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Eating with the family

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?

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Seat Belt

Hey everyone, you are facing once again a story of mine.

Most people are used to seat belt, those nice little extras in the car to keep you safe. In China they few it differently, most taxis do not even have seat belts in the back seats. Once I used the seat belt in the front seat of a taxi, apparently it hadn’t been used forever as it was kind of stucked. After the ride my shirt had a nice black stripe across my chest…well, you cant have everything I guess.

So I asked my parents in law (with the translating help of my wife) why Chinese people avoid the seat belts. The dad said he had no idea, as he always uses it, however the mom said that the seat belt is too tight for Chinese people and it hinders you to get out of a car after a crash…omg…sure, because without a seat belt you can not get out anyways 😀

When they visited us some weeks ago I also noticed that both of them never used those safety belts. They usually sat in the back of the car, not the front. So I asked once again with the help of my wife, why they wouldn’t use the belts, as we have also a terrible high fine when caught without the belt and the answer was “In the backseats of a car you are safe, nothing can happen there”…

Why oh why is this happening. I asked some other Chinese I know and they told me similar stories. It seems they sometimes even learn that stuff from driving school etc. though I cannot believe that, would be just too extreme.