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.

First Love (Cheesy post!)

Last week, I did a little photo shoot in some schools of Bantayan Island.

To break the ice, I asked this little girl if her neighbour was her best friend.. And for some reason, the way she looked at him, the giggles of the classmates and the lovely airs of the little boy, I was under the impression that there was something more there. Or maybe it’s just my hopelessly romantic mind?


Who knows? Maybe in a couple of decades, when they will take their own kids to school, they will smile at the recollection of those days .. when they were only 6 but already knew that they were made for each other.

They will both have a nice career and enough money to leave the life they want. He won’t be a fisherman like his exhausted Dad, struggling to make a decent living for his whole family.

She would have studied hard, and graduated with honours.She will never be a helper like her Mum, strangled in Dubai for so many years. When her teachers asked her what she wanted to be, she never replied model or actress, like most of her girlfriends. She has always wanted to be a medical doctor. And she’ll be a great one.

Sunday, they will celebrate the first birthday of their second child. Lechons, boxes of San Miguel, karaoke, it’s gonna be a huge fiesta!

(I warned you, this post is cheesy.And to make it absolutely cheesy, I couldn’t resist to place one of my favorite quote:”When I saw you I fell in love. And you smiled because you knew” (Shakespeare of course!) )

Happy Sunday to you all 😉

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge One Love


40 comments on “First Love (Cheesy post!)

  1. Ann GrubbsnCritters
    March 13, 2016

    VERY cheesy. But lovely. Look at all those smiles. Oh sweet innocent love. ❤❤❤

    • estelea
      March 14, 2016

      Indeed 🙂 And who knows, they ll may end up being the happiest couple! I have always been amazed by the stories of those couples who met on the school benches and have been together since then .. As if they have always known they were made for each other.
      Maybe they are one of those?..
      Cheesy but cute, no ? 😉
      XXX! Happy Packing !

      • Ann GrubbsnCritters
        March 14, 2016

        Ahhh! The romantic in you. But hey! one night stand and happily ever after works too. HAHAHHAH!! ;D

      • estelea
        March 14, 2016

        I guess you can testify 😉 This indeed works too!!!

      • Ann GrubbsnCritters
        March 14, 2016

        LOL!!! Hehehehehe!

  2. Amy
    March 13, 2016

    So lovely! Love the beautiful smile, precious moment! 🙂

    • estelea
      March 14, 2016

      Love is in the air ❤ ! Valentines day should be all year long, no?

  3. justbluedutch
    March 13, 2016

    Not cheesy actually, but rather “Corny “. You have become intoxicated already of Filipinochisms Haha! Childhood crushes & sweethearts! I’m sure your children have so many admirers there knowing they all look “foreign ” from the local children.Once you go, many will be heartbroken.
    I really enjoy your adventures in Philippines Estelea.
    I love the way you see these simple things that may sound rubbish or corny, but still they are the epitome of a priceless Filipino “normal “childhood.

    • estelea
      March 14, 2016

      Hehehe, thanks for your comments ! I think I ve been listening to too much cheesy love stories in the karaoke! 😉

      My daughter had a crush on a cute Pinoy classmate, but she abruptly decided she was not in love anymore. Reason why: “He’s always showing off, telling me he has 50 cousins! I know he lies, how can you have so many?”
      Yep.. we can not compete in every single field 😉 Recently, we heard a lot of good things about Suyokji, her “cute” Korean classmate. She is the one bragging now, proud to have “so many more relatives than him! he has only 1 cousin and I have 2!”.
      What it takes …:P

  4. Priceless Joy
    March 13, 2016

    What a great post! Not cheesy. Well maybe a little but I love it!! Cute picture of the children. I love the quote at the end. 🙂

    • estelea
      March 14, 2016

      Thanks so much 🙂 I love this quote so much too that I had to place it! Happy Monday my dear, with many many ❤

  5. anotherday2paradise
    March 13, 2016

    Cute kids. I love that you have their lives all planned out already. 🙂 I love cheese, by the way.

    • estelea
      March 14, 2016

      Thanks 🙂 Would be good to have this superpower, but maybe their Guardian angels have something even better for them in stock!
      Cheers to Cheese! 🙂 Have a beautiful week!

  6. anroworld
    March 13, 2016

    Sweet, so sweet! Why not? It can happen, let’s be little dreamers and world can be brighter!

    • estelea
      March 14, 2016

      Oh yes! Who knows, their future could be even brighter? 🙂
      Thanks for your sweet comments my dear, I wish you a very lovely week!

      • anroworld
        March 14, 2016

        Most welcome, Estelea, wish you a lovely week too!

  7. lexklein
    March 13, 2016

    I love cheesy! That is one of the sweetest photos I’ve ever seen – I just want to squeeze them both! Adorable.

    • estelea
      March 14, 2016

      Love is indeed in the air 😉 I had no idea it will turn out so cute, they totally melt my heart too.
      Have a beautiful week, sending you warm rays of sun all the way to your new house!

  8. Hubert
    March 13, 2016

    wonderful post, and good old Will at the end – fantastic. Spring is coming, love is in the air, and I cannot wait to read your next lines 😉

    • estelea
      March 14, 2016

      Rooo thanks so so so much! This pic makes my heart smile each time I see it, so glad to be able to spread the good vibes. Especially on a Monday 😉
      In a week we’ll have the same time! Europe, get ready, the Attilas familly is coming 🙂
      A very Happy Week to you my dear!

      • Hubert
        March 15, 2016

        also to you a wonderful week. Looking forward to your anti-blues post… 😉

      • estelea
        March 16, 2016

        On Monday … to start the week on a shiny note 😉

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  10. rosemawrites
    March 14, 2016

    This just brightened up my tired Monday! Yay! That smile! That look! First love, indeed! ❤

    • estelea
      March 15, 2016

      So you are a hopeless romantic too 😉 Cheers to ❤ !

  11. that traveling nurse
    March 14, 2016

    all i can say is “awwww” 😛

    • estelea
      March 15, 2016

      Hehehehe, and imagine if I had added “If you love a woman” from B. Adams as the soundtrack 😉

  12. andy
    March 15, 2016

    I love every thing a little cheesy 🙂 from food to life !

    • estelea
      March 15, 2016

      Hehehe, same here 🙂 WIll think of you next week when we’ll finally have a decent (decadent, even!) cheeses diner in Paris! Can’t wait ..

  13. expatmomdiaires
    March 15, 2016

    You always entertain me with your posts… and so much inspiration and good vibes here. Job well done! 🙂

    • estelea
      March 15, 2016

      Heatfelt thanks 🙂 Your comments mean a lot ❤

  14. dunelight
    March 15, 2016

    Oh, no, there is definitely something going on there. 🙂

    Hey, I thought of you. I had the opportunity to try home cooked Philippine cuisine, well, it was a very small restaurant that was run by a couple of Philippinas and they made it all from scratch, it was quite tasty. I tried so hard to remember the names of dishes for you…it was a variety and I liked the was a little bit Thai meets a little bit Indian..not too spicy but oh so … comforting. Tasty too!

    • estelea
      March 15, 2016

      Ahhh, you make me feel normal. THere is something between those two! 😉
      Glad you liked the Filipino food, it can indeed be very tasty. I really like the way they cook grilled fish, with this so unique sauce with vinegar, chillies and soy sauce .. It is a bit of a struggle when you are a vegetarian, as they love pork (the famous Lechon) and chicken. But they also have great seafood, especially those blue crabs, so yummy …
      Next week we are heading back to France for holidays. Can’t wait to savor our cheeses, pastries .. and our wines! 😀

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