France

The Little Things Matter

As the Head Teacher / Program Coordinator in the Summer English Program in France, I was also responsible for managing and evaluating the performance of my co-teachers. It wasn’t an easy task because I had to make sure that my ...

Jardin du Luxembourg — Do French People Sit All Day?

At lunch, I had a conversation with my French colleague, Augustin. I asked him suggestions on where to go for my last day in Paris. I’ve already been to the cliche popular tourist spots. He gave so many suggestions that I ...

A Mad Escape to Angers

See what I did there? 🙂 Sunday is usually the lightest day of the week. The Director encouraged us to spend this day to rest, engage, play, and have fun! Unless sanctioned by the organizers, the students weren’t allowed to ...

La Methode: Maison du 16th siecle

July 30, 2017, late morning Flight to Dusseldorf, Germany in about 8 hours. I returned to Paris after my teaching work in southwestern France. I had the whole morning (and a little bit of the afternoon) left to explore as ...

‘Comment dire (how do you say) Teamwork?’

The exciting part of my trip to France was not only about setting foot in my dream destination. It was also the idea of working and collaborating with the French people. At first, I was overwhelmed given my limited French ...

A Night Excursion to Segre

The summer program has ended. It was the last night for the high school students. There was an awards night. I spoke at the first part where I awarded some of my students for their improvements in English, their ability ...

A “Hashtag Blessed” Moment

Throughout my Europe trip, I visited a lot of Catholic churches. I went to these holy places of worship not only to admire its history and architecture (or to take a tourist selfie) but also to attend Holy Mass. Two ...

That Da Vinci Code Scene (minus the running!)

Do you remember the movie adaptation of Dan Brown’s popular novel, The Da Vinci Code? It is the story that made a lot of noise in the news, especially in the Catholic community, because of how it portrayed the Catholic ...

Go to the Hall of Mirrors! (I did not.)

Third day in Paris. I got together with the French residents after lunch. Most of them knew that I am learning French. They put my French skills to the test by asking “oĂč ĂȘtes-vous allĂ©?” (where did you go?). I mentioned, ...

I Lived In This Castle For A Month.

Well, it’s not exactly the extravagant castles that one sees in movies. This was at CollĂšge LycĂ©e Notre Dame d’Orveau, a Catholic boarding school at Nyoiseau, France. When I first saw this building, I was beyond amazed. It’s not the typical ...