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.
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.
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
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.
Seafood and Champagne at La Brasserie, The Fullerton Bay Hotel
And for this occasion, I’m making a short review of the brasserie… First of all, the place wows you in all directions upon entering. Immediately, you find yourself surrounded by sumptuous dessert on the buffet setting. The clear glass walls with the view of Marina Bay and the high ceiling make the room so bright and airy. It’s definitely my kind of room — beautiful view and very high ceiling. I was already sold!
I’ve always imagined Canada to be very cold and very far away. When I visited it a few weeks ago, I was right about the “very far away” part, but not the cold. I did not know it’s possible to get very hot there in the summer.
The Basilica de Notre Dame de Montréal… you have to go inside to really appreciate its history and beauty
Here are some of my favorite images from this summer’s trip to Montréal…
I really want to blog about this while everything is still fresh in my memory. So, here I am at midnight, on the last few days of my summer holiday here in France, jet-lagged and all, but I find enough energy to write about this experience. I have just been to see the musical for the first time ever last Monday, 10th July. I have always been a big fan of Miss Saigon for obvious reasons — because Lea Salonga was in it, and also being in my pre-teen years the first time it came out, I had a predisposition to crave sappy, romantic love songs.