Starting a new job in Paris

Hi everyone, sorry for going MIA for awhile…I have news for you one is I have started working part-time here in french patisserie name Gastel Paris located on the 10th arrondissement. I feel happy after a week of working because I get to practise my french other than that I need to restrain my self not to buy all the cakes and eat it myself afterwards hahahha

Here are some of the chef Olivier’s creation. I will share some more as new cakes come up!

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Gastel Paris is located 102 rue de Lafayette, Paris 75010, nearest metro is Poissonnier line 7.

I hope to see you there one day so please come for a visit. The cakes and macarons are too die for!!

Beautiful Town Called Chartres

Lately my husband and I always tried to do some weekend activities with my in-laws visiting interesting cities or places around Paris. Last weekend we went to Chartres, a city just around 1 hour away from Paris. It’s a cute town with little lane ways, a river and a beautiful cathedral. There’s plenty of antique stores around town as well, plus they have an antique market on the weekend. Definitely worth the visit if you ever come to Paris the second time and looking for somewhere to visit outside of Paris, it takes around 1 hour from Gare Montparnasse to Chartres.

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Have a good week ahead everyone and be thankful with what’ve you got!

Love Your Parents

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Love Your Parents. We are so busy growing up, we often forget they are also growing old.

I have this little soreness in my heart every time I see an old couple together, I envy them and wish upon my self that I can be like them, together till we are old and wrinkly. But also at the same time remembering my parents, how far I am from them and not being able to just be there for them more often. Time is indeed precious, spend as much time as you can with them, give them attention as we tend to caught up with our own little world.

Bookworm Heaven in Paris

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Hello fellow bookworm! I know I have been MIA for a while and I just love the fact that my good blogger friend Pang reminded me that I need to get this blog going again! Thank you Pang for the friendly reminder and I  miss you too btw!

So anyway back to topic, I love to read and even though I have my kindle, I still love to buy books especially second-hand books. There are a few second-hand english book store here in Paris, so here’s one which is quite interesting. I love that they have a variety of genre and it’s just around the corner from Luxembourg garden, a perfect place to read. You can also sell your books here too if you want! I find the old gentleman in the shop quite interesting even though he didn’t talk much, he looks like he has amazing life stories and experiences, I think he might be one of the owner. I wish I could have tea and have a chat with him and exchange stories about living in Paris, that would be awesome right… But anyway I would go back browse for the next book to read.

If you need more information here the link to their website! Support your local bookshop if you can because they are disappearing day by day!

Happy Reading everyone!!

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!

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!

Saying Goodbye to Summer

Saying Goodbye to Summer
Summer is almost over, it’s time for a wardrobe change, however I am not ready to let go wearing my summer dresses yet! So layering with a nice leather jacket and scarf should do to keep warm. I love tan coloured bag and shoes so those are my staples in my everyday outfit. I am still looking out for a blue marine leather jacket, if anyone found a nice one with reasonable price drop me a comment where to get it ok!

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!

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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!!

What Makes Me Happy?

tumblr_m762pwLNrm1rq1wr5o1_500I have been asking this to my self lately, I know I should be grateful to get a chance to live in this beautiful city but somehow things hasn’t been that great. I just feel a bit stuck at the moment. I have my good days and bad days, but when the bad days come I kept thinking to myself that I should focus on things that makes me HAPPY right?

So every time I sit in the Metro, I ask myself ‘what makes me happy?’ and thought it’s actually a difficult questions. Yes you can say things like going shopping, eating yummy food or chatting with friends but those are temporary happiness. I am happy at that moment but then I feel empty again after that moment has passed. Sometimes I feel I am not being grateful enough, maybe something is wrong with me. I try to think positively but these days its seems harder for that thought to stick. I even do my happy mantra while doing yoga, trying to send to my subconscious mind ‘be happy’ but it doesn’t work I get irritated and grumpy over small tiny matter.

Until now I am still thinking what can I do to make myself happy, because happiness comes from yourself not other people nor your surrounding. I think having all this free time to think put me into my Othoskepsis mode, I even write about it once before if you want to read it. I am aware that right now I’m in the phase of big change and accepting those changes, which can be a little difficult. But I never thought it would be this hard, as normally I am very adaptable and flexible with my surroundings. I think I just need to focus on things I want to do in life, and yet I feel so lost as I don’t know where to start. I have a clean slate, an empty book and I can do what ever I want with it but that makes it even harder to begin, no sense of directions.

Having said that I am grateful to have very supportive husband who let me do what ever I want to make me happy, friends and family who listen through my rants about stupid things but believed in me that I am going to shine with whatever I want to do. So right now I am still confused with what I want to do, hopefully the light comes soon! For now I am going to have positive thoughts and chant my mantra till that sudden burst of shiny moment pops into my head.  As the quote says I need to find something I want to do and make sure that it makes me happy!

What makes you truly happy?