29. January 2009

What’s polite here can offend elsewhere

Nothing interesting happened to me this past few days. Life is so boring and nothing to blog but anyway just found this old article from CHICAGO TRIBUNE its worth a read, facts that we need to know.


Americans aren’t always greeted with open arms when traveling abroad. That could be because open arms aren’t polite in that country.

The travel Web site Vayama. com surveyed U.S. travelers, about half of whom said they have committed social sins in other countries, and about the same number said they simply don’t bother to find out.

We’ve culled some tips from the site’s etiquette section.

• Don’t be offended by Argentine humor, which can sometimes be insulting, such as poking fun at your appearance, weight or attire.

• Don’t kiss the hand of an Austrian woman unless you are Austrian.

• In Brazil, don’t make the “OK” sign with your hand. It’s considered very rude.

• Don’t give a Chinese person a clock as a gift. Clocks are associated with death and funerals.

• In Denmark, don’t be too touchy-feely.

• Conversely, in Italy, don’t pull away or get offended if an Italian associate hugs you.

• In Egypt, don’t use your left hand to eat.

• In Ghana, don’t blow your nose at the dinner table.

• In India, do leave a small amount of food on your plate to show you are satisfied.

• But in Kenya, finish everything to be polite.


1. flamindevil commented on January 30, 2009 at 2:07 AM

In Ghana, don’t blow your nose at the dinner table.

-eh kahit san naman yatang bansa unethical ‘to di ba parekoy?

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2. yhen commented on January 30, 2009 at 2:25 AM

andmi namang donts sa life niyan… kakaloka!

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3. ate honey commented on January 30, 2009 at 8:40 AM

i eat with my left hand when im at home 🙂 whether I use the spoon with my left hand at minsan talaga nagkakamay using it… so bawal pla xa sa egypt hehe

4. Bryan Karl commented on January 30, 2009 at 9:48 PM

That’s what you call societal relativism! 😀

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5. chuvaness commented on January 30, 2009 at 10:12 PM

weird. in most countries, blowing your nose at the dinner table is a no no. in the US, it’s acceptable, ang ayaw nila, yung nag BU-BURP, they find it unethical. Nye! Mas kadiri kaya ang uhog no hahahaha

thanks sa pagdaan dun sa malenggay.info ha

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6. ayel commented on February 01, 2009 at 4:31 AM

This reminds me of the HSBC print advertisement.

Will there ever be one thing that is true to all?

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7. Lionheart commented on February 01, 2009 at 4:32 AM

Basta sa akin..

“Wag na huwag mo akong babatiin ng Happy Valentines day lalo na loveless ako… ”

hehe 🙂

8. angel commented on February 01, 2009 at 8:55 AM

huwaww yung sa clock gusto kong ibigay sa kinaiinisan kong intsik.. bwahaha ansama ko…

ahm, may tag nnga pala ko sayo..


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9. maccallister commented on February 02, 2009 at 2:26 AM

how the hell click become associated with death and funerals?hehe thats weird

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