Friday, June 10, 2016
The final part of our summer trip turned out to be the toughest. Two hours and a half after leaving Albi (click here for the post), our car broke down. Oh great. :(
Friday, June 3, 2016
The next stop of our summer vacation last year was in Albi, France. So after driving about 3 hours from our lunch in Lourdes (click here for the post), we were finally at the home of my uncle, my father's only brother. It's a particular situation because unfortunately my father and his brother had a fall out many years ago completely ruining their relationship. Right before we left for the Philippines, my mother tried to reconcile them, but unfortunately it didn't work. But I got to meet my uncle for the first time. The next time my uncle saw my father was unfortunately on his death bed. I have no idea what happened between them, but I do think it's very unfortunate and such a pity! I'll never know if my father wanted to work things out, but I figured I had nothing to do with it. Considering I don't have lots of family members left, it was time to spend time with the ones I do have.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
The search of the apartment is still on! Honestly, it's not as easy as I thought it would be. Either there is no parking, rooms are too small, the kitchen is not functional, and etc ... On this afternoon, we visited an apartment wherein the previous renters were packing their stuff in boxes. Gahhh, there were boxes everywhere! Plus there was an unpleasant smell in the air. Boo. It was hard. But it's harder when the owners look at us with hopeful faces and we have to turn them down. I've turned down 3 persons so far and it's not getting any easier. But I just have to do it - just like removing a band aid in one move.
Monday, May 16, 2016
On one afternoon in May, we were lucky enough to have one day of good weather. It's been raining so much lately that I never thought we would see the sun shining anytime soon. But it finally did - on the long weekend of the Ascension day. Luckily for us, MR wasn't working this day so instead of staying home, we decided to get in our car and head to the Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix in Rhodes, France (about 30 minutes from home).
Saturday, May 14, 2016
MR and I have taken the decision to move out and move in a house or apartment closer to work (and the city). This was a particularly hard decision to make because we currently live surrounded by family members, but in the city, with the exemption of some friends, we know no one. But we made a pro and con list, and ultimately, moving out made more sense. We each spend an hour and a half - two hours per day driving to and from home and it's becoming tiring. Not to mention a waste of time and extra expenses for the car. We haven't told any of my family members yet. Actually, I'm not quite sure how the news will be taken, but we have officially started looking for a house or apartment for rent. We decided on a 1-year transition period before buying our own place.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
A lot of French people ask me, "What is Filipino food like?"
"Delicious", I usually reply with eyes full of stars.
Truthfully, it's sometimes hard to say what Filipino cuisine is exactly. The Philippines, to me, is a melting pot of different cultures and identities and so is the food. Sometimes Spanish, sometimes Chinese, sometimes Indian, sometimes Malay. Again - delicious.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
After the night procession (click here for the post), we finally noticed how hungry we actually were. We ate some bread earlier in the evening, but it just wasn't enough. Since we moved to France, I noticed that we've been following a lot of the French living guidelines, including not snacking between meals. But heck, we were on vacation and on vacation there are no rules. Nothing wrong with night snacking.