Saturday, September 15, 2018

Working in France

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.

Aerospace Technology has always fascinated me... so glad to have this opportunity to work in this industry. 😊
(image credit: careerguide.com )
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! 😊

Sunday, August 5, 2018

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.

Goth Revival Spires atop the Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes

Crossing the gorgeous Gave de Pau River

Golden crown and cross, shining shimmering splendid on a hot summer afternoon

Before going, and agreeing to embark on this long-drive (buwis-buhay) adventure with my motivated friends, I have of course, checked the map and the most convenient area to park without the exorbitant fees.

Friday, July 13, 2018

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.

When I think about the current worsening state of the Internet, I would always remember this quote from this movie:

Dr. Susan Verner: What can you read that's in my head?
Mara Chaffee: Everything that is active in your mind. However, the path that leads to the speaking process eludes us. Why do you speak some thoughts but not others?
Dr. Susan Verner: Wouldn't it be a noisy world if we all said what we thought?

(quote credits: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114852/quotes)


"Wouldn't it be a noisy world if we all said what we thought?" 


Needless to say, we all soon found out that we don't really want to know what everybody thinks or does all the frigging time. Thanks to the Internet, a. k. a. The Village of the Damned, for this precious gift meant for the stalkers (and narcissists) in all of us.

The World Wide Web has become uber noisy, cluttered, and polluted with much too much whatever nowadays. This is why I've been skimpy with opinions and details lately. I don't really feel like contributing much to the mess and the noise and the chaos. I kinda miss the Internet of the 90's, back when the Internet belonged only to the I. T. Geeks, a.k.a. the people who actually know how to use it. Sorry if that sounded snobbish or condescending, but that's how I feel.

I do not want to contribute to the noise pollution so much. And privacy is becoming more and more of a prized artefact nowadays. And that is why, I've been wondering if I should still continue blogging... hmm...

To be continued...

P. S.
Some of my other lesser known favorite horror/fantasy movies from the 80's and 90's: Fire Starter, Poltergeist, The Princess Bride, The Neverending Story, Labyrinth, Drop Dead Fred, Beetlejuice

Thanks for dropping by and have a good Friday the 13th!

Monday, May 28, 2018

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.

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.