In the Philippines, the popular uses of forks and knives are to put food into the mouth and slice the meat and veggies, respectively.
But do you know that they can also be used to communicate "I'm done" or "Still eating" by properly positioning them?
If you do not want the waiter to take away your plate, put your fork and knife on the center of your plate with the tips facing each other in an inverted V.
Or, follow the American way, where they simply rest the knife, diagonally, on the top right of plate, with the fork, tines up, beside it.
If you are expecting another course, simply place your fork, vertically, and knife, horizontally, in a cross position. The latter is placed underneath the fork.
Finished? Simply place your fork and knife beside each other other.
If you like the food, this is how you will tell the chef.
If you have problems with it, form the inverted V with the knife inserted in the middle slot of the fork.
These details, according to the hotel and high-end restaurant staff we spoke to, are part of the waiters' training, so they would understand the signals.
We won't be surprised, however, if some food servers may not be aware of this.
The utensil etiquette varies too depending on the country.