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Oct
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comment Is it rude to give up your seat in Japan?
the person may not sit down, leaving an empty seat, and more people standing. Not to mention that the sole act of "standing up and walking away" is easier said than done on a rush hour commuter train in Japan. Even if someone does sit down, there is no guarantee it will be the person you intend to.
Oct
30
comment Is it rude to give up your seat in Japan?
In Japan this is a great recipe to having an empty seat, an embarrassed intended recipient, and looking like you don't want to stand around old people. If you just get out of the seat and leave, especially on a packed train, you run the risk of making the situation worse (more people in less space) as folks will assume you intend on leaving the train, rather than assuming you are trying to give up your seat to someone who needs it.
Sep
30
comment What is wrong with eating while walking in Japan? It doesn't seem to be an issue in other Asian countries
@DavidGrinberg yes.
Sep
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Aug
17
revised Visa and Immigration delays on arrival in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
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Aug
14
comment Why must I lock the door of an aircraft lavatory before the light inside fully brightens?
Believe it or not, there are many people who are unclear on the concept of locking toilet doors in Southeast Asia who also do not have great command of English. This is a great way to help them know to close the door, as the privacy is both-ways (most passengers would prefer not to walk in on someone using the facilities)
Aug
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accepted Visa and Immigration delays on arrival in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
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Aug
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comment Visa and Immigration delays on arrival in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
@drN, apologies, I edited it. Basically, you go to a little window, pay $35 at a little window to get some form that says you have paid for the visa, then you line up at immigration to actually get the visa stamp in your passport. This is usually horribly congested with tourists from around the world and takes time in a hot airport room. Just curious to see if things have changed. If nobody knows, I will just self-answer in a couple weeks.
Aug
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revised Visa and Immigration delays on arrival in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
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Aug
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why is Diet Coke more expensive than regular Coca-Cola and other soft drinks in Indonesia?
Aug
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Aug
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comment Why is Diet Coke more expensive than regular Coca-Cola and other soft drinks in Indonesia?
From my perspective, the simplest answer is probably the most likely. Rather than assuming some massive market push to fleece tourist consumers by feeding them overpriced diet coke which the locals don't drink, I feel far more comfortable believing that the sizes are different and that explains the gap. Plus I can test that. (If locals don't drink Diet Coke, why would the local manufacturer make it? Just for tourists? If so, how is that economic? And why is it sold in supermarkets where tourists are less likely to go?)
Aug
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comment Why is Diet Coke more expensive than regular Coca-Cola and other soft drinks in Indonesia?
Thanks for the answer Ian. While I generally understand how markets work, do you have any evidence that this is actually how this specific market works? All shops seems to have a very similar markup for Diet Coke, yet will have wildly different prices for beer. If the markup is consistent, it would make far more sense for it to be related to a different packaging or the like as others suggested.
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accepted Why is Diet Coke more expensive than regular Coca-Cola and other soft drinks in Indonesia?