Cleanup after Beirut blast (Source: CNN)
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Cleanup after Beirut blast (Source: CNN)
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Movies like Spiderman, X-Men and Harry Potter are not children movies! Parents, please do not overestimate the attention span of your children and think that they can sit still for an entire movie. When you let them watch movies beyond their league, they become restless.
Restless children in the cinema don't behave, they started to draw unwanted attention to themselves through:
- talking to other movie goers
- running about
- standing on front row chairs and start WAVING at the rest of the audience!!!
Contrary to what parents may believe, your children stop being cute at these moments. Also contrary to what parents may believe, letting your children disturb other movie goers is not socially accepted behavior in civilized countries.
The theatre is not a country club. Do not come to the theatre if:
- you seemingly don't understand English, and,
- you prefer to chat and joke with your friends;
- you want to engage in an sms message conversaton with someone
Instead, save your hardearned 9,000 LL (SGD $9.00) and go somewhere else for coffee and snacks with friends.
When somebody shush you, it means he/she wants you to be quiet. Do not shush back and start a shushing chorus with your friends and subsequently involving half the audience. Perhaps you may not easily comprehend but people are actually there to watch a movie.
A movie is not the same as a play or musical. Movie goers do not have to clap:
- when the movie opens,
- everytime the hero vanquishes the villain,
- when the credits roll
Do not catcall or jeer at the screen everytime an intimate scene comes up. Keep your sexual insecurities to yourselves.
Having said that, I would like to add that movie going has been the most enjoyable experience at Empire ABC at Ashrafieh. The theatres seats are comfortable and well positioned to ensure a good view of the screen. And, most important of it all, a well behaved audience.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Working in the MENA region, I am interested to know what are some of the common etiquettes which I may not be aware of. I was able to find something for Morocco but not Algeria or Lebanon. Here are the some of the ones on Morocco I found interesting:
When Moroccans greet each other they take their time and converse about their families, friends, and other general topics.
Yeah, I'm familiar with that. I usually get asked how was my flight 32 times everyday after my arrival to Morocco.
Who you know is more important than what you know, so it is important to network and cultivate a number of contacts who may then assist you in working your way through the serpentine bureaucracy.
Right on! Things never get done if you follow the rules.
Once a relationship has developed, it is common to kiss on both cheeks, starting with the left cheek while shaking hands, men with men and women with women.
Everyone seems to be kissing everyone, I'm confused.
In business it is extremely important to verify anything that has been agreed to in front of others as it may not have been a sincere agreement and the person may have no intention of following through.
Very true! They promise the sky but upon the deadline, they look the other way.
Since Moroccans judge people on appearances, dress and present yourself well.
Dress to kill!!! *Roarrrrrr*
Moroccans prefer to do business with those they know and respect, therefore expect to spend time making a personal relationship before business is conducted.
Whew, I wonder when this meeting will ever end?
It is best to avoid scheduling meetings during Ramadan since Muslims cannot eat or drink during the day.
Better yet, avoid scheduling work.
Companies are hierarchical. The highest ranking person makes decisions, but only after obtaining a group agreement.
False. With or without group agreement. As point 2 is true, most of the group don't know anything or say anything, the decision gets passed by the highest ranking person either way.
Eat and drink only with the right hand.
Right for input function, left for output function. Makes perfect sense.
Expect to be urged to take more food off the communal plate. Providing an abundance of food is a sign of hospitality.
Ordering food in excess amount is a sign of opulence.
Everything else can be found here