There are signs in many areas indicating a specific etiquette or rules, just today as I was listening to my Ipod, I looked up and saw a sign discussing how to use your cell phone on the train…
1) Use a calm and quiet voice so not to disturb those around you.
2) Keep conversations on your phone short.
3) Instead of using your phone, Text!
4) While reading a newspaper on the train you should mind the people beside you, and not stretch your paper out so far that it bothers the person beside you…
5) And finally, the rule of no eating, drinking, chewing gum or eating betel nuts on the train can lead to a hefty fine..It’s no wonder the trains are pretty clean… Makes for a pleasant ride.
I am sure everyone is aware at home that I am not a Mandarin speaker… This being said, ordering food and trying to find certain items, like toiletries, have been a bit difficult. Sometimes going to restaurants and finding a place to eat can be a little frustrating with not being able to read the menus. It is a given I am going to have to learn the language, but in the meantime, it’s not like anyone has not been super helpful… We have come to know the evening workers at Family Mart quite well, so well the gal waves excitedly at us now and yells a hello! It is probably due to her having to help us frequently when understanding that buying 2 items for a cheap price means buying 2 of the “same” items to get the discount. Either way, it has lifted the language barrier a tiny bit and obviously when you get to the busier districts it is easier to find someone that can carry a small conversation. We’re working on it… Good thing I have my phrase book handy; however, I have just been informed that the characters are in simplified chinese… Which may explain why I got tissue papers and not toilet paper.. *sighs*