Monthly Archives: September 2012

General Chinese Etiquette: Tips when Visiting China Part 1


There are some differences between the social etiquette in China and the good old U S of A.  Below are a few quick tips which will help you properly adapt to the culture.

LOOK BEFORE YOU CROSS THE STREET

This will save your life.  Vehicles in China have the right of way, even if they do not technically.  Use caution, look both ways, be predictable(in case a driver wishes to swerve around you) and never think a vehicle will stop to let you cross.  It is getting better year by year but it’s still dangerous.

 

 

ACCEPT AND PRESENT WITH TWO HANDS

As a sign of respect present and accept with both hands.  This goes for gifts, business cards, your credit card to a hotel, pretty much everything.  If you are heading to China for business there is plenty of info out there for business card exchange etiquette, take a look.

Quick note, if your journey takes you to Indonesia DO NOT use both hands.  Only use your RIGHT HAND.  More on this custom in another post.

 

 

DONT WEAR A GREEN HAT

Green hats are taboo in china.  When a man “wears a green hat” it means that his wife is cheating on him.  Leave the Fighting Irish cap at home and never give a green hat as a gift.

 

 

KEEP YOU COOL AND DONT LOOSE YOUR TEMPER IN PUBLIC

As Michael Cain said “Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling  like the dickens underneath.”  That’s how the Chinese do it.  You can get angry and frustrated but loosing your temper in public shows a lack of self-control and will cause you to lose face.

We will have more travel tips for Chinese Etiquette in future posts so be sure to Follow us.

Where Chicago got it’s name & why it’s actually called the Windy City

This week we are going to keep it local with a little info about Chicago.

THE “WINDY CITY” EXPLAINED

Most Chicagoans are aware that Chicago is called “the windy city” not because of the wind, but because of it’s blowhard politicians who are full of hot air.  If you take the underground route to the cta at O’hare airport you see a wall mural which has a character with a close resemblance to former Mayor Daley blowing wind across the city.

 

WHERE CHICAGO GOT IT’S NAME

This is a fun fact I just picked up this past weekend while on a city tour with my sister who was visiting from out of town.

Chicago got its name from the onion plants which grew in the southern end of lake Michigan and the connecting (chicago) river.  The local Potawatomi tribe called this plant “chicagoua.

When the french arrived in the late 1600’s they got a little confused and thought it was the name of the area.  Over time it evolved into “CHICAGO”

Now if you are interested in where Milwaukee got its name you can listen to Alice Coopers discussion below.

Travel Tripods – 3 sizes to fit your needs

Having a tripod and or a device that will allow you to take photos of yourself without having to use the dreaded “arm shot” is key.  Here are a couple of my favorites.

THE CLEARSHOT
POCKET SIZE FOR CAMERA PHONE

 A lot of us are taking more and more photos with our smartphones, but who has the foresight or room to always carry a tripod?

There is a new product about to break into the market which is the size of a credit card and lets you take hands free shots with your android or iphone.  It also doubles as a stand for watching videos or using facetime/skype.

Currently you can pick one of these up through their kickstarter campaign http://kck.st/N7U7XR (better hurry there is only 10 days left to get one pre-ordered) or via their site www.ClearShot2012.com

THE XSHOT / POCKET XSHOT
POCKET SIZE ARM EXTENDER
We did a Travel Tips Video on the original X SHOT a while back.  Click here to see that video.  Since then they have released the new XShot 2.o.  The Pocket X Shot , available through Amazon, is their best product, it is significantly smaller when collapsed and doesn’t sacrifice much length when compared to the standard X Shot 2.0.

I use this product all the time, especially when filming our Sample the Culture videos.  Watch some again and see if you can find where we use it.

X Shot products are available through http://xshot.com/ and of course Amazon.

JOBY GORILLAPOD
THE VERSITILE MINI TRIPOD

The GorillaPod is just barely small enough to fit in a pocket.  It is flexible and grippy so it can be attached most places for a nice hands free still shot.  Personally when I am filming I have had this as well as the Xhot with me.  That way I have both angles covered.

Again this is a little bigger than the other items listed here and you need to remember to bring it, however it is a great tool for premediated photo and video taking.

For more info visit the Joby GorillaPod Site or hit up Amazon.

Do you have any favorite travel tripods?  Leave a comment below.

How to Pack a Suit and Other Dress Clothes

How to pack a suit by rolling a suit or using my secret method. See below Travel Tip Video.

Packing Dress Clothes  Rolling a Suit how to pack a Dress