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秘客人 Secret Guests (第二篇part --2) The Phone Call    

By NaNa
3678 Views | 12 Comments | 4/26/2015 1:31:00 PM

客人就要到了,我应该穿什么样衣服呢?我打开衣柜.各种不同款式的衣服挺多的,但一时想不出到底穿哪件比较合适。我相信多数女人都和我一样爱时髦,喜欢买各种不同款式的衣服,新买来的衣服开始挺喜欢的,但穿了几次后总感觉一般般了,尤其去应酬的时候总感觉没有合适的衣服可穿了。



我想:因为工作关系去见客人.穿工作服吧!但他们到达时已经接近晚餐的时间了.今天的第一个任务是带他们去看他们要住的宾馆,让他们休息一会.再邀请他们到附近的饭店吃饭,所以感觉穿工作服太严肃了,再说天气好热呢,那穿裙子吧,我最爱的裙子是旗袍但都是几年前买的旧旗袍了。虽然是旧但还挺合身的因为我的身材还没变,而且我是中国人应该穿旗袍,旗袍是具有中国女性服饰文化象征意义,是中华民族的传统服装,也是深受世界人们喜爱的一种特色服装,对于它的优雅形象已经不仅仅为中国人民所熟知,更得到了世界人民的爱戴和赞誉......



刚想到这些,我电话响了,是一个陌生的电话号码,我心想;是不是客人电话呀?我边想边接电话:”你好”!对方回应:”你好!你是娜姐吗”?我说:”是的”。唉!叫我娜姐,肯定是熟人但我却一时想不出是哪个熟人?我心里自我暗笑:可能等客人等急了,竟然把熟人当客人了,但当我还在琢磨时,对方接着说了:”我是迈克!我是美国人,我和我的朋友下午要到你市开展一个爱心奉献活动”。我心里咯噔一下又自责:哎呀!原来真的是我的客人呀。叫我娜姐我误以为是熟人呢。因为我知道中国的礼节;一般对年纪大过你的人都叫阿姐或阿哥。如果对年纪大过你的人直呼其名是没礼貌的。我也知道有的国家在称呼这方面是不同于中国的。有的直呼取名。我心里之所以惊讶是因为我的客人不是中国人但深知中国的礼节?非常有礼貌的叫我娜姐!此时,虽未见过面但我对他们已经敬佩有加。我心里惊喜的同时非常友好而又客气的对他说:”好的.我已经知道你们要来了,而且按排好司机去接你们了,并在我市帮你们订好宾馆了,我将在宾馆会客室等待你们的到来”.



在电话里我告诉了他我帮他们订的宾馆地址,他也告诉了我他们到达的具体时间,电话里的声音是一个年轻男子声音,声音深沉而且又很谦和,是一口流利南方口音的普通话话。接完电话,我心里松了一口气,因为我感觉对方说的普通话比我还标准也很流利,所以我不用担心未来几天里和他们相处工作时交流方面的障碍了。



My guests will be coming soon. Which dress should l wear l though?  l opened my armoire and took a look. There were diversity of style dress there but l really did not know which dress should l wear at that moment. l guessed a lot of women and l have the same feeling that like to buy diversity of style dresses and like fashion. But still does not have a suitable dress to see the guests or the party.



l thought because of my work to meet guests so should l wear work clothes? But the first major job l did for guests today was took them around the hotel l book for them and invited them to have dinner in restaurant because it was time for dinner when they arrive my city, so l felt maybe too serious if l wear work clothes.



There was so hot weather so should l wear skirt? My favourite skirt was cheongsam but it was old cheongsam l bought a few years ago, and although it was old cheongsam but also very fit well and looked good because my body was in good condition. Also l thought that l was Chinese so l should wear cheongsam. l thought deeply about this; cheongsam was a feminine dress with distinctive Chinese features and it would show that the cheongsam remains a vibrant part of Chinese culture and also enjoys a growing popularity in the international world of high fashion...



Ring ring ...the telephone rang and interrupted my train of thought and alerted me to answer my call. l guessed maybe my guest call me because it was a new number l never saw before. l answered "Hello" and he replied "Hello. Is that you sister Na?” l was surprised and guessed again; he must not be my guest because he called me "sister Na" and maybe he was a person who l know but l did not remember him at that moment.



l laughed at myself at that moment and thought maybe l waiting for the guests with such intense feeling and that was why l was misunderstanding. l replied "Yes. l am sister Na. And you?”  He said "l am Michael from America. l am coming to your city with my friends and campaign about encouraging kindness to orphans".  l was surprised more and laughed at myself again. “My God”, I thought now, “he really is my guest. But he called me ‘sister Na’ and that was why l guessed he was a Chinese who l know”.



l know more about China etiquette. Usually we call a person who is older than us is sister (or brother). It is not polite to call them by their name if someone is older than you in China. l also know a little about etiquette in other country that to call some one's name is okay even if they’re older than you. l was surprised that my guest called me "sister Na" because he is not Chinese but he knew about China etiquette. l felt he was so polite and made me respect him more at that moment even though we never met and I never knew anything about him before.



l replied to him "Ok. l already knew you and your friend would be coming soon so l already booked a hotel for you. l have arranged for a driver and car to take you and your friends to my city. l will waiting for you in a guest room of the hotel.”



l told Michael the address of hotel l book for them and he told me the time they would arrive my city. The voice was that of young man's voice on the phone and it was deep and unobtrusive. He spoke fluent South Mandarin. l felt so happy and relaxed after I finished talking with him on the phone because the Mandarin he spoke so good and l would not have to worry about hard communication with him when l started to work together with him soon.


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#2015-04-26 13:52:55 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

NaNa, the really great look inside your mind as your upcoming meeting with Westerners for the first time approaches is more than enough reason for every male member of CLM to be seriously reading this blog series. After all, what better way to learn to understand how Chinese women think about meeting us could there possibly be than through the eyes of a Chinese woman, and an obviously intelligent one at that.

But you seem to be adding a real bonus in the way you are creating some real tension as the story unfolds. I'm not sure yet what to expect, but I can't help but anticipate that something major in the way of emotional tension is coming our way.

I have a pretty active imagination so maybe I am way off base with this, but the first post had me thinking (maybe worrying is a better description) that these Westerners were maybe going to embarrass the rest of us by not living up to your expectations and maybe being even rude, know it all types, etc.

Now this post has me thinking "Is there a romance in the works here?" You haven't written anything that has necessarily prompted me to speculate on these things, but at the same time, just the way you write, just the picture your words paint, has my mind leaping to all sorts of thoughts and fears about what lies ahead. And that has me reading with great anticipation. I can't wait to hear more...

Is anybody else feeling this way? I'd love to hear what other members are thinking.

#2015-04-26 18:37:14 by Barry1 @Barry1

@surpurisena

Bravo, NaNa - another very interesting article.

Like John Abbot, I'm also on tenterhooks, wondering where your story will lead us to?

Do I see possible romance in the air? Lovers running off in the moonlight together? Passionate kissing in the back room of some steamy hotel?

Or will there be a cool, professional liaison to occur? A business relationship to develop of impeccable character? No stolen kisses, no exchange of meaningless nothings in the darkness?

Put us all out of our misery as quickly as possible, NaNa - please! (sweat)

#2015-04-26 18:52:28 by melcyan @melcyan

我喜欢你的写作。你的写作衣服和问候是非常有用的。

#2015-04-26 21:27:05 by surpurisena @surpurisena

Hello John
Thank you take your time to reading about my article and care about my feeling. l think you are right that l had a little emotional tension at that time because l think we are come from different country with different culture and l was worry about some words l said or something l do for them show not manner in their eyes that was one of reason make me tension .but one of major reason because l did not know more about westermer before so anything were mystrious in my mind This is why titled mystery guest in my article

#2015-04-27 09:38:55 by surpurisena @surpurisena

melcyan
你好!多谢你花时间去读我的文章,非常抱谦写得不是很好,这段文章的主旨是让更多西方人读懂中国的一些礼节和对中国旗袍进一步的了解。

#2015-04-27 11:20:38 by surpurisena @surpurisena

Hello Barry
very interesting of your guess and your fantasy . l think you will know more in next post . just let you guess more ok . hehe.....thank you so much to reading my article. wish you have a good day.

#2015-04-27 18:51:43 by melcyan @melcyan

“非常抱谦写得不是很好” -"very sorry not well written"

That is not true. You have chosen your words well but I can understand your fear of not writing well enough in your second language. I am struggling to write in Chinese. What I wrote to you was not checked by anyone else. I am hoping in future to get the words I write checked by my Chinese teacher. Thank you for responding to me in Chinese. If you can use short simple sentences, it is much easier for me to understand.

I was not able to see what John and Barry imagined in your writing. I was focused on your examples of Chinese etiquette and your choice of clothes.

I often go shopping for clothes with my partner. After a while I was able to work out the colors, patterns and styles that suited her. Most of her clothes purchased in recent years have been chosen by me. The last time we were in China I wanted to buy her a cheongsam. However that dress requires a smaller waist than my partner has at the moment. (I know if I lose ten kilograms of weight she would automatically lose two kilograms. I hope to be ten kilograms lighter when we go back to China next year. We will get the cheongsam then.)

The dress in the photo looks great on you. Good choice. My partner has three wardrobes full of clothes (“wardrobe” is a better word than “armoire” unless the wardrobe is very expensive). Before we go out dancing it is not uncommon for change her choice of clothes several times.

I look forward to your next piece of writing.

#2015-04-27 18:54:43 by melcyan @melcyan

"He spoke fluent South Mandarin."

What is the difference between South Mandarin and North Mandarin?

#2015-04-27 23:13:55 by Macchap @Macchap

@JohnAbbot You're spot on with your remark "Is there a romance in the works here?", just what I was thinking. I'm already hearing Dean Martin sing.
"imagination is funny..." is what Chet Bakers sings, and he is right.

#2015-04-28 10:40:28 by surpurisena @surpurisena

Hello melcyan

Thank you teach me in english . some word l did not know need translated that is why l felt not so well some word l chosen written in english .

"He spoke fluent south Mandarin " . l think south Mandarin different with North Mandarin because there have difference dialect from difference province and we can guess where someone who from when we hear the voice someone spoken mandarin with oral speech soud .

l am sorry. maybe still confuse you that l express for you in english . l need to inprove my english level and would like to express clear here for every reader.

sound like you interesting in chinese sheongsam . you are right that dress require smaller waist that will good looking to on it so need to keep in shape if some women like to wearing cheongsam .

l guess your lovely wife is lucky to married you . l wish you be happily with her forever.

NaNa

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