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France’s COVID TRACE APP on Mobile Phones

This week, I downloaded Tous Anti Covid, a tool here in France that was created to trace the chains of contamination of the Coronavirus 19, especially in areas that are high in numbers of circulation. This can be downloaded in Apple or Google Play.

I admit that it’s scary to activate it, as shown below, because the mobile app requires you to open your bluetooth. When the bluetooth is open, you have an option to activate it. This will enable to detect anyone nearby who uses the app – and reported that they have tested positive with COVID19 – to notify you when you have come close in contact with them. Once this happens, it will send a notification in your mobile phone, sending awareness that you isolate yourself to avoid spreading it out to someone else as well as some instructions on what you can do. It is important to take note that everything and everyone is anonymous. Privacy is still respected here. You will only know that you have been in contact with someone within a meter for at least 15 minutes – but you will not know who. It is now up to you to self-isolate/self-quarantine to protect yourself and others for further contamination. The app has several guided information and what’s good about this? It’s in English! Maybe, it automatically defaults to my phone since that’s my personal preference, but I hope that it also has something in French. This should be easily utilized by everyone in France and it will be very helpful that it is well-understood by most locals.

I activated the app on my phone. I’m grateful that I’m safe.

It is free and voluntary, so we have an option to activate or deactivate. Since the aim is to be able to have an early detection and prevention, this will work only if a lot of people will download and start using the app.

I think that this will only work effectively if a person who took a test or tested positive with the virus was able to download and record it in the app. Otherwise, we will all just be walking around with this app in the background and not knowing that an asymptomatic person have already come close in contact with us.

The government released a whole page dedicated to inform everyone about this new tool and it is found HERE.

Also, since there are now 54 Departments and one overseas territory under curfew for the period of six weeks, the mobile app also has a link that provides the certificate that you need to fill up if you want to go out within the period of curfew from 9pm to 6am. It’s almost the same certificate that we have to fill up during the 3-month lockdown last March – May. I just wonder who walks their dog beyond 9pm…

I hope this information helps. The app still makes me anxious. I try my best to live with the virus, doing the normal things but with utmost caution. I hope that I won’t get any notification from it. Anyway, it will help us protect ourselves and other people. I also hope you would try to download and use this. And hopefully, we could overcome this pandemic soon.

Take care of yourself and stay safe!

The Sunday Currently

I just got home from an impromptu dinner with a dear friend. I went to her to get some insights in my current situation and she also shared with me some of her experiences. It was all inspiring and insightful, and after a very good meal of osso buco and risotto (my first time, actually!), I went home ready to call it a day and rest.

This morning, I went to the mountains with some friends. I forgot what is it called. I may have to check the photos later to see the details. But all in all, the hike was great, I had a good time and I had a good view of the coast.

Currently

Reading. I forgot what is the title but I have a book currently reading right now, and the story was set in the Regency era.

Writing. Nothing, at the moment.

Listening. Nothing. It was all quiet inside my apartment right now and the street outside is void of any noise.

Smelling. I cannot describe what that smell is but it seemed to smell like fresh laundry. πŸ™‚

Wishing. To go home and visit the family. But of course, with the pandemic, it’s not possible right now.

Hoping. With the situation I am in right now, I would be able to get what I aim to do this week.

Wearing. Shorts and shirt, even when it’s 15c outside.

Loving. To sleep. I had a long day.

Needing. To clear my mind with a lot of things right now. My work and my personal life.

Feeling. Anxious. Too many life-changing decisions that I have to make this week.

The Sunday Currently by Siddathornton.

First-time in Greece

It’s been a year when an idea struck after my sister told me that she’s going to spend the summer holidays in Europe with me. I was racking my brains on where to go, what to do. I find it still amazing that we can go anywhere in the Schengen area with our visa and I was excited about this. For a Filipino who was able to manage to get the Schengen visa, the possibilities are endless! πŸ™‚

I was thinking that perhaps we can go up north, but my sister already planned for a pre-trip with her friend in the northeastern Europe so I would give it to her and decided to check somewhere else in the Schengen map, haha. And with some budget considerations, we ended up on planning to go to Greece. It’s pretty exciting since it will be our first time and it has been something that I would really love to go. I love history and by default, we ended up in Athens as first-timers, haha!

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Bridgerton Series

I am excited this week when one of my favorite authors, Julia Quinn, announced that the Bridgerton TV series is finally coming to Netflix on December 25!

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December 25. Please make haste.

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To refresh the memory of anyone who also love the book series like I do, this is about the eight children of the late Viscount Bridgerton: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth. You see that they were alphabetically-named and each has their own story in the series. The stories will be full of romantic entanglements, but also, about love, family, and friendship. I enjoyed reading these and if you haven’t yet, you may head over to this complete list on where where to get it.

I love reading novels set in the Victorian and Regency period, and I really look forward to watching this one when the news came that it would be adapted as a TV series by Netflix. It was created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes, producer of Grey’s Anatomy and Princess Diaries 2. πŸ™‚

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Dreams do come true! #thebridgertons @netflix @byshondaland

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Aside from Christmas, I have another thing to look forward to on December 25th! πŸ™‚

If you are also interested in this new series, follow Bridgerton’s accounts on Instagram and Twitter. And most of all, follow Julia Quinn on Instagram to get some deets on the series and also her books.

(banner photo from Bridgerton’s official Twitter πŸ™‚ )

The Sunday Currently

I turned off the heating yesterday but only have to turn it on again today because it’s raining and a bit colder. The windows in my kitchen fogged up πŸ™‚ It’s one of those lazy (it’s always like this) Sundays where you just want to curl up on your bed with a good book and hot choco on the side.

Currently

Reading. A new novel by Jayci Lee

Writing. I just finished writing A Guide to Moving Abroad after a few days since watching Emily in Paris. That series is unrealistic, but since we all need a different entertainment these days, just go and watch, haha.

Listening. The pitter patter of the falling rain in my balcony.

Smelling. Lemon. I’m going to make a custard cake for my friend’s birthday dinner tonight.

Wishing. To go home and visit the family. But of course, with the pandemic, it’s not possible right now.

Hoping. For a calm week ahead. But I have a new challenge this week, so we’ll see…

Wearing. Shorts and shirt, even when it’s 14c outside and raining.

Loving. To just curl up in my bed and hide under the covers. We have such a cozy weather today!

Needing. To make that butter in room temperature now, lol

Feeling. Excited to see a couple of my friends today.

The Sunday Currently by Siddathornton.

A Guide to Moving Abroad

One day, your foreign boss sent you a message out of nowhere, asking about your expertise and what else can you do. The next thing you know, you have been asked if you considered relocating abroad to be part of a team.

This happened to me. It all happened in a span of about two weeks. And within four months (the legal and immigration aspects had something to do with it), I was already on a plane to live in an entire new country with nothing but the expertise I was expected of, some hopes and dreams for an entirely new future.

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The Sunday Currently

Finally, it’s October. We got three months left before it’s 2021. We had a rough year and everyone is looking forward to the new year. It’s the hope of new things, overcoming challenges, even when we know that what we’re going through is not done yet. But it’s human nature to hope, to have something to look forward to.

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How to Keep your Sanity while in Quarantine?

The pandemic is still here and we haven’t seen the light at the end of the tunnel yet. Some countries are still in quarantine. Some have finished the government-imposed lockdown (like here in France). But most of all, everyone of us are adapting to the new normal.

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How have you changed in the last 5 years?

During my first month at work here in France only a few years ago, my manager asked me one of the age-old questions that have been asked to many of us in this lifetime: how do you see yourself in the next 5 years? It was a challenging question, and one would think, you have to make an impression if you get asked by this question. But I have always been honest, and I made this clear with my manager and so, I said that I did not have any plans yet, especially that I just relocated to France from my job post in Bangkok, Thailand. The move to a new continent was something that this Asian still hasn’t wrapped around her head yet, I’m telling you. I never thought, nor expected, that I would be moving in this side of the world, away from the people I know and love.

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The Sunday Currently

It’s the last Sunday of September and it’s cold already. I haven’t gone out yet but from what I heard, there was already snow somewhere in the Alps.

Another week has come and gone and October is coming soon. Winter will soon upon us, and then, Christmas! πŸ™‚ Things have been busy at work but I haven’t been physically back in the office. For six months now, I’ve been working from home. Other than that, I keep myself busy with some other things.

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Dealing with Summer!

Europe is now halfway through the summer season and while new government-imposed restrictions were implemented at the start of this week in France, that will still not stop most of the people to enjoy the warm weather to soak up under the sun, enjoy the school holidays and be with family and friends. I always say this in most of my Instagram posts, always keep safe and observe proper hygiene and safe distancing.

Now, as an Asian in Europe, one of the things I noticed here in France was that there was not enough shade to protect us from the harmful rays of the sun. Yes, there are some trees on the streets but most of the time, you will have to endure it and walk on the sunshine. Nobody (or only a few) uses umbrella, too.

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