Gimme a smile !

It was hard to find a movie to introduce this subject! Actually, the subject itself would be perfect if we made a movie based on it…

« Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft. Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip and other facial deformities for children around the globe».

On May 12th, « Operation Smile South Africa» (OSSA) passed by Madagascar to spread their smiling spirit. They were here before and came back for post surgery check up.

As all volunteers were English speakers, they needed translator in order to communicate with local people and patients. Thanks to Lovah from Carlton Hotel Madagascar, they contacted “ICE CLUB”. When our dear ICE members: Nathalie, Haïna, Ando and Rotsy heard « Operation Smile », they didn’t hesitate to take part of the adventure.

Ready !

And so, for 6 hours non stop, we received families whom a family member had surgery. They were all ages :  6 months old baby to adult person, and came from every part of Madagascar (Tamatave, Antsirabe, Majunga, … ). A family that lived in a deep far countryside, left their home at 5:30 AM to be at HJRA (Hospital) at 8… At the end, we counted more than one hundred people we talked to, get to know, and saw smiling !

“Operation smile” is on its 6th mission in Madagascar, they helped more than 1.200 Malagasy people till now. They are surgeons, dentists, doctors but also photographs, students, workers, simple person as you and me, devoting their time and money to bring hope for unfortunate people to have a better future. They thanked us a lot for our help, but we couldn’t thank them enough for the experience they allowed us to live. We had fun and helped people at the same time. And needless to say that it was priceless to see people smiling.

“Operation Smile” will be back on August 2012, and we will be there to help indeed ! 🙂

Amazing Great Smiling Team !


“Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” 

Mother Theresa

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

“When I first saw you I fell in love and you smiled because you knew.”

 – William Shakespeare

Pictures to make you smile!

Fun on the bus

… hum …

N’ICE Teeth …



Mission Accomplished

Last Saturday, I joined the ICE Club for our ICE Movie Session. The ICE Movie Session is a monthly activity of the club which consists of watching a movie in its English version. As usual, it takes place to a member’s place. This time, we were at Biavo’s place. (Thanks to Biavo and his mum! We loved the cookies and juice!)

Ice Movie Session

Ice Movie Session

We had choices between five movies:

  • Trespass” with Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman
  • The Girl with Dragon Tattoo” by David Fincher, with Daniel Craig and Romm
  •  “The Big year” with Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black
  • Mission : Impossible – Ghost Protocol” with Tom Cruise
  • And “We bought a zoo” with Matt Damon

And the choice went to “Mission : Impossible – Ghost Protocol”, may be because Tom Cruise was on it? During the movie, all the girls were “Awwww! he’s still handsome” … “Is he married already?”… “who would you prefer Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt ?”…

I’m not really fan of the series “Mission: Impossible” . There are four. In all of them, Tom Cruise played the main character Ethan Hunt  :

  1. Mission : Impossible” (1996) It is a frenchy one, with a French director Brian De Palma and some French actor as well :  Emmanuelle Béart , Jean Reno. For me, it was too much intense to be an action movie ….
  1. Mission : Impossible II” (2000) by a master of movie action : John Woo. He was behind “Broken Arrow” (1996) with John Travolta and Christian Slater, or “Face/Off” (1997) – one of my favorite movie – with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. This one used to be my favorite!
  1. Mission : Impossible III ” (2006) by J.J. Abrams, the man behind “Super 8”, produced by the great Steven Spielberg . This third one was a great action movie as well : suspens, drama, romance …

This last one is one of the kind. The story was quite simple : a mission went wrong where a bad guy stole nuclear code launch and the team’s mission is to stop him, …  quite simple! And, of course, there are great action scenes: they dare exploded The Kremlin, some catfights … . The movie is funnier comparing with the ones before : good dialogues with great humour. And, I enjoyed all actors acting, precisely, Simon Pegg acting, the British actor, he is funny and I love his British accent!

But I think I liked this movie because of the director Brad Bird, not Tom Cruise.  Brad Bird, a twice Academy Award Winner, directed as well “The Iron Giant” (1999), “The Incredibles” (2004) – 2 Oscars, “Ratatouille” (2007) – the second Oscar. Yes! Those are all animation movies and among the best. Actually, this movie is the first length action film Brad Bird directing, and I have to say he did a nice shot ! The sens of humour, the touch of imagination (a man climbing a hotel with gloves, a man flying … ) combined with action and drama scenes gave a piece of art : enough serious to be interesting and make you laugh all along!


Make it rime in order to make is easier to remember

Benji Dunn: [showing a glove] Now remember: “Blue is glue!”.
Ethan Hunt: And red?
Benji Dunn: Dead.

Pressure pressure, pressure …

Brandt: 26 minutes till door knock… 25 minutes till door knock… 24 minutes till door knock…
Ethan Hunt: The countdown is not helping.

Happy ending ?

Ethan Hunt: Mission accomplished!