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Acceptable Etiquette In Japan (That's Probably Unacceptable Anywhere Else)
21 May 2017IDEASBY SweetEscape

Within the last two years, Japan has been one of the most wanted travel destination for a lot of people, Indonesians included. Especially since the existence of E-Passport allows us to travel to Japan without a visa, Indonesians are very much eager to travel to the land of the rising sun. Now it seems like everyone you know is going to Japan. In almost travel exhibition, travel groups and airlines are busy highlighting Japan as the most promising getaway destination, for solo travelers, best friends who travel together, families, pre-wed hunters, or honeymooners alike.

Now, you might have heard or collected the must visit touristy spots, or the must try cuisines from Google, blogs, or even from your own friends. So, let us give you some uncommon facts, like etiquette, that might come in handy during your stay in Japan.

It's okay to yell to get a waiter's attention

In most culture, including ours, this would sound a bit inhumane. If we ever do this in a restaurant, the other tables would most likely give us that condemning “holier than thou” look. In some other countries, you have no choice but wait until the server comes over to your table. Normally, it won’t take long as they will make sure that you get everything you need in the hope of getting a big tip from you. But in Japan, yelling to the waiter or snapping your fingers is also okay to do. The waiters won't even get offended. Simply yell out “Sumimasen!” and someone will come over to help you out. It might feel a bit strange at first to shout for a service in a restaurant, but that's what the locals would do. Go ahead and try it!

It's okay to not give tip for service

Tipping is quite a “must” in these modern days, even in Indonesia (even though we already have service charge taxed into our bill). From waiters, bartenders, cabdrivers, and hairdressers. Everyone loves getting tips! But apparently, not in Japan.

Tipping in Japan could make anyone who receives the tip confused as to why you gave them money. It won’t take too long before they insist for you to take it back. Some people would even feel guilty for receiving that extra money. They would struggle whether they should report it to their superior or whether they should pay the tax from that “extra income”. If you don't want to put them in an awkward position, keep the change.

It's okay to slurp and burp

This is a big NO-NO in most countries. Slurping noises, whether you are in the middle of enjoying a bowl of noodles or soups, are simply intolerable. But in Japan, slurping is equal to politeness. When eating ramen, soba, udon, etc. don’t be afraid to slurp! Some say it helps to cool down the temperature, some others say it enhances the flavor. Besides slurping, you’ll also find Japanese people burp audibly throughout their meal as a polite sign that they are enjoying the feast. The louder, the better! So go ahead burp and flatter the cooks. It’s the only time when you can forget all you ever learned about table manners.

What do you think? Does reading about all those three kinda tickle you to actually give it a try? Or, not? Well, whether you want to do it or not, make sure that whatever moment you create in Japan is captured by our photographer, then you can bring home the memorable experience back home in the form of sweet photographs!

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Hamady & Kameel's Lovely Proposal in El Nido
19 Aug 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Professional basketball player Hamady Ndiaye proposed to her girlfriend Kameel on the beautiful El Nido, and SweetEscape were lucky enough to be a part of their beautiful love moment! Read through to see how their love story unfolds!

1. How long have you and Kameel known each other? How did you meet?

I met Kameel on July 31st 2010 and I never let go of her since that day.

by Mark for SweetEscape in El Nido
by Mark for SweetEscape in El Nido

2. How long have you been together as a couple?

We been together 9 years and I basically asked her out in the first week or two after the first time we saw each other.

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3. After being together for a while, when did you realize that Kameel was the one?

I told my Best friend and Brother within the Hour after meeting her "I think I found HER" (referring to the woman of my dreams), and we still talk about it to this day.

by Mark for SweetEscape in El Nido
by Mark for SweetEscape in El Nido

4. How long have you been planning the proposal? Was SweetEscape involved in the process?

I have been planning it since 2016 all the pieces came together this year. Sweet Escape was the last piece of the puzzle that I needed to actually confirm that I was going to do it because what’s an engagement to a Fashion Designer/Blogger without pictures and videos to capture the perfect moment.

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5. Is there any significance in Miniloc Island as to how you decided to propose there?

Well I was sent on a vacation by senator Manny Pacquiao after my PBA season to Pangulasian island and I got to visit Miniloc at the time and all the small islands around El Nido which was when I decided that the next time I would come to the Philippines with my now fiancé would be the time make it happen in one of the most beautiful places I have been so far. That’s when the idea started cooking in my mind and took the time to perfect exactly what I wanted to happen.

by Mark for SweetEscape in El Nido
by Mark for SweetEscape in El Nido

6. How did you decide on that beautiful engagement ring?

That was a process as well because I wanted it to describe how much she means to me but also reflect her character on it. I wanted to make sure I covered every aspect of her dreams to make it a moment last a lifetime.

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7. Tell us about how SweetEscape helped you with your surprise. Also, how you decided to use their service to capture this significant moment in your and your fiancé’s life?

SweetEscape was referred to me by a good friend from Mighty Sports while we were competing to win the Jones Cup Gab Banal. I explained my plans and that the only part I couldn’t figure out was how to get a photographer on the island for the day. He Shared the link and upon discussing my intentions with them, they helped not just with pictures, but helped me prepare the place and directed the photo shoot so well that my fiancé couldn’t imagine what I was setting up for her. Once I gave them the go sign, they were prepared and set to capture every angle of the proposal with both their equipments and mine. It’s been the greatest moment for me and my fiancé and looking forward to our new chapter in life. Couldn’t be more thankful for the Philipines, Mighty Sports and SweetEscape for helping me bring this amazing dream to life for us!

by Mark for SweetEscape in El Nido
by Mark for SweetEscape in El Nido

We're always happy and excited to be a part of everyone's love journey! For every lovely moment, SweetEscape is ready to capture every detail for you! Book now and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!

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