I’m excited to share this new YouTube show that we’ve been working on called QTips (we’re actually launching three new shows and this is the first). It dawned on me and Hamad one day (during a recording we were doing on ILQ Radio) that there’s a lot of people that simply don’t know what’s considered ‘right’ or polite in our culture. When I travel to a foreign country, I actively ensure that I am as respectful as possible of that country’s rules and way of life.
I remember that during a trip to Japan I had visited this World Heritage marked temple. I entered by standing on the doorways step and suddenly heard screams, “No No! That’s rude!”, so I quickly jumped in (I didn’t want to extend the length of my disrespect) and heard “Noooo! You shouldn’t enter with your left foot!”, so I jumped out thinking that I could give this another go and heard gasps and one woman told me that “it’s rude and bad luck to exit from the entrance”. There was no winning here. I might as well have slapped a monk in the face while I was at it.
Anyway! I thought it would be great to answer questions that the expat community asked and the response was amazing! A few questions were:
- What do you wear under your thobe?
- Is it alright for men and women to shake hands?
- Can you explain arabic coffee etiquette?
- What’s the story behind nose kissing?
- Why do you wear different color thobes?
- Some men carry beads in their hands, why do they do that?
- Why do men dress in white and women dress in black?
Of course the questions go on and on and it further supported the fact that although we think that some things go without saying, people simply don’t know.
So here’s the first episode of #QTips, we’re starting off with something nice and light.
What do you think? Like it? Have your own question? Please do share and comment, because that’s what keeps me going