15
Feb
08

My Japanese Valentine’s

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Bernice and I decided to add a spin to our Valentine’s and celebrate it like how a Japanese girl would. Instead of waiting for guys to give us chocolates and flowers during this day of hearts, we were the ones giving out some sweet tokens to the guys.

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February 14 is a day for girls to show their feelings by giving out chocolates to their guy friends and perhaps, their special someone. Although, there are 2 kinds of chocolates to be given out: love chocos and obligatory chocos (don’t laugh, it’s true :p). They also have what they call “White Day” celebrated on the 14th of March. This is when the guys will “return the favor” and give out chocolates to the girls. Rumor has it that guys will repay the girl three times as much chocolate!

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So, with that, Bernice and I prepared 20 boxes of chocos to give out, with cute little notes where we wrote our message: 「いろいろとありがとうごさいます! いい勉強になりました。 -キム と アビ」 “Thank you for everything! We have learned a lot. – Kim and Abi”

The chocolates that we gave to our immediate Japanese boss was special from th rest. It had whiskey inside it. He joked saying that, “This must be love だな”, implicating we gave him the chocolates out of love (haha). When he remarked that the chocolates seemed expensive, I joked back saying, “It’s love だよ”. Two can play that game :p

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The best part of doing this activity were the rather entertaining reactions we were able to elicit from those who received our “love” chocos. There weren’t many guys in our project who were about our age, so most of the people we gave out chocolates to were our superiors, a nice term of saying “older”. Reactions ranged from shocked, slightly embarrassed, pleasantly surprised, there were even those who blushed, reminding me of those giddy little school girls, who get excited when their crush accidentally casts a glance their way. As in ang uban namula jud! Kilig kaayo sila. Hahaha!

Overall, I think they were happy to receive chocos from such lovely beauties :p I think they were also somewhat amazed that our note was completely in Japanese.

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There is only one other girl in our project, aside from us, whom I lovingly nicknamed as Nodame-chan. She reminds me of Nodame of Nodame Cantabile, not only for her looks, but for her disposition as well. Last weekend, while shopping around Nanba Walk, we spotted a necklace with a piano keys pendant, for a nice price at that. So, Bernice and I split the cost and thought it would be a perfect gift for Nodame-chan. For those who don’t know, Nodame in Nodame Cantabile is a pianist and she brings around a bag with piano keys design. We gave the necklace to Nodame-chan on Valentine’s too. She looked very happy to get our gift, you can tell by her smile.

I am happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my first, and perhaps only, Japanese Valentine’s. Though, it felt more like Christmas with all the gift-giving and without the romantic tension (or is there? :p). Despite spending a bit for all the chocolates and the necklace, the smiles and childlike giggles that we got from our Japanese counterparts were definitely worth more than we could have ever expected.

Belated Happy Valentine’s!

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P.S. Pictures were shot with my new camera. Sony H3 and I had a bit of spat and I decided to leave it be and settled for the sexy 18x zoom and wide-angle lens of the Panasonic Lumix FZ-18.

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15 Responses to “My Japanese Valentine’s”


  1. 1 mimi
    February 15, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    awww the notes are soo cute!!! i can imagine your sempais blushing and giggling upon receiving the chocolates…hahaha ok…i can’t imagine the giggling part. oh, naga blush lang di ai sila wala di ai giggling…hahaha

  2. 2 aYa_sToRm
    February 15, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    chi, where are my chocolates? 😛

  3. 3 jenlee
    February 15, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    char…bg-o og cam!picturi nya ko ana ha!
    wen u get back, mg party na jud ta!:) regards!

  4. 4 kim
    February 15, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    cute gud bitaw kaayo ang notes 😀 handwritten na or dli? hooray for the new cam! 😀 daghan na jud na pix!

  5. February 15, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    things will never be the same 🙂 hehehe

    or shall I say, someone will never be the same? 🙂

  6. February 15, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    cute and sweet kaau~ hehehe XD

    those bebe seals~~~~ :3

  7. February 16, 2008 at 2:38 am

    chi! ka cute oi! amazing… maka imagine ko na mgblush ug giggle! hahaha… giggling school girls na inyo sachou .. lingaw! lingaw! :)… ako intawn… ng OT! eheh

  8. February 16, 2008 at 8:57 am

    @mimi Hahaha naa pud blush + giggle!!!

    @aYa_sToRm waaa nag send na biya ko virtual chocos ha!

    @jenlee yeah bago na cam 😀 hehehe sige picturan nya taka

    @kim handwritten na woi hehehe nakabutang sa post… kaw jud! XD yeah, finally the new cam, daghan na gane pictures pila pa lang ka days… trigger happy

    @chuckie I agree sir… someone will never be the same again XD …oh did you mean bernice? or the traumatized school girls? hahaahha

    @usagijen heheheh 🙂 yeah those notes are adorable XD

    @neiloytz hahahaha pagtiguwang nimo neil mag blush and giggle sad ka hahahaha pero yeah enjoy kaayo akong vday 😀 although ang OT pud mi ana nga time

    @johnnypeepers Yeah, everybody does 🙂 although those were chocos XD

  9. February 16, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    A belated Happy Valentines to you too. 😀

    hehehe. Nodame-chan wa kawaii da yo na!

  10. February 17, 2008 at 1:30 am

    She does indeed remind me of Nodame-chan! heheh. Too bad you can’t stay there till the 14th of March so that you too can get those chocos XD

  11. 12 jen_too
    February 17, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    chi! belated Happy hearts.. cute kaau..
    dli lgi halata na handwritten chi?
    chi, picture party ta pgbalik nimo dri ha!?!?

  12. February 17, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    @dru Hontou ni! Friendly pa jud dru ug buutan jud siya 🙂

    @BeLe Di ba???? There’s a chance na ma-extend mi for two weeks >:) just in time for march 14 hahahaha

    @jen_too Hahah really? Nindot na diay akong agi ron? Or sobra kapangit nga dili siya makapasa for something handwritten hahahaha. Picture parteh! Sure!!! Hurutun nako ang 4gb memory ug picture nimo! Get ready!

  13. February 20, 2008 at 8:04 am

    I don’t like chocolates…can they give me some sort of videocard nalang :))

  14. 15 jen_too
    February 23, 2008 at 2:28 am

    murag part na xa daan sa cutie notes chi..
    hahaha.. yaw sd chi boring na kung ako-a ra pix.. kay bele and lia-a nlng!!! heheheh


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