校內，新一個月分班到B1級，課堂內容一下子比上個月深了，學習能力和記憶力像是有點衰退。班內很多星星旗人(有幾個懶勁，好撚討厭)，突然間又按動了無形壓力煲。我問自己又不是為考大學試讀法文，點解要咁大壓力呢? 想調班又調不到，難道降返去A2+咩，其他B1班班都咁多星星旗人，避不了。點解感覺比讀MBA更難呢? 唉! 我不喜歡這樣學語言，要活學活用才可享受學好的。在校內上堂聽書多過講，最終都係靠自己狂溫去理解，但無真係講多好多，這點巴黎都一樣。回想，證明了在巴黎的法文老師對我最初的建議是適合的，加上這鎮是頂級的悶，我人不在巴黎，心情又減三分，呢趟似考EQ多過考法文。唉! 呻到樹葉都落喇! 真係要睇返啲靚嘢平衡下先得。
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一支咁普通 (又醜，但德國牌子) 嘅原芯筆點解可以收我€7? 呢個我好難理解，所以無買，唯有喺家樂福超市用€0.68買咗支便好多，但醜更多嘅藍色塑膠筆身原芯筆 (想嘔!) ，但我肯定呢支筆返巴黎後會「唔覺意」留低喺公眾地方都唔會肉痛。
How can any shop in Tours try to charge me €7 for a propelling pencil that’s so plain (and ugly, but German)? That, I know not, honestly. Therefore, I got an uglier but much cheaper (€0.68) one at Carrefour instead. I’ll make sure I won’t feel much when I *lost* it in public when back to Paris.
Je me bouge!
卒之有時間記載整個移動過程。出發前兩星期，宇宙在一切天事地利人和(還有金錢) 上也給了我很多啟示，加上室友極力游說推薦，其實Tours學費分別不大，但我怕了巴黎暑假的蝗蟲班。最終我就下了決定遠走我的愛人花都到另一城市Tours學法文去。28/4傍晚由巴黎家附近的Gare d’Austerlitz出發，兩句鐘後到埗Tours，一個從未來到訪過的小鎮，又是一個新經驗。我計劃在這裡待上三、四個月，要把握機會學好法文(*因為裡邊有着太多愛的成份)，這次任務就係學做法國人，嘗試放棄英國底(de-anglais)。加上我巴黎的法文老師告訴我要起碼花600小時才可以達到B2水平，小弟真係盡人事了。
After such long considerations and (once again) things just went so smooth (to the point that I almost don’t believe it). I’m now readied to my French/Rehab/SoulSearching course in Tours. I’ve been sorting things out for this trip: my packing, my beauty back-up, and some inevitably shoppingzzz.
This is fate. I was going to visit my hairstylist for more conditioner and hair products, and just wanna check if he’d be closing for summer holiday. Just as I was on the way to LaPoste in 4er on a bike, I saw Seb (my hair-guy who once said “you’re not French, but why’re you so French [melancholic]?!”) running towards me. I spoke to him right there and there, update him my schedule, so that he can do my hair. Again, just as I’ve been thinking about a suede blouson, I saw a vvv. nice navy one and a beige one last week. And Seb was wearing an olive one! I WANT A SUEDE BLOUSON NOW!!! Anyway, I ended up having to visit the salon, because I need to get my Bumble & Bumble conditioner and my Kevin Murphy hair mud. which I’m sure they don’t have in Tours.
Yes, I thought I can live without phone, and I did for a full 10 months. I thought I could make it to a year, but no, not if I’m going to Tours where I’ve never been and not familiar with. So, I bought a phone (good old Alcatel with a Blackberry looking, lol!) with prepaid SIM card at LaPoste, why not? just for few months. Immediately, I feel like being back to civilization (even if not a smartphone).
Why is it so difficult to find a normal bookstore in Paris? The bookstore here are so specific (read: anal). The shop can be just dedicates for one topic. Clever me, I thought about Odeon near la Sorbonne. I got my le Robert & Collins fr-ang dictionary finally!
I got that SpringCourt tennis ball when I was parking my bike at Châtelet (je détestes!), and the boys were putting tennis balls into the Velibs’ basket for promotion, I got one. Out of all ball games,I always like tennis games, I could stand at Jardin du Luxembourg for a good time - just to watch people playing. I just did that last Sunday.
Paris, I love you, but I have to learn French intensively in order to love you further, and vice versa. Don’t worry, I’ll be back for you and for my haircut!!!
Really have to thank the universe for giving me so much hints and guidance in making this decision. The forever support from Lawrence, my family and my cousin from afar, my mum’s discouragement also gave it a real push, a job interview ended up becoming a huge motivating force, opinions from my two flatmate and French teacher, my mate here, so many friends, so many signals… Now, I’ve made up my mind and get going, everything just went so smooth and sorted within one week!
- I met up with my mentor, Prof. Kuttler for consulting project this morning. He lived in Shanghai for three years and is one of those who can speak Mandarin. We talked about China, HK, languages, my project and many other things -
- Prof.: I like Hong Kong, it's very different.
- Moi: Yes, Hong Kong is great, very small, very convenience. I like HK and Paris.
- Prof.: Do you speak Mandarin?
- Moi: I only started to use Mandarin at my last position in a Mainland Chinese company. After 18 months, I had enough. So maybe your Mandarin is better than mine.
- Prof.: I like Shanghai.
- Moi: Well, as you know, we don't really love China. There's Hong Kong, and there's Mainland China. Just like there's Paris, and there's the rest of France. And I can say, we're only half as we're brought up in a British way - at least for my generation, or I can speak for myself. We're very much against the way they do things, look what happened recently. And we succeed to protect our belief. Let's not forget that things supposed to remain the same for 50 years (after 1997's handover) and it's not even 20 years!
Super charming and knowledgeable, Luca Marchetti, one of - if not the best professor we had in our FDB specialization for lecture “Fashion & Space”. This is a clip I found online from his lecture given to other school.