INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock

I arrived here (almost) two months ago, and I still confused about tipping. We’ve talked about this “culture shock” in the past, but more about how shocking is for us. So this post is for all that people who still feel fear when the person behind the counter is smiling while you take your wallet. 

– As you know, tips (or gratuity) are not included in the bill.

– You have to tip between the 10% and 20% of the bill (without taxes). Normally is 15%.

– If you still have problems to calculate the exactly amount, remember: (the bill x 15/100). I know that a lot of people are going to say, “Oh, come on, everybody knows that”. But,  not. Believe me.

– If you pay with credit card, you have to put how much do you want to tip, or the employee will do it by himself.

– In restaurants and bars, if you are a big group (usually 8 people or more) the tip is included in the bill.

– In a pub or restaurant, there used to be a waiter or waitress (most of the times) in charge of your table. You always have to order to the same waitress.

– Sometimes, the waitress can give you the bill each time that you order. This is maybe because she’s afraid that you leave without pay (specially in a big group). And yes, you have to tip every time.

Why do you have to tip? The salary of waiters is a little lower than the rest, so they always apply for the job with the tips in mind.

Where we have to tip? Restaurants and pubs, taxis,hairdressers, beauticians.

Where we don’t have to tip? Restaurants like McDonalds or Tim Hortons.

What happens if I decide to don’t tip? Watch your food and better don’t come back.



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The A -Team

I went to see the A-team with a couple of people staying in the Staffhouse at the Scotiabank theatre last Tuesday. It was Tuesday so that meant Telus Movie Combo Deal! For only $11.70 we got the ticket, popcorn and a drink!

As I went around the house to ask people if they wanted to come along, I came to the shocking conclusion that several people in the house never even heard of the A-team.  I couldn’t believe what I heard because in the Netherlands they used to show it on TV all the time.

So for those of you that don’t know, the A-team is an American television series about a group of ex-United States Army Special Forces soldiers who work as Soldiers of fortune (soldiers for hire) while being on the run from the military because of a ‘crime they didn’t commit’. Despite the fact that there are running from the law they are always on the good side and help people in need. The show ran from 1983 until 1986.

The A-team has 4 members:

  • The leader Lieutenant-Colonel John ‘ Hannibal’ Smith, know for his excellent plans, sigars and the phrase: ‘ I Love It When A Plan Comes Together’
  • Lieutenant Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck, usually called Face is a smooth talking con-man who uses cons to make sure the team has the supplies they need.
  • Captain H.M. ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock, who is the team’s pilot and lives in a mental institution because he is insane.
  • Sergeant First Class Bosco Albert BA ‘Bad Attitude’ Baracus. He is the team’s strong man and mechanic and has a fear of flying. The team usually uses a trick to get him into the plane, such as drugging him, knocking him unconscious etc.

The main cast of The A-Team. Clockwise from top: MurdockB.A. BaracusHannibaland Faceman.

The intro of the TV show combined with the theme song are well know by everyone. If you don’t know it or would like to see it again, here it is

I thought Liam Neeson did an outstanding job portraying Hannibal in this movie, but in my book nobody can top George Peppard’s performance as Hannibal. Hannibal was my favorite character in the series and George was definitely the right man for the job. Same goes for BA, nobody can beat Mr T’s role but Quinton Jackson did a fantastic job with his character BA. And of course there was the ever loving Face, who is still persuading the ladies. In this movie the lady of his choice is Jessica Biel. And let’s not forget Murdock, in this movie it was finally reveled why BA is afraid of flying, and I wouldn’t go in to much details but I has something to do with Murdock being crazy as usual!

I was really looking forward to seeing this movie. I really wanted to know if the movie was as good as the series.  After I have seen the movie, I can honestly say that I really loved the movie. It had a good combination of humor, romance and of course fighting, shooting and blowing things up.  I really recommend everyone to go see this movie! It is so worth it!

– Manouk

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