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…

Paris walk after lockdown

After two months, I was able to walk again around my neighborhood last weekend. The feeling was exhilarating. I have been to the same area so many times before, but that time, it felt refreshingly different. The familiar sight of the Eiffel Tower greeted me. The sky looked dull though, or perhaps, the more appropriate…

Something Sweet for Valentine’s Day

I have a recent sweet fascination. It offers a sweet surprise.  It differs from place to place.  Variety is what makes it exciting. Guess what it is?  No, I’m not talking about flowers or chocolates or those cute stuffed toys young lovers give each other. I don’t mean chocochip cookies nor blueberry muffins nor cinnamon buns. I…

Anting-Anting in Paris

In March 2019, I was delighted to find out that one museum in Paris featured the Philippines. The exhibit did not show paintings nor sculptures of talented Filipino artists, as what would normally be found in a museum. Instead, it presented anting-antings! This exhibit was held from March 12 to May 26, 2019 in Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac. The 10-week exhibit titled “Anting-Anting, The Secret Soul…

Managing Oneself (Peter F. Drucker, 2008)

Six months after I arrived in Paris in 2018 for my foreign assignment, I ordered a book in Amazon about the history of France. Then, I saw that one of the recommended books is a white and orange booklet with the helpful title “Managing Oneself.” I thought, “Why not? It will possibly help me adjust…

The Eiffel Tower

One of the perks of living in a neighborhood close to the Eiffel Tower is that you see this beauty almost every day, even in the most mundane of days and/or tasks. You see it when you rush to the nearest Monoprix or Franprix or Carrefour to buy grocery items. You see it when you…

Les Jardins de Paris: The City of Love and Its Gardens

I love gardens. In my view, gardens are havens that refresh and calm people from the busyness of life in the city. In Paris, there are many gardens. Some are not so grand as the others, consisting only of a few benches, grassy lawn, several trees and bushes. Some are so vast that you can…