Mimi有個好勁的中文名字—「荊姣」，她是我的阿布札比CS Host Laura的丈夫Jerome的弟弟的女友，
我們第二個景點是「歷史文化村」（The Heritage Village），Mimi介紹說：「其實歷史文化村沒什麼歷史文化，不過姑且算是景點，因為阿布札比沒什麼景點。」
Mimi and I didn’t expect to meet in Abu Dhabi but we met. And we became friends right away.
Mimi is the girlfriend of my Abu Dhabi CS Host’s brother. We met in the family/friend gathering.
Mimi was born in Dalian, China. She had relatives living in Abu Dhabi so she came to UAE after graduate three years ago. She was living, playing as well as job hunting.
Mimi and I were the only Asians in the gathering. We were happy to speak in Chinese and became good friends right away. Mimi was so good to go out with me next day. Yeah!
Mimi finally woke up at noon the next time. She was in her fancy car and pretty dress and off we go!
Mimi laughed and said to me, ‘I can’t travel like you. My clothes could take up 3 suitcases,’
Abu Dhabi is the capital of rich oil country United Arab Emirates. It is a new tourism + economic city. More and more Chinese are living/traveling in Abu Dhabi. And more and more luxury flag shops opened in Abu Dhabi.
Mimi is a pretty girl. And (of course) she was hired by Gucci. I asked Mimi, ‘So do Gucci pay well?’
Mimi smiled and said, ‘Do Gucci in Hong Kong pay well?’
I said, ‘Yeah, I think they pay well,’
Mimi said, ‘They pay even higher in Abu Dhabi,’
I was amazed and said, ‘Wow, you have to stay here longer to save more money,’
Mimi has a handsome French boyfriend. He is the brother of my French CS Host in Abu Dhabi. He is also a luxury brand sale and they work in the same shopping mall.
Mimi said, ‘I don’t really like him at the first sight. But he didn’t give up and keep on for half a year. So I said “we could try”. And now it’s me who like him more than he likes me.’
I asked again, ‘So will you live in China, France or UAE?’
Mimi sighed and said, ‘Um, I’m not sure, I have no idea what the future would like…’
The car was running and it felt good. But the lights inside the car suddenly gone crazy. Mimi drove in the repair station quickly and the shop keeper was actually Mimi’s old friend. Mimi is a charming lady and the keeper boy nearly blushed.
We found out the car had a small problem but it could still runing for one day.
Emirates Palace was the first spot Mimi took me to visit. It opened in 2005 and cost HK$ 2 billion to build.
It seemed a bit vulgar for me but it still a beautiful big hotel in Abu Dhabi. People in dessert is obsessed with water. Water pools were always be found in big building.
It was days before National Day. A BIG national flag was hang inside the hotel.
We were wandering around and walk through a gate to the beach. But a hotel staff suddenly appeared and questioned us, ‘Are you guests in this hotel?’
The staff sensed our poor aroma and he even didn’t say hi but alarmingly stared at us.
I was not happy and angry silently. I didn’t like to be rudely questioned.
But Mimi smiled to the staff and walked towards him and said, ‘Oh, we were just looking and we will leave soon. We won’t walk far.’
And Mimi eyed me and said relaxingly, ‘Come, take a picture for me,’
I was still angry and not happy with the staff. I took the photo for Mimi nervously. The beach was blue and the wind was comfortable but I felt nothing.
Mimi was (at least seem to be) enjoying the fine weather and the sea wind.
The staff crossed his arms and watched us closely from far behind.
We stayed for a while and Mimi thought it’s time to leave. She smiled to the staff and said ‘Goodbye,’
The staff waved his hands stiffly and squeezed out a weak smile.
I left angrily. And said ‘Bye’ after Mimi reluctantly, weakly and softly.
I was disappointed to myself after we left the scene. I have travelled far to Abu Dhabi and traveling should be fun. But my mood was ruined by some nameless people. I was in a beautiful beach but I felt nothing. It’s a pity that I couldn’t control my emotion.
But Mimi was not affected by other people rudeness. She could even save the situation peacefully with smile.
I said to Mimi, ‘You are awesome! I can’t handle the situation as good as you did,’
Mimi waved her hands and said, ‘That’s no big deal. As long as you know what people want and don’t cross their bottle line is fine,’
Our next visiting spot is ‘The Heritage Village’. Mimi introduced, ‘Actually not much ‘heritage’ in The Heritage Village. But it was supposed to be a tourists spot since Abu Dhabi don’t have much tourists spots,’
Mimi was right. Not much to see in The Heritage Village. Cheap souvenir shops was stuffed under the traditional shed for the dessert nomadic Arabs.
‘Slippers’ and ‘Puffer Fish’ was shown in the museum. ‘Do they have NOTHING to show!?’ I asked myself.
For me the prettiest collection was vases from overseas…
The tough nomadic Arabs were living in the dessert in old days. They had to move around so couldn’t bring much things. They are expert on giving away. ‘Possess’ is not the most important but ‘Now’ should be treasured.
‘Museum’ is a (power) exhibition place which could only be imagined by people who permanently living in a specific place. The UAE people were nomadic for generations. And they got rich and settle in city recently because oil was found. They want to be ‘modern’ and building museum. The museum in AUE is different for sure. I can’t judge the nomadic spirit in my own perception.
Human is always attract to opposition. Mimi is totally different from me. She would spend time on clothing and make up. I am lazy on matching clothes and skin care. She could smooth the situation but I could just stay away from incident. She loves a stable relationship but I love freedom.
Human is always contradict. Although I hate the pretty long dress restrict my movement but I always like to dress up prettily. I hate to entertain the madding crowd but I always hope people to like me. I fear to suffocate in one place in the name of family but always hope to love and be loved.
I met lots of amazing people when I travel. And amazing people inspired. I thought I have been to lots of places and seen lots of people but the one has to be faced, be understood, be accepted is always myself. The most important thing is LOVE no matter how far I go, how high I climb.
I admired Mimi for her willing to spend times on her appearance. Admiring her quick response on situation and cleverness on handling things. And thanks for touring me around in Abu Dhabi even we have just met.
Mimi is a prefect perception that I am lazy to pretend but eager to be. I think I can be pretty as butterfly if I willing to spend time and money on clothing and cosmetic. I believe I can fly through the crazy office politics if I willing to wear the mask and cover my heart.
But I probably will give up after flying 3 minutes. The higher the colder. I am happy of being who I am ! ：）