Oct 9, 2020

This Friday morning


Had my coffee.Did our bed. Prepared the girls' packed lunch. They had breakfast. He went to work and then I accompanied the girls to their 1-day retreat. Migros ( grocery store) then cycled my way back home. 

Next, there's breakfast. I fought the urge to  check my phone. The lull of some minutes to be filled by something..anything. However, I opted to be quiet and just be. 

It is so easy to  be distracted. There are my to-do list, the messages to be sent, the agenda to be filled and hundred other things to do. Instead, I savor my coffee, enjoying the scent of the bread coming from the toaster. Now, spreading the honey and putting the slices of cheddar cheese on top of it and it was heaven! That few minutes to just sit and enjoy the breakfast, to just look outside and contemplate about how the cheese reminded me of my childhood. Of how bizarre my breakfast is. Still, I love cheese.

And it's autumn. Cold and most of the time overcast and raining. But the nature has this thing of uplifting spirits. Not just the  changing colors of my surroundings but also its silence.

Outside some greens are turning into a beautiful hue of yellow. 

Oct 7, 2020

To travel again

in front of Three Rondavels

 Our travel album is now almost a year in the making. Maybe even 2 years. I have been keeping it off. Too many pictures to sort out. But it's a long overdue project like my duck house, passing my driver's permit,language lesson,writing and art class to name a few (more of those next time) and I do not want to carry them till 2021. There's a need for me to off load these unfinished projects because my shoulder is really bothering me--literally. 

roaming free in India

Aug 28, 2020

Crash Landing on You - How a Pinay in Geneva got the #CLOY fever

 It took me forever to watch Crash landing on You. My sister has been bugging me to watch it. Every time we talked in Messenger our conversation would mysteriously gear to #CLOY. Her voice would change and there was this excitement, that kilig about someone.  But I was trying to avoid it like a plague. Knowing for sure that it will invade my whole being, my household, and my entire day, just like the one where a woman cooks in the palace. So, what's the fuss about this series, I asked myself. This didn't take long to answer, because one sunny afternoon while waiting for my laundry, I gave in. Few minutes after starting the first episode, I almost fell asleep.  

Some of this Kdrama's locations were set here in Switzerland.

📷: Norilyn Mendoza


Charmilles' Seri & Capt. Ri 
📷: Norilyn M.


                                                                     Lake Brienz

📷:Eva Valencia

Sigriswil Panorama brige
little Carlize playing Seri :)
📷: Mareng Heijon

 And these places can easily be reached by train, car and of course travel coaches.


A travel business called Dad & Son Excursion is at the right place and at the right time.  After the travel restrictions have eased up, they organized a Crash Landing on You location tour which started last July and most of our fellow Pinoys took advantage to travel around the country and relived that Crashlanding on You experience. And what an experience! 

According to Mr. Bautista, one of their company's goal is for our fellow Pinoys to experience and integrate into the Swiss culture. And thru tours like this, he said, they will see the beauty of God's creation.

📷:  https://www.facebook.com/DSExcursions

Oh, yes, I almost fell asleep and completely turned my desktop off. Maybe I was so tired or was it the summer heat but something in me kept on. I wanted to see the parts of Switzerland where they shot the series. There was a kind of pride that these were done in the country I called home for nearly 30 years. 

The short opening scenes have awakened my curiosity, as well, until it felt that my heart would burst and my front shirt was not enough for my emotion.  

I still don't know when to go to those locations. Perhaps this autumn when it's a bit chilly and the leaves are almost orange. Perhaps then my own Capt.Ri will be willing to drive us and then gaze at the beauty of Swiss mountains.

Or maybe, I will travel on my own and find Hyun Bin in Klein Scheidegg standing next to me, grinning mischievously, seeing that this Pinay finally succumbed to Kdrama and to his Korean charm then telling me:

"I got on the wrong train, and that very train brought me here. It brought me to the place I've yearned to come every morning and night. It brought me to my destination." 

Then, I will look him in the eye and utter in my Seri voice :

"At the end of that long dream, I finally made a choice. That even if I go back in the past, even if I do for a hundred more times, I will still choose to meet you."  

But pls, take the right train in Gare Cornavin,you are awfully late, Capt.Ri!! 

Aiiieee!! 💖 Enjoy the re-runs, folks!!

Aug 25, 2020

First Day

my schanafouilles 
Monday was the first day of school. My eldest is in secondary or Cycle d'orientation while my youngest is in the primary school. 
The girls were anxious and I tried not to show mine. 
However, compared to previous years, this time, it feels like we're ready. I am not talking about being on time, having satisfying breakfast, and all but rather the changes and the possibilities ahead.

As their mother, I lovingly embrace it now, not without the first day anxiety :) and welcome the fact that my babies are growing up and becoming more independent. No more brushing their hair into pigtails and braids. School snacks are not prepared anymore. Though this time, one wore my t-shirt and the other one my light jacket.

Some years ago, when my youngest did not feel like going to school, I drew a heart on a piece of paper with a little note that says: I love you forever. I told her that though, Nanay cannot go to school with her, my heart is with her and hopefully, she'd feel ok. Then we hugged and my husband walked the girls to school. 
This Monday morning, I made some pancakes for breakfast. That comfort food they both love. 
And before they completely run and take the route to autonomy, they were given tight hugs & kisses. Then, I uttered a silent prayer of protection, said that I love them with all my might just like the time when I gave my heart, drawn on a piece of paper.