Eastern Vs Western Communication

Every word of this is truer than true, which did not stop me from laughing so hard I had tears running down my cheeks.  Dave Barry on visiting Japan (but this is true of at least two other eastern cultures with which I have some passing familiarity):

“Compared with the Japanese, the average American displays in communication all the subtlety of Harpo hiting Zeppo with a dead chicken. The Japanese tend to communicate via nuance and euphemism, often leaving important things unsaid; whereas Americans tend to think they’re being subtle when they refrain from grabbing the listener by the shirt.  (and they are all generally very reluctant to come right and tell a person “no.”


He created a handy little table, which, to this American is side splittingly funny, but it’s not at all subtle.  Nevertheless, you should probably understand what these things probably mean:

I see.  Translation: No.

Ah.  Translation: No

Ah-hah.  Translation: No.

Yes.  Translation: No.

That is difficult.  Translation: That is completely impossible.

That is very interesting.  Translation: Why are you still asking for the impossible, you boorish American? Don’t you know enough to be embarrassed?

We will study your proposal.  Translation: We will feed your proposal to a goat.


I couldn’t find a youtube video of the Marx brothers with a chicken (that sounds more like The Three Stooges to me), but I did find this:


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Self Awareness Level Zero


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Sending food to your college kid

My last two babies are in college. I send one of them a gift card for gas (when her big sister remembers to take care of that transaction for me, LOL).
I send my son some groceries once a month. Last year I did it via Amazon. This year he has a car so he can go pick them up at Walmart via their grocery pick up service.
I could just send a check, and in some ways, he’d probably prefer that (last year I couldn’t, it was Amazon affiliate money). But I like being able to pick some of the food he eats (even if he probably gives some of those same foods away) and I like being able to throw in something like a box of hot cocoa mix, or a bag of mini candy bars or a pint of cherry tomatoes once in a while. It’s one small way to maintain a personal touch across the oceans that divide us. Also, he has to text me at least once or twice since I need him to tell me the best time for him to pick up the order and to tell me if he needs more cooking oil or not.;-D
I am tickled that he asked for ingredients to make Korean beef (with ground beef), and for raw broccoli.
Walmart gave me an affiliate link, so if you have never used their grocery pick up service and you want to give it a try, if you use my link, each of us gets ten dollars to apply toward an order.
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Davao Climate

Rainy season is 9 months of the year, if not 10. The driest month of the year is March, which only gets an average rainfall of 3 inches.  In a month.  I grew up mostly in the desert with an annual rainfall of 6 inches.

“We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The perceived humidity level in Davao, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggyoppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 100%throughout.”  https://weatherspark.com/y/141485/Average-Weather-in-Davao-Philippines-Year-Round

We don’t flip for the cool side of the pillow, y’all. We flip for the slightly less damp side.

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Gulaman drinks on hot days

I don’t make this, but I have seen the gulaman blocks at the store and wondered how one prepared them, and I do buy gulaman drinks on hot days.  They are indeed incredibly delicious and refreshing, and I do not ordinarily prefer drinks with texture and floating things.


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