Origin of the word “Mignon / minion”

Just learned the origin of the word minion (mignon) which I thought was pretty interesting.  min·ion [min-yuh n] —nouna servile follower or subordinate of a person in power. a favored or highly regarded person. a minor official. Printing. a 7-point type.Definition of minion: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/minion at Dictionary.comAlthough Henry III valued privacy, he liked to surround himself with…… Continue reading Origin of the word “Mignon / minion”

Saigon Stories – Observations of the Week in Saigon

First, let me say that you must take the last entry about the French with a grain of salt. I like France and French people. Parisians still annoy me though. In fact, I’m reading a French book called “les États- Unis aujourd’hui; les maîtres du monde?” (The United States Today; The masters of the world?)…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – Observations of the Week in Saigon

Saigon Stories – Vietnamese vs. French people

Another glorious day here in Saigon. I just got back from Parkson (best department store in Saigon) where I go to get Gatorade for only 85 cents per bottle. Those other damn stores charge up to 4 dollars a bottle and so I make it a habit to get to Parksons at least once a…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – Vietnamese vs. French people

E-mail to Sophie 9.19.2004

Hello Sophie!Nice to hear from you.  Congratulations with your new job, I hope it goes well and that you enjoy it.As for me, I’m still living in Japan but am moving to Vietnam October 1st. I find the business environment much better there and hope to obtain a job in importing, exporting or consulting there. …… Continue reading E-mail to Sophie 9.19.2004

E-mail to Mathias 8.20.2004

Mathias!My classes at Waseda are finally finished and I’m very happy to not have togo to those boring lectures anymore.  I think it’s time to study Japanese onmy own without the teachers troubling me with too many tests that I alwaysreceived a bad grade on.  : )Now, I’m just teaching English at night, going to…… Continue reading E-mail to Mathias 8.20.2004

E-mail to Kazuko 7.25.2004

Salut Kazuko,Tu vas bien?  J’espere que le semestre c’etait bien pour toi.  J’ai enfinterminé mes études de japonais, et maintenant je suis en train de chercherun travail en Vietnam.  J´aime bien Tokyo pour jouer mais je sais pas si jeveux habiter ici et deviens un “Salaryman”.  Donc pour ça je vais essayer detrover un travaille…… Continue reading E-mail to Kazuko 7.25.2004

E-mail to Kazuko 4.3.2004

Hi!  Oui, j’ai trop bu, mais c’etait un bon temps.  J’aime bien faire lefete avec toi, c’est vraiment tanoshii.Apres, Dima et moi sommes alles a Roppongi au club “Vanilla.”  Nous avons bubcp et j’ai rencontre avec tout le monde dans le club.  Adjhourd’hui, je mesens OK parce que je suis alle au gym pour suer…… Continue reading E-mail to Kazuko 4.3.2004

E-mail to Kazuko 3.31.2004

Comme j’ai dit, avec mes amis c’est vraiment imposible a dire qui vont venir.  Horacio (panama jin) m’a dit qui 4 personnes vont venir avec lui. Ils sont etudiants (masters degree) de informatique a Waseda.  Donc,, peut etre 8 personnes c’est un numbero “safe.”  Desoleeee  neeee…  : ) Mathieu—– Original Message —– From: “Kazuko To:…… Continue reading E-mail to Kazuko 3.31.2004