Dating paying the bill

A survey in 2014 shows 27% of Australians find it acceptable to split the bill when their dining companions have spent more than them.Going Dutch, splitting the bill or paying for the one dish you ordered happens a lot when I eat out with my Asian (and non-Asian) friends here.For some birthdays, it’s customary for the birthday person to pay for food, entertainment and cake while the guests bring gifts.When it comes to (heterosexual) dating in Asia, the guy is expected to pay for everything, from the food to fun – which I personally think is nice.There have been times when my parents organised family dinners and when it came time to get the bill, my relatives laughed in their faces, saying it had been paid.

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As writer Khalil Gibran said on having good faith: These days attitudes are changing towards paying the bill among the younger generation Asians, at least in Australia.The one person who didn’t say “men” said that whoever asked for the date paid (or at least should pay) for the date.I looked into the research more to see how dating has changed in the past few decades.In Chinese culture (and other Asian cultures), offering to pay the bill at the end of a meal out is regarded as polite.This goes for family and business-related dining affairs, and no matter the occasion, bill fights are usually amusing.

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