Bless you.

I had my lunch, my first time trying Philippine food, it’s chicken stew (can’t remember the exact name). It tastes really good.

The birds had their lunches too.

me: I think I want cake.
bf: Again? you just had one the day before yesterday.
me: But I’m still craving for something sweet.
bf: Something is wrong with you.
me: Okie, I’m gonna find something nice to curb my craving.

I thought of Sogurt! The stall which is always there at the basement of United Square but I never get to taste it because I’m always stuffed after lunch.

I got a mix of the red velvet cake and chocolate flavour yogurt, also added banana and peach toppings. They count by the weight (100g for $3), so you can take any amount you like as long as you can finish it.

Sure did curb my sweet tooth’s cravings. =)

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Something interesting happened while on our way back to office and so this is what happened…

Pi sneezed on the bus and said, “Excuse me.” A western girl beside us replied, “Bless you.”

I had a sudden thought that why do people say bless you after someone sneezes. Is there any reason to it? We usually say “Excuse me” after sneezing out of courtesy because it is simply not nice sneezing in front of others.

In Chinese, the sneezer follows up the sneeze with 不好意思 (bù hǎo yì si) (Mandarin) or 唔好意思 (Cantonese), meaning “excuse me” or “sorry”. No response is expected.

– via wikipedia

Pi did some research online and we found out:

For the most part, the various sneeze responses originated from ancient superstitions. Some people believed that a sneeze causes the soul to escape the body through the nose. Saying “bless you” would stop the devil from claiming the person’s freed soul. Others believed the opposite: that evil spirits use the sneeze as an opportunity to enter a person’s body. There was also the misconception that the heart momentarily stops during a sneeze (it doesn’t), and that saying “bless you” was a way of welcoming the person back to life.

We now know that sneezing is a reflex action and is most often the sign of something relatively benign, such as a cold or allergy. A sneeze also can be provoked by being outside in the sunlight or from smelling a strong odor. Still, we persist in the custom of saying “bless you” or “gesundheit,” mainly out of habit and common courtesy.

We learned something new today which is not that bad. Haha!

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