10 Things I’m Loving Now – say summer

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What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. -Gertrude Jekyll

From life’s simple stuff to grandiose pleasures, bring it on!

1. Summer

It’s the best season ever, no matter how hot it is gonna be.

2. Thank God It’s Friday

Thank God there’s Friday’s in Madrid!

As an expression or as the restaurant, I like them both.

I was able to visit TGI Friday’s restaurant in Madrid as my travel buddy suddenly craved for the grilled ribs they are famously known for. I guess we hadn’t have enough, so we visited it again, and lucky me, it was happy hour!

3. Espadrilles

Espadrilles are normally casual flat, but sometimes high heeled shoes originating from the Pyrenees. They usually have a canvas or cotton fabric upper and a flexible sole made of rope or rubber material moulded to look like rope. The jute rope sole is the defining characteristic of an espadrille; the uppers vary widely in style. In French Canada, however, espadrille is the usual term for running shoes or sneakers. Read more

10 Things I’m Loving Now – spring galore

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It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.

-Charles Dickens

From life’s simple stuff to grandiose pleasures, bring it on!

1. Spring

Next to summer, spring is now my other favorite time of the year.

2. Summer hats
3. Spanish wines

Source: The New York Times

One of the more compelling wine stories of recent decades has been Spain’s almost miraculous evolution from a producer of oceans of mediocre commercial wine into a source of some of the most exciting, original and sought-after wines in the world.

Change was a long time coming. Grapes first appeared in Spain around 1100 B.C., probably grown by Phoenicians near what is now Cádiz. The arrival of the non-drinking Moors in the eighth century A.D. put a damper on the wine trade that lasted 700 years. Not until the 1490s, with the expulsion of the Moors, did business begin to pick up again. Spanish explorers planted Spanish vines throughout the New World, but only in the 19th century did Spanish wines begin to move, hesitantly, into modern times. Read more. Read more

10 Things I’m Loving Now – chocolates in my bag

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Two boys used to go to school together. One of them had a bad habit of stealing the chocolates from his friend’s bag. One day he felt guilty about what he was doing… So he wrote a letter as he didn’t have the courage to confess directly. “I have been stealing your chocolates… I’m sorry for that…’ The other friend smiled reading it, and sent a letter back: “Don’t worry. I know about it… That’s why I keep chocolates in the same place in my bag…’.   – from Paolo Coehlo’s blog

From life’s simple stuff to grandiose pleasures, bring it on!

1. Learning French

JUST CAME ACROSS. FrancoPhil, the 2011 French cultural season in the Philippines, is a play on the word “Francophile,” meaning a lover of French culture, and is a celebration of the ties that bind French and Filipino culture. Click on the image to learn more about this event. Read more

10 Things I’m Loving Now – be where I am

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“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life” – Buddha

From life’s simple stuff to grandiose pleasures, bring it on!

1. Living in Gland

After living for 7 months in Geneva, I finally decided to move to another town in Switzerland. This time I am staying in Gland at the district of Nyon in the canton of Vaud.

Gland is a French word which means ‘acorn’. It is strategically located between Geneva and Lausanne, taking you only around 20 minutes in going to either of these two cities by train. Due to its location, you can also find some international companies and organizations like Swissquote, Sun Microsystems and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It is also said that the Formula One World Champion, Michael Schumacher, resides in Gland. Is it suffice to say we are just neighbors now? (As of press time, my lady-friend just showed me the horse ranch owned by Schumacher’s wife in Gland. Starstruck much am I? Shucks, yes!). Read more