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French Classes, Catching up with Friends, Eating Lots of Food

life lately aug 16 2015

I started the week rushing to my first Intensive French class at Alliance Francais. The entire 3 and a half hours flew by and I have to admit I felt a little like Hermione for knowing a lot from the first lesson. I guess all my attempts to learn French on my own the past few years paid off. Gab picked me up after class and we had a quick lunch at Burger King before stopping by H&M and Forever 21 to do a wee bit of shopping. It’s 4 months before our 4 year anniversary, too!

Our French class included learning how to say the masculine/feminine versions of each nationality, introduction to verbs, and counting from 1-60. After what seemed like three hours of my brain feeling like turning into mush, I went off to have lunch with Sherica and Jaya at Sweet X. I had a really messy burger and freakin’ good fries… I’m sad to say I couldn’t finish them even though I normally eat a lot. I went home afterwards to have a quick afternoon nap before spending the night reviewing my French lessons. I’m not a very studious person but I’ll have myself from here on out spending each night studying my French instead of doing work.

Day three of French classes included reviewing previous lessons learned and doing activities. My Spanish seat mate Natalia and I were partners for two games, both of which we won. Our advantage was that she is Spanish and apparently Spanish and French grammar are quite identical so she’s probably the best student in class right now & I’m obviously Francophile, so I’ve got some skills on my belt. Together I don’t think our other classmates stood a chance, especially during the second activity which included writing down names of French personalities. Although I found it silly that our professor questioned my knowing Edith Piaf, even going as far as to asking if I used my phone.

One of my good friends, Katrina, is back from Spain for a month so Jeline, Jamie and I went to visit her at her house. She forgot we were coming over, so imagine our surprise when her helper told her that her friends had arrived and her response was, “What friends?” — LOL. It was très awkward. We spent the entire afternoon catching up, talking about what’s been up with our lives, eating Goober & Nutella filled sandwiches in the kitchen while Kat prepared gazpacho for her family dinner. We left Kat’s house to get out of her hair so she could prepare for her dinner, while Gab, Jeline, Jamie and I dropped by ATC to have merienda at Mary Grace because being fed sandwiches just wasn’t going to cut it that day. Sorry, Kat. Haha

I pretty much lived it up on Friday by staying home in bed working on editing my El Nido trip photos and editing my El Nido vlog (both of which should be up this week!) — Woah, badass. Slow your roll, Camie. We don’t want people thinking you’re out of control.

Spent the entire morning looking for the perfect city centre Airbnb apartment to stay in in Paris for 6 days. We finally found an entire apartment, at a very reasonable price. Gab and I knew we needed to book immediately because 8 other people were viewing the listing on the same dates we wanted it! Being a weekend, we couldn’t make the reservation because the banks were closed and my prepaid credit card from BPI was empty. Gab’s mom decided to lend us her credit card first, but after we had booked the apartment, she insisted we don’t pay her back and it would be on her. Gab and I were extremely thankful for the generous gesture! That’s a load off our expenses. Thanks, Tita Sandy :-)

After the initial excitement of booking our Parisian Airbnb, Gab and I stopped by Town to inquire about contact lenses for moi… It was about 30 minutes into being there before we decided to get out due to the influx of people. Everyone was in Town that day. It was crazy. We had an early Japanese dinner at Butamaru and then I had a quick cup of iced coffee at a new Korean Cafe (I forgot the name) at Commerce Centre while Gab and I talked about our Eurotrip plans. After killing time, we went off to watch The Man from UNCLE. If you’re wondering, yes it was an entertaining watch. Looking at Armie Hammer for 2 hours made the movie pretty worth it. That face.

It was quite a chill day, considering all I really did was run a work errand, and then having a nice big lunch at Hole in the Wall at Century City mall with Gab. We’ve always been iffy about trying out the food in that area, but only because we’ve heard some people say the food isn’t even that great. The prices aren’t that great either, but after today, we couldn’t be any more wrong. The prices are quite high, but the servings are pretty huge too. I’m also slightly in love with Scouts Honor’s cookies. I used to cringe whenever I’d look at their cookie displays because I always felt like my teeth would start decaying just by looking at them. To my ultimate surprise, their cookies aren’t even too sweet at all. They’re the perfect blend of sweet & salty and just pure utter goodness. After the gluttonous afternoon, I headed home and spent the entire afternoon and night fixing my blog, preparing and launching blog shop and responding to orders before reviewing for my French classes again. I also received a package from Sunnies Studios which included their clear frames for eyeglasses! I know I’m supposed to be wearing contact lenses soon but I can’t help love cute frames even though I hate them sitting on my face 80% of the time. I’m fickle, and well ya can’t have everything I suppose.

I think my entire week just consisted of French, friends and lots of food! How did your week go? :-)

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  • Reply henzelgapay 17 August 2015 at 11:57 am

    Have fun learning French :) Have you downloaded the app DUOLINGO? After college, I wasn’t able to apply all my learnings back then from French class and I had no one to talk French with hahahaha. Thank God I have DUOLINGO to keep my knowledge on track~ Bonne Chance **

    • Reply Camie Juan 17 August 2015 at 4:05 pm

      I’ve been acquainted with Duolingo for more than a year now but I don’t open the app as much as I use Memrise. I find Memrise more useful in learning! :)

      • Reply henzelgapay 18 August 2015 at 10:10 am

        I’ll check Memrise out :) Thanks Camie!

  • Reply Gemma 17 August 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I haven’t had a good burger in months. The one in your picture makes me want one soo badly *.*

    I’m trying to self-teach myself Japanese (in hopes that I’ll go to Japan someday). Learning languages can be tough, but I found taking classes really helps you to learn (and retain) a lot more than when studying on your own lol.

    My week was pretty OK. It was basically filled with hard workouts and helping my friend move. It also made me realize I have to get ready to move to my new place in a few weeks, too, haha :P

    • Reply Camie Juan 17 August 2015 at 4:06 pm

      Hi Gemma :)

      I’ve been eating way too much burgers recently so I think I’ll lay off it for a while. Haha

      I have a friend who is currently taking Japanese! She says its really complicated, she even failed the first quiz. Hopefully my first French quiz wont be as bad. Haha

      Moving to a new place? Where to? That sounds really exciting!! :D

  • Reply Jomil Adrielle 17 August 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I actually love reading posts like this from you! It’s really like making us, your readers, get to know you better. I know you’re enjoying your class and I’m actually excited for your Eurotrip! Have a great week, Camie :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 17 August 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks Jomil <3 I enjoy documenting my days too! It helps exercise my memory since I tend to forget so many things so quickly now :(

      Have a great week as well :)

  • Reply Alissa 17 August 2015 at 6:21 pm

    It’s great that you’ve been taking French lessons. It will be really helpful for your Eurotrip. My week was okay. I spent it mostly on work but it’s fun when your co workers are funny and would make you laugh the whole shift. Can’t wait for your adventures!

  • Reply Emily 17 August 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Your week sounds so productive, yet so full of friend time and fun! Good luck on your French lessons! I need to do the same thing; trying to learn on my own just isn’t cutting it!

    • Reply Camie Juan 17 August 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks Emily! Yeah, it does seem quite productive now that I look back on it! Haha Yeah, learning on your own will never really cut it. You need dedication, and discipline to keep going. :)

  • Reply Chel 17 August 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks for sharing how your French class is going Camie! Im thinking of taking the General French class next month, or is it better if I do the Intensive one? But I’m no Hermione for sure :/

    • Reply Camie Juan 17 August 2015 at 10:25 pm

      I was only on Hermione mode during the first/second day! Hahaha after that Im just like ????? Lol

      Intensive just means more days in a week :) I had time in my hands thats why I took it! But they teach you the same stuff for beginners :)

  • Reply Michelle B 17 August 2015 at 10:41 pm

    What a productive week, Camie! I think we’re all just as excited as you are for your Eurotrip (Okay. maybe a little less than you are because you’re the one who’s going but still. Haha)! One month in Europe, right? Such a dream!

    • Reply Camie Juan 17 August 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks Mich <3 Yes one entire month with Gab touring around cities :D :D :D

  • Reply Jae 18 August 2015 at 1:57 am

    I wanted to learn French when I was in grade school that I even asked my dad to buy me a CD so I can just learn by myself. I did learn quite a few, but nothing as extensive as yours, I’d assume!

  • Reply Michelle 18 August 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I still remember a lot of French from French I and French II in high school. I hope I can study it again in college. I’d love to. Glad that you’re learning just fine :D not to mention that you had a busy week/weekend. Woot.

  • Reply 25 August 2015 at 9:23 am

    Wow I want to eat in hole in the wall too ;~;

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