Fontainebleau, The Market

I’ve been keeping this article at bay because writing about one of my happiest places is not an easy task. Like, I don’t know whether the words or photos would give it justice. In any case, I have learned to just go with my gut feel and now it’s telling me to reminisce and share some moments from 2018 in Fontainebleau, France.

Fontainebleau (/ˈfɒntɪnˌbl/French pronunciation: ​[fɔ̃tɛnblo])[2] is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. It is located 55.5 kilometres (34.5 mi) south-southeast of the centre of Paris.  (Source: Wikipedia)

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Aside from the fantastic ambience of the whole town, what I really enjoyed during my stay here was the weekly market.

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It’s an open-air market in the city center where I found so many things to photograph. But I just used my cellphone because when people saw me with my DSLR, they tend to ask questions in French which I cannot respond to back in their language. So, to remain low-key, used my phone.

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I would have loved to have a translator or be fluent in the language so I could photograph the sellers and the people behind these stalls.

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There was an array of items to choose from from furnitures, clothes, magic carpets! 😉

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And the food – the amount of produce I wanted to indulge in was pretty spectacular. But I had my favorites.

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This candied orange covered in chocolate was my absolute treat! I got it from a Turkish seller and was every bit perfect.

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For the rest of the food I couldn’t eat alone, I just took photos.

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And of course there has to be baguette’s! And the fresh seafood was a whole other story. The scallops, I could not resist – had some of those with a bit of butter and lemon.

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I was amused to see them decorate the fish section with some roses. Trust me, you won’t see that in the Philippines.

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The fruits smelled sooooo delish!

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I really appreciated the respect they have for their produce and how they try to grow most organically (at least from what I saw in that market).

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I stayed a while by the flowers, just to appreciate them and watch the florist put together instantly beautiful bouquets which I felt represented my life at the moment.

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I wasn’t quite polished, but I found joy in the journey. And till now, it’s a process to seek that joy in everyday life.

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That’s me in the palace grounds (for another article).

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I found these old school lock and keys so charming!

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Do I feel I’ve given justice to my one of my “happy places”: nope, but that’s fine. I had a good time putting this together and I hope you enjoyed an insight to one of my travels.

 

Pia in New York

I can start this post as “One fine day in New York…” but being with the then reigning Ms. Universe was no walk in the park (though we did find ourselves in Central Park). As Miss Universe, she took work very seriously and every endeavor was met with a sense of sincere professionalism. Seeing her walk the streets of Manila and meeting her in New York City was thrilling. It was something we’d only dream of, and it was happening. Now that her reign has ended, I believe it’s just the beginning of something greater for her. That I truly believe.

If you’re reading this P, know that whatever happens, know, us, your friends will always have your back. Here’s something I wrote that I’d like to share:

One poignant key many fail to grasp is the importance of true friendship. There are many forms people morph into to be called a friend. The heart and mind may be sometimes fooled by the truth of these beings. But it is only when your souls and spirits form an iridescent light that you know true friendship. That kind of light cannot be manipulated nor can it be put to death.

Side note: there was a bride in the park who needed an eyebrow pencil and approached P saying “Looks like you’re the type of person who would have one. You’re beautiful by the way.” Pia gladly rummaged through her bag trying to find an eyebrow pencil saying, “Of course. It’s your special day, you should look your best!” and jokingly said “I could be your make up artist for the day.” Everyone had a laugh.

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