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How to politely ask people from East Asia to give way?

I found, when in Europe, that going "beep beep" when trying to get through would instantly get both a way through and a smile from the former obstructors.
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What's the right answer to "Check, Savings or Credit" for an overseas card in Australia?

At point-of-sale terminals, cheque and savings transactions are processed through the domestic EFTPOS debit card system. As far as I know they only accept locally issued debit cards. Credit ...
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How to post a picture card?

A picture is worth a thousand words: If sending within the same country, you can omit the country name in the address. When sending to a different country, you can write the address (except the "...
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How to politely ask people from East Asia to give way?

Well I think in case they are polite Asian people, you should say more than just 'excuse me'. Because in Asian language, 'excuse me' does not mean anything rather than just an opening of a ...
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Is it legal to bring board games (made of wood) to Australia?

From personal experience, I have brought in many wooden items from Papua New Guinea (PNG), which is somewhere they are very strict about checking imports from. The last time I did this two of the ...
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Does my wife, who is accompanying me to a conference in Australia, need a separate visa application?

The relevant page for the visitor (subclass 600) visa on the Department's website (once you have provided your details) provides the following under the Visa applicants tab: Including family in ...
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Why do some hostels only allow international visitors?

Don't take it personally, that happens in other countries as well. It's not common, but there are hostels in the US, Canada, and Europe that don't allow people from their own country to stay there. ...
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How to politely ask people from East Asia to give way?

I live in Sydney. When you say "Asian", I think you mean mostly Chinese people since Chinese people are our largest immigrant group by far. In Australia, we currently have over 200,000 international ...
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Can you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for free?

It's definitely not the same thing. There are two 'routes'. One is along the pedestrian walkway on the bridge. Same height as the traffic and trains. (source: Wikipedia) The other is over the '...
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When is the best time to visit the Australian outback?

The only time you'll find Central Australia in the low 30's or below is May to September. The rest of the year it'll be in the high 30's or the 40s. It's not impossible for it to hit the high 40's ...
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How to politely ask people from East Asia to give way?

To deal with the situations you faced, I will share some tips. If all she does is nod or say something like "Ah~~~", then it is likely that she either doesn't understand English, or is so obsessed ...
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Are electronic visas not acceptable for boarding a plane?

Your travel agent is very confused. Australia has not issued physical visas for several years - everything is electronic. Whilst it was previously possible to request a physical visa in your ...
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Early arrival in Australia, early hotel check in not available

A number of hotels near major Australian airports offer heavily discounted day use rooms. For example, here's the Ibis Sydney Airport with a room you can use from 9 AM to 5 PM. If simply "freshening ...
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Should I hide my travel history to the UK when I apply for an Australian visa?

No one here can predict how the Australian visa office will act in a particular case. Your UK immigration record attaches to you as an individual, not to your passport. Thus, holding a passport ...
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Do pedestrians imitate automotive traffic?

In Australia, people are encouraged to keep to the left in busy pedestrian areas. For example, here is a sign posted in a railway station in Sydney: In addition, doors, walkways and other structures ...
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How to book a ticket for an unborn infant?

I called a cousin who works for an airline at an airport, he explained how to do this in a very safe and efficient way. Infants do not need a seat, airline require a fraction of the price paid by the ...
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Why is the Australian ETA application fee cheaper on a 3rd party website?

There are 2 ways that an ETA application can be lodged - via the official Australian Government website, or via a travel agents GDS system (basically, the same system they use to book flights/etc). ...
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How can I travel to America from Australia with my dog in the cabin or else be with him in cargo?

I'd suggest not going by plane then, but rather by ship. It might take longer, but your dog will not have even remotely as much stress. Some cruises allow at least smaller dogs. What Peter M wrote ...
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Do I need a visa for Japan as a New Zealand Citizen?

As a New Zealand citizen you won’t need a visa for Australia as you don’t plan to leave the airport and will only be there for a few hours. If you do choose to take a longer layover (8+ hours) or ...
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Walking across Australia?

Now that you've clarified in the comments, yes, it's entirely 'possible', but not easy, by any means. As mentioned by @Relaxed, only 37 people have been recorded successfully completing this ...
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Is it possible to climb Uluru (Ayers Rock)?

As of October 26th 2019, it will not be possible to climb Uluru: In line with the agreed process in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Management Plan 2010-2020 and the wishes of traditional owners,...
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What path do flights across Australia take?

FlightAware has a handy IFR Route Analyzer that will supply some of the most common routes from flight plans between two airports. We can use it for Sydney to Perth. The most common route as of this ...
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We are on WHV, my boyfriend was in a small collision, we are leaving in 2 weeks what happens if we don’t pay the damages?

It'll depend on first, whether or not they raise an issue. If not, all good. If they do, however... Some countries work with each other if you've broken the law, so leaving may not help you avoid it,...
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How can I travel to America from Australia with my dog in the cabin or else be with him in cargo?

In addition Tom's answer. If you are planning on returning to Australia with your dog then you are going to face strict quarantine restrictions that could preclude you from traveling with your dog ...
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Where can I take a selfie with kangaroos in Australia?

Kangaroos are wild animals. While you will come across them if you are driving in rural areas, do not approach them. While most will simply run away, some may enter a more defensive posture especially ...
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What is the purpose of hook turns?

I believe the intent is that cars making a hook turn must wait for the signal to change before crossing, which de-conflicts their movement with the trams. With a normal right turn across tram tracks, ...

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