One thing, most likely the most important thing I have learned so far, comes to eating out with my Asian family.
It is a matter of sitting on the table. It is of utmost importance to sit as far as possible away from your mom in law and any other older female relative. You may wonder why would I do such terrible thing and avoid those people. The answer is simple: SURVIVAL!
The thing is, when eating out, no matter how often you said already that you are done and full, and no matter how full your plate is, you mom in law and other older female relatives will always put new food on your plate. They may say things like “Oh try this” or “You didn’t have enough of this yet” or “Even I ate more” or “There are more dishes coming”.
During my first visit in China I made the terrible mistake to try to finish everything on my plate, and sometimes table (as I have learned to do so by my own parents) but the food never ended until I felt always so sick that I couldn’t move anymore and was some pounds heavier after China.
My strategy is simple nowadays, as most table are round in the restaurant when eating with many people, I position myself between my wife and my dad in law or any other person I can trust not to force feed me.
Another thing is, somehow no matter how thin some Chinese may appear, they all can eat more than you could even imagine. I do not know how they do it, but sometimes it appears that they can eat at least 50% of their own body weight, and that 4-5 times a day!
Anyone else out there with strategies when eating with Asian families?
So, my parents in law were just here visiting us and they were amazed by the contour sheets for the bed. So they decided to buy lots and lots of them here in the stores.
Mom in law wanted those sheets in a huge measurement like 200×180, no questions asked by me, because she should know herself how big the bed is…
So the other da my wife got a message from her mom (who is now back in China) that the sheets do not fit SURPRISE!!! The bed is only 150cm or wide.
My wife asked then why she had to buy so big sheets and the answer was:
“These are contour sheets so I thought they would fit on any size”
Okay okay, sounds already a bit weird but it gets better.
My wife wasn’t too happy about it because we bought the sheets for the parents. The great idea to rescue the situation came by her mom once again:
“I come back to visit you anyways in half a year, so I just bring the sheets with me so you can return them”.
SURE, bring back opened sheets after half a year to the store.
Asian logic? Chinese logic? Or did I just hit the jackpot with my parents in law? 🙂
You’ve been ever in a Zoo with Chinese? No, well you didnt miss a thing. The problem is that according to them (at least my parents in law) all the animals are some kind of mouse or other standard house pet.
So when we passed by some walrus my mom in law asked my wife “What is this for a weird mouse?” My wife tried to convince her that it is a sea mammal but all what happened then “That’s a really huge mouse!”…D’oh.
Have you ever seen the red panda? It’s a fluffly little thing and my dad in law “Oh, what a nice cat.”
You might say that this is all not so bad, just amusing. Ofcourse its amusing in the beginning but it all adds up to create a mass of confusing and irritation for a normal mortal being such as myself