Summer

June to August is the summer season in France. Based on my observation, it’s the only period when the weather feels as warm as most months in Manila. For the first time this year, I used my yellow fan in the office, a souvenir from an event I attended during my first year here. We…

Home

A colleague moved to a new apartment this week and relayed to me that although her new place is comfy and spacious, she was unable to sleep during the first night. That brought to mind my first night here at my place in Paris, about three years ago, when, exhausted from a day’s work, from…

Kain Tayo!

It is a rainy Saturday afternoon in Paris now and because of the cold weather, I suddenly craved for special goto with chicken strips, tuwalya (ox tripe), sliced century egg, spring onion slices and toasted garlic bits. With calamansi (Philippine lemon) extract, it tastes heavenly. But I guess, I have to set aside my culinary…

Personal Narratives

Our lives are made up of different stories bound together by various themes. Unlike fictional short stories or novels, however, where the turn of events are sometimes predictable or when the characters and their actions lean towards the theme and the authors’ perspectives, real people’s stories are more complicated and more interesting. In fact, in…

Abril 9 – Araw ng Kagitingan

Ngayon, ika-9 ng Abril 2021, ginugunita ang ika-79 na anibersaryo ng Araw ng Kagitingan. Sa araw na ito, inaaalala ang pagbagsak ng Bataan sa kamay ng puwersang Hapones o “Fall of Bataan” noong 1942 at ang nakakagimbal na Bataan Death March kung saan maraming mga sundalong Pilipino at Amerikano ang namatay. Panahon ito ng ikalawang…

Philippines: Un Pays au Pluriel (A Country of a Thousand Faces), 1987

When I first found the French-English book Philippines: Un Pays au Pluriel (1987) from the bottom shelf of the Embassy library, it seemed like just any other book about the Philippines with pictures of nature, tribes wearing their traditional garments, and Filipinos wearing beautiful smiles. But when I read the description of the author Jean…

Marching Forward

March is Women’s Month. (Hi to all women reading this blog right now.) It is the advent of spring. It is the last month of the first quarter of the year, which makes us realize that time indeed flies. It is also the time when the weather in Europe becomes unpredictable — sunny one day…

Provins and Rambouillet Getaway

The past week gave me the time to go out of Paris to see some new sights, feel the warmth of the sun on my face and discover high-quality farm products. In fact, it was the search of fresh farm products that motivated the short get-away and it was only a plus that I discovered…

Beauty and mortality

A week ago, I got a bouquet of orange tulips from a flower stall in a street market in Paris. The flowers were so lovely that for several minutes that afternoon, after I arranged them in a vase, they were my favorite photography subjects, with pictures taken from different angles. 🙂 After a few days,…

January 2021

It is the last working day of the first month of 2021. It just seemed yesterday when January 4 came, bringing with it both the anticipation and thrill of the new year, the reluctance to part with the fun and free holidays that offered respite to everyone working hard all year long, and the hesitation…