Friday, 31 July 2009

Keeping in touch

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It has been an ordinary week for me. Or so I thought until things that transpired, especially nos. 1 - 4 turned out to be major!

1. A cousin's overseas call. When my phone rang on Wednesday night, its little screen showed a private number calling. "It's Ireland again," I guessed. But it was from someone better - a dear cousin in France! We talked for almost two hours. Nothing beats chatting with a close relative you don't usually have communication with for years. The best part is knowing she's back to normal work with her chemotherapy sessions behind her.

2. A friend's email. Her advice meant a lot to me. I appreciate escaping from a crappy deal and knowing where I stand, what to do next and how to explore other options.

3. A consultant's reply. I am in contact with an education and training consultant in the UK. The replies to my queries are positively promising. I am really smiling. Even in my sleep!

4. Useful website information. When you need to do important, personal research right on, the internet is pure wonder!

5. Durian chips. I love the milky, creamy feel on the palate. They're my tummy fillers as I researched into midnites.

Look at that mess!

On the night of Cj's second birthday, his second cousins (my first cousin's kids) came over for a slumber party with us at home. Or it was just them because I sleep so well when I'm in Pinas I am useless when it comes to slumber parties. While waiting for dinner Cj's cousins had nothing to do and thought it fun to mess up his face with icing:

The mess on the following shot may be inconspicuous but it's Cj's messiest moment so far. He was evading bath like an adult evading taxes. Yaya was chasing him around. With hair unkempt and a shirt that needs changing, he's ready to run again:

He wanted to go with me to the Plenary Hall, and I wouldn't have minded, but kids aren't allowed in there. He lost his poise and had milk droplets all over. The marks kept me aware of the fact that when it's time to take off the black robe and high heels, it was also time to be a mom with a kiddo to deal with:

I will be honest with you, fellow mommies. While it's cute to observe kids in their messy glory, I don't particularly enjoy picking up after them, lol!

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Thursday, 30 July 2009

Wife Version 1.0

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A girl friend forwarded an email from EnjoyTheMasti to her gang which comprises two wives: one married for a couple of years and the other is married for more than ten years; a beautiful, single 'dis-engaged' (her fiance found a low-quality, ancient and illegal version of Wife 1.0) and a happy divorcee (me). Widow is luckily not in this gang yet, and hopefully non-existent in say, fifty years. From the email, I am listing down 13 points from both the Troubled User and the reply from Tech Support. P.S. Sense of humor 5.0 will help you laugh your way down the list:

Complaint from Troubled User

1. Last year I upgraded from Girlfriend version 7.0 to Wife version 1.0.

2. I soon noticed that the new program began unexpected child processing that took up a lot of space and valuable resources.

3. In addition, Wife 1.0 installed itself into all other programs and now monitoring system activity: applications such as Poker Night 10.3, Football 5.0, Hunting and Fishing 7.5 and Racing 3.6. I can't seem to keep Wife 1.0 in the background while attempting to run my favorite applications.

4. I'm thinking about going back to Girlfriend 7.0 but the uninstall doesn't work on Wife 1.0. Please Help!

Reply from Tech Support

5. This is a very common problem that men complain about. Many people upgrade from Girlfriend 7.0 to Wife 1.0 thinking that it is just a Utilities and Entertainment Program.

6. Wife 1.0 is an OPERATING SYSTEM. You cannot go back to Girlfriend 7.0 because Wife 1.0 is designed to not allow this.

7. Look in your Wife 1.0 manual under Warning-Alimony-Child Support. I recommend that you keep Wife 1.0 and work on improving the situation.

8. I suggest installing the background application "Yes Dear" to alleviate the software augmentation.

9. The best course of action is to enter the command C:\APOLOGIZE because ultimately you will have to give the APOLOGIZE command before the system will return to normal anyway.

10. Wife 1.0 is a great program. Although it tends to be very high maintenance, Wife 1.0 comes with several support programs such as Clean and Sweep 3.0, Cook It 1.5 and Do Bills 4.2.

11. However, be very careful how you use these programs. Improper use will cause the system to launch the program Nag Nag 9.5.

12. Once this happens, the only way to improve the performance of Wife 1.0 is to purchase additional software called Flowers 2.1 and Diamonds 5.0

13. WARNING!!! DO NOT, under any circumstances, install Secretary With Short Skirt 3.3. This application is not supported by Wife 1.0 and will cause irreversible damage to the operating system.

Violators will be shot

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Early morning in mid-April three years ago I traipsed The Costwolds (west-central England) and entered a shop with this sign over its doorpost:

A few minutes in I found out that this sign was for sale. A few steps back this is the narrow entrance to the shop:

You must have noticed that the sign is old with rusty edges that invite tetanus. Who in his right mind would buy it? Maybe someone actually would. You see this sign is the antique version of the one sold at Taylor Gifts online. And as long as the world does not run out of sentimentalists, there is always a possibility for this sign to end up in someone's collection.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Exams that rock

Years ago my classmates and I took final exams in Research and Evaluation. Our Japanese-American professor played classical music while we were battling monster questions that required analysis only a well-balanced neurotic would bow down to weave. Today at work I will be facing exams, but not as a taker. It's something lighter - I will administer them. If it's any help to my students, the Business Communication exams I wrote last week were actually as easy as eating shelled peanuts. But they're not reading this post, are they?; and they're too busy worrying about Accounting and Labour Law. According to my timetable this week those are the exams I'm going to invigilate.

To set the mood I got Survivor's Eye of the Tiger to listen to. Something tells me I will be listening to the same music when I monitor results afterwards. If these young adults are going to rock in business, they better survive exams that rock as well. This is my first post for Musical Monday and I feel I'm going to love this meme. The lyrics provided in the video come with a warning: ignore cream, imagine thrill. Computer system at STech International does not have a mercy button for wrong moves in the exams. No time to dwell on cream. Luckily for examinees, the invigilator has the final say on the awarding of grades. That's where I'm having the thrill. *wicked grin* May I go clichic now and without further ado wish you happy listening.

Jori and Diane are hosting Musical Monday. Head over to their sites to play along.


1. Your mate or spouse or the person you have known on a personal level for quite a while, comes to you and suggests that things need to be spiced up and suggests a threesome. what is your reaction?
~ not tonight dear (nor tomorrow nite, nor at anytime...)

2. you are doing the shopping at the grocery store and there is one bad habit you wish your mate would give up and it's on your list to buy. Do you conveniently forget the item or go ahead and feed their habit?
~ shop-lifters have zero appeal to me in the first place, so I can't relate

3. Your spouse/mate/date is driving and you are feeling seriously scared about the speed the they are traveling. You have already complained twice about their driving skills. Do you demand they slow down? or bite your lip? Will they call you a backseat driver and will an argument more than likely breakout?
~ if they didn't slow down - I'm out. Out of the car. Out of the relationship

4. Your neighbors put their dogs out at 630 AM everyday and they bark non stop and wake you up. How do you handle the problem?
~ use earmuffs

5. Tell us about something that you can do that more than likely not a lot of other people can do.
~ boringly ordinary me - none I guess.

6. Do you still have any of your childhood toys that might be worth some money?
~ if after playing with my barbie dolls my cousin didn't leave them on the floor for my mother's dog to nibble on, they might be worth something. But I can't be sure exactly. I just remember they were beautiful, one was really expensive-looking; all of them shipped from Australia

7. what is/was your all time favorite Beatles Song??
~ I was born post-Beatles era ... But I like Sir Paul minus that Heather

8. If you felt motivated to really tighten up the house hold budget, what item would you need to give up to save money?
~ I won't give up anything; but I will economize everything

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Sunday, 26 July 2009

Three cars and a boy

Our Weekend Memoirs

Siam Paragon was very crowded last weekend. I took my son to this mall for a Harry Potter 6 date. Up and up we went, using the elevators. Then we stopped. It was where a former student had her picture taken. I recognize the background. The car gallery. Or should I say the gallery where the fast and flashy wheels sit on display until some multi-millionaire decides to have them. My globe-trotting former student fancied a meeting somewhere there with me. A quick one. Nothing serious. She was in Bangkok for a couple of days, en route to wherever in the world her job was taking her. And I was en route to a job that has been gluing me to the same metropolis for two years and a decade.

Out of the blue Cj thought that despite being usually shy around the camera, it wouldn't be so bad to clown a bit in front of gorgeous machinery. Y chromosomes or the spaciousness of the spot for mimicking movie character actions, documented; or it could be what I didn't speculate at all. He goofed. The camera clicked. And there went a weekend among cars, popcorn and Imax.

Porsche smile

Antique curiousity (Jesada Technik)

Lamborghini pose

Saturday, 25 July 2009

TSMSS: A Medley

Two weeks ago I posted a song by the Heritage, and thought I would like to post another one this week, and maybe more in the following weeks. You might like listening to more of them too. Here's one customer review of the Heritage Singers:

" ... known for their brilliant vocal harmonies, [This] talented group of young, professional musicians feature seven carefully selected vocalists with vocal styles ranging from traditional to contemporary Christian, celebrating 36 years of ministry. The passionate conviction of these musicians shines through their music. Their honesty, integrity and unquestionable commitment to excellence touch a common chord with listeners from every walk of life.

As pastors and evangelists from churches around the world testify, an evening with the Heritage Singers will encourage, edify and inspire you to a deeper love relationship with our Lord. The Heritage Singers . . . implementing a musical message of hope, inspiration and peace . . . reaching people, one life at a time. "

Yesterday I sent a text message to my mother asking her how old was I when I learned to sing He Touched Me. "3 years old, why?" came the reply. I sent another text saying I thought I was like 6 or 7.

A doting uncle, I remember, would say to me, "will you sing that song?... that one with 'shackles'?" That was one moonlit night in the mid 70's. Fast forward to 2009, I think of that uncle and remark in my head, he's sooo still very shackled by his drinking problem. I hope one day he gets his issue sorted.

This is a medley consisting four songs that many of us are familiar with, but I guess would like to hear again and again.

TSMSS is hosted by Amy of Signs, Miracles and Wonders.
Visit her site to join or listen to more wonderful music.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Friday's Fave Five: Popcorn and exams

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Four out of my fave fives this week happened in one day. No. 3 is serendipity, no. 4 a surprise, and no. 5 a first experience for my five-year old. Here we go:

1. Exam-writing accomplished. Midterms at STech International next week are online. I finished writing and uploading Business Communication exams yesterday. And that means I will have a worry-free weekend :-)

2. Quick wait. My kiddo and I love japanese cuisine. Ok, we dine out at japanese restaurants every week, but the nice thing about Fuji this week is it took the staff only a few minutes to have us seated.

3. Jesada Technik Museum. A Thai businessman with a hobby of collecting different vehicles from around the world, put up some of his collection, rare cars (the rest are in his home province) for public view at Siam Paragon. We stumbled upon his collection while malling. As I'm a sucker for most things old, specially rare (antiques fascinate me a great deal), this museum was an excitingly wonderful find.

4. A friend is pregnant and I'm going to be the godmom! I wonder how to best fulfill the responsibility of long-distance god mothering (she might be in the US before or after the baby is born), but I don't want to worry about that right now.

5. Popcorn and Imax. I introduced Cj to the theatre for the first time. We had an afternoon of sheer relaxation and munchies that we haven't had for awhile.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Mommy Moments: First Milestone

By the time Cj learned his first steps, I was back in Bangkok after leaving him with my mother to sort out my divorce. I did not see my son's very first, unaided step. I did personally witness his initial steps, the practice steps with those wobbly, chubby legs navigating the floor.

What makes Cj's first official walk extra special is the fact that he walked on my mother's birthday!
He was 1 year and 3 weeks old on June 15th. I recall my mother's cheer, "my best birthday gift ever!"

The entire first year is what I would consider Cj's first milestone. Up came his first word, first christmas, meeting his maternal grandparents for the first time, albeit online; well, almost all firsts, just like any other kid. Alas, I wasn't very keen on taking pictures then. I did manage to keep this photo on his first birthday. The rest are in those old-fashioned albums.

A few hours after birth Cj flashed me his very first smile:

Twenty-two weeks later I and his Dad came home from an evening out. It was the first time Cj and I were apart for hours. I had to attend a wedding party of his Dad's staff member's son. You know that sort of expectation from a business executive wife to look beautiful, behave graciously and maintain poise all night at social functions? I learned that stuff quickly but that particular night my mind was far from business decorum. I was a case of motherly nerves underneath make-up and jewelry.

First 'reunion' after being apart for five hours:

That was my first socialization after becoming a mom. And it was also the first time I felt happy and excited and really hurrying to go back home. It's uncharacteristic of me to hurry home from a social event unless I'm tired or bored. And I rarely get tired or bored at parties. So I was surprised at myself for wanting to go back home as early as possible eventhough that wedding party was going well.

Motherhood has domesticated a party-loving chick. And I didn't mind a hoot!

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A Muggle's Musing

An advice circulates, 'do not judge a movie by its book.' In a book lover's blog is a little reversal of nouns in the same advice - 'do not judge a book by its movie.' I read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince shortly after its release in 2005. A few weeks before the film was due, I read the book again purely for entertainment. And as I read it once more this week I find a different kind of appeal with a more reflective approach on its magical contents and what seem to be their counterparts in the muggle world.

Before I wax enumerative, I must say I love Samulli's header from the T13 home, thank you very much. Hmm... that was obvious - a fan that I am of Rowling's genius. Okay, no more further incantations. These are a muggle's 13 musings:

1. The Other Minister - imagine you are premier of your country discussing issues with your wizard counterpart.... Perhaps we can fancy the others for bridges collapsing, the H1N1 flu, or future pestilence.

2. "You don't pay here," was the Weasley twins' instructions to Harry who gave them his Triwizard Tournament prize galleons to start up their shop, Weasleys Wizard Wheezes. Wizards also practice debt of gratitude, don't they?

3. "Cough up," said the Weasley twins to their younger brother Ron who was gathering his choice of goods from the shelves. I agree that just because you're a brother of the owners doesn't mean you get stuff for free. Many a muggle business is ruined because blood relations or close friends take advantage of or even abuse business dealings. There are instances where we get a job we're not qualified to do because Uncle is the CEO or Grandma is the mayor. Will some wizard draw his wand and blast off nepotism from muggle culture?

4. Guaranteed ten-second pimple vanisher - and I just vanished from a dinner appointment because of break-outs. Botox, lasers, IPLs, you name them, aside from being costly, take time to administer with results coming out in the next full moon

5. Extendable ears - gossips would probably line up to purchase them if they were sold at Tesco or Walmart (lol). Do you wonder what's the counterpart of extendable ears used in our world to scan private emails or confidential info?

6. Harry and Narcisa Malfoy's exchange of words - if this part was in the film I hope it will have shown teenagers how to talk back to adults fairly. In some cultures, and you may be aware of them, the young are expected to bow their heads and keep their mouth shut while adults abuse them verbally. These adults appear to deem tongue-lashing their privilege and it's disrespectful of the youth to talk back even if it's done politely and within the bounds of reason. This is one facet I don't like, nor agree with in a hierarchical society. I'm going to have a coronary if I have to go on without freedom of speech.

7. Slug Club - Have you had a professor like Horace Slughorn? He reminds me of a professor who, in that boarding school I attended, was known in hush-hush tones as a collector of students who are either rich or popular or brainy or talented. They were called Miranda's Angels and were usually the ones seen on stage, or making up the editorial staff of the school publications. (I'm not complaining though as I didn't have to gate-crash like Malfoy *sheepish smile*)

8. Potions Book - Harry changed the cover of the Half-Blood Prince's old potions book with the cover of his new copy. In highschool my classmates used to cover Mills & Boon paperbacks with A4 and write "The New Testament" on its front. It was their
Bible during long, boring sermons in church.

9. Secrecy Sensors - non-magic folk have metal detectors, body scanners or K9's to name a few

10. Veela's wedding - I wish they portrayed Fleur's wedding in the film. We are used to stunning brides; I am curious how a veela would look in wedding garb. She must be bewitchingly beautiful.

12. Levicorpus - the previous weeks two of my T13 were about non-verbal communication. Muggles wave, wink, bow or beckon. Wizards dangle upside-down in mid-air when a non-verbal spell is used on them.

13. Quidditch and Felix Felicis - football and anabolic steroids

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Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Wordful Wednesday: Grace before meals

Somewhere in the memes that I'm playing was a question about traditions. I answered that grace before meals is one tradition I am still following. To me it is never outdated. And I make sure that it's exactly what my kiddo does before dining. Lunch in a japanese restaurant last Saturday was no exemption. Cj automatically readied himself to say grace when our order started arriving. This time though he had a different facial expression. He either sensed the camera coming out of my purse and thought it should wait or he was just teasing me. Whatever it was, I hope the Giver of blessings up there didn't mind

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Tuesday, 21 July 2009

That's My World Tuesday: Jesada Technik

I was at Siam Paragon on Saturday afternoon (18.07.09). The main purpose was to watch Harry Potter 6 but while waiting around for it, I found what I thought at first were expensive toy cars. They turned out to be old cars from Thai businessman Jesada Dejsakulrit's once private collection of practically all means of transport. The decade-old collection includes "everything from a helicopter to a London Bus, and very soon it will have a Russian-made U194 submarine."

Mr. Dejsakulrit enthuses, "apart from rare cars, I began accumulating other means of transportation such as boats and airplanes. At the time being we have about 400 cars, including an assortment of old tricycles from all corners of the globe, military and commercial aircrafts and land vehicles." These items are in the businessman's home province.

According to the online source available in English (seemingly 98% are written in Thai), Mr. Dejsakulrit conceptualized Thailand's very first museum of exotic cars after a trip to Hanover, Germany, famous for the Bubble car. Mr. Dejsakulrit wants to 'offer school children the opportunity to see these rare and exotic vehicles' up close. Bless his heart. He even reportedly gives them free lunch.

Alright the aircrafts and the whiskey-class submarine coming in from Sweden may be too large inside this mall so for now let's have a look at these finds:







This exhibit is free of charge. And you can click your camera all you want. The only request is Do Not Touch the display. Don't you just love it when wealthy people are humanists at the same time?

(Information is condensed from

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Sunday, 19 July 2009

Magical Appointment

There is a first in everything, or so at least it seems. In my kiddo's case Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is his first theatre experience.

We arrived at Siam Paragon a little before 3 PM yesterday (18.07.09). Friends who came to the same mall for the same purpose were kind to book our Imax seats for 8 PM.

So we loitered around the Pride of Bangkok for a few hours while waiting for our magical appointment. All the time I was wondering what would be Cj's reaction when he faces the big screen for the first time.

Just as I suspected, Cj didn't want to go in. Well, who would when thunderous sound effects greet you at the entrance? I find them a little unsettling myself, no matter how used I am to them already.

Having read reviews of the movie here and there, I already had an idea of what to expect. I sat on the front row near the exit, not my original seat, to keep track of my baby situation. Every few minutes I peeped through the glass, and observed Cj, milk bottle dangling between his teeth, shaking his head to the staff who tried to coax him to go inside. On my third try, he finally decided that sitting inside with Mommy wouldn't be as awkward as his ungrammatical insistence, "I don't like!!!..."

Harry has grown much from the Chamber of Secrets, Cj's and my favorite of the six films. The little guy yawned wider than his goggles as more hormones than horcruxes showed up on the Half-Blood Prince. I had my shawl ready to block his view of the macabre scenes. He dozed off right before the inferis crept up. And I watched the rest of the movie in peace.

I heard Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is coming up in two parts. Cj will be about 6 or 7 years old when the 7th installment hits the big screen. As long I am not sure I will be better armed with good paraphrasing skills by then, I will be watching it alone or with friends my age. The girl friends I was with last night, by the way, are full-fledged medical professionals. Who says a doctor and a nurse are not responsive to magic?

Friday, 17 July 2009

Friday's Fave Five: Scents and colors

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What a week! These are my faves:

1. Scents. It’s in the morning when the lift in my apartment building becomes an open-close bottle of mixed perfumes. Residents start the day clean, fresh, and usually sweet smelling. On their way to work via the lift they leave traces of different scents: Christian Dior, Calvin Klein - must be the businessmen; Clinique, Chanel - must be the office girls; Versace, it must be me this week. It’s fun noticing a usually unnoticed detail in the bustle of life.

2. Jeans. One of my joys is simply wearing jeans after a hard day's work.

3. Neurosis. I found this book on a pile at Asia Books this week. For so much laughter it gave me, 178 baht ($5) is an unbelievable steal!

The blurb:

"...wonderfully funny..." - Chicago Sun-Times

"Tasteful, fresh, and intelligent..." Library Journal

"...gut-busting..." - Los Angeles Times

4. Colors. There's this tip from a Reader's Digest article: If you are worrying whether what you eat is balanced or not, and have trouble knowing exactly what to eat, just make sure your food has all natural colors from the rainbow and your diet is healthy enough. I make sure my morning coffee is always accompanied by salad with as many colors in them as possible. And finding this japanese salad dressing is a big favorite this week as it helps me take in healthy food that sometimes just don't appeal to my palate, especially when I'm rushing to work.

5. Hats. I love them! and I got to lend them to a friend. I love sharing what I love to friends, and when I see that they are appreciated or enjoyed, I love to share them even more. These hats were in Fiji Islands for almost two weeks! My friend wore them during a fishing trip there with her fiance.

Mommy Moments: Playtime

It's random playing time here, picture-wise. It took me a bit longer to put together an entry for this week's theme. Most photos in Cj's albums are of him playing. "Damn indecision," to quote MJ from his 'She's out of my life,' (haven't gotten over him yet, btw) on choosing snaps to show off today. Cj plays in the water, on solid ground, and through the... ok, not another song, lol. He just plays virtually non-stop; I fuss about it sometimes. His Dad says, "Her Royal Highness, the Princess Mother encourages all children in the Kingdom to play, play, play while they are young. When they grow up, it will be work, work, work."

Over at his Dad's place, which I call the Toy Jungle, toys are knee-high on the floor. I occasionally tread things I can't even identify, and I'm there only ten minutes max once a week. Sometimes I sit on a bench outside the gate and watch Cj play with the village kids. But once he threw his ball too hard, it bounced too high and landed atop a neighbor's bungalow with a loud thud. I thought the roof had split open. Game over was Mommy's prompt announcement. Today, I make it simple - three snaps from the first album I happened to click while preparing this post.

Favorite spot to play in and mess up - yaya's room

With his water gun during Songkran nite, or Thai New Year:

While waiting for our lunch at S & P, he improvised the spoon into a drum stick and experimented with sounds on the table. Getting embarrassed, I asked him to lower the volume of his 'wonderful' composition, before other patrons started noticing. Luckily he obeyed:

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Thursday, 16 July 2009

Whisper your wishes

Cross-cultural misunderstandings are rife among gestures of beckonings and farewells in different parts of our planet. For example, the American gesture for "come here" could mean "good-bye" to Italians. Axtell (1998) observes, "the way people beckon one another around the world can be almost as diverse as the way we greet and bid farewell to one another." Today we look into popular hand gestures to signal farewells and to beckon.

1. In the United States, common gesture for getting someone's attention, as when calling a waiter is to raise a hand about head high with the index finger raised (exactly the girl's hand gesture on Samulli's header)

  • If an American used that gesture to a waiter in Germany, saying "Water please," the German waiter would bring two glasses of water
  • In Japan it is rude; pointing a finger at anyone is considered impolite
2. Italians and Greeks will often wave goodbye with the arm extended, palm up, curling all the fingers back and forth toward themselves.
3. The same hand gesture means "come here" in America. But in countries as widespread as the former Yugoslavia and Malaysia, the gesture is used only for calling animals. Therefore, using it to call a human would be terribly impolite.

4. I
n Indonesia and Australia, is it also used for beckoning "ladies of the night."
  • North Americans do not customarily use this gesture and may consider it uncomfortable, effeminate, or puzzling
  • If not done properly in some European countries, particularly Italy and Greece, this gesture might be confused with one used to signal "good-bye." In that case, while the palm faces down, the fingers are waggled up and down as opposed to making an inward, scratching motion.
5. In France, the preferred way to call a waiter to your table is simply to catch his eye and then perhaps nod the head backward quickly.

6. In Colombia, one way to get a waiter's attention is to clap the hands lightly.
  • In Mexico, they purse and pucker their lips and make a kissing noise with the lips
7. In China, to beckon a waiter to refill your tea, simply turn your empty cup upside down in its saucer. If the teapot is empty, turn its lid upside down.

8. In Spain, Mexico, Haiti, when calling a waiter, restaurant patrons can be heard issuing a noise with the lips, something like "hssst," or "psssssst."
  • In the Philippines, I remember teachers in the grades emphasizing to us that whistling to call a waiter's attention is done only by uneducated people who live far away from civilization.
9. In fine restaurants in Brazil "you don't ever gesture or signal to get a waiter's attention - you should never have to-the waiter should hover so closely near your side that all you have to do is raise your head upward and whisper your wishes."

  • It's similar with fine restaurants in Thailand; at least the ones I experienced. Waiters are on stand-by the whole time you are dining.
10. Throughout much of Europe and in many Latin American countries the preferred gesture for signaling "come over here" is to extend the arm, hand out, palm down, and then make a scratching motion with the fingers (Figure 2.12).

11. Vulcan farewell - is a Jewish priestly benediction, Leonard Nimoy, the Vulcan space alien
recalled having seen in synagogues, where its significance is that it resembles the Hebrew letter that is the first letter of a word that represents God's name.

12. In Europe, the customary way to wave "hello" or "goodbye" is with the arm up and extended out, with palm down, and just the hand bobbing up and down at the wrist (Figure 2.8).

13. Semaphore action - it is the term used to describe how Americans tend to wave goodbye (Figure 2.7).

Source: Axtell, R. E. (1998). Gestures: The do's and taboos of body language around the world. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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