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GOING HOME AGAIN!!


I am going home today and gosh I’m really excited.

I’m really happy to be going home again! It’s only been about six months since I last seen my family and homeland IRL but somehow I was craving it way more than I did after having been away for a whole year and a half! I’m going to see a lot of people I haven’t seen in a while also, like highschool friends, and my lovely lovely cousin whom I haven’t seen since we were kids somehow! I’m really REALLY excited! So many memories to make and a lot of fuel to stock up on!

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I’ll be staying up until mid-August. And while I’m there, I’ll get to play some (right-handed… </3) guitar and bit of piano too but I don’t really know how to. So I might be able to record something slightly more interesting to put on my youtube channel and same for #2. I’ll probably hire my little brother as a cameraman or just borrow his tablet to record things. And I’m excited about that too!

And I’m thinking that I might actually get around to finish a song that I started back when I still had Glitch but never got around to finish or maybe even write new ones! I’m just really dying to play some music again so I think that the melodies might just flow out of my mouth and break my fingers. Which is such a good thing! I can’t believe that I went six months without a guitar/uke and am still alive! I really didn’t think it was possible and yet, look at me. Starving for some strings but still breathing! *clap clap clap*

I’m going to be jumping straight off a cliff after that (not literally; don’t worry) but there will be a really pretty and warm net to catch me and so I’ll get to build my wings with a little less pressure! And I’m excited about that too. I actually still have to deal with some paperwork to get everything in order for that next travel while I’m home (which sucks but is for the good cause).

So yeah. Family. Friends. Art. Mountains. MY OCEAN. Rain. Lots of rain. This is just going to be awesome and I really can’t wait!!! But I really should go to bed now as I have to wake up at 5 or something to make sure I have enough time to get ready and check everything before I leave for the train. I’m going to be so tired and such a mess!

While I’m gone for a long long long day and until I can get something better out there, maybe enjoy this 5-day-old good enough cover?…

Cheers!!! I hope I can sleep because I won’t be able to drag that heavy ass suitcase around if I don’t. So many books. What am I?

Until next post, don’t forget to remind those you love how much you love them and how precious they are because you never know (and especially before you step on a plane because sometimes they just fly into another dimension and what the fuck). ❤

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Roots!


Lilly and I got to see Line again today, after many years! Mom and Gaby tagged along as she drove us to the Cap Méchant. In all our happiness, we forgot to take a picture with her! But, I can assure you that she is still as pretty and awesome as she’s always been.

She’s such a lovely human and we were really happy to see her again. We went to school with her when we were twelve and she was also in high school with me. It had been two years since I last saw her!! It felt amazing to see her. She’s still the same but in the loveliest way. We had a nice time talking about plans and you know, life. Mom talked a lot! Ha ha

I don’t really have much to say and I’m really tired too, so I’m not gonna spend too much time typing. I’m just going to share some pictures! I forgot my phone somehow so I had to use mom’s to take pics and it seems they’re all so tiny Idek why! x) It’s a little sad that we forgot to take a pick with Line but at least I got some with Lilly now!

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I love her so much! We’ve been friends for over ten years now and you know, she’s that one friend that’ll always be around. She’ll be at some of my shows, at my weddings, she’ll play with my babies; she’ll always be there some way somehow! We’ve had ups and downs but never strayed. And I’m so glad we have each other because I’m not sure if I’ll ever find another someone that knows me like that and gets me like that!

Alright, I see you coming, of course I took pictures of the sea! 😛 But let me just warn you, if you ever come to Reunion Island, down the south to either the Puit Arabe, Puit des Anglais or Puit des Français, there might come around an annoying old lady. She’s been there for as long as I can remember but thank God, she’s cooled down a bit over the years. She will come to you and she will preach to you and talk really fast about whatnots and whatevers and you’ll hear the Devil’s name more than often in her endless speech. I wouldn’t advise you talk to her because there really isn’t much use. She followed us around today and then we saw her do the same thing with a family of German tourists who never knew what hit them. She used to be violent now and then but lately she only talks so it’s okay I guess. x) It’s not scary just rather annoying. Other than that, these are really nice places to be at! 😉 Ha ha Just, no eye contact with the old lady.

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There you go! It was soooooo pretty! ❤ Sorry the pictures are so tiny, that’s just what mom’s phone does! x)

Cheers! Don’t forget to look around and cherish Mother Nature’s gifts from the smallest pebble to those huge floating pieces of rock or whatever it is! 😀

Today was hot!


Today was hot.

I’ve seen hotter days but it was a tough one. When the weather’s hot like that, I’m just like mom and can’t eat much and, tbh, can’t do much either. So, after a tiny lunch we went for a ride together with my brother and his father, heading to a place with water or trees or both, to breathe!! Obviously the nice spots were already taken, it being a Sunday afternoon! Usually families go “secure spots” early in the morning and settle there for the whole day; clever people!! We still found a nice spot though. Not near the sea but rather closer to the mountains.

With only a few percents of battery left (cos I’m clever like that), I only managed to get a few pictures of the landscapes. It only got me frustrated to take the pictures though. My phone’s camera sucks, this is no news. But, had I had a better phone or hell, an actual camera and even a good one, I’d still have felt the same. I mean, I’ve seen breathtaking pictures of places I’ve never been to and also of my homeland but these are just pictures. To me, they lack the soul.

I was out there today and it was so beautiful, amazing colors and perfection everywhere and I don’t see it in my pictures. And it’s sad because I’d like everyone that reads me, knows me, to see and feel how beautiful this place is, because it is. And my pictures, my words, nothing is ever up to the mighty work of Mother Nature. It kind of made me sad to realize that. I wish I could actually paint like the great painters, you know, and create things that actually compliment Nature’s perfection.

Anyways, let’s get to the pictures!

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It’s all so much more beautiful IRL! Sugar canes, lots of trees, the sea, the mountain; YES. I don’t think I’ll be able to get some pictures of the volcano though because it’s hot and it’s even hotter there as there’s zero tree to hide underneath but maybe… :3

It was really fun! We didn’t stay for that long cos mom was getting hungry but we had fun. We even played with rocks and sticks cos that’s how we do it! 😉

We got to pick some fruits which are delicious. The goyave, a tiny little red berry thing I guess, and the zembrozade, a yellow thing rather hollow and with a big seed inside (you can hear it move if you shake the fruit haha!) also sweet and yum yum! However, when I decided to take pictures, I had almost eaten everything. BUT, fear not, there are three mediocre pictures to illustrate this mediocre paragraph:

The first picture would’ve been full of red dots if I had been a “normal” person and taken a picture of my food before I’d start to eat! 😛

The only trick to know when eating freshly picked goyaves and zembrozades is to take off the little “beak” because sometimes there can be a few tiny bugs in there, usually ants but today I found ladybugs in mine! I was like “ew!” but then, you know, still put the thing in my mouth (without the bug, obviously x) ). 🙂

I’m flying back to Lille this Friday and it seems so far away yet too close. I’m a bit scared to be honest. It’s gonna be really hard to leave again and I’m going to miss everyone and everything so badly! But it’s also going to be hard to be back there and face all the mayhem I left behind… It makes me really sad to leave also because I have no idea when I’ll be able to be back again! However, I’m also really excited to get back to Lille because I have so many things to do and work on to build my own path to my own many destinations and I can’t wait to get things moving faster.

I’m really torn but I think that’s exactly the way things should be right now. So many feelings and thoughts that I can’t put into words right now cos it’s already midnight and I’m tired, why ain’t I sleeping?

I still have a few days ahead of me so I’ll try to fill up my batteries as much as I can afford and then I’ll be jumping off the cliff and building my wings on the way down (wink wink Bradbury)!

Alright, this post is a wreck! Just a few more pictures and then I’ll disappear.

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The pictures with mom are so funny because we could’ve sworn we were really close to each other when Gab’s took the pics! But then, he showed us and we were like standing in these weird positions like wtf xD And then, my brother just didn’t want to stand anymore so I had to carry him to get a picture! The boy is quite heavy, don’t be fooled by his skinny appearance! 😛

Alright, I should go to bed now. I’m meeting with an old friend this afternoon and Lilly will be here too, so it’s going to be fun! And this just reminded me, I need pictures with Lilly!! I’ll see to it tomorrow!

Stay hydrated and remember that memories are stored in our hearts and mind, not necessarily on paper and shit. But, if you’re like me and images, faces, and pretty much anything else, fade fast in your mind, take as much pictures as you can to refresh your memory now and then! ❤

P.S.: I soooooooo need to reorganize my categories and everything on my blog because I’m so lost! I can’t believe that I left it like that for so long! I don’t even know where to put what cos it’s sh*t! x) Will do as soon as I’m back!

Home Not-So-Hot Home


So, it’s been a week since I’ve arrived and I think it’s time to share a few thoughts and pictures! 🙂

My first thought as we got out of the airport last Tuesday afternoon with Leslie and her brother & mom was how different the heat was. I had been hot a few times in Lille but never like that heat. It was the smothering type. No air, really hot sun, hard to breathe. But I put on my shades and walked to the car as the clumsy mess that my ten-hour-flight had turned me into and I kept my head up high, cos I own that heat! what I still wasn’t that hot though. My body knows its shit sometimes and this is one of those. I can still adapt! 😛 And I knew that it wouldn’t be as hot in the south anyway so I played tough. :3

I truly thought that it’d be somewhat magical to be back and see everything again but it just felt like before. It was as if I hadn’t left. I still knew the streets, the mountains, the sea; nothing has changed but I. It’s still so pretty! And I love it!

Mom came with my brother and my sister & her baby to pick me up at Leslie’s. I finally got to meet my nephew and what a cutie!! And before you ask, no I wasn’t welcomed as a rockstar or anything. We drove back home and talked like nothing really happened; it did feel weird though…

As soon as we got home, I showered (cos I was wearing two layers of clothes so sweat much huh) and my best friend came right over! We talked a bit and I gave her my watercolor pencils! Then we went together as my sis’ and we saw her new house for the first time. I was happy to see her cats again and to my surprise, they weren’t very shy except for the usual two girls who tend to hide a lot. And then we all went for a walk by the sea. And we almost got drenched as we neared Lilly’s (my bfffffffff) house so we had part way and run from the wild rain. I got you a few pics from our three different walks there!!

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So, the small  harbour is actually a part of history(as if the whole island isn’t! haha) as it is where the Warren Hastings wreckage took place. You can’t read about it online if you wish. There were a few fishermen when we came and also a mean dog which had me carry Sablier around in my freaking arms so he wouldn’t get in a fight!

The Vacoa plant tree thing is a real part of our culture, we use the long leaves and dry them, then braid them to make several different things from hats to bags and little to bigger mats that I don’t remember the name of! x) One of the popular bags is called a Bertel (it’s a deformation of the French word “bretelle” = shoulder strap; that’s mostly how creole works tbh, it’s a lot of distortion of French and English and other languages that were around back in the days). It’s a really flat one which was originally used by men that worked in sugar cane fields to carry their saber around – they still do! You wear it just like a backpack. Usually, that’s the bag Santa Claus wears on Xmas to give out presents! 😉

Oh, and I just shared this on Twitter but I guess I’ll do it again cos it’s so oh-awesome! Here’s the view from my bedroom and from the front door:

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Awesome, huh? We used to be able to see the sea from the kitchen window but as the tree grew taller we can’t really anymore; but we still hear it now and then, mostly at night when the waves crash against the rocks.

Not sure I have much thoughts to share so far though. So I guess this won’t be any longer!

I’m really happy to be back and be around all those things that are a part of me.

I’ve been playing a lot of video games these days with my brother and mom too sometimes and that feels amazing! We’ve always bonded around these and man, am I in love with Crash Bandicoot (in case you don’t know who he is, here’s a BLURRY pic cos you know I love img_20161223_161610them…)!

I thought it’d feel different but it feels just the same and I guess that’s what coming home should feel like. A familiar place, familiar faces, it’s a constant in all the mayhem of life. That’s my solid ground, where I should keep my feet. My roots are here, solidly planted. While I’m on my land, I feed and gather strength, and then, I’m on the road again, I’m out there again, and I may bend but I won’t break cos those roots made a solid trunk. Wings to fly and roots to come back. ❤

And to end that post I guess I’ll share that awkward picture of me and Sablier that my brother took the other day when we were at my sis’:

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Oh, boy! Ha ha The sun feels nice sometimes. Right now, there’s a nice breeze coming in but I’m wearing shorts and my thighs are glued to the chair with sweat. 😀 Hehe I’m off now to play with my bro, although I might down an ice cream first! I’ve eaten so much already!!

Next posts should be the drawings I made for Xmas and I also made a really nice watercolor last Sunday I will share too! Until then, stay safe guys!!

Have nice holidays and have good times with your family or friends or on your own, with pets, or just really yourself! Be thankful for what you have and what you’ve lost and gather all the strength you can to start that new year with a lvl up! ❤

Thinking about home….


I still miss my homeland very much right now, especially after one full year away! But, my heart is beating cheerfully just to think that I’ll get to visit my family again and sooner than it feels! Indeed, I’m getting financial help from the district council (they give away a little amount of money to students that left for their education to help them come back for a while and visit their family ) and that means I will be able to buy a round trip ticket which are expensive as fuck! And well, that sure puts me in joy to know that I’ll see my little brother and mom soon and I’ll get to meet my nephew!

So, with all my thoughts directed to a little volcano floating (not really) in the Indian Ocean,  I drew a little something while listening to Brandi Carlile’s Wherever Is Your Heart and Hard Way Home. Alright, I’ll admit I listened to the whole Firewatcher’s Daughter album; couldn’t resist! Ha ha 😉

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I was messing around with Faber-Castell polychromos pencils, you know figuring out how to use the damn thing. As I’ve probably mentioned before, I’ve never been really good with colors but I didn’t buy fancy named pencils just to know I’ve got some! I’m rather proud of it, mostly with what I managed to do with the island.

There’s some kind of nice effect going on and I really like it! However, I’m not so proud of the ocean. I was a bit impatient today when I finished it so I kind of messed it up. So I tried my best to fix it with some baby oil… This isn’t exactly how I intended it to be but I still think it’s nice!

And before you ask, this is no way near the way beautiful Reunion Island looks! 😛 Just go look it up on Google, you won’t regret it I promise. There are some very talented photographs out there that captured its beauty. So rich and generous. I love every bit of it! And I guess that if you can afford it, it’d be a really nice place to go on your next vacation! 😉

There you go! Let me know if you like it!