Friday, April 13, 2018

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.

My very first attempt at Watercolor painting
Went on a session of Live Nude Drawing. Each pose has to be sketched for either 3 or 5 minutes. There was no lecture. It was just a drawing session. I was a bit disappointed but I now have great respect for nude models who work during winter.

Friday, February 23, 2018

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.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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.

Amazed by the snow
Still, I'm glad it didn't snow for too long. Hopefully, the weather will maintain its moderate winter temperature as in the past few weeks... and more sunshine, please!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Year, New Place... New Me?

Hi everyone! It's been ages since I last updated. Here's a quick roundup of what just happened during the last few weeks:
  • Quit my job in Singapore
Shopping vouchers, hand cream (coz I told them my skin usually gets so dry in Europe), and touching farewell notes from colleagues
  • Moved from our nice apartment with a view to stay for a week at an appart-hotel along Orchard Road with not-so-bad view also
Stayed for a week at the Pan Pacific Serviced Suites along Orchard Road, which is just a few meters away from our old place. Here in this pic on my last day of work, and last day in Singapore.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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

The hustle and bustle in the kitchen of l'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, awarded two Michelin stars by the Singapore Michelin Guide

We were seated in a very nice, quiet corner at the bar, where you can see the all the action in the kitchen. It was very interesting to watch how organized everything is, and how everyone is so busy cooking and preparing the meals. The room was mostly painted in black, with red highlights. The lighting reminded me so much of stage lighting, but instead of the stage, you have the kitchen and your food on spotlight. It's as if you are about to watch a very interesting performance.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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.


Waking up to this magnificent view of tropical paradise in our Premier Sea View room... just gorgeous!

The bathroom which looks out into the sea... so relaxing to have a nice bubble bath here.

Read on to see more pics and a bit of review...