Summer Chillin’

We love potluck lunches! Before parting ways for our summer holidays, we got together for a wonderful potluck lunch at Grace’s marvellous rooftop terrace. Thank you Grace once again for hosting! Once again, we were blessed with sunny skies and pleasant temperature. While enjoying the stunning view of Tour Eiffel, we munched on mouth-watering contributions from Vietnamese spring rolls, Jiao Zhi (Chinese dumplings), Char Siew to all sorts of dessert pastries washed down with refreshing bubbly and wines. To top off the event, we had the lovely Stephanie B who showcased many gorgeous pieces of jewellery from her Stella & Dot collection. Food, drinks and shopping! How spoilt we were! Thank you, ladies for joining us and bringing along your deliciously prepared dishes. This has been another magnificent year for us! While we welcomed several new members, we are also sad to bid farewell to Cheryl Hironaka. It was lovely having you in AWAP. We will miss you, and your sunny smile. We wish you all the best, and enjoy your next adventure in Asia! Have a great summer, everyone! See you all in September! ImageImageImageImage Image ImageImage   Bye Cheryl! We will miss you! IMG_9598

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A Date with Kong

On a particularly rainy Thursday, a bunch of us chose not to let the rainy weather dampen our moods for our get-together. Even though we had to change venues from a terrace bar to Kong, some AWAP ladies braved the rain and we were well-rewarded!

Out came the evening sun and blue skies lighting up the lovely Parisian skyline! To top it off, we even managed to snag a table for dinner. The gorgeous sunset was accompanied by lively chit chat, exotic cocktails and delicious dinner.  What a lovely way to welcome a couple of new members who were coming to their first AWAP event!

We look forward to seeing you all soon again at our pre-summer potluck!

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Apero for Love – Continuing our support for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda

Paris for the Philippines and Gawad Kalinga invites us to get together for a night of food, fun and music on Tuesday, 27 May at Restaurant Dix-Huit. Chef Aaron Isip will spoil us with his fusion tapas and signature champagne while live music entertainment will be presented by John Florencio & Friends.

Your participation of 50 Euros will contribute towards the recovery efforts for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Come and support this excellent cause, and a great night out!

Participation details below, or go to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ParisAsianConnections/)

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We Love Paris in the Springtime!

Spring is in the air, and what better way to welcome in the season and enjoy the weather than a shopping trip to freshen up our wardrobes? On an extraordinarily sunny Thursday, April 10, a lucky group of AWAP members and friends enjoyed a 4-star shopping experience organised through Value Retail, which began with chauffeured transportation from Trocadero to La Vallée Village.  The ladies arrived in good spirits and were given a warm VIP welcome with fresh juice, coffee, croissants and fresh fruit.

The ladies all received CIP (”Chic Important Person”) badges and a book of coupons that entitled them to special shopping discounts, and were then free to browse the 100+ shops which include high-end designers such as Céline, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, Burberry and Versace.

For a break from shopping, our ladies were treated to champagne and a catered lunch in a newly renovated, luxurious private lounge before being chauffeured back to Trocadero.  Judging by the number of shopping bags everyone left with, it looks like the day was a great success!

A huge thank you goes out to the lovely Carra Sutherland-Olagnon for helping us to organise this very special event.  If you missed out on this trip, don’t worry — this event was so popular, we’ll definitely team up with Carra to offer similar events in the future!

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*P/S: Thanks, Mananya for sending us your photos. 

 

Celebration of the 50th anniversary of French-Chinese Diplomatic Relations

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In 1967, under the presidency of General Charles de Gaulle, France became the first major western country to officially recognize the China of Mao Tse Tung and established diplomatic relations. As China and France are two major countries with their cultures deeply rooted in tradition and rich history, their culture exchanges play an important role in the relations between them.

This year, as both countries celebrate their 50 years of diplomatic ties, a series of cultural events – exhibits, symposiums, encounters, shows, concerts, etc. have been planned to highlight this very aspect.

Herewith is Part 2 of the “Guide Culturel de Chine” – a guide for the Chinese cultural events planned from the month of March till May 2014.

Recently launched is the website www.gcchine.com where you can find detailed and updated and detailed information of all Chinese cultural news, conferences, classes, exhibitions, films, etc in Paris. There are so many, we are sure you will find one to suit your liking. Enjoy!

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新年快乐!万事如意! Ushering in the Year of the Horse – with another lovely meal!

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Chinese New Year marks the start of the lunar new year, beginning on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ending on the full moon fifteen days later. It is also known as the Spring Festival.

Dressed in our best Chinese chic, about 30 AWAP ladies and their partners got together on 1st February at the Bistrot de Pekin in the 8ème. We feasted on a scrumptious spread of Peking duck, caramelized sea bass, pineapple shrimps, Sichuan style sautéed beef, Imperial chicken, etc. A feast of 15 dishes!

It was a delightful evening of top-notch cuisine and convivial conversations – what better way to welcome a year of prosperity, good health and harmony!

Here are some photos from our lovely evening. Thanks to all our members for joining us!

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♪♫ It’s beginning to look like A Lot Like Christmas ♪♫

Before parting ways for our Christmas break, a handful of AWAP ladies got together on a mild, sunny winter day for a potluck lunch at our president, Grace’s apartment. As always, the apartment provided the coziest ambience as we feasted and wined. Thanks Grace for hosting our finale event for 2013.

Many thanks to all the members who turned up, and the divine food you had brought. We had a feast of  Gigi 排骨 (Roasted Pork ribs), 糯米饭 (Glutinous rice), 饺子(Dumplings), Green papaya salad, Chicken wings, Lumpia (Filipino spring rolls), Pasta bake, Fried noodles…..and for dessert, a homemade charlotte, gâteau aux marrons (chestnut cake) to Japanese-style cakes. Is your mouth watering yet? Oh, and let’s not forget the champagne, wines and mull wine!

We hope you had a wonderful afternoon catching up with one another, and see you soon again in 2014!

From the board of AWAP to all our lovely members:

Joyeux Noël et bonnes fêtes!! À l’année prochaine!!

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To Philippines with Love

Dear friends and members

In light of the recent devastation to the Philippines, one of our members Victoria Aquino and the lovely ladies from Paris for the Philippines have come together to organize a fundraising brunch. Brunch for Love will be held on 30 November at the Loup Brasserie on rue du Louvre. A participation of 50 euros will include a delicious brunch prepared by renowned Filipino chef, Aaron Isip. Cocktails and merchandise will also on sale on-site.

More significantly all funds collected will be contributed towards the relief efforts for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda organised by Gawad Kalinga. For more information, go to http://www.gk1world.com/typhoon-yolanda.

To participate/contribute, please contact parisforthephilippines@yahoo.com or +33 (6) 98 91 11 38 before 26 November. More details can also be found on their FB page http://www.facebook.com/groups/parisforthephilippines/

Nous comptons sur vous!

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The (Chinese) circus is in town!

After the legend of Mulan, Cirque Phénix invites you to experience the legend of the Jade Emperor. A legend that gave us the origin of the Chinese zodiac.

It is said the Tiger, Pheonix and Dragon demanded an audience with the Jade Emperor to complain of the cruelty of men, and the abuse they inflicted on the animal kingdom. To preserve peace in his kingdom, the Emperor decreed that the first twelve animal species who present themselves to him will be chosen as celestial symbols, immune from the abuse of men. The animals used their various talents to push themselves ahead of their peers. The rat, being the smallest, snuck in to see the Emperor before anyone else and was chosen as the first of the twelve. The remaining eleven used their strength, agility, flexibility or intelligence to gain an advantage.

Discover the origin of your Chinese zodiac and that of your loved ones through this 2-hour performance by the 50-member troupe from the circus of Beijing complete with fabulous backdrops, impressive acrobats and spectacular costumes.

 Performances from 23 November 2013 – 12 January 2014 at Paris 12ème.

Ticket details can be found on the website. 

http://cirquephenix.com

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Dumpling Divas

Steamed dumplings – those cooked balls of dough stuffed with meat, fish, vegetables or even sweets – exist throughout the Asian cuisine. To the Chinese, it is called jiaozi – usually boiled or steamed and traditionally eaten on Chinese New Year’s Eve and special family reunions where extended family members gather together to make them.

It was not Chinese New Year, nor are we technically extended family members – but we had reason enough to get together at 11:00AM on the 31st of May to learn just how these dumplings are made from scratch! Nine AWAP ladies gathered at Grace’s splendid kitchen to learn the secret behind these starchy balls. Thanks to the expertise of Grace’s Ayi, Li Jun – who very patiently guided us through the process of kneading and shaping the dough, filling it, sealing it, and finally cooking it!

It was great fun: Chatting while working the rolling pins, proudly showing off any perfected dough shapes, pinching and pressing each dumpling to make sure it stays sealed. Three hours later, we had about 200 dumplings – all lovingly massaged and shaped by each of the nine ladies. We all savored plates of it for lunch, and even managed to bring some home as evidence of our fruitful morning! By 2:00PM, we were all officially Dumpling Divas.

Some pictures to brag about 😉

Li Jun, our jiaozi teacher, kneading the jiaozi dough
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Perfecting the art of dumpling making

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Heartfelt thanks to Grace for organizing the event, for opening her beautiful home and kitchen to us, and for sharing her Ayi’s technical prowess with us! 

Here are snippets of comments received from some participants after the event:

“The kids had their ta pau jiaozi for dinner which saved me from cooking yet another meal!” ~ Eva Wong Nava

“My eldest just left on his 5-day class trip this morning. Have been a bit teary-eyed. Thank goodness I have a few more dumplings to cheer me up!” ~ Eun Hwa Lee

“My husband inhaled the dumplings before I could even tell him of all the effort that went into making them.”   ~ Claire Lo

(L-R) Eva, Eun Hwa, Claire, Li Jun & CarmelaIMG_1724Thanks Carmela for sharing her experience with us!