Bienvenue à Welcome to FAFF 2015! #frenchfestivalmy
J'aime la France ( I Love France)
My love for French culture started when I was a little kid.
From the most popular educational tool worldwide - the television! (aha!)
Thru the TV - French films, music, ads & food were introduced to our home.
As a child, I've built the Eiffel Towers using sticks, stones & at that time it was like the biggest & tallest magical building & will pretend to kiss underneath it & puffed up cotton buds or towels as poodle dog.
Around the same time, my Pa introduced us to the comic series Astérix & Obelix. Although too young to really understand the political satire & adult jokes in it; we studied the drawings & characters diligently & pretend that Ma's herbal soup are the magic potion. (Well the same way, we went thru childhood believing that every greens provides Popeye's strength & muscles (sometimes it's so hard to get thru meals, I will just pretend we're cows) & being able to survive bitten from animals/insects will grant extra super powers.. as the saying goes "What does not kill you make you Stronger"
Every time we see the French people dine, we would go "Oooh aaah! Voila! Let's try that!" & that was how we started using fork, spoon & knife & sometimes even chopsticks to eat spaghetti. It was fun turning it around before slurping it. My Ma on the other hand did not understand our enthusiasm & often shocked by the our "play time" with food especially with the bolognese sauce flying every where. It was a battlefield with bloody red sauce & tissues all over. I would mime whenever she nags. The same response too when it comes to eating curry with hands. I think it was a huge culture shock for her but happy for us, my Dad adapted very well.. in fact he introduced us to all that. *hohoho*
I was lucky to live nearby the first mall in my city. I grew, it grew along with new types of deli or cafe. Occasionally, we would visit & stare for hours thru the glass. All of it foreign, beautiful, unique & weird. My first time eating croissant, was unforgettable. Delicious piping hot, crunch on the outside, soft fluffy in the inside and some of it were filled with butter & sugar while some with sandwich fillings of seafood and mayonnaise. My 2 other all time favourites would be:
- Macaron - a type of sweet crunchy biscuit made of meringue base, fillings in between are usually made of jam or cream.
- Madaline ( a type of sponge cake with shell-like shape) which goes verrry well with dark coffee or local dark tea (teh tarik rocks!)
My sister was particularly fond of Éclairs. Thus sometimes I would save up & scout for croissant of eclairs with blueberry or strawberry fillings (which was rare back then). Common ones were vanilla & chocolate.
For some strange reason, I was not very fond the French Baguettes. It was tall & hard reminded me too much of the rotan (bamboo cane); painful tool used to whack me for being naughty or bad school results. I used to get over worried if someone might get injured by fallen mountains of baguettes or being slapped by one. Years later, I was introduced to certain method of eating them with stew/soup, avocado dips and Vietnamese sandwich & that was how I fell in love with Baguette.
In high school, I was introduced with various Art forms & languages. Dreamt of flying off to France to study & envied some classmates who managed obtain scholarships to do so. Later some of my close friends went there to work & for honeymoon. As for me, I found out thru different platforms that I could enjoy & embrace the French culture in Malaysia thru French Arts & Film Festivals (FAFF).
*This will is part of my public personal recollections of self experience as a follower, supporter, fan and volunteer for #frenchfestivalmy since 2011 in Kuala Lumpur*
FAFF 2015 has just kickstarted. Come join us to celebrate best of French cinema, music, dance, art and gastronomy, including France’s worldwide music festival, Fete de la Musique in...
- Kuala Lumpur (14 May - 16 June).
Check out our photos Festival Opening Ceremony 2015 [Credits: From FAFF 2015 Facebook]
- Penang (4 June - 14 June)
For all the #frenchfestivalmy program - descriptions, schedule, locations are available in 2 languages: French & English go to FAFF.com.my.
- Movies will be screened in 3 major GSC KL: Pavilion, Midvalley and One Utama.
All the movies comes with subtitles in English, there are various genre and this year there are more comedies, animation and for nature lover. For movie schedules go to GSC FAFF 2015 screening schedule
- #frenchfestivalmy collection of my French movie reviews.
*No, I'm not paid to write the review & unfortunately, I do not provide free movie tickets.