With Mimi!

Mimi與我完全是「有緣千里能相會」。

 

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,

我們是在Host的親友聚會見到,Mimi在中國大連出生,有着東北人的豪爽;她有親友在阿布札比定居,三年前Mimi畢業後希望出國見識,就來阿布札比邊住邊玩邊找工作。

 

在親友聚會上,我與Mimi是唯一的亞洲人,他鄉遇故知,一見如故,於是我們約好翌日一起出~去玩~Yeah!

 

翌日中午,Mimi終於睡醒了,她駕着靚車,穿得型格,我們一起神氣地出巡啦~

 

Mimi笑說:「我一定沒法像你那樣旅行,我光是衣服,就裝滿三卡車了。」

 

 

阿布札比是石油富國阿聯酋首都,是新興的旅遊+經濟城市,愈來愈多中國人在此旅遊/定居,高級奢侈旗鑑店也愈開愈多。

Mimi天生麗質,當然毫無難度被Gucci聘請了,我多口問Mimi:「那Gucci sale人工高嗎?」

 

Mimi笑說:「你說香港的Gucci人工高嗎?」

 

我說:「高呀。」

 

Mimi說:「阿布札比更高。」

 

我吐舌:「哇,那你多待幾年,賺多幾年人工。」

 

Mimi有一個穩定帥哥男友,就是我的法籍CS Host夫婦的弟弟,男友也是奢侈品牌的sale,兩人在同一個商場工作,Mimi憶述:「當初我不怎麼喜歡他,但他沒有放棄,追了半年,那咱們就試試吧,現在反而是我更喜歡他嘍。」

 

我又多嘴:「噢,那你們將來會住中國、法國還是阿聯酋?」

 

Mimi嘆道:「唔,再看吧,還不知道將來如何呢……」

 

 

車子跑在路上,感覺暢快,但忽然燈製亂閃,Mimi急急把車子駛入維修站,店員剛巧是Mimi舊識,Mimi魅力無限,男店員差點臉紅,原來車胎「唔夠氣」,當日還能跑,但之後要維修了。

 

 

Mimi帶我去的第一個景點,就是2005年落成、耗資約20億港元的「皇宮酒店」(Emirates Palace),皇宮酒店以「沙漠皇宮」概念而建,雖然略嫌堆砌,但也算氣派宏偉,看來沙漠居民對水很迷戀,大建築總找到水池。

當日是國慶前夕,酒店掛上大大的國旗;我們四處亂逛,推門入海灘,沒走兩步,酒店職員即現身,開口質問:「你們是住客嗎?」

 

大概我們的窮酸味強勁,職員連招呼都省了,臉色警戒;我不悅,無聲暗怒,不滿被無禮質詢;Mimi反而笑臉迎上前,笑說:「哎,我們只是看看,很快走,不會跑遠。」

 

然後Mimi向我打眼色,很放鬆的說:「來,給我拍張照。」

 

我仍在生悶氣,不滿職員的惡意,繃緊地給Mimi拍照,海水明明蔚藍、海風明明舒服,我卻什麼也感受不到;Mimi(至少表面上)很享受藍天白雲、海風送爽;職員雙手繞背,遠遠的睥實我們。

 

我們暄鬧了一陣,Mimi打頭陣退場,臨走前還笑着飛吻,對職員說再見;職員僵硬地揮手,擠出一絲笑容回應;我憤憤地離開,勉強低聲地、低頭地、附和着Mimi說再見。

 

離開現場後,我對自己感到失望,明明難得遠遊,來到阿布札比了,一個無禮無名氏,就破壞了我的心情,明明身在美景,但視而不見,可惜啊;但別人的無禮卻影響不了Mimi,她甚至祥和地化解戾氣,佩服啊!

我對Mimi說:「你好勁呀,我就沒辦法應付得那麼好。」

 

Mimi甩一甩手,笑說:「這不算什麼啦,只要知道別人想怎樣,不逾底線就OK啦~」

 

 

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十分正確,歷史文化村水份極重,往日遊牧民族的木棚下,塞滿廉價紀念品店;博物館展出的竟是「拖鞋」與「雞泡魚」,最漂亮的反而是外國朝貢品。

昔日在沙漠頑強生存的遊牧民族,逐草而居所以身外物不能多,他/她們是斷捨離專家,「擁有」不是最重要,「當下」才是最珍惜;「博物館」本是「定居」者才會想到的(權力)展示場,阿聯酋人世代遊牧,近代發現石油致富才定居,並致力與現代接軌,才蓋博物館,成品當然與眾不同,我也不能以固有心態去看遊牧精神呢。

 

 

人類大概總是正負相吸,Mimi幾乎與我完全相反,她勤打扮,我hea著;她是圓滑魔女,我是瘋狂怪人;她愛安定關係,我重視自由。

人類大概總是自相矛盾,雖然我嫌華麗長裙限制行動,卻又嚮往打扮得花招展翅;我嫌應酬太虛偽,卻又渴望八面玲瓏;我嫌家庭令我固守一地,卻又嚮往互愛互助。

 

去旅行總會意外遇見高人,歷盡冒險,見盡人情後,以為閱歷豐富、閱人無數,最終要面對的、要理解的、要接受的,反而是自己,去得再遠、爬得再高,轉迴一圈,最重要的,還是愛己愛人。

 

看着Mimi,我欣賞她花在打扮的心機,敬佩她處事機靈、待人圓滑的聰敏,還豪氣大方地帶初相識的我周圍行;Mimi是一個我懶得偽裝、卻又嚮往的形象,我想我狠下心花錢花時間,一樣漂亮似穿花蝴蝶;然後載起面具、捂着真心,一樣能在刀光血劍的辦公室安然飛過。

 

 

不過我大概飛三分鐘就放棄,瓊樓玉宇不勝寒,還是復得返自然最開心啦!:)

 

 

 

 

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 ! :)

貓啊~Cat~
貓啊~Cat~
男友與Mimi&boyfriend
男友與Mimi&boyfriend
百變Mimi
百變Mimi
百變Mimi
百變Mimi
百變Mimi
百變Mimi
百變Mimi
百變Mimi
回首一笑百媚生Smile_edited
回首一笑百媚生Smile_edited
Molly and Mimi
Molly and Mimi
Molly and Mimi
Molly and Mimi
Molly
Molly
Molly~
Molly~
Molly.
Molly.
Mimi and the national flag
Mimi and the national flag
皇宮酒店!Emirates Palace!
皇宮酒店!Emirates Palace!
皇宮酒店好氣派Emirates Palace
皇宮酒店好氣派Emirates Palace
鏡面嘗試Mirror
鏡面嘗試Mirror
鏡面嘗試Mirror.
鏡面嘗試Mirror.
現代建築Modern buildings
現代建築Modern buildings
日Day
日Day
夜Night
夜Night
地板也很美Beautiful floor
地板也很美Beautiful floor
黑色玫瑰!Black Rose!
黑色玫瑰!Black Rose!
漂亮門窗Beautiful door&Window
漂亮門窗Beautiful door&Window
劇院Theater
劇院Theater
水啊~Water~
水啊~Water~
阿拉伯文與英文~Arabic and English
阿拉伯文與英文~Arabic and English
龍舟Rowing race
龍舟Rowing race
文化村入口The heritage village
文化村入口The heritage village
文化村The heritage village
文化村The heritage village
文化村的木棚塞滿紀念品店Cheap souvenir shops under the traditional shed in Heritage village
文化村的木棚塞滿紀念品店Cheap souvenir shops under the traditional shed in Heritage village
拖鞋Slipper
拖鞋Slipper
雞泡魚!Puffer fish!
雞泡魚!Puffer fish!
石刻Stone carving
石刻Stone carving
可蘭經The Koran
可蘭經The Koran
文化村博物館Heritage village museum
文化村博物館Heritage village museum
單車徑For bicycle
單車徑For bicycle
Mimi!
Mimi!
漂亮的窗框Beautiful window frame
漂亮的窗框Beautiful window frame
漂亮的窗,就在這裏被趕Beautiful window, we were stared by staff here
漂亮的窗,就在這裏被趕Beautiful window, we were stared by staff here
皇宮酒店當然有水池!Water pool in Emirates Palace!
皇宮酒店當然有水池!Water pool in Emirates Palace!
八角星!The star
八角星!The star
國慶日的大國旗National flag in national day
國慶日的大國旗National flag in national day
男權社會All men...
男權社會All men...
西式婚紗Western wedding dress
西式婚紗Western wedding dress
城鄉City&Country
城鄉City&Country