Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Un peu de Pub - First Entry in English!

Bonjour a tous!
Le blog d'aujourd'hui sera en anglais, pour respecter un promesse faite sur le blog d'une amie.
Sans doute une des plus talentueuses photographes de mode de Singapour:
http://jin.zemotion.net/
http://jin.zemotion.net/fashion.html
Et son blog: http://zemotion.blogspot.com/

Voila voila.. admirez un peu.


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So... first blog entry in English, thanks to a promise implicitely made on Jingna's blog. It's a bit weird to write in enlgish here after all this time. I was almost having the feeling of talking directly to my family members both in Japan & France when sharing our life on this blog.

For those of you who don't know Jingna, she is probably one of the most talented, hard working & dedicated young fashion photographers out there.

http://jin.zemotion.net/
http://jin.zemotion.net/fashion.html

So, here is the deal. Leave me a comment and I will...

1. Tell you why I befriended you.
2. Associate you with a song / movie.
3. Tell a random fact about you.
4. Tell a first memory about you.
5. Associate you with an animal / fruit.
6. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
7. In return, post this in your own blog.

I'll start with the first comment of course, since this is a follow up.

I promise I'll try to have more blog entries in english too.. Gosh. that'll be a trilingual web log?

P-A

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Blogger P said...

First comment is of course for me since this is a follow-up blog entry.
http://zemotion.blogspot.com/
(entry of 12th July)

Answer to Jingna's question: Why did I come to Singapore in the first place?

It is a rather weird case actually. I wanted to come to Asia to work. So I took some holidays in Japan (my own pocket) and arranged a few interviews. When you start mentioning "I am paying for this trip, and am arranging for my own hotel. Mr Interviewer, will you grant me 45 min of your time?" it goes unusually well.

Anyways, got 2 interesting job offer: one for GE Aircraft engines in Japan, the other one for GE medical systems in Singapore (yes, I targeted GE).

I accepted the position in Japan. Now here is the weird part. I Accepted verbally on a Friday, and was supposed to receive a contract to sign on a monday.
On monday morning, on my desk: a letter from Japan and a fax. The letter was a contract to sign. The fax mentioned the following:
"Last week end US airways filed for bankrupcy. Immediately Boeing froze their orders with us. We are now looking at retrenching a good portion of our workforce and would like to ask you not to accept the contract".
Joining a company that retrenches is not fun, so I decided, at the last possible moment to go to singapore instead. What were the odds that US airways goes bankrupt the days before I sign?

So I ended in Singapore, completelly unexpectedly, in the middle of 2002, in an industry that I was not familiar with (Medical systems industry)..

That's the story ;)

P-A

7:01 PM  
Blogger Zhang Jingna said...

haha interesting XD

my turn my turn!

10:11 PM  
Blogger P said...

For Jingna: Here it is

1. why I befriended you.
You beat me at Go; I am secretly preparing my vengeance.

2. Associate you with a movie.
Amelie. (Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain)

3. Tell a random fact about you.
The only Person I know with both Talent & strong earnest hard work.

4. Tell a first memory about you.
"Darn, she is beating me" [Singapore Wei Qi Association, a few years back]

5. Associate you with an animal / fruit.
Dolphin

6. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
What makes you love Photography so much?

7. In return, post this in your own blog.
Done!

12:05 AM  
Anonymous tibo said...

pfff , c koi ce blog de caque ... vraiment y faut vraiment que j'arrive pour mettre des choses intéressantes !!
tibo is arriving soon, be prepared !! eh eh moi aussi je peux caquter en anglais

;) a+

2:42 AM  
Blogger P said...

Ahhh... my dear Brother Thibault leaves a comment..

1. Tell you why I know you.
I had no say in the matter. One fine day of my 6th year in this world I had to accept that. Not that I regret it (well.. sometimes..)

2. Associate you with a song / movie.
L'ete Indien (old retro french song..)

3. Tell a random fact about you.
Some people mistake you for me.. and me for you.. even though we are 5cm apart (in size), 6 years apart, and I'm 10kg heavier. I'm not sure you like it so much though ;)

4. Tell a first memory about you.
"he needs somebody to feed him and clean him up. I wonder if he'll do that for me in 80 years when I need somebody to feed me and clean me up.."

5. Associate you with an animal / fruit.
Dog

6. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
Your girlfriend's name

7. In return, post this in your own blog.
.. too much to ask for I guess

5:00 AM  
Anonymous LinO said...

'allo 'allo,
as promised, i am leaving my comment on your blog. congrats on your 1st english entry...i definitely look forward to more, seeing how i am neither fluent in french nor japanese. ;-)

4:50 AM  
Blogger =::~+Reiko+~::= said...

Wow~ Glad to hear that i share name with your wife... my pleasure i could say...
You're Japanese?

11:10 AM  
Blogger P said...

Lin! What a nice surprise! I hope the baby is doing well :)

1. why I befriended you.
You were the first person in Singapore to be so openly friendly and helpful. I was a young (and slim then) french guy coming not knowing anything of S'pore. You and your partner took me around, made me discover how nice life can be here. I'd say that if I call Singapore home, you two played a very part in it. Thank you.

2. Associate you with a song / movie.
Laurence of Arabia

3. Tell a random fact about you.
You crossed half of the world to come to my wedding!

4. Tell a first memory about you.
"she doesn't have that funny accent that others have around here. cool!"

5. Associate you with an animal / fruit.
Rambutan

6. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
What brought you to go to the US?

Greetings to A.

P-A

5:53 PM  
Blogger P said...

Hi Reiko(2),

No I am french; my wife Reiko is japanese.

P-A

5:54 PM  
Anonymous lino said...

pourquoi lawrence of arabia and rambutan???

A and i are really happy to have you and reiko here in sgp. Also, a big thank you to you and your family for being such wonderful hosts when we attended your wedding. :-) we will never forget that beautiful and memorable experience.

baby is doing well and growing bigger...which means i get a bit more sleep! yay!!!

12:15 AM  
Anonymous lino said...

oh...to answer your question on what brought me to the US. basically wanted to broaden my horizons and experience a different culture. thought of australia but that's too near home (my folks might visit too often haha) and i wanted to take myself out of my comfort zone. really glad i did it!

12:19 AM  
Anonymous Ardy G said...

Hey P-A,

Been to Thasevi at Jalan Kayu lately?? Must share more of your commando food exploits on your blog...in English pls. ;-)

Wanna babysit Nate sometime...just kidding, no pressure unless you want the practice?!

9:38 AM  
Blogger P. said...

Mr A!

Will share will share; I'll try to make sure that my blog entries get some english too.
I'll need to find a way so that the entries don't get too confusing between the different languages

Lin:
I don't know why I chose rambutan for you. I was really the first picture that came into my mind.

As for Laurence of arabia: same thing; when thinking of you I had that picture of Laurence, looking straight at the camera, intense gaze, this feeling of liberty in the background...

8:32 PM  
Blogger P. said...

Mr A:

1. Tell why I befriended you.
Similar as for Ms Lin of course :). You two played a big part in making me feel home in Singapore.

2. Associate you with a song / movie.
Not really a song for you, but the first thing that comes into my mind is the american Idol 2 guy.. (Google google..): Clay Aitken.

3. Tell a random fact about you.
You are the best singer I personally know

4. Tell a first memory about you.
"What the heck is this food that he is ordering?"

5. Associate you with an animal / fruit.
CustardApple

6. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
Where do you have the time to practice your singing..? Bathroom? Shower?

8:38 PM  

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