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Book - Press Clipping

A press clipping about the book in CB News. You can see me in the right pic with the publisher !

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French Cheese and Wine

 An old press clipping in U Magazine that I just found back while cleaning my macbook.   

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A two-months acting class with Eric Forestier

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During May and June, I took a 9hrs per week acting  class with Eric Forestier who is a young French Director. From the start, I knew I was going to like the man's method cause he asked us to read three challenging books before the class begins: two novels -

from Dostoevsky

from Marguerite Duras - as well as a Lars Noren’s play. 

At the beginning of each class, two or three students had a casting trial and then different crews shot scenes extracted from one of the books. I worked mainly on two scenes, one from Duras, one from Dostoevsky as well a monologue from Eyes wide Shuts. I had also the opportunity to direct a monologue by myself and realizing that I actually helped this student to improve his acting ability made me proud. That was an amazing class where I did learn a lot under Eric's supervision and got a better understanding of how to behave in front of the camera's eyes.

The first feature of Eric Forestier "The Third Part of the World” was released in June 2008 and stars famous French actors such as Gaspard Ulliel and Clemence Poesy ( , ). Below an extract but in French, sorry.Video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm__A3F9XhA&feature=related

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Sexy Jewelry !

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Ok ok ok ...this is not arts related but this is still Inspiring, isn’t ladies?  

Here a review of my latest sexy jewelry acquisitions. A gorgeous big flower-shaped silver ring from Morocco with an amethyst and a real pearl as well as some other semi-precious stones. A very good bargain as I negotiated the prices together with three lamps in a nice furniture shop. I am so in love with ethnic jewelry...Wherever I travel, I always treat myself with a "jewelry souvenir".

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And then, on my way to Colette to check out the book, I found this shop I had never heard of, "Bimba & Lola", (pls check out their oh so cute/ vintage design / yet trendy website) a spanish brand, someone ever heard of them ? They have super stylish handbags, scarfs, shoes and jewelry. Everything was on sales so I got two bracelets (one woman actually tried to steal me one !) at a  low-end price which is kind of surprising in that posh part of Paris !!!  

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My book sold at Super Trendy Parisian Store "Colette"


Great news today, as I just learnt that "Rose 31 et autres nouvelles", the book which includes my short story "L'enveloppe rouge" is now sold at Colette. Rose 31 being actually the name of a perfume from the brand  "Lab" they sell it at a perfume stand. Glamorous !Colette has been for more than one decade the trendiest concept store in Paris. I am not sure what would be the equivalent in HK, probably Lane Crawford or Joyce.I'm kinda proud ;-)http://www.colette.fr

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Pina Bausch - Thank you

            This is a tribute to Pina Bausch who died last week. She was a major contributor to Contemporary Dance as well as Drama, combining them in a new art form : "Tanztheater". 

 

            When I discovered her work some times ago, I promised myself that I'll see all her shows. Unfortunately, I have seen only "Vollmond", two years in ago at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.  It made me cry. It was so beautiful, so moving.

  As artists, as spectators, we all owe her a big thank you. She'll be missed. 

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0_uOWJapDA

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Blame the cat

   I have this joke about my Boyfriend who offered me a cat cause I was constantly complaining that he worked too much and that I was lonely at home. And he promised he'll find a solution and... here's the cat.  I also used to say that my cat is useless - just another person at my place afraid of the vacuum cleaner. But I just realized that he actually loves me. I flew home from Paris yesterday and my cat seemed actually very pleased to see me. And so, in order to express his gratitude he gave me a nice set of two dead mouses and a big rat nicely disposed on my lovely kilim rug (yeah I am living in the countryside and we have a garden and it's a cat paradise, I can tell you my cat does not need any of these pastries they sell at Three Dog Bakery in Happy Valley. Frankly, if you think your cat is depressed, save the shrink (not the shrimp though as they like it) and just move to the N.T) I had to text my friend Nic : "I'll be late for lunch. Blame my cat". Or the rats depending on which side you are taking.

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Inspiring wedding

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Being in Paris this year after five years spent full-time in Hong Kong  (I am currently doing an acting training at Cours Florent in Paris) means that I can spend more quality time with my friends back home. 

 Yesterday, I went to my friend Soraya's - who is  French born Algerian - traditional wedding. She was my BF when we were teenagers and used to bring me to such Arabic weddings but yesterday was really the first time I was so moved. The music, the dancing, the "youyous" (sounds made by woman to express celebration), the amazing dresses (the bride has to wear at least 5 different dresses during the evening!) and the rituals… everything was totally thrilling and inspiring. 

 As a friend, I was deeply moved. As an artist, I knew there was something in the air that I will someday use either in my acting or writing.

This evening reminded me that multiculturalism has always been a main vector in my life. And that’s why I chose Hong Kong five years ago. 

 

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