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The most prized Milan shirt - #3 Maldini
Favorite thing: Io, tifosa del AC Milan. ;-)
Yes, I am a huge fan of AC Milan - the team popularly known simply as 'Milan' (pronounced as "Mee-Lan"). Needless to add, I would definitely drop by the San Siro Museum and admire all Milan's exhibits on display e.g. the great captain's prized No. 3 shirt. I believe when Paolo Maldini eventually retires (touch wood!), the club will retire his shirt i.e. the No. 3 shirt will no longer be made available to any Milan players. That's in recognition of Maldini's devotion to the club and the many trophies he had collected for Milan - his club.
Emilio Pucci - Yet another fave designer of mine
Favorite thing: Yes, the Milanesi have got style, that's a fact!
Er, I know some people will disagree with me but really, the Italians by nature are born with style - with a capital 'S'.
When an Italian has Euros in his bank - preferably banking with Unicredito Italiano... my favorite bank ;-) he can enter another realm of the style universe. Well, the Italian PM, Silvio Berlusconi oozes with charisma and is without a doubt the best dressed head of state in the world. (Relax OK. He didn't bribe me to write this about him).
It won't be long before Ermenegildo Zegna Uomo Moda line names an exclusive clothing range after him! ;-) Zegna sells the best tailored suits for men in the world. You can fish a man in a Zegna suit a mile away. Yes, well-tailored suits sure maketh a man.
Fondest memory: I have so many fond memories of Milan and no amount of adjectives can fully describe this fabulous city and my feelings for this place. Should I start writing, I'll surely rave on about Milan... and VT would soon ban me from over-writing (!!).
Ah, Milan is beautiful...
Favorite thing: Catching an English language and/or Italian movie!
When I first arrived on Italian soil...er... in Milan, to be exact - I was really scared about speaking Italian. 'Tis easier for me to read the Italian newspapers (altho' I tend to take one whole day to finish reading the news for the day!). Sigh huh?
Well, fast forward... and many months later, I am more confident speaking Italian when I'm out with my Italian friends. As the Italians would proudly proclaim - con il mio ragazzo, con amici e con mama/ papa!
In Milan, there are 3 cinemas that regularly screen movies in their original language. Actually, many cinemas and multisalas are beginning to offer films in their original language. Ah, there is hope for English-speaking travelers and foreigners!
ARCOBALENO FILM CENTER
V.le Tunisia 11
Note: Cinema Arcobaleno from 2 July until 6 August will only have showings at 19:40 and 22:00
Sorry, I don't know the address of this place because I haven't been here yet. ;-(
** The above cinemas are managed by the Milan - Sound & Motion Pictures **
Fondest memory: My favorite Italian movies for 2003 were:
- "La Finestra Di Fronte". Raoul Bova is... what you would term - ridiculously handsome, as always. Yes, he's the Italian Renaissance dude who starred with Diane Lane in 'Under the Tuscan Sun'. Don't watch this movie with il mio ragazzo. He will definitely not understand what you see in Raoul Bova. Men! ;-) Oh... and about the movie - it speaks about a forbidden romance dating back to 1943 Rome (I won't tell you who are the lovers... but boy, will you be shocked! Big hint). The main storyline features the heroine, Giovanna and her fantasies about the man living across her apartment building. The thing is - Giovanna is married to a loving husband and has 2 beautiful kids. Her neighbor living across the street (whom she would secretly peek at through her window) is played by non other than the gorgeous Raoul Bova. Bellissimo! Italy's famous singing sensation - the one and only GIORGIA sang the hit song "Gocce di Memoria" in the movie. This was the song I played to death on my hi-fi set in 2003!
- "Io Non Ho Paura". In English, this movie is entitled "I'm Not Scared". And I'm not scared to tell you that this was Italy's entry for the 2003 Oscar Award under the "Best Foreign Film" category. ;-)
It's a story about a grop of innocent kids somewhere in Southern Italy. One of the kids (a boy) happened to chance upon a great secret one day in a remote broken down house... and this secret may even lead him to being killed. A movie with a shocking twist at the end. One big clue: The boy didn't die! I know some of my amici (friends) were so distraught thinking that the good boy died. Go watch this movie or rent the DVD if you have a chance! Worth watching. Bring me the Kleenex tissues please!
There were other Italian movies I managed to catch (namely Director's Paolo Virzi's movies - "Caterina va in citta" and "Baci e Abbracci") - but the aforementioned 2 never left my memory!
Home Sweet Home..
Favorite thing: Milan is the financial hub in the whole of Italy. So, you'll definitely find lots of expats and foreigners working here.
I'll include a shortlist of places recommended by Milanese housing agents to foreigners settling down in Milan (see below):
If your company lavishes you with a huge expense account, you may wish to consider living in this district. Rentals here are exhorbitant! But then again, if you do have plenty of cash to play around with, then I must encourage you to stay here. Who wouldn't want to live right smack in the center of town?
A district that is quite near to the city center and not too bad a living alternative to the expensive Brera/ Solferino.
This district boasts of charming old canals and kewl cobbled-stone streets. I love it here. ;-) There is a lively café and pub culture, especially in the summer. The 'ringhiera' (buildings) are characterized by their long balconies connecting each apartment. Almost everyone living here seems very friendly. On weekends when the Sunday market 'comes to town', you may wish to hop onto your car and head somewhere else. It can get very noisy here with throngs and throngs of crowds, tourists et al.
Very central and equally charming. Besides, it's also close to the Parco Sempione - a haven for dog and sports/fitness lovers.
If you're a first time expat living in this city, BENVENUTO!
The damaged Pirelli building...
Favorite thing: Well, the economy is not doing too hot at the moment so good jobs are hard to come by. Really. If you intend to move here, you must ensure that you possess a rare professional skill that is hard to find in Milan or anywhere else in Italy.
An easier way is to get an overseas posting from the Multi-National Company or Financial Institution you're currently with. Or you can come to Milan on a foreign exchange students program!
The second hurdle about living in Milan is learning the Italian language. Everyone speaks Italian here... and everything is in Italian. ;-) Yes, my company hired a private tutor from the Italian Cultural Institute to teach us the language before we even dare think of stepping foot in Milan!
If you're seriously interested to look for a job in Milan, you can try contacting the PWA Professional Women's Association. They have a job bank and will help you IF you join as a member.
Or you can put up an ad in EasyMilano at:
Or The British Chamber of Commerce (they have a placement service):
Or The American Chamber of Commerce (they can help you with your job search): Website: http://www.amcham.it/
Good luck to you in your job search! If you're lucky, you might just be hired to work in one of Italy's largest firms.
The amazing San Siro
Favorite thing: What's my favorite thing about Milan?
Definitely - catching a soccer match at the San Siro!
The Giuseppe Meazza Stadio or San Siro was built in honor of the great Italian player, Giuseppe Meazza. The stadium contains a museum dedicated to football memoribilia for AC Milan and Inter-Milan - the 2 teams who call San Siro 'home'. Inside you can find memoribilia, photographs, penants, boots and other items which trace 100 years of the "beautiful game" in Italy. Discover what lies beneath the Italian's passion for football and why Milan and Inter are such popular clubs not only in Milan but also, the world over! I mean, I'm a Singaporean by birth and am also a stauch Milan supporter. ;-)
The San Siro was recently renovated and it now boasts of 2 fully equipped TV Studios.
How's that for state-of-the-art! These Italians are amazing. They are so darn good in everything that they do...!
Man of the Match here in San Siro
Favorite thing: Milan is the home to 2 of Italy's ruling SOCCER families...er, I mean - teams. Yes - AC Milan and Inter Milan both play at the Stadio San Siro which is one of the finest football stadiums the world has ever seen.... except if you're a professional footballer and have to contend on playing on the hard artificial turf (read: footballers will be easily prone to injuries on such a hard surface).
For Milan tifosi/ soccer fans, if you're interested to grab tickets for Milan football matches - be it a Champions League or Serie A match, you can contact either your hotel concierge or order online via AC Milan's official website.
Fondest memory: Going to the San Siro to cheer for my favorite team - Milan. I have been a fan of Milan since I was teenager. All thanks to the great legend himself - Signor Paolo Maldini, the Great One. ;-) These days, I also save some of my cheers for Sheva aka Andriy Shevchenko.
P.S. If you're not a soccer fan (or worse - if you're an Inter fan!) --> please don't leave nasty comments on my page OK? :-) I know you won't....
Roberto Cavalli - One of my fave Italian designers
Favorite thing: Since Milan is THE fashion capital of the world, why not coincide your trip with the Milano Moda (Milan Fashion Week)?
Twice a year, Milan plays host to two of the biggest and most important fashion shows in the world. This is when you'd see the likes of Gisele Bundchen, Esther Canadas, Kate Moss, Heidi Klum, et al fly in to Milan and strut their stuff on the catwalk. Guys: Are you writing all this down? ;-))
These are called "fashion week" and the first is usually held the last week of February and contains all the latest woman's fashion collections that you and I will eventually wear for the Summer.
The second is held in the last week of September and first week of October and exhibits the New Woman's Winter Fashion Collections. Milano Moda as it is known turns the eyes of the world on Milan and as a consequence it is very difficult to find good quality accommodation during this period.
So, if you guys still want to visit Milan during this period - please book your hotel accommmodation way, way in advance. OK?
Fondest memory: Fondest memory? Are you kidding me? Bumping into all these supermodels and Milanese women on the streets of Milan, you need to be very confident of yourself and your feminine qualities (ahem...)... otherwise, you'd surely fall into depression.
Guys are known to get terribly distracted during this period too.
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