Toutes les nuances de sourires

Me revoilà ! J’ai été absente de mon blog ces derniers jours, mais j’avoue que les événements de la rentrée m’avaient quelque peu coupé l’envie d’écrire. Et puis à cela a succédé la reprise de mes formations et le tourbillon de travail qui l’accompagne ! En tout cas, je suis contente de vous retrouver, et j’espère que vous allez bien :)

En rentrant de vacances j’ai eu très envie de partager avec vous mes souvenirs de voyage. Certains d’entre vous connaissent ma passion pour l’Asie. Bizarrement, nos pérégrinations nous ont déjà mené dans plusieurs pays là-bas, mais nous n’avions encore jamais visité l’un des plus touristiques : la Thaïlande !

A Bangkok, nous avons été étourdis par les couleurs éclatantes, les parfums envoûtants… les embouteillages omniprésents (oui oui, aussi !). Mais je dois dire que je retiens une chose en particulier : le sourire thaïlandais.

Je revois encore les visages éclairés des personnes dont nous avons croisé le chemin, lançant un « Sawat dii khrap ! » (bonjour en thaï), avec tout le bonheur du monde dans les yeux. Et ce aussi bien dans le fin fond de la jungle bangkokienne, dans les bidonvilles que dans les restos chics.

Et puis en rentrant je me suis renseignée, et j’ai appris que le sourire thaï n’avait pas la même signification que le sourire occidental. Le sourire, en Thaïlande, est en fait un deuxième langage, et le « Dictionnaire de l’Institut Royal Thaïlandais » définit 18 sourires différents selon les expressions de la bouche, des yeux, des sourcils et du nez. Dingue non?

On aurait donc :

– Yim Chaeng : un grand sourire
– Yim Chuean : un sourire penaud
– Yim Duai Pak Thak Duai Ta : sourire avec la bouche, mépriser avec les yeux
– Yim Haeng : un sourire sec
– Yim Koe :  un sourire amical non reconnu ou non renvoyé
– Yim Krim : un sourire qui exprime la satisfaction
– Yim Noy Yim Yai : un sourire joyeux
– Yim Paen : un grand sourire
– Yim Sao Sao : un sourire triste
– Yim Su : un sourire encourageant
– Yim Tae : un sourire épanoui
– Yim Wan : un sourire doux
– Yim Yae : un sourire honteux
– Yim Yaem : une personne souriante et encourageante
– Yim Yè :  un sourire bête
– Yim Yi Yuan : un sourire provocant
– Yim Yo : un sourire dédaigneux
– Yim Yong : un sourire contenu

Bon, au vu de cette liste il est fort probable que l’on ait été pris pour des idiots pendant notre voyage, mais rassurez-vous, cela n’a en rien terni mes souvenirs…!

Apparemment il faudrait être né et avoir grandi dans ce pays pour prétendre maîtriser toutes les subtilités de ce second langage.

Ce qui est amusant (et déroutant) pour un occidental, c’est que généralement (j’insiste sur le « généralement »…) nous arrivons à discerner une émotion derrière une expression faciale. Or là-bas, nous perdons tous nos repères. Certains touristes sont gênés par le fait de ne pas savoir à quoi s’en tenir et tombent un peu dans la parano à force de se méfier de tout le monde.

Dans l’absolu, moi j’ai trouvé ça plutôt agréable pour les yeux et encourageant pour le cœur de voir toutes ces personnes sourire à longueur de temps ! D’ailleurs j’ai décidé (en remettant les pieds à Roissy…?) d’inscrire le sourire thaï dans mon inconscient pour le faire travailler dans mes moments Calimero.

Allez, bonne nuit mes Loulous !

Photo / Damnoen Saduak floating market, Thaïlande, Janvier 2015


Trust in your intuitions

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you dont really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you dont really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

If no one hates you, no one is paying attention. If attention is what you want for vanity, confidence, or, hell??to make a decent living??then know that its not instantaneous. Every single person that youre currently paying attention to, at some point in their lives, was in your exact position.

You need to be
true to yourself

Just like every other human on the planet, I have epically awesome days and days when life just shits on my face. And while I cant stand most self-help (see: tired quotes over stock photography on Instagram), sometimes I need a little pick-me-up. And most of the time, in order to get out of a slump (because my brain leans more into math/science than anything else), I need to drop a logic bomb on my ass.

Yes, this is a long article. But heres the thing??if youre reading this in your inbox and are already like, fuck this! delete it. No hard feelings. If youre reading this in a browser on a website, and you see how tiny the scroll-bar is because of how far you still have to scroll to get to the bottom, close this tab and go back to 140-character tidbits of advice.Still with me? Phew. Just had to weed out all the folks from points: #1, #4 and #8. Welcome friends, onward we go.

Remember to
never give up

If no one hates you, no one is paying attention. If attention is what you want for vanity, confidence, or, hell??to make a decent living??then know that its not instantaneous. Every single person that youre currently paying attention to, at some point in their lives, was in your exact position. They kept at it and worked enough so that others started listening.Also know that if no one is watching, you can experience true freedom. Dance in your underwear. Write entirely for yourself. Swear like theres a going-out-of-business sale on fucks and shits. Find yourself??not in some coming-of-age hippie way involving pasta and ashrams but in a way that helps you draw your own line in the sand for what matters and what doesnt. Do what you want to do, just because you want to do that thing. This will build confidence that will come in handy later.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you dont really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you dont really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

If no one hates you, no one is paying attention. If attention is what you want for vanity, confidence, or, hell??to make a decent living??then know that its not instantaneous. Every single person that youre currently paying attention to, at some point in their lives, was in your exact position. They kept at it and worked enough so that others started listening.Also know that if no one is watching, you can experience true freedom. Dance in your underwear. Write entirely for yourself. Swear like theres a going-out-of-business sale on fucks and shits. Find yourself??not in some coming-of-age hippie way involving pasta and ashrams but in a way that helps you draw your own line in the sand for what matters and what doesnt. Do what you want to do, just because you want to do that thing. This will build confidence that will come in handy later.


Soyez pétillants !

Soyez pétillants, inspirés, bienveillants et uniques !

Je vous souhaite une fabuleuse année 2015 ! Qu’elle vous conduise à la réalisation de tous vos projets, envies, rêves, qu’ils soient petits pas ou grandes victoires ! Qu’elle soit riche en surprises, rencontres, tendres moments et pleine de sens. The best is yet to come !

Et surtout, surtout, que la bienveillance vous accompagne tout au long de ces 12 mois ! Il y a quelques temps, alors que je me morfondais devant l’immensité de l’objectif que je souhaitais atteindre, une personne bien avisée m’a dit « La seule façon de manger un éléphant, c’est de le manger par morceaux. » Mmmhhhhh. A méditer pour ceux qui souhaiteraient honorer leurs résolutions 2015… à commencer par moi !

Et comme le disait le grand poète… Robert Nesta Marley :

Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry be happy
In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy (…)

Cause when you worry
Your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
So don’t worry, be happy

Je profite de ce post pour vous remercier de votre soutien et de vos petits mots, vos suggestions, vos feedbacks, ils me remplissent de joie et me donnent des ailes !

Je vous embrasse,

Marion

Photo – Messagesquotes.com


Top Deejay Headphones

First impressions.

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I cant imagine not having a case.

Its safe to say that because of my unique professional experiences, Ive tested out a lot of headphones.

John Williams

A perfect fit.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you dont really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadnt heard before. Echoesbirds chirpingwind blowing through treesbreathing of the charactersit was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

Quality.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadnt heard before. Echoesbirds chirpingwind blowing through treesbreathing of the charactersit was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.