushi, pad thai, pancit and even kimchi are much more often on … Continue reading Why would a French lady ever want to be Asian?!

Mundane Monday: Handle with Love, Care and Tenderness

I love letters, the real ones, on paper. The ones written with a pen, with no “delete” or “spell check”. The ones I can hold and smell, that will never need batteries to come to life. I cherish them like the unique jewels they are, because they come from a time people had time – or at least made time. Back then, an envelope was already telling … Continue reading Mundane Monday: Handle with Love, Care and Tenderness

Did you know that Santa is working undercover in the streets of NYC ?

In the cold streets of New York, a particular Santa hadn’t waited for Christmas to warm people’s hearts and put a big smile on their face.. If you haven’t recognised him, it’s because he is working under cover: look for a tattooed Filipino hairdresser in his early 30. Distinguishing mark: His sack turned satchel with a bunch of brushes and scissors. “It’s all about being grateful and sharing my gift” … Continue reading Did you know that Santa is working undercover in the streets of NYC ?

#ParisAttacks : 5 messages to my Facebook “friends”

Unless you are living under a (huge) rock, you must all know by now about the terrible terrorists attacks on Paris last Friday. I have spent the last decade working in war affected countries and Paris has always been my shelter, my little paradise where I could recharge my batteries with love and beauty. I feel deeply hurt and shocked. But I don’t hate anyone, I … Continue reading #ParisAttacks : 5 messages to my Facebook “friends”

How to eat well, travel often and bake our world a friendlier place (almost live from NYC)

“Nothing brings people together like good food, says Yamini in a big smile. In our Indian families, we always welcome guests, it’s a blessing to share and add more plates, Do you like Indian food Beti? Okra, patato dumpling? I hope you always cook with the freshest ingredients, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cilantro.. Beti you are still here? How I wish I had been ‘there’, in … Continue reading How to eat well, travel often and bake our world a friendlier place (almost live from NYC)

Invitation for a Chat on the beach ! (and no need to tell me your life story)

Since I popped up in the blogosphere, I have virtually met truly amazing people. I feel close to a bunch of them – although I would not even recognize them if we were sitting besides each other and were the only clients of the café. There is this brilliant and generous Brazilian woman living in the Neederlands. An Aussie writer expatriated in Thailand, an Indian … Continue reading Invitation for a Chat on the beach ! (and no need to tell me your life story)