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10 Things From Different Countries That Leave Foreigners Open-Mouthed

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Around the world, people just have their own way of doing things. So it comes as no surprise that certain things that you don’t normally pay attention to, even simple things you do when going to a restaurant or going shopping, might actually be considered offensive or strange somewhere else. In fact, some things that you might find offensive, like yelling or throwing a tantrum in public, might actually be considered polite or normal in another country.

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We at Mobonews love looking at different cultures and the things that make us so unique, so we’re sharing this list of how everyday things can be very different around the world. Don’t forget to check out or bonus that shows how language can even change the way you think.

 

1. Tipping

Giving tips to service workers, like a waiter or a taxi driver, can be generous or insulting depending on where you are.

  • Generally, in the West, you are expected to give a generous tip. A service worker might even be offended if they believe they were given too little and many places even impose a tip on large parties. Fast food workers are usually an exception to this rule and might even be punished for accepting tips.
  • In many European countries, a service fee is already added to your bill, but an additional tip is sometimes expected too. Because of this, customers are expected to pay a smaller tip than their American counterparts. In some places, like England, the service fee isn’t always customary and often does take the place of a tip when it’s imposed.
  • In some Asian countries, like South Korea, China, or Japan, tipping is not common, can even be considered an insult to the worker, and should be avoided. That said, some of these countries might get around this by imposing a service fee before work is performed, so that it’s not seen as a reflection of the workers’ performance.
  • In the countries of Oceania, like Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa, tipping isn’t usually expected or required. Some places, like casinos, might outright ban giving tips.

2. Table sharing

In the West, sitting down at a table with free seats when a family is already there would be considered rude, and while there are some restaurants that have communal tables, it’s often seen as an invasion of privacy. In Japan, however, placing complete strangers at the same table is often done at busy restaurants and is seen as an efficient way to give people their food as quickly as possible.

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3. Cheek kissing

  • In Latin American countries, it’s often a greeting between friends of the opposite sex or 2 women. A man kissing a male friend like this would usually be seen as inappropriate.
  • In some Middle Eastern or North African countries, like Israel and Egypt, a man kissing a male friend is a common greeting, but a man and woman kissing in public is often seen as improper and can even be illegal. There are some exceptions, like Lebanon and Tunisia, where a man kissing a female friend is seen as “brotherly.”
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  • In southern European countries, it’s often a greeting between friends. Whether there is a taboo according gender depends on the country. Men will kiss male friends in Italy and France, but only kiss female friends in Spain or Portugal.
  • Generally, in East Asian countries, kissing in public is seen as inappropriate. Some exceptions where cheek kissing is common include the Philippines, East Timor, and parts of Indonesia

4. Personal space

In the West, giving people personal space is an unspoken rule and it’s very inappropriate to get too close for somebody’s comfort, especially someone of the opposite gender. In some countries, especially ones with large populations like China, personal space is seen as a luxury and people accumulating in large groups is seen as the norm.

5. Haggling

In the West, if you go to a supermarket, you generally have to pay the assigned price for an item if you want it. The only way to lower the price, is to buy it when it’s on sale or find a coupon. However, bargaining over the price of an item is considered much more normal in countries like China, Turkey, Iran, and Egypt. In fact, in many of these places, not haggling about the cost of something means you’ll likely get ripped off when shopping.

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6. Cleaning your plate

If you are a guest in somebody’s home and you are given a plate of food, do your homework to know if finishing your plate is considered polite or insulting. In China, eating all the food offered to you is seen as a sign that you are still hungry and that your host hasn’t given you enough. In India and Japan, however, not finishing your plate is considered an insult to the host, because you don’t seem to like the food.

7. Undressing

  • In some places, like Singapore, nudity is illegal and prohibited to the point that there are cases where people can be arrested for being naked in their own homes.
  • Some countries are a little more relaxed about this. Hungary is known for its bathing culture and the country is filled with spas. Not only is changing your clothes in public considered normal, the country even has spas that prohibit patrons from wearing bathing suits, since it’s seen as hindering the good the spa will do.
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8. Sharing utensils

Some countries, like North and South Korea, have a sort of sharing culture. When it comes to eating out with friends, there’s often a large dish that everyone at the table shares and people might even use the same utensils to share food. In the West, by contrast, this is considered double-dipping and is considered unclean, even for families.

9. Yelling

In China, yelling in public is perfectly normal. For example, when you go out to eat, yelling at a server is considered a perfectly acceptable way to get their attention — after all you can’t expect the waiters to read your mind and know what you want. In the West, however, this is kind of considered impolite and disrespectful to employees and people usually just wait for their waiter to come to their table.

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10. Throwing tantrums

In the West, a woman might act cutesy or childish when she wants something or just to be coy. In China it’s a whole other art form, where it’s very common to see adult women throw tantrums in public just to get what they want, like a new dress or a present. And this isn’t something that’s simply tolerated: women who don’t regularly throw tantrums like this, to get what they want from their men, are usually seen as unfeminine. In a way, this childish behavior reflects the responsibility a man is expected to have when providing for the women in his life.

Bonus: Even colors aren’t the same around the world!

In many Asian languages, blue and green were traditionally viewed as shades of the same color. In Japan, for example, this caused complications when designing the country’s traffic lights. Technically speaking, the law demands that the light for “go” is green, but the bluest shade possible. On a different note, light blue and dark blue are often considered different colors (arguably similar to how red and pink are considered different colors).

What are some things that you’ve done, that people thought were rude or offensive? Please share with us in the comments!

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8 Things You Don’t Know About BBNaija Dorothy Bachor (Biography)

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Big Brother Naija BBNaija Season 5 housemate, Dorathy Lynda Bachor also known as Dorothy has been able to gather a huge fan base hours after she entered into the BBN house.

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We at Gistvic Blog have been able to put together Eight solid things you don’t know about BBN Dorathy.

See 8 Things/Biography Of BBNaija Dorothy Bachor:

  1. Dorathy full name is Dorathy Bachor Lynda.
  2. Dorathy Bachor obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU) in 2016.
  3. Dorothy Bachor is the Chief Executive Officer of her brand, Shop For Me, Nigeria.
  4. Dorathy was born in the year 1996.
  5. Dorathy Bachor is from Delta State But Lives In Lagos.
  6. Dorathy finished from Lagos State Model college, Igbokuta.
  7. Dorathy Bachor lost Her Father at Age 14.
  8. Dorathy Bachor Lost Her Dad On November 2nd, 2010 at 2:37pm.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now worth $100 billion

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Mark Zuckerberg has joined the world’s most exclusive club of the ultra rich.

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The Facebook CEO on Thursday became a centibillionaire, someone who is worth at least $100 billion.

He crossed the milestone after shares in the social network surged. Only two other men, Amazon (AMZN)’s Jeff Bezos and Microsoft (MSFT)’s Bill Gates, have bigger personal fortunes.

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Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook from his Harvard dorm room in 2004, and his biggest asset is still his 13% stake in the company, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires index, which tracks the world’s wealthiest people.

The 36-year-old is also Facebook’s chairman and controlling shareholder.

Zuckerberg’s wealth got its latest bump as Facebook’s stock climbed 6.5% Thursday, a day after the company launched its TikTok clone, Reels, on Instagram.

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BBNaija 2020: Nengi BBNaija Housemate Profile & Biography | BBN Pictures, Age, State, Occupation

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Rebecca “Nengi” Hampson is a 22 years old entrepreneur from Bayelsa State, Nigeria. She is a former model and MBGN Top 5 contestant who loves learning new things, having fun, travelling, taking on new adventures, and being true to herself.

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Nengi, as she prefers to be called, studied communications at the University of Port Harcourt and is a proud Capricorn. She proclaims: “If you want the job done right, give it to a Capricorn. I give 110% of my energy and enthusiasm into everything I do.”

Full Name Rebecca Nengi Hampson
Age 22 Years (2020)
Sex Female
Nationality Nigerian
Place of Birth Bayelsa
Marital status Single
Occupation Model and Entrepreneur

Facts about Nengi

  • What new habit or skill did you acquire during lockdown?

The ability to talk to myself and enjoy the conversation.

  • What are your words to live by?

Live and let live.

  • What is your biggest achievement?

Getting my BSc. So many times, I could have dropped out, but I persevered.

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#BBNaija: Throwback photos of Lucy selling roasted plantain and fish

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Big brother Naija 2020 housemate, Lucy Essien once revealed to her fellow housemates that she used to sell roasted plantain (Bole) in Calabar.

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Lucy who was Head of House in the show’s second week, is a 30-year-old entrepreneur from Lagos state. Here are throwback photos of her from the hustle days.

Lucy is a self-proclaimed simple girl and assures everyone that she is far from average. She believes in fairy tales, and hopefully, Biggie’s House will deliver just that for her.


According to Lucy, her biggest achievement is her grill business, getting into Big Brother Naija, graduating with a 2.1 and not falling pregnant after all these years.

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BBNaija 2020: 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Erica

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Obviously, all of the housemates in the house had lives before going into the house and although we have access to these housemates lives 24/7, there are some things we still don’t know about them from watching the television.

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So, We did some digging from the archives and we’re here today to share with you 11 things you didn’t know about BBNaija’s Erica.

1. She won Miss Photogenic at MBGN 2014.
You might not know this but Erica KNOWS that she’s good looking. In fact, she is so confident in her looks that she contested in the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Pageant in 2014. Although she didn’t take home the overall crown, she did win Miss Photogenic!

2. She was in a hit Nollywood movie.
Did you see or hear of the movie, Hire a Woman? Of course you did. But, did you know that Erica acted in this movie? In fact she did!

She played the character of Nifemi in the movie. Did you spot her? Maybe go and rewatch the movie then you’ll see her. It’s available on Netflix.

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3. She’s a WORKING model.
When Erica says she’s a model, she’s just saying it simply for bants. No, Erica is an ACTUAL WORKING model, no be struggling.

She has done modelling work for companies including Nature’s Gentle Touch, Zaron Cosmetics, Access Bank, Diamond Bank, Hollandia, Globacom, Jumia, Stanbic IBTC, Etisalat and Peak Milk.

4. Her dream is to lead an action movie.
In an interview with The Guardian magazine, when asked what her dream is, Erica said:

My dream role would be to be the main character in an action film. I have always loved female action stars like Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron and dreamed of acting like them. I’m currently training myself to be ready whenever that role presents itself.

5. She has a foundation.
Erica is a girl who gives back. In 2018, she launched the Erica Nlewedim Foundation, a foundation that at one time, fed 1000 people during the Christmas holidays.

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6. She worked in an oil company
Yup! Erica worked as the marketing manager for MEI Oil and Gas before going into the Big Brother house.

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7. She has a hair company
Erica is also a business woman. She runs a hair company named Beluxia Hair of which she is the CEO.

8. Her name is special to her.
Erica posted (but has now deleted) an explanation about her name to Instagram and which part of it she doesn’t like answering to. She said:

My dad’s name is Eric Nlewedim. He calls me junior cos I’m named after him – Erica Nlewedim, my full name is Erica Ngozi Ugomma Blessing Nlewedim

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9. She is an only child
Her and her mum are also really close.

10. She has a solid educational background
She started her secondary school education at Victory Grammar School in Lagos and completed the 6 years secondary school program at Command Secondary School in Ikeja, Lagos.

She then went on to pursue a BSc in Business Administration from Covenant university before later going to the Met Film School, London to learn acting for screen.

11. She won’t act nude.
For any casting directors or people fantasizing out there, squash your hopes now. In her personal profile for Mandy.com, a website for creatives to upload their profiles and find work, Erica disclosed that she will NOT perform nude.

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Why Naijaloaded Is So Successful

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Naijaloaded is the biggest music website in Nigeria, it was launched October 1st 2009 by its founder Azeez Makinde.

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Over the years, naijaloaded has grown to be the most visited website in Nigeria surpassing Lindaikeji and the likes.

The secret to the huge success of this website will be unraveled as you read on.

Although the website had a problem at the start, hacking issues to be precise. They later pivoted to music and they killed the music game.

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During the time of blackberry smartphones, whenever an artist drops a song, other platforms are very quick to put it on their site and there’s always a down side to everything and as such blackberry users could not download these songs from those kind of music website but naijaloaded was able to code/create a plugin that could do that and so whenever a new song comes out whoever wants to download will have to wait for the almighty naijaloaded to post so they could either listen or download and that was how Naijaloaded was able to kill the game.

But music is not the only market of Naijaloaded, they’ve gone on their way to featuring news, sport, riddles, and even giveaways and so on and they are killing it.

Naijaloaded is so unique and very easy to navigate, unlike some music websites that will stress you before you can download the song you want, Naijaloaded loves simplicity and that’s why they rank so high.

Today Naijaloaded ranks no1 most visited website in Nigeria and has an Alexa rank of 2109 worldwide with over 800,000 daily visitors and over 7 million page views daily. Now you can see that this website is a giant and it keeps growing.

I’d very much like my site to reach that height someday if you ask me.

Well thanks for reading, do leave your thoughts below in the comment section.

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Rema’s Biography, Awards, Networth And Cars In 2020

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Rema’s Biography

Divine Ikubor known professionally as Rema, is a Nigerian singer and rapper, he was born on the 1st of May 2000. In 2019, he signed a record deal with Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records. He rose to prominence with the release of the song “Iron Man”, which appeared on Barack Obama’s 2019 summer playlist. Rema was born into a highly spiritual Christian family in Benin City, Edo State Nigeria. Rema grew up singing and rapping while in secondary school. He attended his primary and secondary school in Edo State.

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In 2018, Rema posted a viral freestyle to D’Prince’s track “Gucci Gang”. The post caught the attention of D’Prince who flew him to Lagos to offer a record deal. Rema signed a record deal with D’Prince’s Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records in 2019 and started recording immediately. He released his eponymous debut EP Rema in 2019. It peaked at number 1 on Apple Music Nigeria for months.

Rema’s Awards And Recognition So Far

On 19 October 2019, Rema won Next Rated and later was nominated for Viewer’s Choice at the 13th edition of The Headies. On 12 January 2020, he received the Souncity MVP award for theBest New Artist. On 15 June 2020, Rema was nominated as Best Viewers Choice: International Act on the 2020 BET Awards. He was nominated on the awards alongside Burna Boy and Wizkid, they were the only Nigerian Artistes nominated for the awards edition of 2020.

Rema’s Songs And Album

Singles

“Iron Man” (2019)

“Why” (2019)

“Dumebi” (2019)

“Corny” (2019)

“Boulevard” (2019)

“American Love” (2019)

“Spiderman” (2019)

“Trap Out The Submarine” (2019)

“Bad Commando” (2019)

“Lady” (2019)

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“Rewind” (2019)

“Spaceship Jocelyn” (2019)

“Dumebi Remix” (featuring Becky G) (2020)

“Beamer (Bad Boys)” (2020)

“Rainbow” (2020)

“This Fame” (2020)

“Ginger Me” (2020)

“Alien” (2020)

Eps

Rema (2019)

Rema Freestyle (2019)

Bad Commando(2019)

Rema Remix (2020)

Rema’s Net Worth In 2020

Rema who is still a very young and successful artist has found himself rubbing shoulders with richest artists in Nigeria. He is present among the richest and the most influential artists in the Nigerian music Industry. According to his assets and endorsement deals as of 2020 Rema is said to have a  net worth estimated to be N348million.

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Rema’s Cars In 2020

Rema is a young and successful artist and has been getting a lot of royalties from his music streams online. Like every other celebrity he loves flashy and nice cars, here are list of cars he own.

BMW Beamer

Rema BMW

Rema, received the Honorary Membership Award from the BMW Club of Nigeria for his commitment and promotion of the brand in his recent hit single, “Beamer” (Bad Boys). Rema was received by the members of the BMW club at Eko Atlantic in Lagos where they bonded over races and drifts with Rema and he got to experience the famous “Thanos”, a BMW M4 which he called Godzilla after getting a taste of the beast ride steered by the Club’s new Vice President, Theo Samouris.

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GAC SUV

GAC SUV

This is a nice spacious SUV he got it from winning the next rated award s at the 2019 Headies. It is a 5.7-liter V8 with enhanced acceleration adds to the power behind the prestige. Brave design. Experience Amazing. Putting People First. With a commanding stance and eye-catching LED illumination, the GAC dominates with style and grace.

MSRP: From ₦34 million

Towing capacity: 7,000 lbs

MPG: 12 city / 16 highway

Dimensions: 200″ L x 78″ W x 75″ H

Horsepower: 383 hp

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2010 Lexus Rx 350

2010 Lexus Rx 350

This is a car he gifted  his mom in 2017, that was before the fame and the accolades, a lot of questions popped up on social media asking where he got such money from at the age of 17. The car features the following , the RX 350’s interior is one of the most plush and best-made offerings in its class, and this SUV has smooth, car-like handling as well. The RX 350’s fuel economy is outstanding, but if 18/24 mpg city/highway in all-wheel drive models isn’t enough, the RX is available as a hybrid as well.

MSRP: From ₦18 mllion

Dimensions: 193-197″ L x 75″ W x 67-68″ H

MPG: Up to 20 city / 27 highway

Horsepower: 295 hp

Seating capacity: 5, 6, 7

Overall NHTSA safety rating: 5 star, 4 star

Conclusion

Rema has been so focused on his musical career and has been working tirelessly, dropping hits on hits, according to rema he said he spend most of his time in the studio. He is still young and has a long way to go, with this level of focus and hard work the sky is a starting point for him. Thanks for reading.

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