Monday, 2 March 2015

You can buy designer handbags, but you can't buy class

or maybe now you can.... 

Marcus : Am I holding the teacup right, darling?
Michie : I don't think so? 

I was just reading this article from about social etiquette and how it has become a STATUS SYMBOL, so goodbye designer bags, goodbye fancy watches and jewellery, it's now all about how you behave! 

The article was about how China people behave, and I have encounter one situation, besides them talking very loudly all the time. Marcus and I was in Paris, back when he proposed in 2011. We were walking along Champ Elysees and was heading to the huge Louis Vuitton store as I was helping my mom to find a bag that she wanted. As we were nearing the store, one China couple approached us. They basically wanted us to help them a few LV bags and gave us a bunch of Euros and when we asked why don't you buy it yourself? They replied : Oh, we bought a lot already and there was a quota on our passport. Marcus and I was puzzled but we just say replied Ok, we can try to help since we are going there anyways. They handed us a piece of paper where they wrote a few serial numbers of the bags they wanted to get and just walked away.

This was my second time in LV, CE Paris. We went inside and I normally don't ask for assistance till I  look through all the display bags and will politely wait till the salesperson are free from other customers because as you know, LV CE is always full of people and mainly, China people. Sometimes, it can look like pasar malam where people will just shout and being rude with the salesperson or just them talking loudly. So, came my turn and I was describing this bag that my mom wanted and I also showed them the paper, which the China people gave me. The french salesperson looked at me deeply and said this :

I'll help you get the bag which you describe, but I am not selling you the bags which is listed in the paper.

She continued and asked if these bags are requested by some China tourist, right?

I replied YES ( I didn't want to lie )

She then said that they were so rude and has been shouting in the store and that they were kicked out. They tried to enter a few times later but was kicked out again and now they try to ask passerby to help buy some bags from there. 

I was shocked. So, in the end we gave the China people back their money and just explained to them the situation. 

You see,  good manners plays an important role, if not, you can't even get a designer bag even if you have the money. 

Anyways, back to the title, MANNERS are the new STATUS SYMBOL. In China, there are now classes that teaches you how to behave well to help improve your business, especially for the nouveau riche,  or to prepare you for holidays overseas so that you won't embarrass yourself or simply if you wanna host a high class dinner or party.

They will teach you about how to raise your children, proper table manners and how to pronounce luxury brands so that you won't embarrass yourself, reported by Virginie Mangin from BBC.

For me, YES, social etiquette is really important, and I even have a class on it at during The One Academy college days. I don't know if they still have it but I remembered that class thought me about pairing wines. Red wine goes with red meat while White wine goes with white meat. 

There many to learn, including things like which fork to use for which food? There would be like 3 forks if not mistaken and spoons and all are for different type of food. How to sit, how low can you bend, how not to break the wine glass if you are about to make a speech. 

This also reminds me about the Beauty and the Beast Dining scene where the beast was eating inappropriately in front of Belle or, the movie Princess Diaries. 

I also can't stand people who dress head to toe in LV or Gucci monogram. I remembered I was in Maldives, waiting to board my seaplane where in front of me, stood a China family who dresses in LV monograms head to toe. No joke, especially the father. LV Cap,  Ralph Lauren BIG HORSE T shirt and back to LV belt and then LV shoes. So fancy! Too fancy! Should tone down abit and play mix and match, too much monograms hurts my eyes.

It is great that China now has this kind of class, to help educate people about manners. It's now not about how many properties you have, or what car you drive, it's all about manners and how you behave during meetings, especially in overseas. But of course, not all China people are like that :) 

If you are nice, people will be nice to you too. If not, you can beat them up. Just JOKING! ( where are your manners, Michiekins? )



  1. Wow, seriously?? Never knew One Academy had etiquette classes. Mad cool!

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