Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

Invitation for a Chat on the beach ! (and no need to tell me your life story)

Bantayan

Since I popped up in the blogosphere, I have virtually met truly amazing people. I feel close to a bunch of them – although I would not even recognize them if we were sitting besides each other and were the only clients of the café. There is this brilliant and generous Brazilian woman living in the Neederlands. An Aussie writer expatriated in Thailand, an Indian sharing its explorations of his amazing country, a photographer who, true to his blog’s name, highlights the good and the beautiful. There also is this lovely Italian chef from NYC (although she is not officially a chef, she won’t mind me calling her one! )… I can go on and on with my beloved connection from Europe, the US, Philippines, NZ, Canada, Australia …

I would love to meet up over a tea or a coffee (a cocktail could work too!) and have a chance to meet with those great people in 4D. This is a formal invitation, bloggers peeps! To the ones I already know, and to the others (this beach is quite deserted, there’ll be room for all of you). Just come as you are, no pre-diet required, a short and a T-shirt will do (Asian don’t really do bikini!). I will make sure we have enough umbrellas and beach chairs.

No need to tell me all about your life. Let’s just share those things that make you smile, the stories that made you laugh so hard that even you felt the 6 pack coming! I really don’t need to know all about you, I am happy with what you want to share. Smiles are contagious, and so inspiring! See you there 🙂

PS: don’t forget the sunscreen!

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41 comments on “Invitation for a Chat on the beach ! (and no need to tell me your life story)

  1. yolomoments12
    January 23, 2015

    Summer is coming! YES 😀

    Where in cebu is this ? We would really consider this place for summer with my friends 🙂

  2. estelea
    January 23, 2015

    It’s in Bantayan actually 🙂 Will take you 3h by bus or car, and another hour by boat. But definitely worth it!

  3. GreenRideBikers
    January 23, 2015

    Would love to be with you there! 🙂

  4. Andy
    January 23, 2015

    Gah! I was in Mactan in December, practically neighbours for 10 days. Where was the invite then? OK, I’ll book my flight this afternoon. 🙂

    • estelea
      January 24, 2015

      So you already know the way up here! What do you drink?

      • Andy
        January 25, 2015

        Anything. But the local rum was cheap and more than acceptable, I drunkenly recall.

      • estelea
        January 25, 2015

        Ordered! You’ll find me by the San Miguel.

  5. trablog
    January 23, 2015

    Cebu it is!! I’ll remember that 😉 Btw we have beaches, umbrellas, chairs, cafés and even sunscreen available here. Just saying 😉

    • estelea
      January 24, 2015

      How about you come here for the beach and I ll visit you for the mountains? I don’t think we ll easily run out of conversation 😉

      • trablog
        January 25, 2015

        Yea, that sounds great too 😉 Im sure you can always find something to talk about 😉 😀

      • estelea
        January 25, 2015

        Must admit you’re pretty .. Right :/

  6. Amy
    January 23, 2015

    This palm tree, blue sky and water, and the boat make me smile. I love your smile, Estelea, I really do 🙂

    • estelea
      January 24, 2015

      And your beach lounger is booked my dear, always 🙂 X

      • Amy
        January 25, 2015

        Got the booking confirmation 🙂 Oooh how I want to be there and what great bunch to be with… xxx

  7. Ann GrubbsnCritters
    January 23, 2015

    I’m coming. With wine! ;p

  8. lexklein
    January 23, 2015

    Yep, on my way already from the cold northern U.S. with all my beach equipment, snacks, beverages, and reading material. Save me a spot … you’ll recognize me by my extreme pallor!

    • estelea
      January 24, 2015

      Just bring your books, I ll take care of the rest! Best way to defrost after Russia and the States 🙂 Your spot is booked my dear, it shouldn’t rain before July!

  9. wendybarronwrites
    January 23, 2015

    Great post, and who could turn down a chat on a beach, when it’s cold and rainy (as it is) outside? I don’t do bikinis either, but I’ll turn up in shorts and a t-shirt!

    You said “I feel closed to a bunch of them”, but I think you mean
    “close”. (Dans ce context, ‘closed’ = ‘fermé’ mais ‘close’ = ‘près’.)

    What’s making me smile this week is professional satisfaction. I’m working with a new author, who is an absolute pleasure to work with. She is receptive to suggestions about the short story I’m editing, and widely proclaiming it’s better than it’s ever been, thanks to my help. Makes me feel all warm and snuggly inside.

    • estelea
      January 25, 2015

      Thanks Wendy, I love the opportunity to learn and correct my mistakes. Made the changes 🙂

      This author is so lucky to have the privilege to work with you! It made me smile too, loved how you wrote it made you feel all warm and snuggly inside 🙂 It is so heartwarming when you feel you have a positive impact on someone’s work and that this person is grateful for the help. This intellectual stimulation boosts not only their creativity but also yours, doesn’t it? I am sure you had those moments when you are so happy with the sessions that you can hardly believe that this is called “work” and you are actually paid for this!;)

      Thanks for sharing your smile and the warm feeling all the way to the Philippines, very inspiring! Tout de bon (as the Swiss say)

  10. LifestyleswithLia
    January 24, 2015

    Fabulous idea!! I would love to hang out on the beach and relax with you and our fellow blogging friends!
    You’ll recognize me by my thick New York accent and the tray of eggplant parmigiana I’m bringing to share!!!
    Much love to you!!!!

    • estelea
      January 25, 2015

      Awesome, Chef 😉 How great would that be!!! Big, big smile on my face and .. in my tummy! Always ready for your eggplant parmigiana, even for breakfast. I think I ll remember this post of yours forever 🙂

      Your spot is booked, the kitchen is all yours. Will make sure we have the right wines and something tells me that our community of fellow blogging friends will dramatically increase… 😉

      • LifestyleswithLia
        January 25, 2015

        Oh one day, this will happen! We would talk until the wee hours of the morning for sure!!!
        PS: I just finished making a huge amount of baked pasta for dinner and washed it all down with a great Cabernet Sauvignon!! I’m honored my eggplant post will be remembered:)))
        Happy Sunday my dear!

      • estelea
        January 25, 2015

        Looks so delicious!!! I’m drooling just reading this even though I just had lunch 😛 if you ever tell me you make tiramisu, you ll see me at your door before you know it! With the fam, so think twice before posting!

      • LifestyleswithLia
        January 25, 2015

        Hmmm I have yet to make tiramisu, but you get the first piece when I do:)))
        Happy Sunday from snowy NY!

      • estelea
        January 26, 2015

        I am already checking the flights to NY ;)) Wishing you a beautiful week, happily sharing some of our 30 degrees with you !

      • LifestyleswithLia
        January 26, 2015

        Oh let’s meet first in Cebu:) 2 feet of snow expected in NYC tomorrow night:( The beach sounds great to hang out with you!!

      • estelea
        January 26, 2015

        Beach it will be! 😀

  11. deuxpies
    January 24, 2015

    I’ve been following you for a few days but, a few logistics aside, I really do feel like turning up

    • estelea
      January 25, 2015

      Just do, my dear! If I send you this little boat to pick you up, will it solve the little logistic issues? Will make sure we have those coriander/ lemon grass ice creams ! So???? You are booked, red umbrella 🙂

      • deuxpies
        January 25, 2015

        Done. Will be waiting on the Cap d’Antibes. Really appreciate you getting around that logistics problem!

      • estelea
        January 25, 2015

        Any time! A tout’, donc!

  12. Fabio
    January 25, 2015

    Dear Estelia, Wonderful call, with all your inspiration, art, and energy! You are a gift to all of your friends, and we give many thanks for that. What I would bring to the get together on the beach: my little camera, a notebook and pencils, and much energy with me to talk for long hours with you and our friends. Great post indeed! I read your words and behind them I see your big smile! Great! (PS: I think I know that blogger that likes to highlight… 🙂 – You have a big heart, Estelea! Take care! And thanks sooooooooo much!

    • estelea
      January 25, 2015

      My ego thanks you so much for the incredible booster 🙂 Your spot is booked, looking forward to seeing you there my friend!

      • Fabio
        January 25, 2015

        Estelea, let’s not abandon the project that you came up with. It would be fantastic to have such get together at a certain time with our friends… Take care, and you and your family have a great week ahead! 🙂 à bientôt

      • estelea
        January 26, 2015

        We will find a way, for sure 🙂 Imagine that we already found each other on the whole wide web, that was the most challenging part of the meeting, wasn’t it? You all have a beautiful week! Obrigada 🙂

  13. luciledegodoy
    January 25, 2015

    OMG How could I have missed such a heartwarming, inspiring, generous and affectionate invitation, as well as a subtle reference to someone in the low lands of Holland? ❤

    I would go anywhere to have chat with you! You are worthy gazillion times any opportunity to meet up anywhere, in the Asian way or any way, and share not only a cuppa, but all stories we could come up with.

    Thank you! xxx

    • estelea
      January 26, 2015

      Thank YOU my dear 🙂 Invitation pending then, anywhere, anytime 🙂 XXX !!!

  14. Fabio
    January 25, 2015

    So well expressed, Lucile! Temos a mesma impressao e sentimentos em relacao a Estelea. E tenho certeza que voce e’ do mesmo time! See, Estelea, your energy and vitality put people together! Bravo!!!

    • estelea
      January 26, 2015

      ❤ you are more than people, you are friends my dear! 😉

  15. Fabio
    January 26, 2015

    Yes, Estelea, I agree with you about the most challenging step. It is already done! 🙂 Take care, my dear!!! 🙂

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