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…Continue reading “A Year in Watercolor Painting”
Up on the travel blog…
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.
Keep warm, folks!
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.Continue reading “First Time Long Drive (Revisiting Lourdes)”
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…
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.
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.Continue reading “The Bleakest January Skies”
Hi everyone! It’s been ages since I last updated. Here’s a quick roundup of what just happened during the last few weeks:Continue reading “New Year, New Place… New Me?”
(please refrain from using my pictures without my permission)
even before living in France, i have always wanted to visit Rocamadour. i have first read about it in a book called, Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong. and the way the author described how wonderful a place it is made me put it in my list of must-visits.Continue reading “Rocamadour”
the South of France is famous for its duck. i was not so much a duck person when i was living in Asia. especially since we never usually eat duck in the Philippines. but here, i have learned to appreciate it much, much more than before.
this week, since my husband was on a week-long business trip, i was left to my own devices in the kitchen. and so, having no choice, i decided to try my hand at cooking aiguillette de canard in the same way that my husband cooks them, but with a little bit of my own personal touch.
it’s actually very simple, you just buy it as it is from the supermarket, like this:
before throwing it on a non-stick pan, i like to grease it a bit with vegetable oil (i use colza oil, btw). and then just cook it on medium heat until the sides start to brown. and then you can turn it over.Continue reading “How to cook aiguillette de canard”
for non-french speakers: all photo captions are in English.
hier midi, on a profité le menu de pâques d’une brasserie qui s’appelle Le Bibent. on se trouve cette brasserie pratiquement au Place du Capitole de Toulouse.
le menu q’on avait manque les rilletes de sardines indiqué dans le menu ci-dessus. mais cétait très bon quand même. et j’ai trouvé le reste des plats copieux.Continue reading “Menu de Pâques (Easter Menu)”