Mylène Farmer and I have come a long way. When I first started working as a management consultant, I was posted to Paris and worked at my client site. At times, for months. I would stay in a hotel, which contrary to what some may think, it is not really that much fun to stay for long. There is a home. And there is a hotel. The two are distinctly different.
Every morning, before having my shower, I would turn on the TV and listen to the latest music videos. Mylène Farmer was on MTV all the time! I did not know who she was but I like her music. I love her videos. Whenever I hear of her music many years from then, I feel as though I am being transported back in the late nineties, Paris, La Défense, Société Générale, champagne and cheese, and more.
And that breakup. It was Paris. La Défense. Long story short, my then-girlfriend sent me a letter informing me of a breakup. There was heartache. Sleepless nights. And there was Mylène Farmer.
Mylène Farmer and I have come a long way. I was used to listening to her music on my Sony Discman. Paris metro. Singapore MRT. Hong Kong MTR. I don’t understand the lyrics. But I am drawn to the emotion. While I was working in Paris, I even bought her music videos on LP’s (Laser Discs) knowing very well that I did not have an LP player (back then, no YouTube I think). My ex’s family had one though. But because of the breakup, I had the LP’s but I could not watch them. Years later, I bought the DVD version of the LP’s. I have no idea why I bought the DVD’s back then. They are still unwrapped, I think. That sense of owning something tangible.
Fast forward to today, there is YouTube. I did not expect to find her 2013 Timeless concert on YouTube but I have. The resolution isn’t that good and I was prepared to import a Bluray version of her concert from France to Singapore. I was hoping to find a trailer. I did not expect a full concert.
Mylène Farmer is 57 years old this year. At the time of recording, she was 52 years old. She looked young and radiance. She put up a stunning performance well connected emotionally with her music and the audience. I don’t know all the songs she sang. But I know enough to hum along. The stage was amazing. There were dancing robots as well. She arrived at the stage as though she has stepped through a time machine. And she left as though she was on a rocket leaving many fans at awe and in tears.
Farewell party. I have invited 25 people and it was pretty crowded. Sophie and they all have bought me some presents. A pair of “waist cuff”, one brace and Mylene Farmer LD. And of course, one card full of writings from the 7th floor. I shall miss them all. Very much so. I hate “Goodbye”.
And then, we went to a Brazilian Restaurant and had a great time.
My emotion is so intense and I really don’t know what to write anymore.
I will miss Paris.
Claude has finally left for Cairo and I took over his desk. Just too relax nowadays.
My long awaiting Mylene Farmer Live album has finally arrived. Just tell you how much I obsess with it. Went to Rue Montmatre wanted to dine at TGIF. Instead, I walked into a record store, Extrapole, and discovered this beautiful album. As I always buy CD from FNAC (for tax return purposes), I travel all the way to Chatelet and found that I was five minutes late. Knowing that the FNAC in La Defense closed at eight, I rushed back to La Defense and walked into FNAC five minutes before it was closed.
Quite an exciting and interesting day for me.
Monday. First day in the “new” office with two FX guys as Eric (the third one) is having a one week holiday. Pretty quiet and made a few phone calls. First one to UOB and finally found out that one of my card’s mailing address has not been changed. That is why. Second phone call to IRA and extended my deadline til June 27.
Francis called me up and I am sill very undecided about my future. As he said that I will “shine” if I stay with VTF. Oh god, really don’t know.
Nope, Mylene Farmer’s new concert album has not been out yet. Felt really lonely today. First, spent one hour at FNAC and went to a Tunisian Restaurant. What have I gained in Paris?
It was Monday morning and I was so glad that I was back to work. At least there was someone I could talk to. Miracle happened and I woke up at 6:30 am. And I couldn’t go back to sleep. Therefore I replied a few emails to my friends and sister and went to work at 8:30 am. Anyway, I had a very important status report to write (to all the SocGen big bosses this time). And I promised to give Nicholas and Willie a SIR to work with. Spent the whole afternoon doing the BG transaction advice SIR and probably will spend the next two days doing the BG reversal advice. It’s so boring, but that’s work.
Unexpectedly, Michel invited me to have a dinner with his wife. Initially, we were talking about Chinese Food and I told him that I can never find a good Chinese restaurant in Paris. And he told me that there were quite a few good ones near where he lived.
So I said, okay I would come with you if you don’t mind. By the time we arrived at the train station near his place, his wife was already waiting in the car. And they drove me to their place and had aperitif (whisky for me). And we drove down to a Chinese restaurant. That waiter didn’t speak Cantonese at all. What a disappointment. The food was good and we chatted quite a fair bit. Michel was a good translator (as his wife, Mirela, doesn’t speak English at all). We talked a bit about Romania as well (where they are from). They planned to take me out one weekend. How nice! (And they played Mylene Farmer in the car, just perfect)
One of the happiest night in Paris.