My Euro Tour Part 24, Paris, France

Hi, there ! Renxkyoko Iglesias here.
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It’s time to post about my Paris tour, so I’ll cut my chatting short. ( Like that’s gonna happen, but I’ll try. He he he…. I know, I’m so chatty. )

Three days ago, I fainted at my workplace due to heatstroke. It was more like a black-out. You see, for almost a week now, we’ve been getting 3 digit temperatures here in our neck of the woods. Yesterday, the 4th of July, the temperature was 108F. ( ~ 42 C ). On the day I blacked out, the temp was 110F . Driving to work was worse for me because the A/C in my car was not working… and well, you know how it is, the temp in the car is usually 10 degrees higher initially. Opening the windows didn’t help at all. It was a tortuous 30 minute drive to my workplace. Anyway, as soon as I got out of the car, I felt a bit woozy, then as I was walking to the store, I knew I was about to black out. First, my vision turned greenish- orangy, then in slow motion, it turned grayish. It was thru sheer will power that I managed not to collapse on the pavement. As soon as I reached the store entrance , I let go and keeled over. My co-workers called 911. The paramedics came and easily revived me. When I came to, the paramedic asked if I had breakfast before I came to work. I said ” Yes, I ate a big Sio-Pao.” They all laughed. He he…. I thought that was funny too. I mean, I could have just said, ” Yes, I did “, or just nodded . I’m sure they didn’t even know what a Sio-Pao is. Well, that’s a meatbun.
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When the paramedics left, I just had to ask my co-workers, ” Guys, was my nouth open? Did I drool? Did the cute paramedic see something inappropriate?” ( I was wearing a stretch hip -hugging mini skirt ) Anyway, that was actually the 3rd time something like this happened to me, so I knew what was coming. Oh, well, tough luck. I’m one of those who are prone to heatstrokes.

But honestly, it wasn’t just my sensitiveness ( or is it sensitivity ? ) to heat that I blacked out. That day, I didn’t get to sleep at all….. not a wink. Why, you ask. Well, I was reading a manga but I didn’t like where the story was going and got really p*ssed at and agitated by the main guy’s douchebaggery . Pardon the language but I was like this after reading…..
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And I thought ” I need a spoiler ! A spoiler !!!! I wanna know what happens ! I need to find the rawssssss!!!! ! ” I did find the raws but , of course it was in Japanese. Normally I get the story just by looking at the drawings, but this time, I wanted to know what they’re saying. So I looked for another language that I could Google translate to English, and found one in French..
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I translated at least 5 volumes the whole night, til 7 AM.. Hey, it wasn’t easy.

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Oh, Sweet revenge ! It was so satisfying to know that the main guy gets his comeuppance later in the story. But of course , he still gets a happy ending with the main girl. Boooo !

So, on to gay Paree !!
I don’t think Paris and the Eiffel Tower need an introduction. So I’ll just post pictures if that’s okay with you.
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Above is the famous Seine River, just a few meters from the tower.

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You know, I don’t know if this is true all over Europe but I noticed something in France. Most of the outdoor cafes have chairs facing the street. I wonder if this is for people- watching.

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This is the Monpartnasse area, located on the Left bank of the Seine River. Montpartnasse used to be the meeting ground of artists from all over the world, mostly penniless, but they all thrived happily in poverty…. Picasso, Chagall, Ernest Hemingway,Degas, Salvador Dali, Diego Rivera, henri Rousseau, James Joyce, Modigliani. The artists/painters used to sell their paintings for a few francs for food. Now their works are worth millions of Euros.

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This was our first day in Paris. We arrived in the afternoon, walked around Montpartnasse, had coffee and petit fours at a sidewalk cafe, checked out the outdoor artists’ market, ( most of the shops were closed… it was a Sunday afternoon ), after which we went to see The Eiffel Tower. We’d go to the tower three times during our stay in Paris, which was 3 days.

Alright, this is all for now. Good day to all, and PEACE.

Stay cool.
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165 responses to this post.

  1. Magbaon ka palagi ng tubig para di ka magkolaps.

    I love Paris! that’s the reason why I studied French language. too bad, I forgot most of it now. 😦 One day, I’ll visit this city. πŸ™‚

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  2. It’s very hot in Malaysia too – but not as hot as in Manila (yet).
    Yes, Parisians love people watching. The tables on the streets are more expensive than inside the cafes!

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    • Yes, it’s more expensive, but it’s worth it.

      geez, the heat these days is debilitating. 42 or 44 C is hot , right? Do you get that in Malaysia, too ?

      Well, I’m here in California, it gets hot here too, but not weeks on end , without any relief.

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  3. oh my, u like siopao too πŸ˜€
    and wait did u say 42C temp, whoah that’s freaking hot, yeah drink a lot of water Ren,
    so close to the Eiffel tower,so cool!

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    • I love siopao , Jojo Kelmer ! My mother bought that at a Filipino bakeshop. 4 big ones are like, $ 5.oo . Is that expensive? When I was in the Philippines 2 years ago, Mom and I used to buy siopao at the neighborhood 7-11 store, and it was cheap, abour 35 pesos each.

      On the day I fainted, it was 44C ! So, do you get that temp in the Philippines, too?

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      • it’s good to know u like siopao, i like it too and usually buy it at 711,they have the best siopao for me πŸ™‚

        errr, what? 44C? that’s too hot, the hottest we got here in Manila was like 39C

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        • You buy it at 7/11 too? Ha ha ha there’s a 7/11 that’s just walking distance from our house. It’s so delicious and cheap… is it still 35 pesos? that’s like 80 cents ! ! Delicious, cheap and very filling !

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  5. I didn’t like top read about you fainting in the heat stroke, and I’ve no idea how I would survive those temperatures, but your tour is as delightful and enjoyable as ever. Your ‘take’ on the places you visit is always a joy to me. I always leave your travel blogs with a smile. Thankyou

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    • It was 44C on the day I fainted, countingducks. In the car, it was 10 degrees hotter ,… it took a while before it cooled down a little bit. Sooo hot. I’m now using dad’s car. He’s using mine now so he can take it to a mechanic to have it fixed. have you ever experienced 119 F? 48C ! ! that was the temp at our city’s downtown area that day.They say it’s due to the concrete’s reflection or something. I had experienced 114F ( 45 C ) 2 years ago.

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      • I’ve never experienced that level of heat. Only to the high 30’s. I hope you where not driving when you fainted. Never a good idea. Thank you for letting me know

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  6. Ahhhha ! Finally. Paris πŸ™‚
    Remarkable observation Renx, about the chairs πŸ™‚

    With your heatstroke condition, I would suggest you never visit India in summers ( April to June ) πŸ™‚ Hope you are doing ok now…

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    • I’m using Dad’s car now. He’s using mine so he can have it fixed somewhere. How hot is hot in India in the summer?

      thanks. I’m doing okay now. Still hot here, though, and news tells us it will stay like that for the rest of the week. The heat is debilitating.

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      • Good to know that you are doing alright now. Using his car seems to be a fine idea πŸ˜€

        If you stay in the Delhi belt, it will be 40-48 degree Celsius! But you can always move North, which has some amazing places to be, or East, which is even better and temperature there is just right ( in the 30s ).

        In spite of all that, I really do think that India is a place to get to. Especially for someone of your intelligence, who notices things πŸ™‚

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        • 48 C ! ! ! Whoah ! But I think that was the temp in the car parked outside. They say it’s worse in Vegas. When Dad was there several summers ago, he dared go out of his hotel, and in a few minutes he was outside, he saw several people collapse. The temp was over 50C ! !

          I’ve seen pictures of India . fascinating ! !

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          • Ohh. In that case, I think I will survive Vegas. Heat, and the other interesting things out there πŸ˜€

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            • The best thing about Vegas is … what happens in vegas, stays in vegas.
              ~( ^_^~) ( ~^_^ )~

            • Haha πŸ™‚ Well… its intriguing how famous Vegas has got with that πŸ™‚ Maybe “Friends” did help that πŸ™‚

              One other thing. I really appreciate you replying to comments Renx. I notice that people are not engaging with readers these days now. Kills the essence of blogging if you ask me… Thank you for that πŸ™‚

            • Oh. Aren’t we supposed to reply? I it’s fun to reply to comments. I enjoy it very much.

  7. I hate the heat. I hate humidity. I literally cannot stand the feel of sunlight on my skin. I like it cool, overcast, dark, damp, misty/foggy. I should live in northern Scotland. Having said that, I’m glad you’re OK. I’ve never keeled over myself so I don’t know what it’s like. Love the way you describe it though, especially about the paramedic. That made me laugh! πŸ™‚

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    • Ha ha, Vampyrefangs. It was in slow motion… the color of my vision changes from green to orange to gray to , well, I guess, black? I wouldn’t know.

      I’m like you ! I hate the feel of sunlight on my skin ! I see people having coffee at outdoor cafes, and I’m like, guys, don’t you feel uncomfortable out there? Sit in the shade or under an umbrella !

      LOL about the paramedic. At that moment, I was more concerned about losing poise than my health or something, he he he.

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      • It’s awful. I was at Universal Studios (on the tour, not making a movie), when an older woman fainted. I ran to catch her as she fell and called for help (which came quickly, thank goodness). What made me feel bad for her wasn’t the fainting and falling but that she lost control of her bladder and everyone gathered around could see. All I wanted to do was yell, “Turn the hell around! Give her some privacy and her dignity!” I was so angry.

        OMG! You didn’t pee on the paramedic, did you??? πŸ˜‰

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        • No kidding! Do you know what happened to her ? You know, I had a relative who just collapsed, and then peed in his pants…….. but……… he died, vampyrefangs ! He was just 25 years old.

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  8. hey, Ren… hope you’re okay now. πŸ™‚ twas the sleepless night over a manga story that didn’t turn out right, lol, and the heat and fury of california summer… don’t do that again, you’ll be spanked the next time, ahaha. btw, did you get the name of the cutey paramedic who got a glimpse of your drawers, haha. joke, just your size 1 body… but did you get the name, naman… πŸ™‚

    gusto ko kwento mo about Montparnasse, the starving artists… btw, i was expecting a slew of Paris pics, dear… it’s rainy season, here at the tropics… smile & cheers! πŸ™‚

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    • That manga story !!! Aaaargh ! ! Well, it turned out right at the end of the story for both main characters, but there’s another guy that I like soooooo much better…. the author is not fair ! Why do these authors always choose the bad boys ?

      No, I didn’t get the name of the cute paramedic . Oh, gosh, I’m not sure if I would be billed for that. Oh, I’m sure he got to see my unmentionables. My skirt was hip hugging and very short, though these folks are used to that, I reckon.

      They say Montparnasse is nicer at night. It was a Sunday afternoon then and most stores were closed, including Lafayette galleries.

      I will show more photos later, Ate. there wasn’t much on the first day . I’ve already checked out my photo folders, and there were a lot ! !

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      • ah the manga authors probably have more leeway with the sequel if the bad boys get the girls, haha. πŸ˜‰

        dang, you should have. are you sure, he didn’t ask for yours? haha, biro lang.

        people who go to Paris say it’s quite expensive on that part, haha. that’s where people go to see and be seen, siyanga?

        ay, good. so, it’s a post for each day in Paris. gets ko na… πŸ™‚ warm regards, Ren.

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        • No sequel on this. The author doesn’t do sequels. And the main guy is not only a bad boy, he’s an asshole. I can’t read it ( the English translation ) anymore. My heart cannot take it. Darn it ! Hmmph. That’s why I don’t like to have a BF. Ha !

          Ate, you should go to Paris. In fact, you should see Europe !

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          • nah, grab a BF right after graduation, hahaha.

            yes, dear, mag-iipon pa. i should see Europe before i kick the bucket, hala pa. πŸ™‚

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            • It’s 3″25 AM now. Or haven’t you noticed that you get my response right away, ha ha!

              Oh, yeah, I’ll get a BF after graduation. He he he

              Oy, Ate, Maybe it will cost you half a million pesos… better hurry up.

            • you’ll probably get your BF first before i’ve saved up half a million, hehe. rest well, my dear… πŸ™‚

  9. Glad to hear you are all right. You should always make sure to hydrate yourself if you’re out in the heat for an extended period of time. Luckily, I haven’t experienced heatstroke, but I make sure to keep myself cool under extreme temperatures.

    Paris is beautiful. I never get tired of seeing the Eiffel Tower and I’ve been to Paris at least twice now? Truly a beautiful city. πŸ™‚

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    • It was beautiful, especially at night ! ! but we didn’t get to see the Eiffel Tower when it was all lit up.

      I did have 2 water bottles. My lack of sleep exacerbated my condition. But I do faint if it’s too hot, Simpleek. I guess in the event that the earth heats up, I’ll be the first one to go.

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  10. I’m sorry about your heat stroke situation. Maybe you should wear one of those neck rolls that are in the freezer on your rides to and from work. On the flip side, your travels are very fun πŸ™‚

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    • Oh, thank you, Lauren. Well, I’ll just avoid being outside when the temp hits 3 digit figures. The news here says it’s gonna be another over 100 F this week .

      And dad is having the a/C in my car fixed. meanwhile, I’m using his car, ha ha.

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  11. Posted by tashterd on July 7, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    hope u have fun in Paris. loved it down there. p.s. hope ur doing better

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  12. Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on July 7, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    heat stroke is pretty scary! it was really hot here too. hotter at work! sometimes the A/C doesnt pump out that much cool air, and while we have the windows open, its horrible!

    i would love to have a picnic by the Seine. It would be so romantic!

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    • Rebecca, at the downtown area here , it went up to 119F ( that’s 48 C ) they said it was due to concrete reflection.

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      • Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on July 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm

        wow, that is pretty ridiculous! we have had it hot, but never 48. closest we had was 40!!
        i hope you have lots of water in your car, and pack some ice packs so when you drive (if your a/c isnt working still?) you can cool yourself down!!!
        hugs girl!

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        • My father lets me drive his car, and he uses my car, so he can rake it to a machanic later. ( he hasn’t done it yet )

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          • Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on July 12, 2013 at 2:13 am

            how nice of your dad! i can send some cold weather up to you if you want. we had a bit of a freak rain storm this afternoon. and now its really cold. I just want the warm weather back! (pouting like a kid!)

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  13. Posted by Mechanics Wife on July 7, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    WoW…and I thought it got hot in Florida! Glad you’re doing good though! Would it be okay if I just lived through you? At least just for one day? With all your traveling and all! Would love to just be able to up and go, you know?! Hope you enjoyed Paris!

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  14. Posted by diwangtanglaw on July 8, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Kaya naman pala. But it was satisfying as always. Nasubukan ko na rin ang walang tulog ng dahil sa anime. ^_^

    And speaking of Paris, naalala ko lang tuloy yung nawala kong key chain na Eiffel Tower 😦

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    • Ahaha ! Worse if you’re reading manga ! ! See, I’m still up, it’s 3:30 AM here. It’s 11:30 PM there?

      I bought a bunch of Eiffel tower keychains ! ! They sell these small ones by the bunch on the streets. Just 2.50 Euros.

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  15. Sorry about the heat stroke but I’m glad you enjoyed your trip!! I hope to go there next year! Take care dear friend!
    ::)

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  16. My comment flew away (WP) had to retype it but I’m sorry about your heat stroke, hope you’re good now! Glad you enjoyed Paris!
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  17. I hope the States will cool down before I’ll get there in August. Glad to hear that you’re alright after the heat stroke:)

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    • Oh my gosh, Mitzi Mee, you do go around. guess what, August is usually the hottest month, not even July. But do enjoy , anyway. And it depends on where you’re going. If to California, San Francisco’s weather is pleasant even at this time of the year. You’ll even need a light sweater at night.

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  18. Posted by davidconfidential on July 9, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Two things

    1) lucky paramedic

    2) your friend likes tight jeans!

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  19. hello, Ren… babati lang. salamat sa mga dalaw, ha… btw, gusto ko shoes mo, parang strong pero velvety, ahaha. saka, gusto ko pic ng cafe na may chairs facing the street. parang homey ambience, di halata – a cup of coffee there costs a leg, haha. πŸ˜‰ keep well, my dear.

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    • Hi !
      The boots is suede…. but yeah, it’s kind of velvety.
      yep, almost everything in Europe is expensive… well, at least the food is.

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      • hello. naisip kong suede, as in likely, suede.. parang masarap sya isuot, Ren… yes, expensive. i was to work in Europe sana, years ago. nag-compute ako ng expenses, hala… mahal. yes, the P100 KFC here is roughly P600 there, hehehe. but hey, as a tourist, you had fun. btw, did your tita enjoy your Europe lakwatsa? πŸ™‚ warm regards, dear…

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        • If we found it too expensive, lalo seguro pag pesos ang pera…. also , food is even cheaper in the Philippines, kaya , you’ll feel giddy pag nag compute ka na, pesos to Euros. We spent , more or less, $7,000 per person. That would be 300,000 pesos, more oe less.

          yeah, she did. Actually, this Euro trip was her fourth trip. When we left for the US, Tita went back to England to watch the Olympics. She stayed with relatives there.

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  20. Hopes you are fit for fight again and left your headstroke behind… πŸ™‚

    Charming photos of Paris, I really love visiting Paris
    and always enjoying an Montmartre-espresso… πŸ™‚

    No doubt the “chairs facing the street” – it’s for watching people – watching both ways… “hahaha”

    Great post, very well captured… πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, ledrakenoir. I’m fine, but I can’t say I won’t get heatstroked again. I’m too sensitive to heat.
      Wow, it seems you’ve been to Paris many times, huh. Yeah, Paris is a charming city. You’re lucky you’re actually in Europe. You can just hop on a bus , and get to visit so many countries.

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  21. Hi Ren,

    I love your photos of Paris!! If you want to know what I do to make my photos “pop” a little bit, I downloaded GIMP,which is like Photoshop but free, open-source. Then I modify the photo in GIMP using Colors->Auto->White Enhance. Then Colors->Auto->Color Enhance. Then I use GIMP to shrink the size a bit to fit on the blog. That’s Image->Scale Image. Set the upper number to 1000 pixels and the lower one resets proportionally. Then I Export the image, selecting jpeg (because the default is to save it as a GIMP image, so you really have to export it and select jpeg). During the export process I choose a new name for the file so that I don’t overwrite the original. I do that to almost all of my photos. I learned it on the Web of course. You can also crop. That is in the Tools->Transform Tools menu.

    But your pictures are wonderful and nothing compares to you sense of humor and joie de vivre.

    Nia

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    • Ah, I think I have those features too where I can kind of photoshop my pics… problem is, my pics are really too amatuerish… they are even out of focus, ha ha ha. there’s no way I can improve on them, he he he.

      Oh, thank you for the sense o0f humor comment. I would like to have that the most, a sense of humor. such a great compliment ! Thank you ! !

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  22. Great post!!! Hilarious intro, though I’m so sorry to hear about your blackout!!! I know what you mean about the heat. It’s been INSANE!!! I hope it’s a little cooler now where you are. It’s gotten a tiny bit cooler here (like 103 instead of 111, haha). Lovely photos of Paris. My dad just got back from France. Am I a wee bit jealous? Yes.

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    • I’m fine, now. It’s sad that my body can’t take in too much heat. I think it’s genetic. My brother fainted too once during a PE or something. Bahahaha. And he’s a guy, LOL.

      Huh ? 111F ? Where are you at? Arizona? Texas?

      When you go to Europe, see to it you visit the small towns and countryside. I like them better than the cities.

      Cheers, Jessica !

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      • Cheers! Nope, I wasn’t in AZ. I’m in the good old Sacramento Valley area…

        I definitely will. I’ve traveled around Europe a bit and seen both the big and small cities, but it’s been a few years now since I’ve been there… Itching to get traveling again. (But you already knew that! Haha.)

        Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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        • You’re from Ca, too ?

          next summer, Mom and I will be travelling in SouthEast Asia. It was supposed to be this summer, but I’ve just been promoted at work, and hence, couldn’t get a vacation. I’ve already sounded off my supervisor, one year early ! ! ! They shouldn’t complain !

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  23. How are you now??

    I hope you’re doing well.

    I was amused when you asked your friend what you look like when you fainted. πŸ˜€

    If that will happen to me, Maybe I would ask the same question. lol

    Just drink a plenty of fluids to avoid heatstroke.

    Take care.

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  24. Oh. You are SO Lovely.

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  25. Lovely photos of Paris and you are also looking pretty . Inside the blog its was a lovely Story that you are sharing with us !! Thanks πŸ™‚ Have a good Day

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  26. Wow! This is cool. Is it open now? I heard in the news before that it is not open to tourists because the employees were having a demonstration.

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  27. you have a talent for picking the best and most apt manga pics, Ren… makulit pati lagi ang kwento mo, haha… thanks for the visit, dear. hope the coming weekend will be restful and pleasant for you. keep well πŸ™‚

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    • Really ? I thought my pics were lame, unfocused, amatuerish, etc…..and so random ! ! How are they apt? Do tell. I wanna know. I need some critique so i can improve.

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  28. Posted by WordsFallFromMyEyes on July 13, 2013 at 2:10 am

    I love love your animations and cartoons πŸ™‚ You’ve got a really creative style.

    Oh Paris – oh jealous!! How wonderful.

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  29. Sighhh you’re making me miss Paris so much! I was there in January but how much I wish I was there right now! Everytime I go it’s been Winter and so cold…would love to go when it’s summer πŸ™‚

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  30. Lovely city, lovely compilation! πŸ™‚

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  31. I never really appreciated the beauty of the Eiffel Tower until I viewed it through your eyes.
    Thank you!

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  32. I read your post and immediately sympathized with the heatstroke. I was in Nevada, near Death Valley, the week of July 4 and one day the temperature reached 127 degrees. However, after suffering at 127 degrees, when the temperature went down to 111 degrees over the following few days my daughter and I agreed that 111 degrees was nothing!

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    • I know , huh. The temp. these last few days have gone down to 102, or a little over, and it’s like heaven. Every little relief is definitely appreciated, ha ha ha.

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  33. Posted by supernova1c on July 14, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Hi there Ren, sorry to hear you had a heat-stroke, being in those sort of temperatures must be have been an awful for you, I bet you had to have lots to drink to rehydrate yourself!
    Paris, plenty to see and do there eh? I’ve heard its expensive, is that true? Mind you, these places usually are, they make us poor tourists pay ha ha!
    I liked your pictures as always, they’re nice to look at.
    See you later, Ren. Have a great weekend. James πŸ˜‰

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  34. Posted by supernova1c on July 14, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Hi there Ren, sorry to hear you had a heat-stroke, being in those sort of temperatures must be have been a horrible experience, I bet you had to have lots to drink to rehydrate yourself!
    Paris, lots to do and see there eh? is it more expensive, these places usually are, they like to take money from us poor tourists ha ha! I like your pictures as always.
    Cheers Ren, speak soon. James

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    • I just heard from others. The gentleman above you…. it was 127 F at their area… that’s about 50C…. Yegads ! !

      I was like inside the oven for 30 minutes, that’s what it felt like. It was suffocating.

      Paris was beautiful ,* whisper* To be honest, I loved London ! I bet the countryside is even more beautiful ! ! Actually , London is #1 in my list. And the nicer thing about the place was, I didn’t feel like a total stranger. It felt like home. I’m not kidding.

      Europe food is very expensive, James. Maybe you don’t feel it coz you’re used to it, but we refused to buy food that we thought was ridiculously expensive, like that one 1.60 Euro donut ! ! that’s about $2…. Over here , it’s $5 a dozen ! ! If it’s one day old, it’s put on sale for $ 3.75. I know coz Mom just bought one box ( 12 donuts in the box). Oh, well, maybe that’s the reason why US is the fattest country in the world. ( But that’s not the point, ha ha )

      If you come here to the US for a visit, james, your 1 English pound will go a looooong way.

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      • Posted by supernova1c on July 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm

        Hi Ren, yes I must admit that Britain has some beautiful spots and I’m so pleased you like it and you feel at home, considering all the places you’ve been! If you ever get the chance, you must visit the Lake district, some of the views are breathtaking!
        The price of stuff in Europe is awful and I’ve dreamed of coming to the US and having some of the culinary delights like hot dogs, hamburgers and lots of other dishes I’ve seen on TV. Have you ever seen the TV program “Man V Food”? They have all sorts of really big delicious looking meals, I’d love to have a go at them ha ha! One dish was 9 pounds of sirloin with 1 pound of fries and a mushroom sauce, another was a pizza pie which weighed 14 pounds…. wonderful! I too have sometimes decided to go hungry because of the extortionate prices over here, I just won’t pay it either – its disgraceful!
        I’ll get over and have a go at these, some day πŸ˜‰ maybe take a ride on route 66 too, that would be good eh? If temperatures are like you had, it will be too hot; wow, that’s some heat!! Incredible!!
        I’m hungry now!!!
        I’ll speak soon so take care Ren.
        James πŸ˜€

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        • I think I should write a post about my food experiences in Europe.
          You know I was very excited to eat authentic honest to goodness real Italian pizza in Italy…… @___@ Sad to say, it cannot compare with American pizza. Quite disappointing. Pizzas in Italy are very stingy. If you come here, you have to try deep dish Chicago pizzas, and all sorts of pizzas. Even our frozen , supermarket pizzas here are so much more delicious than the ones I had in Italy. ( Sorry, my Italian readers…. I’m not the only one with that opinion. ) . Oh, and our BBqs…. yowsh ! ! the Amrican food shows you see on cable are true and authentic. It’s really like that here in the US. You should try our EAT ALL YOU CAN restaurants, eat all you can sushis, oh, Gawd.

          T.he lesson I learned is, sometimes we learn to appreciate more of what we have at home . Mom says she’s not going to complain about the price of food here in the US anymore.

          And did I mention, free breadsticks, free veggie salads, and bottomless drinks?

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          • Posted by supernova1c on July 16, 2013 at 7:04 pm

            Yep, I need to come over to the US and try this food, my mouth’s watering just thinking about it! I’ve also heard that Italian pizza is disappointing, I think the Chicago pizza’s would be the one for me, yummy! I’d have to watch my weight if I lived in the US, definitely ha ha!
            I must admit, I’ve never had sushi before and I’m a little apprehensive, I think I’m just behind the times eh? I once had smoked salmon but I didn’t like that!
            Yes, there are definitely a lot of things I’d love to try but I don’t suppose I’ll be able to do them all! I think its great you’re experiencing all you can by travelling, way to go Ren!
            In fact, mentioning the lake district the other day has given me an idea to take a little trip, its ages since I’ve been and after all, its only 70 or 80 miles away. It will be good, I think! I’ll take lots of photo’s to show you!
            I’m off to metal detect the beach tomorrow, I hope I find something nice. There will be a lot of people on the sand so it will be impossible to detect some area’s. One things for sure, I won’t be buying a hamburger or hot dog – I’d have to take out a mortgage heh heh!
            I’ll let you know if I find a fortune, LOL!!! Cheers Ren and fire up the barbi πŸ˜€

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  35. and i kept wondering why my friends said Eiffel Tower was the best place to be in Paris. Good lord. Great post and great pics.

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  36. Great post! I love the pictures!

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  37. lol on the Sio-pao! That bit made me smile, but so sorry to hear about your fainting spell … anyway, if I’m going to be revived I’d like for a cutie paramedic to do the deed.

    I love the pictures πŸ™‚

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    • LOL Yeah ! That one reminds me of a scene in a movie where the guy faints , too, and the first thing he says when he comes to is, ” Hi, how’s it going? ” ha ha ha

      I’m reminded too of what my Mom used to say,” always wear something nice when you go out, ” …. it will be mortifying to know that other people will get to see your faded and one million times washed unmentionables, he he.

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  38. Ohh… what a sad experience of heat stroke… take extra care during summer season… It’s also summer time in Japan wherein temperature range from 30 degrees C to 40 wherein there are annual occurrence of deaths especially on the senior citizens due to heatstroke. My husband told me jokingly that there are two words mostly uttered by the Japanese.. Atsui and samui… “Atsui” means hot… and it is frequently said by an acquaintance Japanese when you met them anywhere and the word “samui” during winter time…lol

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  39. That’s terrible! I’m glad you didn’t seriously hurt yourself or bump your head or anything like that. I’ve actually never had heatstroke before, but I can’t imagine it’s pleasant. Good thing you got to work before that happened.The comment about the Sio-Pao made me laugh though! πŸ˜€ Also, I totally understand the whole staying up all night trying to figure out what happens later in the manga, because you can’t stand not knowing. I’ve done something similar before too! πŸ˜›

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    • Luckily, no…. My co-workers said the paramedic checked my head for signs of bumps, and found nothing. Actually, my knees gave way but I remember trying to soften my fall when my vision turned black. It happened to me at Nordstrom one time, and before I fell , I managed to hold on to a rack of clothes, ha ha ha.

      Oh, wow ! You used to read mangas, too? So what was your favorite genre?

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  40. You are just remarkable.

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  41. I like Paris β™₯

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  42. masarap ang dough ng siopao, especially pag mainit, haha. hello, Ren… when you say you’re running out of topics to discuss, na-weird out ako, kapatid. we, each of us, will run out of topics, but not you, my dear. it’s only you who can blend different, odd ingredients and the concoction comes out thick and tasty. ikaw pa, pambihira… waving

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    • Siopao is really delicious, Ate. I don’t know why Americans haven’t discovered it yet. We can put barbecue sauce and meat in it if asado is not to their liking.
      I’m really running out of topic, honestly. If not for this travelogue, ( that lasted more than a year ) I really don’t know what else I can talk about…. it has to be interesting too, you know. I’m lucky I can make it seem interesting sometimes, enough for my dear readers to comment on it, but more often than not, it feels flat. I’m already scraping the bottom of the barrel.

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      • ahaha, talaga? di ba maka-mainstream sa panlasa ng mga Amerikano ang siopao? IDK… matagal nang may Chinese restaus and Chinese districts sa Ammerica, as far as I know… maybe, acquired taste sya, as in, most Americans would still prefer a burger over a siopao. maybe, yes, because the sauce has a sweet taste? idk…

        do try writing school stuff, sometimes. i mean, you’re a student. you can give us updates on the happenings and discussions in the academe, the sights in the campus… watch the movie 10 things i hate about you (again?) and write a review, hehe. we’d be glad to hear about those… good day! πŸ™‚

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        • For 2 years , I have blogged nothing but school stuff…. even posting what my scores were, ha ha. Check them out. Nowadays, I just dash from one class to another, and I noticed too that talking about school was not that interesting. I have taken note of demogarphy and nature of my readers. Very few of them are students…. and in fact, I have no student readers now.

          I cannot write reviews of movies. I’m very straightforward, but have no depth. I guess I’m too cynical, and more often than not, I just roll my eyes. That’s why I go for straight science. I don’t go for psychological crap, and therefore have nothing to say about it. I’m itching to write about food though…. ha ha, oh, and about mangas that I read and obssessing over. But who wants to hear about that, except foodies ( like myself) and manga readers. Gosh, do i want to rant about AoHaRaido ! Aaaargh ! Come to think of it, I have quite a number of foodie readers. But just one manga reader, Simpleek. I have already scraped the bottom of the barrel regarding my lovelife ( or lack thereof… sad, very sad, he he )

          Oh, well. I’ll do my best. That’s all.

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          • ahaha, talaga, pati test scores? ang kulit… πŸ™‚ ay, para nga, you sound scientific, straightforward and sometimes clinical, hehe. but then, that’s who you are, that’s the life you lead, the surroundings you move in, i guess… but you have your own take, your own perspective and your own voice, so to speak… and i suppose, that’s what the readers want to hear. engaging ka kakwentuhan, hala…

            depth in writing comes from a mix of curiosity and from living, ahaha. you are rather young, my dear. the layers of life are still to be explored, come to think of it… btw, am subscribed to a site of a 17-year old Brit, doing movie reviews. ahaha, his site minces no words, very Brit, kinda uppity and clinical, yes. but i enjoy reading there, and several others do, too.

            yes, maybe you need to write about the things you are interested in, obsessing about, hahaha or curious to learn about… hey, would you mind, kapatid, if i write about your “dilemma” in a post, say, two paragraphs? say it’s alright. πŸ™‚ happy weekend, Ren…

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            • Write about my dilemma ? Of course, Ate. Just curious, what is it that youre going to write about exactly ?

            • o, about reaching the bottom of the barrel, hihi. if it’s a valid state. i intend to relate it to romantic thoughts, how every artist feels the condition of being drained and out of element, haha. but the article am thinking of will be about Rizal, Nick Joaquin and decadence. also Rimbaud and O. Wilde, haha. it’s a preview to romanticism, sort of…

              does that unsettle you? hehe. do let me know… πŸ™‚

        • Ooooh, interesting ! Nope, it won’t unsettle me, Ate. Go ahead ! !

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  43. I love your illustrations!

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  44. I was laughing at the first part of your post. πŸ˜€

    I mean not the part where you fainted or something!

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  45. Heat stroke at 44 deg. C… Interesting…

    Free Advice: Don’t visit India in the summers. Either you get a dry 45-48 deg. C in the north and west; or a 38 deg. C with 98% humidity in the east (which is worse in many respects).

    Nice pics by the way… πŸ™‚

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    • Humidity is worse, I know ! Aaargh. So, how do you guys cope with the heat ?

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      • Coping with temperature is easier – Have lots of ‘cooling drinks’, cover your face and body (especially ladies do that – to protect their ‘beautiful and sensitive skin’ and practically don’t get out of a room which has a cooler.

        As we agreed, humidity is worse in a sense. No particular way to cope up with it. Wear cotton clothes to absorb the sweat, take bath 4 to 5 times a day, drink lots of water and pray for heavy rains :). That’s it!

        However there is an advantage with humidity… It is more irritating, but it allows you to work (even if you would be sweating like a pig). The problem with the dry heat is that if precautions are not taken, you would fall sick very badly and off you go to the bed for a week and a half…

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  46. Great pictures of Paris. Does motivate me to rummage into my memory vaults and bring up my own thoughts about the place. I do hope you got the time to visit the Notre Dame cathedral and took that evening cruise on the Seine. Romantic indeed!

    Have a great time, Europe has so much to offer.

    Shakti

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    • yes, we got to visit Notre Dame. There was an optional tour of Seine cruise. I don’t know why my mother didn;’t get it. So those of us who were left behind just walked around The Eiffel Tower and vicinity.

      Cheers !

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  47. Stopping by again! πŸ™‚ So jealous of your trip to Paris! I’ve been once but I was younger and didn’t get to experience it as well… Love your pictures, the Eiffel Tower always makes me feel happy and uplifted! πŸ˜€

    ~ Joshua

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    • hello, Joshua ! Please stop by again and again.

      Oh, nice ! You’ve been to Paris ? But you do have pictures, of course?

      How’s it going, Joshua ?

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  48. I think I had a heatstroke also two weeks ago. The only thing is I’m already sleeping. My goodness, that caused me a migraine for a week. About your Siopao anecdote, I reckon they thought it’s a person that’s why they laughed. πŸ™‚ Though I envy you for going to Paris, I think I can also go there in France with my religious habit. πŸ™‚

    Peace. πŸ™‚

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    • OMG, you’re here ! !

      Ooops, you have to pardon my language, Allen. Are you really going to be a priest? Awww ! One less good guy for the ladies. ooops, sorry he he he

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      • It’s okay. Feel free to use any language for as long as your comfortable and as long as I can understand it. I’m smart enough to be a priest but my vocation is a religious brother, a teaching Brother. I’m always available to the ladies, it’s just that I choose to be celibate. Hehehe

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  49. Posted by WordsFallFromMyEyes on July 20, 2013 at 4:36 am

    I loved this post, Renx! Loved it πŸ™‚

    I would have thought exactly like you re the paramedics – but seriously, I can’t believe you FAINTED! Personally, I love the heat and I love it to never end, but re your workplace, I’m surprised they don’t have air conditioning? I’m not sure what job you do, but maybe they should get some.

    Absolutely LOVED your photos and commentary. It is strange the chairs are facing out – and I agree it’d be for people watching. I have a whole new appreciation of travel blogs now πŸ™‚

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    • Hi, Noeleen ! Are you back home ?

      yes, I did faint, and that wasn’t the first time. Oh, we have A/C,, it was very hot in the car ( my car’s A/C wasn’t working) . I fainted at the store’s entrance. It’s a high end clothes store, Noeleen.

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  50. As I read about your heat stroke, I can relate! When we moved to Georgia, my wife and niece drove her care with the air conditioner, they both have medical issues so they cannot take the heat…I thought I could and made it to Augusta without AC, but then we got stuck in traffic for over 2 hour because of a truck accident, and it took two hours to reach the next exit. I almost suffocated, it was high humidity and my car registered 102 degrees! I thought I was going to die, and with my MS it was torture! It took me 4 days to recover from the heat but other things are continuing. I am finally feeling better but cannot go out long without the humidity affecting my joints and nerves! So I can really feel you! Be careful in the heat, and me I will do the same! I might take a trip to Paris next year with my wife, it will be a nice getaway for the two of us! Thanks for always sharing your pictures and adventures! Blessings!

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    • Oh, my gosh ! I missed this !

      I guess we’re sensitive to heat. I don’t think I can work outdoors. Our neighbor’s having their roof’s repaired, and I can’t imagine how the roofer can stand the heat up there.

      And i cannot understand why some can stand to lie there on the sand to get a tan. The heat !

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  51. Nice boots. No one use boots over jeans here in tropical country. It is truly nice on you.

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  52. […] Ren X. KyokoΒ delights and amazes with her funny and fascinating not to mention brilliantly illustrated posts. I cannot stop reading one of her posts, once I start. Can. Not. Stop. […]

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  53. Hi Ren,

    I love this post and you blog. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award today.

    Cheers,

    Nia

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  54. Although not my favorite place in France.. . . It’s nice to see the view from an excited tourist πŸ™‚

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  55. I am sure you doing well now. πŸ™‚ it’s a bit alarming to read that you’ve had these fainting spells three times. Do take good care of yourself.. I enjoyed the pictures πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you, readinpleasure ! I have to avoid being exposed too long in the sun. I’m too sensitive to heat . it runs in the family, my brother, Mom and I . Yeah, my brother ! LOL

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  56. nalaktawan ko ata ito sa post mo, ngayon lang naka-like. πŸ™‚ ganda ng photo mo πŸ™‚

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  57. Hi Ren! The people of Paris have a reputation of being rude. Is there reason for it, or are they nice, for the most part?

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    • Unfortunately ( or fortunately) , we actually didn’t have any contact with the locals. We were a platoon of tourists who huddled together with the tour manager as our commander. All our movements are timed and on schedule. That’s the bane of a guided tour. Come to think of it, the French do have a reputation of being rude, second only to the Chinese. My parents had a sad experience with the Chinese in Singapore and HongKong. the Chinese are so rude the Singaporean governement had actually mandated the citizens to smile to strangers, especially those who are clearly tourists. Smile posters were everywhere. LOL guess what, even Anthony Bourdain and Zimmern of Bizarre Foods were subjected to rudeness by Chinese merchants and they showed the incidents on TV.LOL

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      • I can see the good things and bad things about being part of a tour group. At least if you’re with a group, you may not get too lost, and if you did get lost, you would be with a bunch of people. But then again, you may not get the full experience of that area that you’re visiting. Instead it’s kind of an overview. I would probably want to be in a tour group the first time I went to a non-English speaking country.
        Speaking of which, I have actually been to Singapore. I was only there for a couple of days though. Geez, I feel old – it was over 20 years ago!! I liked it there. I can’t remember how the locals were there though. I’m sure people were nice to me because I clearly was not from there. If they’re nice, they get my money for whatever they’re selling. πŸ˜‰ I was also hanging out with several of my friends who were from the Philippines. So they had been there before and kind of knew their way around.

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        • I have to admit we saw more places in such a short time ( one month ). Also we didn’t waste time looking for the places we wanted to see… we had ready transportation, and besides, the places we went to are the same places any tourist travelling on their own will go to, anyway.

          Oh, Singapore. I went there too with the family, but I was only 4 years old, ha ha. i don’t remember a thing. I know we stayed there for one month…. my aunt was a resident , so everything was taken cared of. We stayed in her apartment.

          Oh, you were with friends from the Philippines? I’m sure you’re aware of Filipino time? He he he

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