Showing posts with label updates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label updates. Show all posts

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Toulouse Visit 2017

It's been a week since I've arrived in France for the Summer Holiday. I spent the first week eating, drinking, visiting the fresh market, enjoying the first few days of the Summer Sale, getting a hair cut from one of my friends, and hanging out with them!

Place du Capitole de Toulouse at sunset

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Romantic Lunch Date at Rhubarb Le Restaurant


Rhubarb Vanilla Ice Cream at Rhubarb, Le Restaurant

There is nothing more pleasantly distracting than a surprise romantic lunch at a Michelin-starred French restaurant on a busy Monday. Hubby chose a cozy restaurant called, Rhubarb, Le Restaurant. We figured the owner must've been really obsessed with this plant, which a decade ago would've been something very unfamiliar to me. I now know for one that Rhubarb Pie is one of my husband's favorites. And I quite like it too, for its tangy and citrusy flavor. We tried the restaurant's Rhubarb Vanilla Ice Cream at the end of a three-course lunch menu, and found it deliciously refreshing, especially with the popping sugar bits.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Weekend Staycation at Raffles Hotel Singapore

The holidays came and went just like that... just like 2016.  And since the start of the year, I have been ever so busy with work, etc. But now, I finally found a weekend to write about the previous weekend when we had an opportunity to stay at Raffles Hotel. I had been waiting for a long time for this. It's such a magnificent and historical site that I wouldn't want to miss checking out, especially since I have been living in Singapore for a really long time now.

The magnificent facade of Raffles Hotel along Beach Road

Read on for more pics and video of the Courtyard Suite that we stayed in...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition

Ever since I saw an article on the internet that there is going to be a new Nintendo Entertainment System in a mini console with HDMI port, I have been salivating over it. I really wanted to get one for myself for Christmas. Even more so, when I have a colleague who actually managed to buy one and brought it to the office. I've been longing to be able to play my favorite Nintendo games again, especially since I have a full week to spend at home during the Christmas holiday, with my brother coming for a visit along with his family. It would be so nice to play the games with my brother again just like when we were kids in the 80's.


The new Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Mini, released 11th November 2016 (image from http://www.nintendo.com)

Imagine my dismay and shock when I found out that Nintendo did not deliver enough stock. And that a lot of scalpers have taken advantage of this limited stock and are now selling them four times (or more) the original price. See angry comments on Amazon.com. This is really absurd, crazy and unreasonable. And very, very cruel on the part of Nintendo.

I just want to remind people out there that you should NOT give in and buy it for more than the original retail price. Nintendo will surely release more stock in the coming days or weeks. You are just encouraging the greedy scammers. It's just not worth it. You can actually just play the games with your regular computer using an emulator. Or if you are a more technical person, you can just get a Raspberry Pi and install the games.

My colleague's RaspberryPi3

I am actually just wanting to buy this product over pure sentiment and nostalgia... but I do not know for how long this nostalgia-induced "wanting" will last. Nintendo, you better act fast!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday Mood: The Sunny Sunflowers

We chanced upon some sunflowers growing in the wild on the road side. My mother-in-law made a bouquet with a bunch of other wild flowers. It's so pretty.

We have just arrived in France this weekend. On the road from Toulouse to my in-laws' place, we were greeted by the smiliest, sunniest blooms of rows and never-ending rows of sunflowers. Scroll down for your viewing pleasure...


Monday, July 18, 2016

Friday, July 1, 2016

Les Misérables in Singapore - A Review (Sort of)


image from: http://www.loket.com/lesmiserables/

So, I was able to watch Les Miserables by myself last night. This is the second time I was able to see it onstage. The first time was in London many, many moons ago.

I remember that cold, rainy night in London. I was so excited to see it. I totally enjoyed the performance. The most memorable of all was the little girl who played Cosette singing, Castle on a Cloud.

Anyway, about the show here in Singapore... first thing I noticed was that the stage looked much better than the one in London, which might be due to the fact that there have been significant improvements in technology over the past years. And that the Esplanade Theater is much grander and bigger than the one in London.

I regret to say that I found the stage actors lacking in energy and expression. From where I was seated (which I thought should be the best seat in the theater), I could not see their facial expressions (see below pic of seating plan) but their gestures and the feelings in their voices should be apparent to all the viewers no matter where they are seated. For some reason, I just didn't feel it enough.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Monday Mood: Macarons and Mother's Day in France

Yesterday was Mother's Day in France. They call it, Fête des meres. I personally prefer having Mother's Day celebration on this date because it is in France that I became a mother.


Pastel pink Ladurée box, with the rest of hubby's pasalubong from business trip in France

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Fitness Tips: Xtendbarre and Yoga

Searching for fitness activities is never an easy task, especially if you're not really the sporty type. When I was much younger, I never really craved for fitness activities. Being fit seemed to just come easy and happen naturally despite the unhealthy eating habits. But as the years go by, being fit starts to require extra effort... and even most especially after having a baby.

I have been regularly practicing Xtendbarre and Yoga for more than half a year now, and I would like to share some of my experiences, what worked for me, and some tips on how to keep yourself motivated:

Find an activity that you love

Be on the lookout for activities that would not only keep you fit but would also be fun to do, otherwise it will be difficult to be motivated. One of the things that worked for me is Xtendbarre. I have been doing it regularly for more than six months now, and I'm totally loving it. For those who are not familiar with this fitness program, it's a mixture of Pilates and Ballet, designed to tone your body (with special attention to the glutes and legs) and to strengthen your core. It's fun because it feels like you are dancing when you are doing the ballet movements. But be warned, you may think that just because it is fun, it is not strenuous.


Doing some stretching before the class

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Mother's Month

In our household, we have two Mother's Day celebrations -- the second Sunday of May, as most of the world know it, and the last Sunday of May, otherwise known as Fête des mères in France. But why limit myself to just two days when I can choose to celebrate Mother's Day the whole month? And in celebration of Mother's Month, I am writing this blog to impart some useful tips and talk about my experience on being a mom of four years... whether you like it or not. I rarely ever write about being a mom, so please bear with me.

My daughter and I at Federation Square in Melbourne, April 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Strawberry and Pink Theme Birthday

This year, for my daughter's birthday, I decided to exert a little extra effort for her party. We never really hosted a real children's birthday party before because hubby and I are both lazy when it comes to organizing events. But I was thinking that our daughter is now at an age when she will really appreciate having a birthday party with her friends.

I have shared some useful links at the bottom of this post to make my site more useful to parents planning to hold a birthday party for their kids.

Strawberry and everything pink theme

Friday, April 15, 2016

And Death Shall Have No Dominion

Emergency flight back home

Grieving this week on a week that is supposed to be meant for celebrating numerous happy occasions... life's many ironies.

This week has been quite an extraordinary week -- there were two birthdays, a wedding and a funeral. Life is like a soap opera, or even a movie sometimes.

It's really difficult to lose a loved one. Especially one that is closest to you. And one who cared and dedicated her whole life to you, even though she didn't really have to.

I find it really difficult to search for words about how I feel, but I just want to say, I will forever be grateful to those who have been very sensitive to really feel and partake with my grief, despite miles and oceans of separation -- friends who took the time to ask and to listen, family and neighbors who lived close and far away, long forgotten faces who suddenly appeared out of nowhere to condole and console. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Les Misérables in Singapore

While browsing for events to keep my daughter occupied during her upcoming two-week school break, I chanced upon Sistic's ad on Les Misérables. I have always been a big fan of this show because I have always been a big fan of Lea Salonga.

Les Miz in Singapore! :)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Hearts Day



Rainbow-colored roses and delicious cake, hand-picked by my daughter for Valentine's Day

I have been feeling all lazy this weekend. I didn't feel like going out, so everybody went out this morning, except for me. But what a surprise it is when hubby and daughter came back bringing colorful flowers and lovely cake for dessert... both of which just about summarizes how my love life has never been more colorful and more delicious than ever before.

Happy Hearts Day, everyone!

Friday, February 12, 2016

I'm a Model !!!

Folks, please allow me to interrupt my series of posts on my New Zealand trip with this Breaking News:

Last night, just before going to bed, I checked on my Instagram and saw a comment from Steve Madden's IG asking my permission if they could use this picture of mine for marketing purposes:


Leg Work for Steve Madden shoes... just hope they don't photoshop it and put somebody else's upper body parts on top. :D

I am just sooo flattered! And so excited. I never thought my legs could ever get so famous like this. I guess you could say I'm sort of a model now, and for one of my favorite brands of shoes at that! Nakakalokah! :)

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Ted Talks SPAM

I've had my fair share of the spamming and scamming lot on emails and phones. And the very rare times that I've responded (semi-violently) to them was when I was on a terribly bad mood or caught in the midst of  an inopportune time. But what I really, really would most like to do is to annoy the annoying. But lately, I haven't got the energy or the precious time for that.

The last phone scamming thing I've experienced was quite recent. It was a phone call on the office landline coming from the Philippines (where else?). It caught me by surprise because I never give out our office land line to anyone. I myself don't even know the phone numbers, and wouldn't know about it unless necessary. And since there are only very few of us in the office, it was the Head of Services that answered the phone. The scamming people didn't know my full first name and my middle name. So I told them it was not me they were looking for. They were claiming I have some unsettled accounts with some bank in the Philippines. I hung up on them immediately, but they had the gall to call again! It was really embarrassing for me to keep getting the phone from the big guy in the office and for everyone to hear me trying to tell the person on the other end over and over that it was not me they were looking for. I was mortified and infuriated. 

I'm guessing they got my office phone no from LinkedIn since it's the only place I mention where I work. And from there, they got it from the company web site. I ranted about it on facebook and several friends confirmed to me that it's really a LinkedIn scam, and that most of the targeted accounts look pretty in the profile pic... so I guess I should be flattered, at least. Of course, I immediately made my profile picture to be only visible to  first-level contacts from then on and I've removed several contacts who might be pretending to be legit job placement agencies.

This video from TED is quite hilarious, though:



I really love British sense of humor. I wish I can have some of it. But it doesn't quite work when you don't have the accent. This made me laugh a lot today.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Best of 2015

According to Instagram, here are my best nine photos from the previous year...

first row: best loved pair of shoes from Steve Madden, Airbus A350 simulator experience, visiting Frodo's hobbit hole at Hobbiton Lord of the Rings Movie Set in New Zealand (will post about this soon!)
second row: an evil bunny ice floe on Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon in Iceland, a picture representing my first time to try aerial yoga, a throwback pic of my beloved and long-missed autumn at the Japanese Garden in Toulouse
third row: trying out new wide angle lens on night time view from our balcony, throwback pic at Piazza di Spagna, the fittest i have been this year after 2 mos of xtendbarre + yoga + wall climb

...nine best, meaning the "nine most liked" photos of the year. I admit that, like most people, I tend to get carried away and get overwhelmed with the social media "likes" from time to time. But I try to remind myself that I'm doing Facebook mostly to keep in touch with friends, especially those who live far away. Making people jealous is just second priority (insert wicked evil laugh here). And the "likes", I really usually do not care about. A 1000 likes do not equate to being a 1000 times less lonely. Most of the time, it's quite the contrary, actually. Especially since, you will only get a lot of likes if you give a lot of likes also. It's not really because your picture deserves it or that these "likers" really like you. I'd always prefer good old-fashioned personal meet-ups any time or a personal private message if bodily presence is constrained by distance. Non-virtual relationships are seemingly becoming more and more of a rarity these days.

I like Instagram because i treat it like a pin board of all the good things happening in my life, whose essence, I would like to somehow freeze and capture in frames that I can look back on gloomy days to cheer me up. But the truth is, my most loved memories from last year cannot be captured in just a few photos. There were so many of them. For this, I am truly grateful and feeling "blessed" as the overused hashtag goes...

Happy new year, everyone! More photos and more adventures await!


Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas 2015

The last few Christmases have been really wonderful, especially with the coming of my precious daughter. For quite some time, the thrill and excitement of the holidays have really waned for me over the years. But through my daughter's eyes, I am experiencing Christmas again as I have experienced it during the wonder years.

My dining table centerpiece pour Le Réveillon (Christmas Eve) -- candles and candle holder from Crate and Barrel, some christmas décors from La France, courtesy of my mother-in-law

It's also a great bonus for all the moon lovers out there that the full moon appears on Christmas this year, not since 1977, coincidentally my birth year.

May we all have a wonderful holiday season with family and loved ones.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This One's for France

Warning: profanities



There is no way in the world we should hate back on hate and give back violence to violence... we should just carry on with our normal daily lives as usual.

And guard our smiles and laughter.

As one great writer once said, "The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel."

Friday, August 14, 2015

The AirFrance La Première Experience

This year, the opportunity of traveling on the New Air France’s La Première (First Class) flight presented itself right around the time we were planning our family's yearly trip to France. This first class cabin was only introduced late last year! We were so happy and looking forward to the experience, especially since it will be the same time as our Fourth Wedding Anniversary.



Here is my amateurish review of some sort...