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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Ginataang Tahong / Mussels in Coconut Milk


I enjoy a lot cooking for my family. In the past, I had a lot more time to do that and I miss those moments terribly. These days, we've each been eating out a lot. SO goes to the school cafeteria and the nounou, MR eats a meal a day at work, and if I'm out working I eat in restaurants, take-out, or fast-food (if I have no time). We eat well, but sometimes you just want some good homecooking. Missing those times, I thought I would take out my pots and pans tonight. On the way home from work, I decided to pick up the ingredients needed. I take pleasure in cooking, but a lot of times, I cook to make others happy. For SO, it's anything with pasta and cheese and for MR, it's anything with coconut milk. That's one of his biggest food weakness and Ginatang Tahong is one of his favorites!

La Winstub in Metz, France


Last November, a good friend of mine from the Philippines came to visit me. JO and I first met when I transferred to a new school during Junior High School. It was the first time that we met, but it turned out that our families were actually linked in some coincidental way. A good family friend of ours was her grand uncle. We laughed at how "small" the world is and hit it off from there. Through the years, there have been many changes, many challenges, and distance, but somehow we tried to keep contact. It isn't always easy though, so when she contacted me to tell me that she would be in Europe, I was ecstatic!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Making Sense

Late afternoons in Lorraine, France 

A very good friend of mine, VI, came over last night. SO and I planned a girl's night (MR was working) at home in front of the television watching The Voice France. On Friday evening, I went out with my niece and watched the French movie, Un Homme Idéal, so I just wanted to relax at home and spend time with my family. Sensing that VI needed to see me, I invited her over if she wanted to.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Indochine in Metz, France


Lately our work schedule has been crazy. I have my regular day schedule plus I've accepted teaching a night class a week and a Saturday morning class. It's a bit much, I know, but I figured I'd do it now before I turn 30. I promised MR I will slow down eventually. MR is quite the busy bee as well. He works an average of 5-6 days a week and only has 1 weekend off a month. It's no surprise when you work in the health service. Which is why I suggested that MR and SO join me in Metz after my Saturday morning class. The weather has improved and one can already feel Spring coming. After weeks of winter, a day of shopping and eating was exactly what we needed.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Strasbourg, France


Last August, I was asked to go to Strasbourg for work for a day. I love the city of Strasbourg in France and although I've been there for a couple of times now there's still so much for me to explore. And of course, it's always a pleasure to revisit my favorites. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dinner at Ippoudo Ramen in Nancy, France


I love my husband, MR, but I swear some days he exasperates me. Just today, for example, he conveniently went to work at 6AM with all of our keys! Grrr ... Both house keys. Both car keys. And my car's spare key as well. Again .... Grrrr!!! It would have been fine I guess, or a lesser deal, if I wasn't supposed to be working today. But I was. Imagine my shame and discomfort calling my boss and telling her the reason why I couldn't come in. *insert long sigh * Again, I love my husband, but today, he's my no. 1 enemy.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Marché du Monde in Center Parcs - Les Trois Forets, France


When we showered and dried off from our late afternoon swimming session, we were all feeling really hungry. Anyone who knows us knows it isn't a good thing. MR gets impatient, I'm cranky, and SO strangely tries to sleep it off.

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