心血来潮, 写点英文博, 毕竟是鸟语,晚了一个半钟头, 让大家等了. 不好意思. 坚持天天更新, 绝对的.
6th, all of Chinese will be eating super sweet cakes
loaded with chemicals while staring at the moon.
first case of moon cake crisis was in 1986. I had just finished
college education in America and returned to China to work for a
German trading company.
“Our competitor is giving the most expensive moon cake this year. ” I was informed by my assistant. She is this sexy girl with long hair whom I always suspected of sleeping with our clients from Texas.
“Oh yeah?” I said, “ how much?”
“2000 yuan each, and it has real 24 karat gold glaze all over it.”
“Don’t you die from swallowing gold?” I asked.
“It doesn’t matter, you can’t beat it, it’s the best moon cake this year.”
She was right, even if I had the budget, I couldn’t have bought a more expensive moon cake . I had to settle for a large tropical fruit basket, I lost face - fruit baskets just wasn’t going to get you more business in China. Later, in the roaring 90s, smart moon cake merchants figured out how to make moon cake with Rolex watch filling and I heard the most expensive moon cake came with a Rolls Royce. Failing to come up with a solution made me realize Western education is very impractical for success in China business.
started the magazine business, the moon cake situation became even
worse when I started the magazine business in the late 90s. As a
small local start-up, we are forced to write advertorial, i.e. paid
for editorial, for advertising clients. I found myself forced to
write how tasty it is to mix milk chocolate with egg yolk as a new
way of celebrating the moon festival.
This year, I am boycotting moon cakes. I didn’t give out any moon cakes; in fact, I don’t even want to see the moon. I am going to have moon cake lunch instead of dinner so I don’t have to see the moon. But yesterday, I went to a restaurant and was served a moon cake banquet.
“What is this?!” I screamed, “I hate moon cakes!”
“It’s the pre-festival moon cake dinner,” said the host, “don’t you know, it’s the fashion this year!”
I sighed and resigned myself to a 4 course moon cake dinner. There is no way to escape moon cakes in China, or so it seems.