Nature Makes Me Happy!

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It is always pure joy when you are outdoor enjoying the beauty of nature, somehow your mood is always lifted especially on a sunny day! I hope everyone has a good long weekend and Easter. A time to reflect and be grateful with what we have.

I had a wonderful weekend with my hubby’s family and it is the first time that I can actually participate in the conversation and actually be able to converse in french. I might missed out some of the words here and there but I was glad I could express myself with minor errors. It was such a wonderful feeling because I thought I haven’t really learnt anything in school because I don’t practice enough but finally I actually did learn and able to use it! Yiipppeee yeah!! I am so grateful for that, happy dance all the way especially it was a weekend full of yummy food and chocolate! How was your weekend?

Autumn In Paris

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Ok I am so sorry the title is so clichè but I just love this time of the year when all the tree turns yellow, orange and red. I love the mellow feeling that it evokes especially when the weather is perfect like today, sunny and not too cold.

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We had a wonderful afternoon visiting a vintage market that was held near our apartment, wish I could just buy all the cute things there but I am on a strict simple living regime so no unnecessary shopping for me, yet I am happy just browsing, looking and admiring all the little trinkets.

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Then off we went to Parc de Bercy, it’s hubby favourite park as it’s calm and lush unlike other french gardens or parks. The weather was perfect as well, which was a bonus as it has been rainy at the beginning of the week.

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At the end of Parc de Bercy it’s Bercy Village, which is filled with restaurants, bars and cute little shops. There are also old fashion games for the children to play with, so a perfect place for a family day out! We went to Alice Delice a kitchen specialty shop where I got my self a ginger breadman cookie cutter, as christmas is just around the corner. Last but not least in a craft shop where I spend a long time looking at everything while husband patiently wait for me, to be honest I think he is as excited as me looking at all the amazing things they have.
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I’m so grateful and happy, couldn’t ask for more! Oh and I am going to be babysitting tonight so it’s going to be so much fun!! A great start for the weekend, can’t wait for another awesome day tomorrow!

Acceptance: Moving Forward

I have been busy this couple of weeks and to be honest I don’t even know with what, apart from the usual stuff like yoga, writing and cleaning the house. Oh and of course having a few friends visiting Paris and accompanying them around, I have no other major commitment and yet I feel like I don’t have enough time in the day to accomplished what I want to do, hence abandoning my blog and baking oops! But having said that I’ve started enjoying my time here.

The keyword is acceptance, accepting that now I am here and this is my new life, and things get to start to flow better. It took me 6 months of resistance with a little bit of bitterness dealing with the new changes living in Paris. Resisting with the new language, administration, feeling sorry for myself not having a job and etc. But all these negative feeling and focusing on them made me feel worse and bitter all the time. So after a long deep search emotionally, reading self-help books and talking to my friends over and over again, finally I decided for myself I can’t put myself in this negative world that I’ve created for myself and move on.

Acceptance was the key to moving forward without it no matter how hard you try to be positive, the lack of acceptance of your current situation will drag you back down to those negative feelings that you have. Without the acceptance you will still compare yourself with the ‘what if’ I was in another situations. The reality is that this is my current situation there is no ‘what if and should have been’ and accepting the situation means I can focus on the positive things with my current situations.

The last few days has been wonderful, I feel like  a big weight has been lifted from my shoulder and more relax. I can focus more on my goals that I want to achieve while I am here and making the most of my time here. I even bought a book on how to improve my french grammar, which I wouldn’t even think of before as I was hating learning french. I just want to share this because I finally realise the power of acceptance, embrace it, a step to moving forward and focusing for what you would want to achieve. So whenever you are in a situation that you don’t like or a difficult situation, accept it and focus on how to move forward rather than dwell in it for too long. It’s not an easy process it took me 6 months to get to this point but it better than being stuck, bitter and feeling bad all the time right. Don’t push yourself if it’s going to take 6 months or 8 months to finally understand and accept the situation you’re in, everyone has their own time to process things, but the quicker it is the better it is for your mental and physical health right?

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Wishing you all a very good weekend!

Feeling Lucky: Paris Fashion Week

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Loving the colour palette

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Pascal Millet Spring Summer 2014 Collections

I would never ever dream to be able to attend Paris Fashion Week, especially sitting front row!!! It was a dream come true, and what an amazing experience! I love every minute of it.

I got invited by my friend and colleague from FemaleDaily, the girl I was showing Paris around last Sunday. She is here because of Galeries La Fayette invited her over as Galeries La Fayette open up a new store in Jakarta, Indonesia. She got some extra invitation so she text me early Tuesday morning and said if I would like to come with her to Pascal Millet first ever Paris fashion show. Of course I said YES!!!!

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The Venue

It was held in a little church near Musée Du Lourve, it was such a beautiful simple setting. We even got out own usher to take us to our seat and make sure we are comfortable, we got seated at the front row just before the models come out. It was such a surreal experience for me as I would never think I would get a chance to attend any fashion week show let alone Paris Fashion Week.

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Affi and I front row before the show starts

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Unveiling the white carpet!

A little background on Pascal Millet, he started his career with Balenciaga before moving on to Maison Carven as the Head Designer for Haute Couture. This would be his debut show in Paris for his ready to wear Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Pascal Millet collection would be available in the Galeries La Fayette Paris if anyone is interested!

I love the collections, it’s simple yet scream elegance at the same time. I love the wedges that all the models were wearing. The colour palate are a bit subdue a mix of grey with burst of colours here and there, which I love.

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Drool!!

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Simple yet elegant

Here’s the video link that I have taken during the show! I am truly feeling blessed to have the opportunity to experience this! Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Happy Monday!

 

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Happy Monday everyone and smile! I had such a wonderful week and I am pretty excited for this coming week, as I am getting busier with a few little projects and an online course that I’ve taken.

 

Here are my highlights from last week!! Happy days!

I was so happy yesterday I get to spend the day with my friend and hubby at the vintage market just around my house. My friend is here for work all the way from Jakarta, Indonesia. So when I asked her what she wanted to do on her first day; she said she wanted to visit a Parisian vintage market which we called brocante. She got a few antique jewellery. After, I took her to Place des Vosges as it was around the corner. I love this little hidden square in Le Marais! It’s is one of my favourite place and I am glad I get to take her there!

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Sunday afternoon stroll at Place des Vosges

I baked a lot last week as well, including my favourite muffin, Raspberry (from my in-laws garden) with white chocolate muffins. It’s so yummy. I will share some of the recipes in the next few days!

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Raspberry and white chocolate muffins

 

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Nutella and Almond muffins

Finally my biggest happiness is that I get to start a new sort of business venture with my friend Sandy using found objects and recyclables. I love it because that means instead of throwing it away and contribute to waste, why not try to re-use it and making something useful right! So very excited about this!!

Hope you are starting your week as excited as I am!!

 

 

Sunday Highlights: Sipping the perfect latte and finding Paris hidden gem!

Thank you Paris for a lovely sunny day! I had a wonderful day today and felt truly blessed!

Here are the highlights of my day!

First and foremost is finally I get to convince my husband to go for a run with me (crazy dance moment!!), that’s a wonderful news because he rarely exercise. Now he wants to do it every weekend (double yeah!)

So I have been craving for nice cafe latte like the one in Melbourne for the last few days, so after extensive research I found a place called The Coutume in 47, Rue De Babylone 75007. Not to exaggerate but it is hard to find a creamy latte with the right temperature here in Paris (I think being Melbournian you become picky when it comes to coffee) so when I had my first sip of this creamy latte with the perfect temperature I was in heaven!!! No wonder the coffee is awesome because the owners are an Australian and a Frenchman trained in Melbourne (woohoo hometown!) Unfortunately I had to have it takeaway as there was a long queue and all I wanted was the coffee. I think we will have to come back another day to have brunch or snack with friends.

I am totally in love with this latte of mine!

Perfection!

Then after we went to an indie cinema around the corner in the same street called Cinema La Pagode! This our first movie date in Paris and loving the place we chose as this place is a gem. I think it’s one of Paris hidden secret. It has only 2 screening room, and they show indie movies in their original version with subtitle. It has a little chinese bamboo garden, a little lush sanctuary in the middle of residential area. You can enjoy the tranquility in this little garden with a cup of coffee or tea. I love the little story that comes with this place; the owner of the famous  Le Bon Marchè built this pagoda, imported piece by piece from Japan to surprise his beloved wife. As at the time the oriental arts and decoration was the very trendy. Good for him because we now get to enjoy this exquisite little place. Unfortunately the movie we watched wasn’t showing in the Japonaise Salle, which is a magnificent room, used to be the main ballroom where Monsieur and Madame Morin held numerous soiree.

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Cinema La Pagode

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The lush garden.

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Gorgeous tiles!

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Look at the exquisite stained glass door!

After the movie we walk around St Germain Des Pres and along the river, enjoying the last of the sunshine. I am very grateful and happy to have such a wonderful day.  Aujourd’hui est une très bonne journée, je suis très content. Bonne nuit à tous!

Travel Writing: is it my calling?

So I thought I’ll share what I do apart from going to French language classes and being a housewife here in Paris, I am also a Editor/Contributor for TravelersDaily, which is travel a website dedicated for women! I was asked to be a contributor when I first moved to Paris by my best friend Amalia, as she was at the time the Managing Editor for FashioneseDaily, which is a beauty and fashion portal. These websites are all under the FemaleDaily banner which is the biggest women forum portal in Indonesia, an amazing start-ups by inspirational women who started a website to share their love of fashion and beauty. Right now it has expanded to parenting website called MommiesDaily and the newest addition TravelersDaily. Even though it’s an Indonesian website, most of the content is written in English. My Indonesian isn’t that great so almost all of my articles are in English.

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I was absolutely thrilled when they asked me if I wanted to be a part of it, of course I said yes! I love that I get to share my passion for travelling with others and being a part of this amazing community. I can’t wait to visit the headquarter and meet the other girls in Jakarta in November. So I am very excited about this and I thought I share with you all! Wish me luck, maybe this is my calling and hopefully I can make it my full-time career!

So if you want to check out what I’ve written just check out the website and my pen name is REN and let me know what you think! My last article is about Combating Jet Lag!

Toodles!!

Never Grow Up!

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Never Grow up!

Whenever I am surrounded by my siblings, I felt like time stood still, as if we are still back in our younger years goofing around and making fun of each other. Especially now since we all live in different countries, we rarely spend time together, although we Skype and chat over the phone but when we do spend time together it’s like the good ol’ days!

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The good old days!

I have 3 brother and 1 sister whom I love very much, I think they are my best friends who I can always count on no matter what. Even as the oldest one in the family, I’ve always feel my younger brothers and sister are always there to protect me and not to forget, boss me around too! Luckily things hasn’t change even though some of us are married and have our own separate life!

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Sibling love! we are just missing the little rascal!

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Our little brother who hated his picture taken!

I wrote this post coz I’m missing them and can’t wait to see them all in November. We always plan a family get together where all of us are in one place so no one is missing out (been there done that and I don’t like it). The last time we had a family get together is back in March for my sister’s wedding and we went to spend some family time in Lorne, Australia. We rented this beautiful beach house, where cockatoos and kookaburras come every morning and sit at our porch asking for bread. There were a grill in the beach house so we did some bbq, enjoy the Australian traditions! I think we had so many bbq in the spend of 2 weeks, it was crazy!

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The in-laws are getting into our craziness

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Dad is always making friends with animals, he does it all the time!

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Goofing around in the restaurant! My brother in law is catching on!

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This is what we wake up to every morning in Lorne, Australia

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Mom and Dad idea of chilling out!

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Kookaburra, Australian Native Bird, they are normally very shy!

If you are thinking about going to Melbourne, and taking a trip to The Great Ocean Road, consider spending a few days in places such as Lorne, Anglesea, Torquay or other smaller town along The Great Ocean Road. ( check out www.stayz.com.au for beach houses/ accommodations) As it is quite a drive to go up to see the Twelve Apostles, around 4-5 hours from Melbourne so it would be a nice break to enjoy the area as well. If you are lucky you will get to see the koalas and kangaroos in the wild. We had my in-laws this time around too and they were so excited to stop everywhere in the bush and look for koalas. However the best thing about this trip was to be able to hang out with my brothers and sister, of course with the whole big family (there were 14 of us together) and chilling out on the beach! IMG_0747

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Chilling out in Lorne! IMG_0696

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Twelve Apostle

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Big family brunch!

I am grateful to be blessed with such wonderful siblings, family and in-laws who can tolerate our craziness. Life is so much fun surrounded by family, I wish I live closer to mine. But never mind we have our yearly family trip which is full of fun!

Wishing everyone a great weekend, have fun, be goofy and never grow up!

A Nice Little Suprise: Liebster Award!

liebsterblogawardI still can’t believe that Design Mischief from http://designmischief.org has nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thank you and it’s such an honour to be nominated by you because I absolutely adore your blog. The Liebster Award is a fun little thing that helps to promote new blogger that has less than 200 followers.

(I’m doing my little crazy dance just because! Woohoo)

And last but not least finding these 10 blogs that I love and sharing it with you!

The rules are for the Liebster Award: 

  • Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
  • Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them

Here are the questions from Design Mischief

1. How would you sum up your blog in a single sentence?

My little random journey through life as a nomad 

2. What is your real name/nickname and where in the world are you?

My real name is Irene but some people just call me Ren. Right now I am living in Paris, France

3. Do you have a saying or a personal motto?

Karma is a bitch so be nice to everyone no matter how awful they are to you 

4. If you had a spare £500 to do with as you please, what would you do with it?

I would love to buy a nice present for dear husband, as he has been such a star in supporting me in my struggle adjusting to the new life here in Paris. 

5. Who is your favourite fashion designer?

Isabel Marant, I love her design a bit mix between bohemian and structured look 

6. What is your favourite high street shop?

I am not sure if Comptoir Des Cotonnier is consider as high street shop, but I always find something I like in this shop that match my personal style 

7. What one item will you be purchasing for this Autumn/Fall?

I would love to buy a bright colour jacket/coat like orange or mustard yellow 

8. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

That would be Nasi Goreng, Indonesian fried rice. It’s my favourite food I can eat it everyday! 

9. Has anyone ever given you any great advice? If so what is it?

I don’t remember who said this to me but I have always refer back to it when I am down ‘You are stronger than you think you are’

10. What’s your favourite item in your wardrobe?

My mustard yellow dress from Comptoir des Cotonnier because yellow is my favourite colour. 

Here are 10 question for the bloggers I nominate:

1. Twitter or Instagram?

2. Mountain or Beach?

3. Morning or Night?

4. What do you do if you are feeling down to cheer yourself up?

5. What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever encountered?

6. What is your ideal holiday?

7. Who is your biggest inspiration?

8. What is your favourite book?

9. If you can change one thing to help the environment what would that be?

10. If you must have a last meal what would that be?

The blogs that I’ve nominated:

1. http://buildingmybento.com – Always crack me up with his travel stories!

2. http://bunzbakes.wordpress.com– If  you love baking this is the blog to go!

3. http://dailystylization.wordpress.com– Looking for fashion inspiration, easy moodboard format to look at!

4. http://meringueclouds.wordpress.com – Sweet Baked Goods Galore!

5. http://jauntingjen.com–  I love travel and history, unique travel blog!

6. http://ruyiii.wordpress.com-Cute Illustrations

7. http://unassaggio.wordpress.com– Homey Italian inspired cooked meal recipe, easy to follow too!

8. http://pearlsofgreenwisdom.wordpress.com– if you are inspired to make green changes in your life, this is the place to start.

9. http://circahappy.com– Don’t go there if you are hungry! Lots of great recipes and awesome food photography!

10. http://deeclarknz.com– My place to go for inspiration and reassurance!

Gratitude Sunday

Hello September! It has been a wonderful week indeed, as always this is my weekly gratitude post, to be thankful and remind myself that I am very blessed, to keep those complaining moments at bay!

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I love yellow!

Thank you for a wonderful catch up with my friends Sacha and Felix at the Tea room near the Grand Mosque of Paris and a short walk around Jardin Des Plantes, it was a beautiful sunny sunday.

Thank you for getting me back to the Bikram yoga track! Detox here we come!

Thank you hubby for getting me a mixer so I can experiment with more baked goods (YEAH!)

French Language school was a bit blahh but at least I have now progress in learning passè composè (what an accomplishment for me woohooo)

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Oh and not to forget our London hairdresser was here at the beginning of this week and brought us a lot of lovely hair products and manage to have a catch up dinner with us!

Last but not least, we celebrated our second year anniversary this week, thank you hubby for the beautiful flowers and once again thank you for being with me through all the ups and down! Also my hubby decided to celebrate it last Saturday, with a nice dinner at Les 110 Taillevent. Thank you for a beautiful night with an amazing meal and wine degustation. Hubby really knows how to spoil me rotten. (This restaurant deserved a separate post)

Dinner and Wine Degustation at Les 101 Taillevent

Dinner and Wine Degustation at Les 101 Taillevent