Thursday, May 25, 2006

Of French and men

Yes, I am finally back (again). What brings me back, you may ask. Well, an ignited interest in French and the fact that I'm getting quite sick of people hunting me for updates (gosh you guys are worse than loansharks!).

First it was the movie DVC. The bright-eyed leading lady Audrey Tautou together with one of the greatest French actors of our time, Monsieur Jean Reno. Class and sophistication exude from each and every action, movement, word and expression. Together with the setting of the most beautiful historical sites of the world, one message was delivered to me from the cinema screen:

French = Perfection.

Haha. Ok I was just exaggerating. French-accented English, for one, is terrible. Most of the time it is incomprehensible. But nonetheless sexy and charming. You can speak French to me all night long and I won't complain :) Mwahahahaha.

My one-day stint with Sopexa, a French company based here was definitely the coolest job I've ever had so far. Call me superficial, but to me the experience justified the snob value of everything French. I used to wonder what's so great about them that deserves such adoration. It seemed like everything to do with French is considered le meilleur (the best). French cuisine (foie gras, truffles), wine (Chablis, Chardonnay), haute couture (who else but Lagerfeld) and even architecture (Louvre, Eiffel Tower). The French has always thought of themselves as the best, but I had always been more interested in why the rest of us feed that thinking.

Well, I got what I wished for and had a rare chance of having a first-hand experience of dealing with the French at an essentially French event, a Burgundy wine seminar and tasting. You see, the French are associated with the best because they devote themselves to be the best and nothing else. You can see it in everything they do. French cuisine is considered one of the best in the world. Each dish is a painstaking process of effort, concentration, precision, passion and of course, the desire for perfection. Every fragment that makes up the dish comes together immaculately for a perfect fusion of taste, texture and appearance. These traits are not only demonstrated in the culinary world, but in their other endeavours as well. French fashion is breathtaking, so is their architecture and last but not least, its people.

French men are gentlemanly, charming, intellectual, classy, sophisticated and romantic. French women, as my dear friend Andi will put it, are simply sizzling hot. I know I'm stereotyping, but for once let me indulge in the charming ways of the French...

Till I find another nationality to rave about :)

::past tense:: posted at 12:57 AM.

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