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.
Fellow travelers and expats, have you too experienced this strange feeling when you are leaving a place? Leaving the great friends behind, those streets that are now so familiar ..
Leaving reminds us what we can be part with and what we can’t.
Filipinos have been very kind to our family. Never before had we met such friendly and smily people. For a Parisian like me, it is just another world. We are not used to greet strangers, let alone talk to them in public transportation. Here smiling is a way of life and it had an impact on us. It is actually contagious! And they are so much more patient than me ..
On a personal level, those years have been challenging sometimes. Being a 100% SAHM made me feel more vulnerable and isolated than when I had a business card to introduce myself. And the Philippines are so far away from France!
But one learns from experience, and I am really grateful that my kids are raised by me, not by a yaya. We are very close to each other, they are my Zen Masters residents 😉 I am also very thankful for taking the chance to become a Yoga Teacher and let this beautiful practice and philosophy be part of my life. Yet I learnt my limits: I am an extravert who needs intellectual stimulation, I need to find a way to express myself also out of the family circle.
In 3 days we’ll close the Cebuano chapter of our lives and open the door to the future.
But just before, let’s look back at last week once more .. The first video postcard made by Mr Attila Jr, 4 yo:
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