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.

No technology will ever beat THAT

2h in trains, 27h in planes, another 1h30 in taxi to finally spend 2 little weeks with us. That’s what I call a Super Mamie! MamM

Because no amount of Skype or Viber will ever replace the warmth of a real hug and the sweetness of a kiss ..

In response to the WPC Time

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50 comments on “No technology will ever beat THAT

  1. anroworld
    February 8, 2016

    Hurra, Mamie has come! Absolutely agree, no skype, neither any other network won’t help much! Only the reality…the happiest moment of our lives! Photos are full of love and warmth…touching, so touching!

    • estelea
      February 9, 2016

      Yes, we have been waiting for a year ! Alleluia 😀 You are so right, the love is very touching, things are so easy with the ones with love, no language nor cultural barrier, everything is eventually so natural 🙂
      I am so grateful she came all the way from France just to visit us, can’t wait to visit home next month !
      I haven’t been much on the net obviously those last days, but I guess it is not too late to wish you a beautiful, shiny,healthy and funny New Year my dear! May all your wishes come true ❤

      • anroworld
        February 9, 2016

        Thank you, dear Estelea, you are my sweet, sweet Friend! I also wish you fantastic 2016 and let it be your best year!

  2. Priceless Joy
    February 8, 2016

    Wonderful photos!!

    • estelea
      February 9, 2016

      Thanks so much. Love, love, love …<3 No wonder why in spite of all the great things here,we are eventually thinking of moving back to Europe for a while …

  3. lexklein
    February 8, 2016

    Love, love, love! Look at those happy faces! Enjoy – is she there now?

    • estelea
      February 9, 2016

      Yes, two more days before she flies back to France. No need to say how time’s been flying, especially as our holidays plans failed as everybody fell sick (obviously not sync, would have been too easy).
      She does not need to say much to make her case for “would love to have you guys closer to France”… The kids got the message loud and clear 😉 X

  4. Sonia
    February 8, 2016

    Wow … I really love this pic.

    • estelea
      February 9, 2016

      Thanks a lot 🙂 Amazing to see how fast they reconnect even though they haven’t met for a year. Love, love, love 😉
      Btw your blog is great, I really enjoyed your post on the library. Another passion of mine!

  5. Kathy Simmons
    February 8, 2016

    Two beauties!

    • estelea
      February 9, 2016

      Thanks so much! Couldn’t agree more 😉 Have a very sweet day

  6. equinoxio21
    February 9, 2016

    Quelle belle photo. Y faut effectivement en vouloir… 🙂

    • estelea
      February 9, 2016

      L’amour, l’amour … Et voila la raison pour laquelle on cherche à se rapprocher de la France. Pas du tout prêts a rentrer en France, faut pas pousser non plus, mais moins de 10h d avion, ce serait un bon compromis.. 😉

      • equinoxio21
        February 9, 2016

        Ici on est à 11-12, c’est limite. Je suis aussi très tenté de bourlinguer un peu en Asie, (retourner sur mes pas) mais, pour nous ça fait 30 h. 😦
        (C’est ta mère ou ta belle-mère qui est venue?)

      • estelea
        February 10, 2016

        La madre 🙂
        30h, si tu peux le faire avec escales, ce serait top. Comme dans mon livre de chevet du moment “A fortune teller told me” …

      • equinoxio21
        February 10, 2016

        Le livre semble intéressant… 🙂
        As-tu lu Somerset Maugham? Presque un siècle, mais bcp de nouvelles se déroulent en Asie.

      • estelea
        February 14, 2016

        C’est marrant que tu me parles de lui, alors que l’auteur du fameux “A fortune teller told me ..” vient juste de le mentionner. C’est donc signe que je dois lire un de ses livres! Un conseil en particulier?

      • equinoxio21
        February 15, 2016

        Maugham: collected short stories 1,2 or 3. Penguin books. Ca fait bien quinze ans que je ne l’ai pas relu. Ca peut avoir un peu vieilli, mais c’est une autre vision de l’Asie. 👳

      • estelea
        February 15, 2016

        Parfait timing, je finalise ma commande sur Amazon 🙏🏻

      • equinoxio21
        February 16, 2016

        Haha! Ca c’est rapide. J’espere que tu ne seras pas decue. De fait j’ai ressorti le tome 1 de ma bibliotheque pour le relire. Mais dis-moi si tu le commandes sur Amazon, ils te l’envoient la-bas? Sans que ca coute la peau du dos? 💵💵💵

      • estelea
        February 17, 2016

        Nonon, j’ai essayé une fois et ca m’a coûté plus que le dos ! Presque 3 fois le prix des livres! On rentre en France fin Mars pour nos vacances, la commande nous attendra sagement chez ma mere
        😉

      • equinoxio21
        February 17, 2016

        C’est ce que fait un de mes amis francais ici, il commande sur amazon ou la fnac et fait livrer cehz sa soeur a paris. Pratique. Conges annuels en france? C’est drole non? M’enfin les enfants sont encore assez petits pour l’ecole. Esperons que le temps soit clement j’ai cru comprendre que tout le monde etait tombe malade quand ta mere est venue. Dommage.
        A +

      • estelea
        February 18, 2016

        Conges annuels en France, oui. C’est notre exotisme 😉 Les enfants ici ont 3 mois de vacances, ce serait un peu egoiste d’en profiter toute seule non? Donc un peu de France, un peu de Suisse et je reve de caser quelques jours à Rome …
        Heureusement tout le monde va mieux, c est ce front froid venu de Chine qui les a mis sur les genoux. 15 degres en moins pratiquement du jour au lendemain, et pluie .. On nous a arnaqué! on avait signe pour les cocotiers et on a eu le meme temps qu’à Paris. Au point où je leur ai fait des croissants et des crepes, ca ressemblait tellement a l automne en France qu’il ne manquait qu’un vrai gouter 🙂 Avec du vrai chocolat chaud, Mossieur! X

      • equinoxio21
        February 18, 2016

        Les histoires de rechauffement global me font doucement rigoler. Ici aussi j’avais signe pour un pays tropical, la chaleur, la douceur de vivre. Arnaque totale. On vient de passer trois semaines avec 7degres dans la bibibliotheque le matin. 3 ou 4 dehors. Et 15-16 dans la maison pdt la journee. Evidemment y’a pas de chauffage. I want my money back. Bonnes vacances. Rome? Oui. Ou peut-etre Florence? 🤔

      • estelea
        February 18, 2016

        Brrrr… C’est pas comme sur le depliant, suis bien d’accord!
        Rome pour l’heure parce que c est pieton. En fait j’adorerai Florence, encore plus que Rome, mais je crains que les Attilas ne rendent les visites quelques peu.. frustrantes! 😉

      • equinoxio21
        February 20, 2016

        Florence me paraît plus beau que Rome, effectivement. Mais, avec des enfants petits, c’est compliqué…

      • estelea
        February 22, 2016

        C’est bien ce que j’imaginais aussi .. Donc Roma pour cette annee ..

      • equinoxio21
        February 22, 2016

        La dolce vitá…

  7. terryb
    February 9, 2016

    Priceless, sweet smiles! How wonderful! 🙂

    • estelea
      February 10, 2016

      Thanks Terry! Real hugs are the most precious moments, aren’t they? 😉

      • terryb
        February 10, 2016

        Most definitely! 🙂

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  9. Jane Lurie
    February 10, 2016

    Whatever it takes! 🙂 You look happy.

    • estelea
      February 10, 2016

      Great people, great food and great place, would be hard not to 😉

  10. rosemawrites
    February 10, 2016

    Awwww! This is so sweet! ❤ Yes, technology can't beat that! 😀 😀 😀

  11. Fabio
    February 11, 2016

    She is adorable! Sorry to learn only now that your Mum was visiting with you (We had busy days at work and then we traveled to Florida for the weekend) She must be leaving you now. Wish her a good trip back to France, Next get-together in France or in another place very close. I will keep my fingers crossed that it will happen soon. Take care, my wonderful friend! 🙂

    • estelea
      February 11, 2016

      You are really keeping track my dear, I just read her your sweet message a minute before she boarded:) She is now on her way to Davao, then Singapore and eventually Paris! Next meet up is in one month 1/2, do I need to precise how excited we are ?
      She came with all the necessary teasers : cheeses, macarons,chocolates.. Of course she got the kids hooked and they are counting the days till our European Tour. Wise woman, she really knows how to get her messages through 😉
      XXX

      • Fabio
        February 11, 2016

        Thanks so much for sharing this! Keep up the excitement! We need to plan a get together in Europe, in the near future, I am sure Ann would come from Ukraine to join the party! 🙂 XX

      • estelea
        February 11, 2016

        That would be awesome 😀

      • Fabio
        February 11, 2016

        All the best , dear Estelea! And we will keep thinking about that! Safe trips to your Mum!

      • Fabio
        February 11, 2016

        … Thinking of your Mum and wishing her a good trip. Ann has accepted our invitation for a get together in Europe in the near future. And this is for you:
        https://highlightingthegoodandthebeautiful.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/still-136-a-m-friday-in-cebu-philippines/

  12. Fabio
    February 11, 2016

    So beautiful smiles! Priceless!!!

  13. justbluedutch
    February 11, 2016

    This is the best ! and those smiles are worth a thousand words…

    • estelea
      February 14, 2016

      Oh yeah 🙂 I can’t think of anything better than quality time with your loved ones!

      • justbluedutch
        February 14, 2016

        I absolutely agree with you. Thanks for stopping by !

  14. that traveling nurse
    February 11, 2016

    How wonderful!!! You look just like your mom. Im sure by now she has probably left, you mentioned she was in Davao? That is a weird lay over. So did she like crazy Cebu? 😉

    • estelea
      February 14, 2016

      Yes she left last Thursday. The initial plan was to spend 10 days in beautiful Bantayan. That was without planning my Mum would get so sick that I would need to take her and the kids back to Cebu after 2 days. Once her bronchitis under control, the kids fell sick for 3 days, fever and all.. Then Marcel came back for the weekend, and spent it in bed with a bad cold and hyper loud caugh.. They all recovered 3 days before her departure, enough time for a painful yet very efficient Filipino massage, a manipedi and a couple of lunch and diners in town..

      • that traveling nurse
        February 14, 2016

        Oh my I am so sorry to hear that! I hope your mom flew back home okay. Flying sick in an airplane is no fun! Maybe she wasn’t used to the super hot humid weather there. You make one good nurse then huh! Job well done Estelea! 🙂

      • estelea
        February 15, 2016

        She’s super ok now, Thanks a lot 🙂 the weather here has been so unpredictable, hot, cold, rains, freezing aircon in malls .. Can you believe it was so hot 3 weeks ago that there was no more water already in the tanks. We only had 2 h of water a day. Climate change in action!

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