Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Eat Sushi in Metz, France

A couple of days after eating lunch at Ayako Sushi (click here for the post), I was in another Japanese restaurant. This time around I was in Eat Sushi in Metz, France. My morning was spent correcting school papers and it wasn't exactly as pleasant as I had hoped. When the papers are nicely-written, there's no problem, but when it's the contrary, it is hard to give  a bad grade. It's a very conflicting feeling and gives me headaches at times. Which is why I found myself walking around the streets of Metz at lunch time. I wasn't particularly looking for a place to eat, just fresh air, but when I stopped to tie my shoelaces in front of Eat Sushi, I told myself, "Why not?"

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ayako Sushi in Semecourt, France

On one of my last 2014 work assignment, I decided to stay a little bit longer in Semecourt before heading back to the office and try a restaurant I've been eyeing for a while. With the holiday break coming up, I knew it would take a couple of months before I would be here again and before I could try the Japanese restaurant, Ayako Sushi, so this was the perfect opportunity. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cora Fred Sari-Sari Store in Paris, France

Our last day in Paris was all planned out, with only one objective in mind: drop by a Filipino store. Some may not understand how strongly I feel, but trust me going home without buying some Filipino groceries was just impossible. If ever I had to make a list of living in Paris vs. where I'm currently living, the Filipino stores would definitely be high in my Pro-Paris list. Anyways, I knew where I needed to be that morning and after a quick Metro ride, I was happily going through the stocks of Pinoy products in the Cora Fred Sari-Sari Store.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Lunch Date at La Pataterie in Moulin-les-Metz, France

Has luck finally turned around for us? I hope so!

After what I can only describe as an awful experience yesterday, MR and I might have finally found the car we needed. So it all started yesterday when I found what seemed to be a good car for sale online. I tried calling. Unsuccessfully. Until finally, the person picked up the phone and set it aside while she was having a conversation with a man! How rude, right! After 10 minutes of listening to her talking to the man (about the car!), I put down the phone. I called back after half an hour only to be rudely told to call back the next morning. I called this morning and she never picked up the phone (and even cancelled my call at one point!). Oh well, you cannot expect everyone to act maturely and respectfully, I told myself.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MR's Birthday Lunch - Creamy Beef Liver, Buttered Corn, and Rice

My husband, MR, turned 31 years old today. How does he feel about turning 31?! Not so bad, I must say. I gotta ask him how he does it though. I'm turning 30 at the end of this year and I'm already freaking out at the thought!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

La Diligence in Metz, France

How have you been coping up with going back to work after the holidays?

Me? Not so well, it seems. I don't know if it's the fact that there was a break in my work momentum, but I don't feel like I'm picking things up from where I left them off. It almost feels like I'm beginning from zero and figuring out a routine or a flow again. It's unnerving. Strange things have been happening around me too. Strange and not so good. I guess it started with my husband's car accident last month. He came out of it perfectly fine and uninjured, but the car is gone. We've been sharing one car .... which is not the easiest thing to do! The holiday break was good because I was able to rest, but it felt almost too short. On the first week back to work I, unfortunately, missed out a major and important class. When I changed my day planner, I forgot to write it down. Then I had to make up for those missed classes and was given a crappy schedule. I can't do the things I want to do and often times I'm stuck at home when MR takes the car to work. Grrrr!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Toad Hall Restaurant in Disneyland Paris, France

If there's one advise I can give you from our day in Disneyland Paris, it would be to avoid eating lunch at noon time. Try 11 AM or 1:30 PM instead. Two reasons: 1.) avoid the impossible lunch rush and 2.) since everyone is busy eating, queue lines for the rides are shorter at noon. Plus, if you're like me and got up earlier than usual, you will be hungry earlier. By 11 AM, I was absolutely famished!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, France

Every time Dad was discharged from the hospital in 2013, he would promise my daughter, SO, that he would bring her to Disneyland Paris one day. Unfortunately, he never got to. In the summer of 2013, we thought we could go on SO's birthday, but Dad was hospitalized again and things went from bad to worse for him. Sadly sometimes, even if there's a will, there's also no way. Which is why ,we included a trip to Disneyland in our Paris trip this year. This meant we would spend one less day touring the city of Paris, but for our daughter we were capable of much more. This was also MR's and my first time in Disneyland and we were quite excited to see what it felt like to be in "the happiest place in the world".

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Arc du Triomphe in Paris, France

I had asked my pseudo uncle, AR, if he could drive SO and I to the train station. On the way there, he mentioned how much he loved the Arch of Triumph / Arc de Triomphe the first time he saw it. In fact, he never imagined how big and impressive it would be. That's exactly how I felt seeing it again because I had completely forgotten its beauty and its historical symbol!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Opera Garnier in Paris, France

We weren't planning to stop by the Opera Garnier in Paris. We got out of the metro and instantly, we came face to face with this beautiful building. It took me a couple of seconds to realize that this was the Opera. Hearing music in the air, we approached the crowd in front of the building. A wonderful performer was singing Imagine by The Beatles and cheering the crowd to sing along with him. No wonder so many people were standing here, I told myself, the ambiance was unbelievable!

Happy Epiphanie 2015!

Last Sunday, I thought I would do something nice for my husband. You see, he's been asking and waiting for a week for me to make Shrimp with Coconut Milk / Ginataang Hipon. I've had the ingredients on-hand, but there was always something in the way. Lunch invitations, lack of time, last minute meetings ..... you name it. I finally decided that Sunday lunch would be the best time to spoil my husband. I, however, had no idea what would happen next.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Christmas Break 2014

Today is the last day of our Christmas break and I can't help but feel a little sad about it. I've loved every minute for it. Maybe not the part where MR had a minor car accident, but everything else was great. Plus that accident reminded me to always be thankful and to make the most of life. Anyways, what I loved most about this break was being able to spend so much time with my daughter, SO. Free from school, from work, and from responsibilities - it was great! Because MR had to work, SO and I bonded and did a lot of girl stuff together. There were even times when we did our own thing separately, but we were never too far from each other.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

La Tour Eiffel in Paris, France

Meet La Tour Eiffel / The Eiffel Tower. But you probably already knew that. Being that this may be the most famous landmark around the world, no introductions are needed. A childhood friend once dreamt of me walking under the Eiffel Tower with my husband and 6 kids. I hate to disappoint her, but I did get to walk under the Eiffel Tower this year with my husband but definitely not 6 kids. Anyways, as soon as MR got to Paris we decided to go to Trocadero to see the Eiffel Tower. It was beautiful, just as I remembered it, and even more when it lit up. Sadly, MR wasn't impressed. From afar, he said that he felt like he was looking at a postcard or photos on the internet. He wanted a close up with Mr. Eiffel.

Strolling in Paris, France

After a visit to the Cimetiere Pere Lachaise, lunch at Le Manoir, walking to the Basilique du Sacré Coeur, riding on Le Petit Train de Montmatre, and being amazed by the Musée du Louvre, you would think that we would be done for the day. Think again. After being a bit disappointed by seeing La Tour Eiffel from far, MR was on a mission. Before going home, he wanted to see it from the bottom and nothing was going to stop him. Looking around the galleries and plaza surrounding Le Musée du Louvre, I saw the object of my husband's affection peeking through. I thought that if we could see it from here, then it mustn't be too far away, so we decided to walk. One hour or four kilometers of walk but so worth it considering the things we saw on the way. Just a tip - if you can, skip the metro, the best way to tour Paris is by foot!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

2014 was interesting in all aspects of my life. Having just lost my father, I realized that I had no more living parent with me. The day I lost my father, I also lost my confidante. I had to adjust and take on new roles in my life. Thankfully, I wasn't alone because my husband, MR, and my daughter, SO, were here for every step I took. Then professionally things started moving as well. I did a complete 360 degree turn, something I don't regret at all. My new job has given me the chance to do things I would never have thought I would do. It has given me confidence I didn't think I could have. And I've also met amazing people who have shown me how much they appreciate me and my work. There's nothing like feeling appreciated. It makes up for the long days and even longer nights of work. Our little family of 3 is doing good. Being a mother of a 6 year old needs some adjusting too. I don't think I was as advanced as my daughter is when I was her age. MR and I are on our 13th year together. Marriage is hard work - don't let anyone tell you otherwise! But with the right person, it's all worth it. So like every year, I like to take time and go through my blog posts of the previous year. It makes me feel nostalgic. So anyways, here are my top picks (these are not ranked in order) for 2014:

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year's Eve 2014

While Christmas Eve is usually celebrated with family, New Year's Eve, on the other hand, is celebrated with good friends and usually out. Which is why a couple of months ago, I began making plans with my good friend, MA, before she and her husband would be invited elsewhere. We looked at places to go to, but everything seemed so expensive. I didn't think spending close to 250-300 Euros (for 3 persons) for one night was reasonable. So what about doing it at home, I thought. Each person would bring something good to eat, provide entertainment, and come in their respective costumes. This was definitely reasonable.

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