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…

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…

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…

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…

Glimpse of a Diplomat’s Life

What do diplomats do? In the virtual age, is the work of a diplomat still relevant? At a time when even the highest leader of the land or the head of the Foreign Affairs Department can post his/her decisions and sentiments online, available to the public within mere seconds and when news travels more than…

Agosto

Tuwing Agosto, ipinagdiriwang ang Buwan ng Wika sa Pilipinas. (Every August, the Month of Language is celebrated in the Philippines.) Nais kong makiisa sa pagdiriwang na ito sa pamamagitan ng pagbahagi ng mga maiikling tula sa wikang Filipino, kasama ang mga larawan dito sa Paris na kinuha ngayong buwan. (I would like to take part…

Weekend Vibe

The soft rain pitter-pattering on the window ledge woke me up on Sunday morning and a peaceful feeling washed over me. I had the urge to pen a few lines of poetry on the writing pad that was on top of my bedside table. How peaceful the morning seems With the soft rain tapping on…

Salamat sa mga Kababayan

Dahil sa sitwasyong kinakaharap ng buong mundo ngayon, sa banta sa kalusugan na dulot ng COVID-19, may mga ipinapatupad na mga bagong pamantayan ang mga Pasuguan at Konsulado ng Pilipinas sa iba’t-ibang panig ng mundo. Kasama na rito ang pagpapatupad ng istriktong appointment system para sa mga aplikante na nangangailangan ng serbisyong konsular, pati na…

The New Normal, the “Abnormal”, and the “Paranormal”

With the lifting of the lockdown in France on May 11, the new normal became more obvious. Although this term had been commonly mentioned for weeks since the lockdown started, emerging from the safety of one’s home made it tangible. Some “abnormal” events happened in many countries in the world, giving analysts materials to ponder,…