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Be Mindful of American Manners

So, I was watching a Youtube video months ago about some of things a Youtuber noticed when she moved to South Korea. She mentioned they don’t keep the door open for you even if you’re directly behind them and how she thought they were rude at first, so I thought one day I need to make a post about manners in the US. And here’s the post!!!!

  • Keep the door open
    •        This is important!!! Look behind you when you’re going through a door. If you let it slam in front of anyone, you will get a dirty look or hear someone say you’re rude if they’re brave (my grandma). Hopefully, the person behind you just keeps it all in their head. Just make sure to keep the door open if they’re close behind, because if you hold the door and the person is 30 meters (10 feet) behind you then the person will feel forced to run to the door. However, that’s better than not keeping it open.
  • Say bless you 
    • So, you can get away with not saying bless you, if you’re in a crowded place and a stranger sneezes. But the moment you are talking with someone whether they’re a friend or not. You better say bless you when they sneeze. When I’ve forgotten to say or didn’t hear a friend sneeze, they’ll say, “You’re not going to tell me bless you? :(” People really appreciate it if you tell them this. But it’s not a deal breaker.
  • Cover nose and mouth
    • Please, don’t spread your germs around. People will look at you with disgust if you don’t cover you mouth when you cough or sneeze. We don’t wear masks so we must cover our mouths. Don’t do it with your hands but on the inside of your arm/sleeve.
  • No slurping/smacking
    • I know in other countries it’s a sign that the food is deeeelicieuuuxx but here to make noises while eating is very disturbing to others (my pet peeve). However, I have noticed since I moved to the south that people here are most likely to smack and not very many people are bothered by it. There’s always at least 1/2 smackers in the room. In other US regions I’ve been to this is a big NO! Don’t do it.
  • Don’t interrupt others conversation (age doesn’t matter)
    • Don’t interrupt others while there’re speaking, even if you’re older. It is considered rude! There’s not a strong hierarchy based off age so pretty much everyone is on equal grounds. So you can’t just do whatever you want because you’re older. If you must interrupt someone make sure you say, “Excuse me, I have something to say.” It’s rude to talk over people.
  • Give seats to elders
    • This isn’t a huge no-no, but its just about showing some respect. I’ve seen people not do it and no one thinks nothing of it or someone gets offended.
  • Age isn’t too serious
    • Most people are on equal grounds when it comes to age differences. We don’t really have polite forms like in French or Korean. However, in the south you will hear people say, “Ma’am and Sir”. These are polite words you say to people who are older than you to show respect. For instance, if an older person says something. Instead of saying, “What did you say?” you say’ll “Ma’am? Sir?”. I wasn’t raised in the south, so I usually say the first one, which some people have been offended by. Which I know understand but I still don’ say it. It seems too weird for me. Just respectful towards everyone.
  • Bump into someone say, “excuse me”
    • When you run into someone, make sure you say excuse me especially if it didn’t just brush each other shoulders, unless you in New York (NY), say excuse me. Cities here aren’t as crowded and are very roomy where you hardly are ever breathing down someone else’s neck. If you don’t say it outside a huuuuggge city, like NY, then people will say, “excuse you!” if you’re at fault.

Here are just some of the main ones I could think of. If there’s anymore don’t be scared to comment below! 🙂

 

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Working in America

It can be brutal working here especially hearing about how other countries treat their workers. For instance, today is labor day. Labor day is original for manual labor workers however, it’s set up now to where people who do administrative type of work get the day off and only them.

More and more companies are getting better but when you’re at the bottom of the workers pyramid, it’s horrible!!!!! For instance, Tyson denies their workers bathroom breaks and they literally have to wear diapers and use it on themselves. I know some people who worked in other factory jobs where they only get 5 minutes breaks but work for 3 hours straight to meet a quota. It’s terrible stuff!!! Some employers don’t give you a livable wage as a blue collar worker.  So, if you’re a blue collar worker working in America, it can be brutal.

Compared to other countries our maternity leave SUCKS. We have some of the shortest maternity leaves ever and then some people don’t get paid for maternity leaves!!!!! Don’t get hurt on the job because some employers will fight nail and tooth from trying to pay for the damages.

As a white collar worker, depending on if you work for a big company, I believe makes a huge difference. A place like  Google will definitely treat their employees better. However, as I’ve never been a white collar worker since I’m still a college student I’m looking inside from the outside. Apple, I’ve known has had terrible reviews on how workers are treated and they’re a global company everyone knows and use!!

Also, where you work is very important. For a lot of people their job is them. They spend so much time at work if they were to get fired they wouldn’t know what to do or who they were.

Overall, you get overworked and depending on the company you’ll be well compensated and for others you need to find a new company.

Thanks for reading!!! I wrote this awhile back IDK why I’m just posting it!!!

If you liked this article read check out my the other articles of life in America 🙂

 

 

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Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art Pt.1

Alright, so your in Memphis and you’re interested in going to a museum check out the Belz Museum. It was great to go there even though it was a bit confusing to find the museum as it was my first time going there. However, when you get there, there’s two sections of the museum. On one side of the museum is the Asian art section and it’s bigger than the Judaic section on the other side.  I’m not for sure why though. So, we went for the Asian art first. The first room we entered had this BEAUTIFUL jade carriage. O yeah, I didn’t see a don’t touch sign, my ma touched it because she must touch things she find fascinating. Even though I told her she shouldn’t touch it, there’s a sign somewhere and there was!! We finally found it!! But don’t tell anyone! So here’s some pics we took:

This is pure jade!!! Like I can’t even wrap my mind around how people could do this. Sometimes I think we’ve gone backwards because we can’t manipulate organic rocks like this by hand with such great detail!!!!!

And then next to it and in another room there were these carvings from mammoth tusks all hand made!!!! When you see this in person.  It makes you wonder what you doing with your life and how can I learn how to do this. The museum have them in a humidified glass case to preserve the tusks.

 

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This HUGE VASE is like Shaq O’Neil size. 🙂

Ok, so this is a sculpture made of jade basically in a picture frame. And it looks so thin from the pack like its opaque. The second pic is the same like a huge portrait telling a story about a popular love story. Similar to Romeo and Juliet. 3rd picture is what the emperors slept on. Look at the candle holder next to it, pure jade once again. The last pic is of the different deities of the Buddha religion who have different personalities similar to the Greek gods. I always say religions are very much the same.

The next part will be just pictures and captions.

P.S this post is so long overdue!!! I went earlier in the summer but it’s still a great place to check out!!!

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Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art

This is Pt. 3!!! Here’s Pt. 2!!

After looking at everything in the Asian art section we went into the Judaic section. So when I entered this section, I noticed right away the lighting was different. It was so much dimmer than the rest of the museum. Like the art and artifacts had their own spotlights focusing on them. Except for when you get the section were the World War II section of the Judaic section is. Then it’s lit up like the rest of the museum.

Also, there were waaaayyy less art and artifacts here. When I entered the room the first thing I noticed was this huge painting in the back. I went straight to it.

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After, seeing the painting I turn around and noticed this. If I remember right I think this was pure silver, this castle model was made of. It was shiny and I felt like a moth. Especially, since it had its own lighting to make it stand out like everything else in the room.

My ma photobombed my picture walking by and smiling through the glass being weird.

 

This carvings of rock I believe. To be honest wasn’t to interested in these sculptures.  Except for the one on the right bottom, I really liked that one.  Upper right are oil paintings.

 

When you have time go and learn some history from here. It was really nice. I’m glad I was exposed to such art because I’ve never experienced this type of art and artifacts.

Thanks for reading!!!! I really do appreciate it!!! I hope through my blog you can learn a bit more about America and each state I visit or temporarily live.

 

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Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art

So this is like Pt 2 if you haven’t seen Pt 1 here’s the link.

So here’s more pictures of the Asian art section of the Belz Museum.

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There’s a room full of these gowns. I just learned how to say gown in Chinese. But I forgot now that I’m trying to type it out. BLUHHH! I wanted to go off memory and write it. Anyways, all of them were cute but this one was my fav! 😛

This was the entrance. We went in backwards and that’s how I posted the blog, the way we went in. Hhahaaha :P. I’ve mentioned this several times but pure jade and like 6ft tall sculptures!!!   Ok, so the more ball/knots, personally, I like to call them Bantu knots because that’s what they look like, but I digress. The more Bantu knots are on the lions head the luckier you will be.  A lot of the lions didn’t have no bantus on top so they reminded me

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of this. Sorry of anyone who’s bald.

Ok the first picture is only showing a section of dolls that were in the room. Personally, I couldn’t full go in there because, I kept thinking, Chuckie!!  What’s so funny about me seeing this statue was that like a week before I had just watched the Monkey King. So I definitely had to take this pic.  Basically, the Monkey King is a mythical creature in several Chinese folktales.

Ok, so these women are sculptures of what the ideal women were a couple of centuries ago. White skin, red lips, oval baby face,young, you know the usual. Some of these values still hold true today. The other pictures are of cooking pots. So big, I can fit in them if I wanted to….. get kicked out of the museum haha jp.

I would show more pictures but it’s better when you come to visit Memphis, Tennessee. To come and check out the beauty for yourself.

I’m not done just yet though, the Judaic section is up next.

 

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Labor Day (American Holiday)

So today is Labor Day and it’s celebrated every first Monday of September. Which means, people who work white collar jobs got off, i.e managers in Wall Street, Google,FedEx, IBM, or anything job dealing with administrative work. Have the day off to celebrate or just relax.   However, blue collar workers, i.e waiters,baristas, anything customer service related, janitors, or any job that deals with manual labor, must work on this day. Ironically, this day was meant for blue collar workers, however like most things the wealthier people won and made it about them having a break.

Also, Labor Day signals that fall is here and don’t wear white. But I still wear white and rock it!

Honestly, Labor Day isn’t that big. People in general don’t celebrate it like they do Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. You have some people who just want to party no matter what and others just sit at home on this smaller holiday. However, since I’m a blue collar worker, I have to work today. Yipee (sarcastically)!!!!!

Thanks for reading!!! I really do appreciate it!!!

 

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Barbecue in Memphis

If you didn’t know Memphis is known for their barbecue!!! There’s never a barbecue place too far away. If you’re in Memphis and want some bbq check out the list below.

I have not tried all these places due to the fact I don’t like eating pork too often and some of these places mostly serve pork but I have tried a couple.

Rendezvous

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This place is very popular!!! However, recently I’ve heard that it doesn’t taste like it use to by many people. It’s located in downtown Memphis.

Central Ave

Ok, so I have somewhat ate their food. My boyfriend was running a 5k and they donated little small bbq sandwiches to the racers and families after the ran. Personally, it wasn’t what I expected to taste. Since I always see this place packed or close to it with people always standing in line. It was average tasting to say in the nicest way possible. But hey!!! You might like it!!! So try it if you’re in Midtown in the Cooper Area.

Corky’s

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So, this one is popular as well with having 2 locations in Memphis (Midtown and Cordova). I would say this place might good for big parties since they have family sized meals.

One & Only

Now this place right here is DELICIOUS!!! The sauce is so good! I’ve sent many people here and I haven’t heard a complaint about it yet! Like seriously!! I would definitely recommend. It’s also in Midtown Memphis.

Germantown Commissary

My manager swears by this place!!!! It’s her favorite and she always sends people here. She hasn’t heard any negative feedback from them as well. This place is located in East Memphis.

If you’re looking for a place that’s not a restaurant and want to eat bbq on the go then check out these places.

Tops Bar-b-q

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In my opinion this place was so gross. If you like extremely tangy bbq sauces then this is the place for you. If you don’t then run away! It just didn’t suit my taste at all.

Big Bills BBQ

Ok, so this place is pretty good but not as good as it use to be. I hope my grandma doesn’t read this because this is her husband’s brother’s place. Over the years it seems the workers have been stingy with how much sauce they put on the meat.

 

(None of these photos belong to me google images)

 

Thanks for reading once again!!! And remember if you come to Memphis try one of these places. 🙂