It’s Beginning to Feel Like Christmas

Last night our Christmas tree was finally put up. All the children were home: our son is visiting from Vancouver, my youngest had completed and submitted all of her assignments, and no children were out with their friends. Christmas music was playing in the background as the siblings chose their favourite decorations and adorned our small tree. I love seeing them work together on a task and hope that during their lifetimes they will have the opportunity to do so often.

Siblings working together to adorn a Christmas tree. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Our tree is up and a few gifts have been placed under the tree. Tonight on Christmas Eve, our traditional family time will begin in earnest as we focus on ourselves and the love we feel for one another. I leave you with one of my favourite Christmas songs, Oh Holy Night:

If you celebrate Christmas, I wish you a peaceful and joyful day with your family. God bless.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

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A Classroom Tradition

A tradition that I began a couple of years back in my classroom during December is the visits of the Elf on the Shelf. I begin by reading the story and the next day Jean-Jean, the class elf, visits. There are times when he can be silly, and times when his curiosity gets the better of him.

This year I had to place him in high positions as a few boys in my class wanted to touch him (they are told in the story that touching him takes away his magic). As a result, this year we did not catch him painting or doing silly things with classroom supplies. I did like the fact, though, that he did a little reading in the classroom 🙂

Do you participate in the Elf on the Shelf tradition?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in December. This month we are posting pictures featuring time.)

Square in September: A Sweet Tower

While on the top floor of the Eiffel tower waiting for my family, I noticed a sweet representation of the structure I was in. I was ‘tickled pink’ when I saw it – it was definitely a sweet representation.

The photos do not do justice to the artistry of the baker. These macaroons had been presented in a way I had not seen before and attracted many to admire the sweet treats.

What do you think of the baker’s artistry?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’. The delightfully sweet tower is my final contribution.)

Square in September: A Surprising Bust

Before our trip to Paris in July, I asked my family to share with me the spots that they would like to visit in this well known European city. My eldest daughter wanted to visit the Georges Pompidou museum of Modern Art. We set aside a day to visit the exhibitions at this venue.

There was plenty to see – and all of it different to the art we had seen until then. One piece really stood out to me – and I could not help but exclaim when I saw what the artist had done (so much so that the guard could not but help smile at my reaction). In order to appreciate the bust, you had to walk around the sculpture and look at it from different viewpoints.

The artist of this bust was Wang Du and the title of the work is called Le Baiser (The Kiss.) – 2005 The explanation accompanying the work is as follows:

Former Chinese dissident, Wang Du, found refuge in France in 1990 where he discovered the media whirlwind, typical of Western society, which would inspire his work. In Le Baiser he abandons the sphere of the media for a more poetic register. Based on an image from the film 3-Iron (2004) by South Korean director Kim Ki-duk, this sculpture alludes to the artist’s own project of acting as double to the media, as one actor may double for another in a film. In place of Rodin’s idealistic and almost abstract work of the same title, Wang Du offers a cold and precise image which he describes as “a hybrid configuration between treason and loyalty, sacred and profane, romanticism and realism”. 

I spent quite a bit of time admiring this work of art and I will not forget it for a while.

What do you think of Wang Du’s Le Baiser?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

Square in September: Fountain at Georges Pompidou Square

The one thing that my daughter wanted to see when we were in Paris was the Georges Pompidou museum of modern art. She loved the shape of the building and was tickled pink when she saw the fountains in the square.

We decided to eat our picnic lunch in the square after visiting the museum so that we could enjoy the creative fountains a little longer.

What do you think of the modern-type fountains in the square outside of Georges Pompidou?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

Square in September: Lady in Pink

While in Paris, it was my intention to take my family to the Musée de l’Orangerie to see the Impressionist paintings, in particular Monet. Once we had admired Monet’s murals of the lilies, we browsed through the rest of the museum to enjoy the other art on display. Near the end of our visit, I came across a pretty lady in pink. I noted that the painter, Marie Laurencien, was a woman – not many paintings by women were on display.

There were only three of her paintings up and I found them to be refreshing after some of the dark colours that we had seen in many of the other artists’ paintings.

What do you think of Laurencien’s paintings?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

Square in September: A Sunset

As we were eating supper last night my daughter, who is able to see out of the window, mentioned what a a beautiful colour the sky was. I, of course, grabbed my iPad to capture the colours. These are the photos with no filters:

It is not often the sky is streaked with pink – and we were glad to have seen it.

Did you notice the sunset last night?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

Square in September: A Cheezy Ad

Stepping outside of the building after visiting Les Galleries Lafayette in Paris, I saw the following advert plastered on the wall. I could not help but smile when I saw it.

Advertisement outside Les Galleries Lafayette © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Even though the ‘new man’ is helping out with tasks that are traditionally for the woman, he does not forget about his attire!

What do you think of this advertisement?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

Square in September: A Piggy Dessert

When in Paris we had the opportunity to eat at Au Pied de Cochon, one of the upscale restaurants that serve traditional French food.  We were tickled pink when my daughter’s dessert arrived because of the little pig that reflected the name of the restaurant.

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We enjoyed eating the extra plate of sweet small meringue pigs for the rest of the family after the tastes and flavours of our main meal.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

Square in September: A Sitting Room in Pink

During our visit to Paris, we spent a day at the Chateau de Versailles, one of the well-known palaces of the Sun King, Louis XIV. When visiting the Grand Trianon, a retreat built by Louis XIV for his mistress at the time, we were not surprised by the opulence of the rooms. One of the sitting rooms was decorated with fabrics of a deep cerise pink.

A sitting room in the Grand Trianon at the Chateau de Versailles. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

One can imagine the King and his mistress, the Marquise de Montespan, entertaining their friends in this room.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)