Tag Archive: culture

Oct 01

Asian Food Etiquette – Eating, Drinking and Dining Etiquette

We all want to be welcomed when we travel – especially around the dinner table. Nobody wants to make social blunders when it comes to eating. Should we accept another glass of tea? Is it impolite to leave food on our plate? What should I do with these chopsticks when I’m done? We definitely see …

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Mar 31

Absorbing Australia through Australian Art at Art Gallery of NSW

Last week the winners of Australia’s most important and most-talked about annual art contest, the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, were announced and the exhibition of finalists opened at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (NSW), Sydney’s and possibly Australia’s premiere art museum. We were in Sydney last year during the final days of the exhibition …

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Aug 10

Ramadan Around The World

As the holy month of Ramadan is currently underway we thought we’d provide a guide for those of you travelling this month as to how this month of dawn to sunset fasting is observed in diverse ways in different Islamic countries and Muslim communities across the planet. Here’s our guide to Ramadan around the world. …

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Dec 22

Performing Culture, Tourism Spectacles and Authenticity

This is the metanarrative of my previous post, I suppose, so perhaps you’d better take a read of that one first, if this is to make sense. No matter how mesmerizing I found the apsara dancers and the Cambodian musicians who appeared each day at the Amansara hotel, sitting cross-legged on the floor, playing traditional …

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Oct 17

Monday Memories: A Blur of Monks in Bangkok Thailand

In last week’s Monday Memories post I mentioned that there were several other photos in my ‘finals’ folder that I had taken at the mass alms-giving that was Visakha Bucha Day. However, sometimes, when you have a specific layout for your photographs in mind, you can overlook other images that have just as much impact but didn’t …

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