Dining Etiquette To Keep In Mind When Visiting These Asian Countries | Clozette

Aside from taking IG-worthy photos and enjoying the beautiful sceneries and tourists spots offered by the countries we visit, one thing that any tourist would love to cross out of his bucket list would be savouring the food the country offers. But, here's a friendly reminder: don’t just get to stuff things in your mouth. There are certain customs that you need to keep in mind when dining, especially if you are going to visit Asian countries. Here are some of them.


Dining Etiquette To Keep In Mind When Visiting These Asian Countries - Japan

The Japanese primarily use chopsticks as utensils. In fact, you don’t have as many options, and your ability to use chopsticks effectively shows your courtesy and politeness in eating. So make sure you learn how to do it properly.

Here, slurping while eating a bowl of soupy noodles wouldn’t raise eyebrows. In fact, the chef or the host would love to hear that from you because it means that you are enjoying your food. When eating sushi, make sure to dip the fish side on the soy sauce, which you pour separately on the bowl provided for it. But never mix the wasabi into the soy sauce because it ruins the taste of the sushi itself. Plus, it’s a disrespect to the chef.


Dining Etiquette To Keep In Mind When Visiting These Asian Countries - Vietnam

Vietnam is famous for its quintessential landscapes, rich history, and diverse culture. On a Vietnamese table, dishes are served family-style and are shared communally, so you’ll get to taste a lot of food all at the same time. Don’t be shocked when the host continues to replenish your plate once it’s emptied because it’s a normal custom in Vietnam. So, if you are already full, be sure to have some leftovers on your plate. Don’t worry, because in this case, it’s not considered rude. When dining in Vietnam, you are also expected to put both of your hands on the table; one hand for holding the bowl or plate, and the other for holding utensils — be it chopsticks, spoon, or fork. And yes, it is just normal to put the bowl close to your face when eating.

South Korea

Dining Etiquette To Keep In Mind When Visiting These Asian Countries - South Korea

South Korea is famous not only for K-dramas, K-Pop and K-Beauty, but it’s also famous for its food. South Korea is also known for its strict observance of seniority, and yes, seniority is still followed when dining. You must wait for the elders to begin eating before you could eat and you must pace yourself with your companions. Also, expect to drink alcoholic beverages while eating; it’s a no-no to decline the offer. You are also expected to refill each other’s glass when drinking.


Dining Etiquette To Keep In Mind When Visiting These Asian Countries - China

China is popular for its busy cities, rural areas, bustling tourist destinations, and the variety of food it offers. Chopsticks are common utensils in China, but be mindful when you are using them. Never stick your chopsticks vertically into your rice because it’s a bad gesture; it may seem harmless, but it resembles how incense sticks are offered to the dead. Seniority also plays a big role in Chinese dining. Be sure to eye your senior because they would be the one to designate the seating order. 


Dining Etiquette To Keep In Mind When Visiting These Asian Countries - Philippines

Be mindful of some dining customs when eating in a Filipino table. In some other countries, it might not be a big deal if you leave the table once you’re done eating, but in the Philippines, it might be disrespectful when you do so, especially if the others are not done eating yet. Also, there's a superstition that when you start cleaning up your space when someone else is still eating, that person would not be able to marry. Don’t be surprised when they hand you packed meals before you leave because it's customary for many to do this.


Dining Etiquette To Keep In Mind When Visiting These Asian Countries - India

In some parts of India, burping is not seen as rude but as a sign that you are enjoying the meal. Using hands or utensils are also very normal, and either way, you have to thoroughly wash your hands before dining. However, the right-hand rule applies when it comes to eating using your bare hands. Your left must be maintained clean for passing meals around the table. Also, it’s a no-no in India to point to the dish across you — or worse, get it by yourself. If you want to get a taste of the meal, never be afraid to ask them to pass it to you, and they’d appreciate that.

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Ah, the good ol’ days. We don’t know about you, but it seems like fashion brands are catering to people’s nostalgia with their latest releases and shows. If you’ve been active on social media the past few months, you would notice some very popular childhood icons present in the previous Fashion Weeks.

But before we get into that, let’s talk about nostalgia. We’ve already discussed the presence of nostalgia in beauty, but it’s not quite the same when it comes to fashion. You see, fashion trends come and go over the years; often, trends repeat after several decades as people take inspiration from past fads. It could also be said the present trends are developments that occurred from previous ones. This is called the “nostalgia pendulum”, a theory in fashion and pop culture where what’s old and passé becomes new and on-trend again every 20 to 30 years. You could just look at the resurgence of floral sundresses, VSCO-worthy scrunchies, and Adidas track pants of the ‘90s in present-day social media to see this theory in action. Even the grainy, film-filters in photos add to the whole nostalgic experience.

Sometimes it doesn’t have to be a certain style that triggers the nostalgia. It could also be simple things we associate with happy days in our childhood that make us feel warm and cosy inside. Just take a look at Nina Ricci’s Spring Summer 2020 runway show in Paris Fashion Week. Models were decked out in oversized plastic hats that eerily look like sand buckets. Bags in the same shape and style also featured during the show. Who wouldn’t be reminded of warm days on the beach playing in the sand with that image?

But undoubtedly, it was Hello Kitty that became the star of the Fashion Week runways this year. Coinciding with Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary, a lot of brands took inspiration from the beloved Sanrio character’s iconic sense of style.

First, Balenciaga had male models carry Hello Kitty leather bags down the runway in New York Fashion Week. Lined with black satin with the brand’s name embroidered on top, this luxury brand turns the notion of Hello Kitty being only for young girls on its head. The models confidently strutted down the runway with their Hello Kitty handbags in pink, white, and black — all with Hello Kitty’s trademark red bow.

The next time we saw her, she made her catwalk debut in London Fashion Week as JimmyPaul’s muse for his SS20 collection. The line showcased wearable pieces such as blue Hello Kitty-print tracksuits and T-shirts, a chic tweed coat-dress ensemble, and an eye-catching plush toy-covered dress. The mixture of bizarre features and the familiar Hello Kitty details somehow work together to create picture-worthy eye candy.

She’s also present in streetwear through a limited-edition collection collaboration with Levi’s earlier this year. The collection made shirts, hoodies, denim jackets, jeans, and bags so ladies can come up with a purr-fectly stylish outfit. (We just had to!)

If you’re into jiujitsu, Moya Brand is partnering up with Sanrio and they’re coming out with an online-exclusive, limited-edition collection of kimonos, apparel, and accessories on 8 October 2019. We might as well call 2019 the Year of Hello Kitty, don’t you agree?

Whether it be a marketing ploy, a natural occurrence in time, or a homage to an icon of our childhood, fashion is always there to memorialise the innocence and playfulness of youth. In our opinion, there’s nothing wrong with that.

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When it comes to fashion, we got to hand it to the French girls who can basically transform a piece of small cloth into something chic and fashionable. Of course, we're talking about the scarf and the 101 ways that women of style use it — whether as an accessory or part of their wardrobe ensemble. Scarves are one of the most versatile pieces of clothing one can actually own. It can be used in a number of ways and comes in the most beautiful colours and design. It can also be used multiple times without washing and, best of all, it's a one size fits all.

So what are the best and most stylish ways to use our scarves? We turn to some of our favourite fashionistas who share with us these awesome ways that show that scarves are truly your ultimate fashion statement piece.

Do the French knot

Styling Tips For Scarf
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An oldie but goodie, doing the French knot using our scarves (whether large or small) remains to be one of the most fashionable ways to use a scarf. The French knot or French twist adds a nice focal point to one's wardrobe and can definitely keep us warm during the cold season.

The cowboy twist

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This type of knot is more subtle than the French knot but still just as chic. A simple shirt and jeans ensemble can be given a nice, elegant touch with a scarf that's worn like a colourful choker, adding a fresh addition to your outfit.

The wrap

Styling Tips For Scarf
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Large scarves become an instant, comfy wrap for anyone who needs a nice, sleek coverup option. This option is great when wearing basic outfits like a simple little black dress or a tank and jeans combination. Large scarves offer instant warmth during chilly nights when you're out on a date and can even serve as a mini blanket for beach or garden party.

The bag upgrade

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If you have a nice bag that just looks too plain for you, then you can amp up its look by simply tying a bright-coloured scarf for a much-needed pop of colour. What's cool about this is that different scarves could mean different looks for your bag, giving it a whole new look every time.

The headband

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Scarves are actually one of the most functional and pretty head accessory that you can own. A nice soft scarf can be worn like a headband, complete with a nice bow on top. Do a '60s touch and use your scarf as a turban. Simply pair your scarved hairdo with a nice cute top and jeans.

Swimsuit coverup

You don't really need a whole other dress if you want a coverup while on the beach — a nice big scarf can do just that. Extra-large scarves can be styled to look like an instant tunic, a stylish kaftan or an instant skirt.

The halter top

Styling Tips For Scarf

If you can't think of anything to wear, a large scarf might actually be an option for another stylish top. Simple styling can transform your scarf into a sexy halter top, an off-shoulder ensemble or even a sexy tube top.

The ultimate accessory

Lastly, scarves are actually great options for accessories. You can tie a small scarf around your wrist to serve as a soft cuff and even use large scarves as a unique belt to liven an ensemble. No matter how you choose to use your scarf, this is definitely one closet staple that you should always have.

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