Strike for more than a week in a row, c’est normal, c’est la France!

Yesterday, I finally knew how it feels to be a victim of the typical French strike (read: la grève). Since the labour law project (le projet de la loi El-Khomri) was announced on February 2016, strike is becoming a weekly basis in some French public services. But last week the situation was such a nightmare. Lots of private companies were doing strike as well (not mine). Even one of the town in France, Le Havre, was paralysed after they blocked access to get into town.

I’m OK with people doing strike as long as they do it properly and do not take other people’s right.  I mean, you can do strike in front of the government offices or kidnap and ask them with thousands questions (I’m kidding!) – I mean, meet them and talk or arrange a public debate until you get what you need. But, what did you get by blocking the main access to the town, burning tires, and vandalising the ATM machine?

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The worst thing is they currently block the access to the petrol refineries, which impact fuel shortages around the region. I heard from the news that last week people were queuing for hours to get the fuel, and some of them were queuing for nothing. I thought the strike would be over on Friday, because normally it just last for one day or two, but apparently they are still on going, because government still  didn’t change anything (typical).

Long story short, yesterday was my turn, my car finally needed the fuel, I went to the gas station near office, but I’ve got nothing. I was pretty desperate because all the nearest gas station were closed due to the shortage. My colleagues told me to go to the gas station on the toll road, which is it’s like more than 30 km away from where I was – if I found nothing there, I wouldn’t make it to find another or even to get home. Thankfully I found a mobile application to let me know where I might find some fuel around the town, at least it would be less gambling.

The gas station was on my way home, so just in case I won’t find anything, I will still survive to get home. But, when I got there, I needed to queue at least for half an hour. The gas station was pretty big, they have 8 lines, 3 of them are closed, 5 of them just have some of diesel, unleaded 95/E10, no more super unleaded. Well, I’m lucky enough, I still got my fuel!

this is me taking picture behind the wheels

In the spirit of participating on today’s prompt – have you ever doing strike? If you did, why and what is all about? If not, would you participate on strike? why?

Me I think, never, it’s not because I don’t care or I don’t like walking too much (lol), but I believe that if you want to change something, you need to be the person who can change something; to be the person who can change something you need the power; to have the power, you need to be smart; to be smart, you need to learn and study; so at the end you can have access to the system and be the person who can change something or at least have influence to change something…




Ricky Gervais on Derek – 2nd quote challenge


I have no idea who Ricky Gervais is until I watched some of his opening jokes at Golden Globes, this guy is mental in funny way. Since then, I started to watch pretty much everything that’s he’s on to, his daily jokes on twitter, even he’s appearance on Ellen Degeneres Show.

But today, It’s about my second and third quotes challenge from my favourite comedian-actor-producer, Ricky Gervais on Derek.

Derek is a British comedy-drama television series starring him, who is also its writer and director. The TV series is available on Netflix. So far, it’s becoming my favourite TV series after Modern family. Believe it or not, I cried every episode like a weeper.

About the plot: Gervais plays 50-year-old Derek Noakes, a care worker at Broad Hill, a home for the elderly, who has worked there for three years. He likes watching reality television shows and game shows and is interested in celebrities, YouTube and, above all, talking about animals. The viewer is told he is kind, helpful and selfless, with good intentions. He is vulnerable because of his childlike naivety and distractions from society. He is ridiculed and ostracised, as well as being marginalised by mainstream society because of his social awkwardness and lack of inhibitions. Derek says it is more important to be kind than to be clever or good-looking. Many media sources describe him as autistic, though Gervais has firmly denied this.[15] Gervais has, in fact, remained carefully ambiguous as to whether Derek is intellectually challenged, autistic, or otherwise.

She said it was better to be kind than to be clever or good looking, I’m not clever or good looking. But I’m kind. – Derek

I like the quote because it makes me realise what’s more important that people should be doing in their life, just be kind to one another.

The last quote is about forgiveness, it’s totally human to be mad or angry to somebody, but forgiveness is your choice. The quote is taken from final episode of season 2 when Derek reflected on his recent and timely reunion with his father who left him when he was a kid. He decided not to forgive his dad and did not want to see him any more, but at the end, he gave him a chance.

That’s the amazing thing about life, you can just rub it out and start again. It’s what you do from now. – Derek

Well, I guess challenges accomplished. YEAY!!!

P.S. If you need to cry, watch this series.

Lily Aldrin – 1st quote challenge

Hello everyone, finally I’m back on wordpress again, after some weeks off writing on-line. Well, life has been busy lately with cooking, daily working, watching new series on Netflix, and preparing my code test for my French driving licence. I have driving since I was 18 years old and now because of typical French driving regulation, I should have French driving licence as well, and it takes time and lots of patient.

Today, it’s about accepting “the quote challenge” from one of my favourite fellow blogger A Nenes Life.

How I Met Your Mother

My first day of the quote challenge is going to be one of quotes from Lily Aldrin. She is a fictional character in the CBS television series How I Met Your Mother.

Okay, yes, it’s a mistake. I know it’s a mistake. But there are certain things in life where you know it’s a mistake but you don’t really know it’s a mistake because the only way to really know it’s a mistake is to make the mistake, and look back, and say, “Yep. That was a mistake.” So, really, the bigger mistake would be to not make the mistake, because then you go your whole life not really knowing if something is a mistake or not. ~ Lily Aldrin

I like this quote because it simply contains lots of “mistakes”, LOL. Well, it might sound silly, but don’t be scare to make a mistake, because who knows it’s going to be a mistake or not, even if you made a mistake, don’t look back, just remember not to do the same old mistake, because you already knew it was a mistake.

why they treat palm oil as an enemy?

Again, palm oil is being an object during the French senate debate earlier this year, after the draft bill project has been clearly rejected by The National Assembly’s social affairs commission in 2013. This time, it was presented by environmentalists senators Aline Archimbaud, Gattolin André, Marie-Christine Blandin, Ronan Dantec and Joel Labbé, the amendment sets the tax to 300per tonne by 2017. It will be gradually increased to 900 € from 2020 ‘order allow industry time to adapt. Issue of illegal deforestation is not only being the only reason to increase import tax, but also the need of rebalancing oils taxes. In fact, oils produced in France, such as olive oil, are more heavily taxed than the palm. It is clearly trade protectionism that also need to be questioned. 

I might not an expert of biodiversity issues or trade protectionism, but what I know and also the world must know that there are massive efforts under-way to break this cycle and put the palm oil sector on a path to sustainability (see original source: “why palm oil isn’t an enemy”). Since 2004, the Round-table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has been transforming the palm oil industry in collaboration with the global supply chain, to put it on a sustainable path.

palm oil supply chain

Besides, issue of deforestation and trade protectionism, health risk is also becoming an issue to exceed the import tax of palm oil from South-East Asia. My question is whether palm oil is dangerous to your health? Since I’m not an expert of the health risk by consuming food that contained palm oil, you could check the article about palm oil wrote by expert Kurt Berger: “The secret of palm oil“.

Last but not least, it’s commonly known that lots of green activists around the world campaigning against palm oil, that’s why government of Republic of Indonesia is actively made a campaign against negative issues of palm oil. You can see the video campaign as follow:

Fun Facts!

Did you know that you consume palm oil every day? Yep, indeed! Palm oil is in your shampoo, hair color product, detergent, dishwashing liquid, cookies, chocolates butter, skin lotion, toothpaste, car lubricant, and you even find in your money (read: EUR).


What does “state of emergency” mean?

Just right after Paris attacks on 13th of November 2015, French President, François Hollande declared “state of emergency” in France. Some of you might throw some questions; like for examples: What does it mean? What is the impact to the people who lives in France, for the citizen or non-citizen? Can we travel across the borders?

So, I would like to let you know in a simple way to better understand about “state of emergency”.

For your information, this is not the first time that the French had declared “state of emergency”, it was firstly declared during the war in Algeria. Then, in September 1984 during the events of New Caledonia, and 10 years ago during the suburban riots in 2005.

  • Who’s made the decision of “state of emergency”?

Introduction into state of emergency taken by the Cabinet at the meeting of the Council of Ministers convened by the President of French Republic. Following the Paris attacks, state of emergency declared in the night of Friday 13 to Saturday, November 14, 2015: it was published by official decree n° 2015-1475 of November 14, 2015.

François Hollande with his new cabinet

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  • Does this apply on all French territory?

No, it is not. According to the decree, it is only applied in France Metropolitan and Corse. So, it is not applied in French Overseas Department  (DOM-TOM).

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  • How long it’s gonna take?

It will take 12 days after the day of the decree. (source: click here) However, this period could be extended depending on decision taken by the law.

  • What is the impact to our daily life?

Under legislative scheme of state of emergency, public freedoms will be limited by the authorities, under exceptional power given to The French Police and The Ministry of Interior.

So it means, it gives the authorities to limit following public freedom:

  1. regulate the movement of people and vehicle in France (more polices everywhere)
  2. delineate areas of protection or security where the stay of persons is regulated
  3. prohibit somebody to stay in France if this person is likely to stop action of the public authorities
  4. have power to house arrest a person who considers as a public menace
  5. ban public gathering
  6. close the concert venue, amusement park like Disney land :(, or theatres and bars.
  7. conduct search of person of interest during day and night
  8. limit press freedom by censoring newspaper.
  9. order to surrender of weapons (indeed!)

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  • Can we travel across the borders?

Yes we can, but do not forget your passport or other legal ID, because the authorities might ask you to show them your identity.

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Like I said in my previous article, what happened in Paris lately is unexpected, it might happened anywhere else near you any time, so please be safe and keep praying. 🙂