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French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

Never underestimate the power of local knowledge !

Fellow travelers, explorers, expats, this one is made for us. Thanks to my great teacher on Advertising and Society for sharing this hilarious video of HSBC:

I laughed so hard at their illustration of the French “carefree approach”, and recognized me in the poor lad who traveled to South America, but wait and see the ad number 6 about the dining etiquette in China, this one is my favorite. It is also what happened to me in India actually, when I had to eat something too weird to be describable. I thought the fasted I would finish it, the easier I could get away. Nananananan…It took me a couple of plates before I finally dared to say “I can’t have more, really, I am full!”. I ended up with a doggie bag, safest option!

In Paris, when you are invited for diner, it is normal to be a good 15 minutes late. We blame it on the traffic/time to find a parking place. We actually consider it polite, a way not to put your hosts under pressure (unless they expressly told you to be on time because they made a soufflé). My Swiss husband can’t get this one, so I have to find excuses to at least be 10mn late when we visit my French friends. To me, guests who arrive at 8 sharp are either starving/so bored at home. I know it is weird, but I guess it is cultural .. With Marcel’s Swiss buddies, not only we are eating super early, but we also have to be exactly on time. Not the same definition of rudeness .. You don’t have to travel far to experience some cultural clashes, only takes me 3h by train..

Enjoy the video and please share your best anecdotes 🙂

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15 comments on “Never underestimate the power of local knowledge !

  1. wendybarronwrites
    November 11, 2014

    Well, the Swiss are famous for their clocks, after all, so I’m not surprised to hear Marcel’s buddies appreciate punctuality. And the French gave us the expression “laissez-faire”, so I’m not surprised they also appreciate “fashionably late”.

    Good tips about eating in China, and driving in France!

  2. estelea
    November 12, 2014

    😉 You are right! the reputation does not lie, it’s all true. The great tip to me was about golfing in Japan. Given my level, it would be great if I could persuade great players to join their game. All the presents I would collect…

  3. trablog
    November 12, 2014

    hilarious. But I couldn’t finish the Indian ad 😀

    • estelea
      November 12, 2014

      No worries, was not the best. I just need to think about this poor lad with the Chinese to cheer me up 😀 which one did you prefer?

      • trablog
        November 12, 2014

        Umm.. The Italy one. The flower for the lover turned to be for funeral

      • estelea
        November 12, 2014

        Not bad, especially with the old woman running amok at the end 😀

      • trablog
        November 12, 2014

        And the American eating fishes too 😀
        Well its difficult to pick one 😀

      • estelea
        November 12, 2014

        Next time I go to Japan, I ll make sure I make friend with good golfers. I am sure to win… all the presents!
        The one with the French driver was great too. I wondered for a minute if it was my Dad actually. Seriously.

      • trablog
        November 12, 2014

        Hahah.. this comment made me laugh!!! Especially the last part. And good luck with your Japanese golf game 😀

  4. Yvette Bouaziz
    November 13, 2014

    Trop drôle! J’ai adoré le commercial en Chine….

    • estelea
      November 13, 2014

      Mon preféré aussi 🙂 avec celle de papa qui se gare!

  5. listentothebabe
    November 13, 2014

    great commercial, interesting cultural insights, too bad HSBC is a dodgy bank everywhere…

    • estelea
      November 13, 2014

      Hence the need to polish a positive and cheerful image I guess 😉

  6. gfchopstix
    November 14, 2014

    Thanks for the laugh!

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