上海日報の編集日記によれば上海でもバレンタインデイが盛りあがっているよう。The Valentine’s Day in Shanghai Daily 面白い記事でした。最後に原文つけておきます。
- Zhang Yi君。昨日、彼女とステーキを食べた。
- Zhang Li 君。彼女にメッセージ付きのチョコレートを４０個送る。
- Tian Yiさんはニューヨークにいる彼氏に電話。
- Zhang Liuhao氏は“Everyday is a Valentine’s Day for me, so today is just a normal day.”とキャラ、立ちすぎ・・・。
As an organization made up of mainly young reporters and editors with Western orientated-cultured educational backgrounds, Valentine’s Day is no small day in the Shanghai Daily office.
So the online department takes the initiative to carry out the true essence of a “tabloid” to dig into the personal arrangements of these hard-working journalists.
Zhang Yi, our securities business reporter, said he and his girlfriend cooked a steak dinner yesterday to celebrate Valentine’s Day, because his girlfriend has some extra work to do today. However, he will be picking her up after work and they will be taking a nice walk.
Zhang Li also prepared a box of about 40 chocolates for his girlfriend. It sounds ordinary, but special gifts await her in each chocolate. He also wrote sweet loving words on the wrapping papers. His girlfriend will absolutely love the big surprise.
Tian Yi, one of our opinion writers, said she will be waiting for her boyfriend’s phone call tonight because he is in New York right now.
Zhang Liuhao, our online editor, refused to disclose his plans, only leaving us with this great sentence, “Everyday is a Valentine’s Day for me, so today is just a normal day.” (Music to all men’s ears.)
David O, aka “Devil,” a senior foreign polisher of Shanghai Daily, checked his watch during the budget meeting and then told Guo Min, the editor of the online department, that he didn’t even know it was the 14th. Well, that’s almost true. Later on, he said he was ignoring Valentine’s Day on purpose because too many festivals were happening recently, including New Year, Christmas, his wife’s birthday and his wedding anniversary. He did however send a greeting card by express to his wife whom he couldn’t be with today.
Zhu Shenshen said, “I will have dinner with my girlfriend in a Sichuan restaurant. After dinner, she will go to a beauty salon with the gift card I bought her for Valentine’s Day. We will then go to the place where we had our first date to refresh our romantic memory.”
Ashley Huffman, an online polisher for the Shanghai Daily Website, is experiencing her first foreign Valentine’s Day.
“I am going to an ‘All you can eat’ Japanese buffet tonight.”
We were a little disappointed when we heard her reply, as we originally thought she would be experiencing a fabulous western version of the celebration. We began to ponder the significance of Valentine’s Day, Ashley supplies us with an answer that is different from the one originally understood by Chinese people.
“Valentine’s Day gives you a chance to tell friends, family or loved ones how much they mean to you. But, its significance does stem from relationships and falling in love.”
We hope those in relationships will continue falling deeper in love today. However, anyone single should also enjoy Valentine’s Day, through Ashley essence of its meaning. At least, they can celebrate with their families or friends. Roses, tasty dinners and amazing gifts are not the only for the loved people, also for the people who do not have partners yet. Perhaps, we need to change the holiday’s definition.
Valentine’s Day is a festival for all the people who keep love in their hearts.
Happy Valentine’s Day!