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Alliance Francaise de Manille


Somewhere in this blog, I wrote about my husband’s fondness for a perky French song, which he tries to sing aloud to fill dull moments. I swear, he has murdered this particular song a million times over! And so, in an effort to redeem himself, he thought of enrolling both of us at Alliance Francais de Manille to learn how to speak French. Yup, you read it right…”both” of us. He said that his efforts will be useless if he has no one to speak French with, and that I am the most logical person to practice with. How convenient. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Funny thing is, I think I am bitten by this French bug…and I found myself enrolling and attending French classes with my hubby…and I have to admit, I enjoy this whole thing to the hilt!

Every Saturday mornings, we are transported to an entirely different world. I have to give it to Alliance, they truly know how to immerse you in everything French. Imagine, on our first day of class, even if we cannot understand a single French word, our teacher gave instructions in French! He augments his words with actions so we’ll understand him, and well…it works! We do get to comprehend what he is saying and at the same time develop a familiarity with certain French words. I find it awesome that my brain gets to automatically associate the English counterpart of certain French words and I get to experience that “aha!” moment several times over. At the end of the first session, we are able to understand simple sentences and I left the room feeling hopeful about my dreams of being a Parisian. Ooh lala! …continue reading Alliance Francaise de Manille

Vieux Chalet


This is one entry you shouldn’t miss if you’re a food addict. Seriously.

Do you know of that particular stress that comes to you every year when your spouse’s birthday is just around the corner? When you’re like so dead set on finding a really good restaurant for his/her birthday and you feel like you just can’t go wrong; not on this particular day of all days, at least. Gosh, I’ve had that oh-so-familiar stress since 1997, the year I met my husband. Sigh. Smile. Whatever.

I must have read close to 30 food and travel blogs, forums on datable places, secret hideaways, and the likes, in my search of a really special resto for my favorite pet, Papa Mike. My research keeps on pointing on one particular restaurant — Vieux Chalet, a Swiss restaurant nestled in Taktak, Antipolo. …continue reading Vieux Chalet

Summer Outing: FEU – East Asia College


I’m more of a night swimmer…and so, during our summer outing, I did nothing but take pictures of my officemates. I have been receiving email requests for copies of pictures, and since I always forget to send them, I thought I’d post some of the best shots here. I hardly got to snap my lady officemates as they are mostly hiding from the sun. Sayang. Oooops, do remember that I’m an amateur photographer, so please pardon the out-of-focus shots…hihihi! …continue reading Summer Outing: FEU – East Asia College

Let’s Play: Games of the Generals


When I was I kid I got hold of this board game named Games of the Generals. Being a curious kid, I wanted to play it but I was too young to understand how it’s played. Fast forward a few years and I eventually found someone to teach me how to play it. The only catch with playing this board game is the fact that you need an arbiter each time you play, and this is a bit of a drag because it’s hard to find someone who would act as a referee.

A couple of years back, I got bored in the office and ended up thinking of the Games of the Generals board game. I realized how much I missed playing it so I ended up creating a computer-based version of the game just for the heck of it. I made two versions, one with the original-sized pieces and another one for “office” play. :wink: …continue reading Let’s Play: Games of the Generals

Nick Vujicic: No Arms, No Legs, No Worries!


I attended our Church service last Sunday at Bread of Life Ministries and Bro. Butch Conde introduced us to a man who have inspired, and continues to inspire, millions of people all over the world – Nick Vujicic, a man born without limbs. We watched a full 20-minute video of Nick and I have never been so entertained, enlightened, and inspired in my whole life! Surely, what Nick has made of his life will be a constant challenge and comfort thought for me. I feel so blessed just knowing that with God’s grace and his wonderful perspective in life, Nick is now living a life without limits. I believe he is even living larger than most of us so-called normal people! Truly, the life that we have is based on the choices we make; and this man chose to make the most out of what God has given him. What a wonderful life he has!

Below are some videos of Nick Vujicic. I hope that you will be blessed with hope, purpose, and infinite joy as you watch these videos.

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