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I didn't want to just provide anecdotal notes, but since Mark Mayo encouraged it here are some -- I've been to several weddings in the Philippines and I've heard about many more. The short answer to your question is: it varies. Wildly. A lot of what the Wikipedia page says can happen, but none of it is guaranteed -- weddings are really up to the couple, ...
I think some could provide anecdotes or suggestions, but a few things to remember: Have fun. Don't get too hung up on not doing the wrong thing You're the foreigner, some faux pas are more readily forgiven Saying, that, there's an excellent article on Marriage and wedding customs in the Philippines on Wikipedia. It covers some attire, some of the ...
As with any foreign country with a very different culture from your own: Wear modest clothing (eg. no bare shoulders for women) Don't wear obvious national or religious symbols (eg. a big American flag patch on the back of a jacket would not be a good idea) Avoid alcohol if possible, or consume it in moderation in private (eg. in your own hotel room) Avoid ...
Although I'm not living there now, I spent 25 years in the Bay Area. Although in a number of companies like Google and Facebook, I am sure there are lots of programmers wearing T-shirts and jeans, I think it would be safer to wear chinos/khakis and either a polo shirt or a buttoned shirt, but probably not white. With latter, I would think a sweater would ...
I mainly agree with @pnuts answer but feel that points 2 (dress casual) and 6 (jacket, white shirt, and chinos/black jeans) are in conflict. So some things to think about Because you are not going there for training only, but to meet other software engineers and foster a stronger relationship between the two companies, I believe you should dress in business ...
Some general advice that might apply anywhere, except that in general a suit is "fail safe" and I think for the bay area you should aim for something less formal: Be sure you are comfortable with what you choose (you want to exude confidence and not be distracted in any way by something as mundane as clothing). If in doubt, dress casual. As a traveller ...
I believe Sinead O'Connor has recently done a cover version of it and had it played with full permission on Islamic radio. On her blog she details that she had to use the whole thing with no cuts.
It is not inappropriate to record the calls to prayer. It is, however, considered a sign of disrespect to cut the recording short before the "muezzin" finishes reciting the call to prayer.
It is perfectly fine. The call to prayer is frequently televised so there is nothing wrong with recording it and posting it on youtube. It is done often. However, do not go to the mosque during prayer and start recording there. Its not that its not allowed, its just that you'll have to have prior permission and you may be a distraction to the congregation.
Japanese style would be to make eye contact bow, and then exchange a business card. This won't be expected from a westerner. Also you might dress up a little better than you would back home.
From my experience the best way for a tourist is to wave a hand and say "Hello". Many Japanese are interested in practicing their english so it may be a good and easy way to start a conversation with a stranger. For "westernized" Japanese, business or being introduced to a Japanese by a friend (including women) a handshake is ok and no more.
In the Philippines Tipping is not a custom, however because locals have learned that Americans in general tip, employees of businesses that regularly cater to foreigners expect tips from foreigners. even a 5% tip is appreciated. Most upscale restaurants already have a service charge tagged to your bill so tipping is not necessary! Australians and Europeans ...
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