Sunday, 11 March 2012

Of Food, Women and other Topics

As our traditional gathering to celebrate IWD, International Women's Day, we planned to treat ourselves to a brunch which was changed later on to a dinner to make space for many working women friends. We found a Chinese restaurant specializing in Sichuan food as a venue for this special Meet and Eat on IWD. What we didn't expect was that the restaurant is also catering to Chinese groups of tourists. It will be easy for you to imagine the mood of the place with our circle of women with the equally noisy and hungry tourists but despite our noise and the confusion of the sole waiter, we were able to get our orders and shared the spicy food eventually. One Pinay was reminding the poor waiter named Sonny (whom we were calling with that song, "Sonny, yesterday my life was filled with rain") not to forget that she ordered not a spicy soup while another Pinay was complaining it was not hot enough so please more chilli sauce. The night ended up with another round of coffee and cake inside the main station and with another Eat and Meet (a birthday treat) planning for next Monday.
Was reading today the local newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, and in the Panorama section, I found this column "Die Liste, Wie Kinder heißen," The List, How Children Are Named. The most loved names for children in Germany are Sophie/Sofie for girls and Maximilian for boys according to the "Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache" (Society for German Language).  The five most loved names are the following:

1. Sophie/Sofie  -  Maximilian
2. Marie - Alexander
3. Maria - Paul
4. Mia - Leon
5. Sophia/Sofia - Ben

(Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger 10./11.März.2012)

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