Disclaimer: This post is not guaranteed to make any sense. Just like what’s happening in the world nowadays.
It’s been two weeks since the lockdown on the entire country has been announced. The European Union has closed its borders to all other countries, and individual countries have closed their borders on countries with CovId-19 cases.
Honestly, I thought at first that I would be living my introverted self’s dream because of this lockdown. For me it meant more work from home, no more kissing the people in the office every day for greeting, and social distancing of at least one meter from the next person all the time! Wow! My wildest dream ever, coming into reality.
It’s been a year since my friends and I have created this small group that meets once a month to paint in watercolor. Our group meet just mostly consists of following some tutorials on youtube or a book, and then of course, as with all Filipino gatherings, sharing some food over merienda / gouter / snack.
Went to Keukenhof with a friend mid-April during the Tulip Season. I also tried to do some painting plein air, but the madding crowd rendered the act impossible. Anyway, more of the story on the travel blog.
I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I’ve ventured into watercolor painting. With the help of supportive group of friends and my family for inspiration, I am really quite happy with the improvements I’ve made over the course of a year…
I’ve decided to make good use of the gorgeous rice from Cagayan Valley in the Philippines that was gifted by a friend, and decided to make some Biko. I found a simple recipe here. I just adjusted the sugar to my taste. And found that the rice needed more coconut milk than was mentioned in the recipe.
Poolside view at our resort in Rondinara Bay, Corsica
Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories — that famous quote from that famous Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr movie. Glad I got plenty of them from last summer. And all the previous ones. Enough to keep me warm for a lifetime, most especially on bleak autumn days like the ones we’re having this week.
Surprisingly, I managed to find work after just one week of looking for a job. It’s my best record so far. I’m not very patient with job interviews, so this was really a very much welcomed relief for me.
For the first time in my life, I’m not working in Finance/Banking industry. In fact, everything was overwhelmingly different — new technologies, new industry, different language, etc.
The language is really one of the biggest obstacles I had to face. Although, the technical interviews are mostly in English, I had to express myself in French in the non-technical interviews. And since we are in France and all my colleagues are French, including myself, everybody speaks French at work. Even my computer is all set up in French. The keyboard is of course, not my usual qwerty keyboard, where I’m used to touch-typing. But I am not complaining. This is a good training for me. Already just one week into the job, I feel a lot more confident speaking French. I even surprise myself at the extent of what I could understand now even before taking the job.
Et voila, juste une bonne nouvelle que je voulais partager avec vous. Bon weekend! 😊
With some helpful proddings and encouragements from hubby and friends, I’ve managed to convince myself to do a day trip and revisit Lourdes. It was a gruelling 2.5-hour one-way drive to get there. It was my first time ever to drive for such a long time. My right ankle hurt for three days! But of course, it was worth it. Although, next time, I would take into consideration to do a short break each way, to give my legs some rest.