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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 07 Oct 2011 8:25 pm

Why do you think I'm still here feeding the flames! :P

Actually, my previous post wasn't even pointed at you, but Billy! (He could almost be an acolyte of yours!) Not sure whether that good or bad so haven't made any final judgement yet!

So where are you at the moment? KL still? Hows the family? Girls should be getting pretty big now. Daddy completely wrapped around their fingers too.

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 07 Oct 2011 8:37 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:And here we go again................ ](*,)


It's fun! :lol:

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Postby nakatago » Fri, 07 Oct 2011 9:05 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Why do you think I'm still here feeding the flames! :P

Actually, my previous post wasn't even pointed at you, but Billy! (He could almost be an acolyte of yours!) Not sure whether that good or bad so haven't made any final judgement yet!


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Postby Vaucluse » Fri, 07 Oct 2011 9:29 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Why do you think I'm still here feeding the flames! :P

Actually, my previous post wasn't even pointed at you, but Billy! (He could almost be an acolyte of yours!) Not sure whether that good or bad so haven't made any final judgement yet!

So where are you at the moment? KL still? Hows the family? Girls should be getting pretty big now. Daddy completely wrapped around their fingers too.


BillyB . . . the second B wouldn't be for Bob, as in BillyBob, now , would it? Well, Ssssooooooooeeeeeee, pickel mah grits and preeepare the hound dawg for mud-rasslin'!

Yes, still in KL . . . and seriously thinking of finally leaving these shores and heading south . . . far south and a bit east. Mrs 'Cluse has spent quite a bit of time there recently, as in two months, looking after her Mum . . . not good . . . and I cringe every time I get what is considered a very good contract which pays a pittance when converted to real money . . . and at a tax rate of 30% . . . fuggedaboudit

(That and the simply shockingly awful KL drivers!!!!! :x :x :x )

Yes, the girls are growing in leaps and bounds, I actually spent the last few days at some very nice resorts in Johor with the littlest one, she had a plush photo shoot session . . . three hours spread over three days :) . . . for some hotel group . . . and daddy (that's me) as her agent had to tag along.

So, why are you still here? Same reason as the last ten years?
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 07 Oct 2011 10:26 pm

MiL still shuffling about, albeit very, very slowly now, and my son is now in the Singapore Navy (started NS in May). So, it looks like things are getting closer (I seriously hope so! - although at the rate the US is going, I might have to change my mind! :o )

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Postby Brah » Sat, 08 Oct 2011 10:57 am

Well maybe it's good that newer people like BB comment on the things that perhaps we've become numb to, but are still pervasive.

I don't think many people expect Draconian manners, but I've become more aware of a lack of basic manners since living here.

Like, what's with that 'holding silverware like playing a flute' thing? Eating off a knife? Sucking spaghetti like it's ramen?

Yeah, little, weird stuff like that you can see any day.

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Postby JR8 » Sat, 08 Oct 2011 3:46 pm

Brah wrote:Well maybe it's good that newer people like BB comment on the things that perhaps we've become numb to, but are still pervasive.

I don't think many people expect Draconian manners, but I've become more aware of a lack of basic manners since living here.

Like, what's with that 'holding silverware like playing a flute' thing? Eating off a knife? Sucking spaghetti like it's ramen?

Yeah, little, weird stuff like that you can see any day.


Good one, another of my pet hates too. I think it is an American thing :)

The funny thing is sloppy habits usually simplying a task, but this one makes it look both vulgar and ridiculously awkward.

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Postby Vaucluse » Sat, 08 Oct 2011 8:21 pm

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Brah wrote:Well maybe it's good that newer people like BB comment on the things that perhaps we've become numb to, but are still pervasive.

I don't think many people expect Draconian manners, but I've become more aware of a lack of basic manners since living here.

Like, what's with that 'holding silverware like playing a flute' thing? Eating off a knife? Sucking spaghetti like it's ramen?

Yeah, little, weird stuff like that you can see any day.


Good one, another of my pet hates too. I think it is an American thing :)

The funny thing is sloppy habits usually simplying a task, but this one makes it look both vulgar and ridiculously awkward.


Ok, ok . . . when it comes to how to hold and use cutlery I believe our American brethren should not speak as loud as usual. :)

a) The left arm belongs on the table, not in your lap or generally under the table.
b) Learn to use the left hand to shovel food into your mouths, none of this left hand fork, right hand knife - cut piece of food and then lay down the knife and transfer fork from left to right hand to shove food into mouth. :roll:

Speaking of eating skills . . . even after more than a decade here and loving Indian food . . . I still can't eat with my fingers to save my life, especially rice



Hey Brah! You still here as well?
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Postby JR8 » Sun, 09 Oct 2011 12:56 am

http://www.professionalimagedress.com/d ... styles.htm

The 4th picture, the one in the 3rd row from the top is the 'playing the flute' style...

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Postby Brah » Sun, 09 Oct 2011 11:30 pm

Nah, we don't do that. I don't know any other country where that's done.

Guess silverware handling and chopstick holding is kinda like probably the same people's English and Chinese - reasonable facsimiles thereof but not quite the real thing.

I think you're right - doing it that way has got to be more difficult. I do know that holding chopsticks wrongly is painful, maybe why I learned correctly early on.

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Brah wrote:Like, what's with that 'holding silverware like playing a flute' thing?


Good one, another of my pet hates too. I think it is an American thing :)

The funny thing is sloppy habits usually simplying a task, but this one makes it look both vulgar and ridiculously awkward.

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Postby nakatago » Sun, 09 Oct 2011 11:34 pm

Brah wrote:Nah, we don't do that. I don't know any other country where that's done.

Guess silverware handling and chopstick holding is kinda like probably the same people's English and Chinese - reasonable facsimiles thereof but not quite the real thing.

I think you're right - doing it that way has got to be more difficult. I do know that holding chopsticks wrongly is painful, maybe why I learned correctly early on.

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Brah wrote:Like, what's with that 'holding silverware like playing a flute' thing?


Good one, another of my pet hates too. I think it is an American thing :)

The funny thing is sloppy habits usually simplying a task, but this one makes it look both vulgar and ridiculously awkward.


Why the hell would someone hold cutlery like that?!? Oh wait; I've also seen people hold chopsticks like Kathy Bates does a knife. Nevermind...

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 10 Oct 2011 6:21 am

nakatago wrote:Why the hell would someone hold cutlery like that?!? Oh wait; I've also seen people hold chopsticks like Kathy Bates does a knife. Nevermind...

:oops:

Occasionally I see people eating like this. I guess it gives a better chance to stab what's on the plate if sill alive.

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 10 Oct 2011 6:28 am

My take-away [cough] is why do they go to so much trouble to eat so awkwardly, and look like fools to boot.

I last witnessed someone eating like this in Latvia, and he was English. But then again he had a tatt in gothic script up his forearm reading 'You dream that you were me' or some such chavish drivel.

It provided an amusing distraction during our dinner if nothing else. Watching the proles manage to move food from plate to mouth.

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 10 Oct 2011 7:41 am

More seriously, if the knife is dull and your steak more like a shoe sole this is probably the most efficient compromise between the etiquette and practicality. Normally you won't eat something like this but normally does not always works everywhere and for everybody.

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Postby BillyB » Mon, 10 Oct 2011 8:55 am

x9200 wrote:More seriously, if the knife is dull and your steak more like a shoe sole this is probably the most efficient compromise between the etiquette and practicality. Normally you won't eat something like this but normally does not always works everywhere and for everybody.


That's why it's important to always choose a good steak restaurant!


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