2007年11月27日星期二

30 hours in Mali--Yellow Fever

Yellow fever is a viral disease found in parts of Africa and South America. It is transmitted to humans by a mosquito bite.

My boss and I followed our Malien woman 'guide' to the hygiene control counter, actually there was no counter, instead a sign-board.All travelers were showing a yellow card to an old man in grayish white uniform, this bald man seemed to be a medical practitioner.
Knowing that we did not have the yellow card, when back in Hong Kong, i find out that it is the International Certificate of Vaccination, he led us to go into a room next to the passport control counter.
It was just 6sqm large, no windows, with two iron-made giant cupboards, like those at office and an old-styled office desk, which is hard to find at hk nor paris modern office.

He told us that we had to pay for the vaccinations, USD50/head, but finally we settled in French Franc. i thought that we could go, but he took out two jars of the cupboard, that kind of jar you can see in a grocery shop for selling biscuits in mainland china,both of lids were a little bit oxidized. One contained white cotton ball, but the colour was just the same as the uniform of the man, hard to say it was white. Another one contained pale yellowish fluid.

Oh my goodness, he was going to give us injections then. i was shaking, how come i could have it here with such adverse hygiene condition! i would not acquire Yellow Fever but maybe AIDS, Hepatitis B or whatever....
If i have to had it here, what i should do: turned around and took the next flight back to paris, even my boss did not agreed and the client was waiting outside.
What's more important than life!!!!!
Guessing that my boss would accept the vaccination, i was well-prepared to leave Bamako, though i could not persuade him to leave too and i would lose my job, but who cares!

I tried my best to calm down myself, in the least my voice was not shaken, long before he took out the syringe, i explained to him that we would be leaving tomorrow nite at 23h00 and would he be kind enough to let us go and we would still pay for the vaccinations.

at that moment, i didnt know that the vaccination should be taken 10-15 days before it come into effect, if i knew that, i would explain to him, but if he was some kind of medical practitioner, he should have known it.

He stopped his work. Thanks God! He understood my french and accepted our request. He told us that the sole responsibility lied on us.

Then we left the tiny room and procceeded to another room for the application of entry visa. It was rather cheap, just FRF50/head, and i met the french man sitting next to us, he had some problems too. A few minutes later, i saw an acquainted
face, our french client living in Abidjan, had come all the way to pick us up in Bamako. Finally i felt safe.

The woman was still 'looking after' us, ('elle s'occupe de nous') She led us to have our luggages checked and left the sous-douane area, we thanked her and my boss gave her 10000CFA, i.e. franc used in west africa, 1FRF=100CFA, and she was contented with it.

手還沒有好
今日終於去咗西貢圍村睇

細佬話你一早應該去
一早係今年1月 or9月 定係10月
呢個細佬真係

從師傅口中得知professor的近況
唉!
一個把我擁入懷中
叮囑我要找man of my life
不能只埋首工作
一個在百忙之中與我沏茶
著我如何面對人生
好一對幸福的couple
如今一個在西澳
一個在浦東

人過半百
還是把持不定

唏噓中...

2007年11月22日星期四

2007年11月17日星期六

2007年11月14日星期三

停售

今日開show
人地賣18人仔一個頭
我地賣18美金
我地呢叫d客唔好同我地買

要頭請過對面booth
我個friend度
佢啱啱轉行做trading
幾平都有
於是乎
一個個 大客仔
往朋友那裡輸送

我地廠輸唔起20年reputation
你要平
我賣fiber 比你

日本仔要100% real
但係又唔肯比錢
叫我地撈fiber 撈animal
撈咩都好喎

咩世界

做唔出
睜大眼 講大話

2007年11月11日星期日

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手震

Atelier Musical avec Isabelle Perrin

Voici, un resume de l'atelier que j'y participe cette soiree

Ca existe:
l'harpe de voyage avec 34 chords
l'harpe moderne avec 47 chords et pedales
(inventee par Sébastien Erard et en effet, Ia grande mere d'Isabelle avait une harpe de Sébastien Erard )
.....

L'origine:
l'Egypt et vue a l'Afrique Noire
les celts la joue en voyant

L'histoire:
d'abord, c'est pour les rites religieuse
depuis longtemps "un instrument dormir dans le placard"
fait populaire par Marie Antoinette qui jouait aussi elle-meme l'harpe et elle l'avait ramene en France
c'est les compositeurs de l'impressioniste francais qui ont ecrit bcp de repertoire pour l'harpe expres

Sonorite: diverse par le longeur de chord

Repertoire: limite

2007年11月8日星期四

30 hours in Mali (article from emails to fds)

'Landing will be in five minutes.
It is 33C in Bamako.'

I've well prepared myself for landing in Bamako, Mali which was once a dark African empire extending from Mauritania, Senegal to Guinea in the 13th -14th Century. Starting from 1857, the French occupied the country, French is still the official language and this is why i was there.

Wearing layers of clothes to resist the chilly weather in Paris, I had to put it off one by one in the toilet where one could hardly move, luckily my siege was up-graded to business class due to overbooking. There was no queue outside, and I could take my time, like the French said 'prendre ton temps', of course, I was in an Air France aircraft A310. I had some champagne which was the only wine I would take in-flight. I felt hot already, because of the wine and most of all, the sun shining through the little window.

'Please remained seated until the aircraft has completely stopped'
It was 4.54pm but the sun was still burning the land which was called l'afrique noire. (dark Africa)

Going down the stairs, i arrived finally in Bamako, there was nothing,
more precisely, no facilities in the airport: no connecting bus, no boarding gate, but a man with a gun guarding the 'exit' of the staircase, gazing at you. Some Malien women were standing around the aircraft, welcoming their visitors. This scene should be seen on the arrival floor of an airport but here in Mali, things were out of our imaginations.

It was terribly hot but with its dryness, one could hardly sweat so you didn't feel too tough, but i could hardly breathe in my suits. We were walking to the main building 15m away, or say the only building. There were two queue, one for local resident, one for foreigner as usual, yet it was interesting to find that Malien were sitting on the bench in the passport control area (sous-douane), i wondered if they were having a siesta. They shouted to me to go to the counter for local resident in French. i hesitated and remained still. The others did so.

It's my boss turn. The officer said that he didn't have entry visa, neither nor i. We called the consulate of Mali in hong kong and we were told that it was not necessary for HKSAR passport holder.

i told him that 'ce n'est pas necessaire pour notre passeport'
(for our passport, it's not necessary. )
The French sitting next to me interferred. He explained to the officer that we went there for business and we would leave the next day. His effort was in vain. A fat woman in traditional Malien clothing approached us, she was quite active there as she never ceased to bring some passport for the officer to chop on.

We passed the passport control area, proceeded to the vaccination counter. Lining up in the queue, i knew what was wrong. We didn't have vaccinated neither. People were showing a yellow card. I'd checked in Hong Kong that vaccination for yellow fever is recommended but not a must.

Here, it is a must.

To be continued.....

一刀劈落去
螢幕漆黑一片

戲院內不到十人
動也不動
仿似被一座大山壓着
重甸甸的

燈亮了
門開了
人還不願離去

2007年11月6日星期二

來自天堂的樂章 -- 一題兩寫

星期日et一人分飾兩角
跟小妮及樂友們欣賞了
法國首席harpist Isabelle PERRIN 的recital
曲目包括: Debussy's 1st Arabesque; Faure's Impromptu
et最喜愛 Bernard Andres's Elegie pour la mort d'un berger <<給牧羊人的輓歌>>


故事是這樣開始的:

作曲家跟妻子散步時
經過老牧羊人的家
那間沒有水沒有電的古老房子
傅出清脆悅耳的音樂

回家後
作曲家坐在豎琴旁
把剛才聽到的
彈奏起來
並寫下樂譜

此刻
老牧羊人的媳婦跑來告訴作曲家
他剛離世

他們不知道樂曲是從那裏來的
或者這是來自天堂的

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2007年11月1日星期四

trading 無用論

中暑話trading無用
左手交右手
et無反駁

et只係話
如果佢做埋d廢話研究
仲無用

pianist搭訕
以為et話佢

今日見到小手個blog
講trading並非真正創業
呢個topic有得講

tbc

不道德的勾當

讀過et的cafe parlez
都知et的英文有幾爛
但et竟然可以幫人翻譯master (taught course)功課

前幾日老死打來致謝
話佢個同學嗰篇野a咗
頂!!!!
我嗰日收到份野
已經推
因為一望就知肥硬

後來et死死地氣用咗2晚通宵譯咗佢
2晚係因為
佢冇用原始資料 引埋d3/4手
連unicef個report都無download落來睇
跟住個bibliography都可以完全錯晒

我唔抵得頸
改鬼晒佢篇野
點知幫佢攞個a

頂!