First Time Long Drive (Revisiting Lourdes)

First Time Long Drive (Revisiting Lourdes)

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.

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Village of the Damned

Back in the 80’s and the early 90’s, my siblings and I, along with my kiddie cousins would watch lots of movies during the summer break. One of the few horror movies that made an indelible mark in the psyche was “Village of the Damned”. I had long forgotten the title, actually. I just googled, “horror movie kids with white hair” to find the title and some video clips. I even found out that it was already a remake of the original from 1960. Thanks, Google. Looks even creepier in black and white.

I’m not usually into scary movies. But kids like to be spooked by nature. Aside from the spooks, what made it interesting for me was that it starred Superman, a.k.a. Christopher Reeve. I’d watch anything with Superman in it. Also in the cast was Luke Skywalker. Not a big fan, though. Just shared for a bit of trivia.

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Fête des Mères (Mothers Month) 2018

Some of my favorite snaps from Fète des Mères (Mother’s Day) here in France, which is celebrated last Sunday of May.

My daughter’s poster project from school, which she surprised me with last Friday

 Friday, I received a gift from my daughter which is a drawing she did in school. I find it funny that I was portrayed as a very brown, almost black person with blue eyes. 😄 Nevertheless, she has really very good drawing skills for a six-year old.

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Updates and Random Stuff

Updates and Random Stuff

What have I been up to lately?..

Driving a lot… trying to remove my fear of the big roads and the crowded car parks.  Getting there. Meanwhile, I am a big fan of the roundabouts now… more practical and efficient than stop lights.

Trying very hard not to overshare on social media. I have removed facebook on my phone… wait, was it a good idea to share that here? If you have not yet put a tape on your computer’s webcam and microphone, do it NOW.

Planning future travels. So excited!

Learning to paint in Watercolor. It’s not as easy as it looks. But so far, I really love how the paint does not stink at all, or not get in the way of healthy breathing, unlike acrylics and pastel.

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How to Get French Nationality

This blog entry recounts my travails on acquiring the French Nationality as a Spouse of a French Citizen. The steps mentioned in this article are applicable to those living outside of France.

This is the “Dossier” that you will get, containing information of your acceptance to becoming a French Citizen… that’s “Marian” on the folder, the symbol of the French Republic, from the famous painting by Delacroix, which you will find in the Louvre… I really liked that painting first time I saw it, that’s why I remember this! 🙂

After only five months, my application for French Nationality was accepted! It was a surprisingly short period of processing time, considering that for most people, it usually takes one year, or six months at the very least.

Since I am ever so happy and pleased about this experience, I thought I’d share with you the journey, and the not-so-straightforward, step-by-step procedures, the timeline, and some of the cost of the requirements on how to acquire French Nationality.

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Born Again

Today, I have finally received my French Birth Certificate. It makes me feel as if I were born again. And it also makes me feel like dancing à la “Bande à part”… 😄😄😄

That’s all for now! Details to follow…

The Bleakest January Skies

Every time I find myself living through winter in France, I would always chance upon snow. The first couple of winters I had here, I had the unfortunate experience of having the worst winters that Toulouse had ever experienced in years. This January, according to the reports, Toulouse has seen the bleakest skies again after 45 years. My husband is starting to think I have a curse, or something.

The night of the super blue blood moon… it showed up for a while opposite of this frame… wasn’t able to get a good pic.

 This winter has not really been that cold lately. But for the first time today, it snowed. While I am not a big fan of snow, I was able to appreciate it through the eyes of my daughter. She was doing a happy dance when I showed it to her this morning. After a while, she asked me if Santa Claus is coming to bring us presents because it was snowing. Kids are so cute.

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L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Last Thanksgiving weekend, hubby and I had dinner at l’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. We wanted to book the restaurant, which has three Michelin stars, but it was fully booked. L’Atelier, which has two Michelin stars, was not such a bad alternative with a more relaxed ambience and no less than sumptuous offerings in the menu…

Hubby’s entrée — Salmon confit on avocado guacamole with young vegetables flavored with turmeric oil
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Weekend Staycation at Capella Resort, Sentosa

While trying to get the most out of our last few days in the heat of the tropics, and our credit card’s points, I had a good mind to book a weekend staycation at one of the luxury resorts in Sentosa Island. I chanced upon Capella while browsing amongst hotels on a web site where I could use my credit card points. I actually wanted to book the Constellation Room, which has an outdoor jacuzzi overlooking the sea. But my option was limited to the next best thing, which is the Premier Sea View room, which was not a bad alternative at all.

One of the three gorgeous pools in the resort. They remind me a bit of the rice terraces in Ubud.
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