It’s the first Sunday of February 2023. The weather is still cold, and it’s windy tonight. I just finished clearing my kitchen after a light dinner of salad. I told myself I should have heavy lunches and light dinners, thus, the salad. It was only simple: fresh lettuce, red onion, cherry tomatoes, freshly-squeezed lemon drizzled with olive oil, some pepper, and grana padano cheese. It was supposed to be parmesan, but I took the wrong packet in the grocery, hehe 🙂 The vegetables were all bought from the vegetables and fruits stand at the corner of my street.Continue reading The Sunday Currently
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Wow, it’s already 2023! Time flies, and I don’t know about you, but I felt like, in some way, we’re still in limbo. The World Health Organization (WHO) has not denounced COVID-19 yet from its pandemic status, so we’re still in that situation. Nonetheless, we are all living in a new normal – where people are more aware of themselves, their health, and others, whether good or bad. The health emergency situation changed us in so many different ways.Continue reading Hello, 2023!
Quoi de Neuf?
It is pronounced as ‘kwad-nef’. In English, this French sentence simply asks, “What’s up?” And when I changed my phone’s language to French (as part of my learning practice), I saw this everywhere. Since 2020 when the pandemic began, everyone has asked others how they are and what they have been doing. Pre-pandemic, this seemed pretty intrusive to some or a part of a greeting that when some people ask, it’s just a customary follow-up to hello, but a person who asked probably didn’t care. But during (and can I say after?) this period, we’re still asking one another how they are. Now, it has become a habit for some to check on their family members or friends. We have realized that when we were stripped down from our freedom of movement to be protected from this virus, we enhanced our basic human instinct of caring for each other. It made us feel alive, feel belonged, despite being miles from each other.
I have been away for a long time. After my colleague contracted COVID last August 2021 (when I last posted), I never had the time to blog. Work made me busy as only a few of us were left on the team. Spring came, and I also began business travel to parts of Europe and the South American region, and then finally had the chance to visit my family in the Philippines in time for my birthday.
After many months, I finally found a grip back on the things that I like doing. I was able to finish reading some of my books, and then this blog now has a new site domain, as I was not able to keep my old one 😦
In my next posts, I will be sharing about my travels, some tips as a foreigner who lives in France, and new recipes that I was able to try. I like blogging as it allows me to practice writing.
Now, how about you? How are you doing lately? 🙂
COVID got Close!
If you live under the rock since the first lockdown (wherever you may be), the number of Covid cases is re-surging again due to some variants and some regulations getting eased up.
I am crossing the bridge towards this topic that many people are still arguing about. Some still think that Covid is just a figment of the imagination and that vaccines will alter something in your DNA. So many crazy ideas are sprouting everywhere, but one should look at what’s going on in India and other countries that are still going through such hardships to battle this virus and realize that this is alarmingly serious. Today is my own opinion only and not anybody else’s, and I want to share my experience when this virus almost got me.Continue reading COVID got Close!
The Sunday Currently
We’re almost done in June. Last week, I celebrated my birthday with a few friends. Another year in France, and it wasn’t over yet. Last year, I was looking forward to spend my birthday with my family but of course, we know what 2020 meant to everyone.Continue reading The Sunday Currently