Dining Etiquettes of Indonesians
23 Nov 2015

Dining Etiquettes of Indonesians

Every country has different dining etiquettes or table manners depending on their cultures. Etiquette covers nearly all aspects of dining, from attitudes to the use of cutleries. Eastern countries, such as Indonesia, have different ways of eating from Western countries. As an example, in Indonesia, it is very common to eat with hands while sitting cross legged. Though each island has different etiquettes, below are...

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Table etiquette of Filipinos
16 Nov 2015

Table etiquette of Filipinos

Eating habits of various cultures are as diverse — and strange — as the cultures themselves. It’s no wonder why some table etiquette practices would be considered as “normal” in one country while it could be considered as improper when practiced in another country. Still, the age-old adage of “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” is very applicable when it comes to understanding...

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‘Right thumb rule’ and other laws of Indian dining
11 Nov 2015

‘Right thumb rule’ and other laws of Indian dining

Eating is a necessity, but your hunger is no excuse to throw your manners out the window. Call the dining table your theatre of sorts, because no matter how badly you want to chomp on the food before you, there are rules of engagement—and, to your hosts, breaking these could quickly become a judgment of what you are made of. Well, for most, the problem...

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Throwing Ricecakes – Perang Topat
09 Nov 2015

Throwing Ricecakes – Perang Topat

When you want to witness a “fun war” firsthand, then head over to Indonesia within the last months of the year for the Perang Topat Festival. No, it’s not an oxymoron, we promise. Yes, war is never fun, but when it involves food throwing, then that’s another “art of war” altogether! Perang Topat is all about the peaceful meeting of two cultures, namely the Hindus...

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Cambodian Water Festival – A Grand National Celebration
04 Nov 2015

Cambodian Water Festival – A Grand National Celebration

Who would have thought that a naturally occurring event in the waters of the world would merit a grand carnivalesque festival? Leave it to the Cambodians to formulate this festival around this phenomenon and deeply root it to their history, culture and traditions. This, in a way, encapsulates what Bom On Touk or the Cambodian Water Festival is all about. This grand celebration is one...

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