Happy one-day-late Chap Go Mei everyone!
Chap Go Mei literally means the 15th night of Chinese New Year, which is also known as Chinese’s Valentines in South East Asia.
Also known as lantern festival
It’s the day (or night) where young single women gather to throw mandarin oranges (or tangerines) into the sea/rive/lake in hope for their future husbands to pick up.
Nowadays, we write names and phone numbers / url address onto the oranges instead of just names.
I have always been quite negligent of traditional Chinese festivals, but as my friend reminded me it was Chap Go Mei, I decided to head out to Taman Jaya last night after dinner to throw some of my own oranges.
Bought mini ones from local supermarket
At first I thought there were only a few people at the lake, little did I know, there was not only a crowd,
They brought in DJs and boom boxes!
What happened to good old Chap Go Mei?
All the better, cause I have my oranges ready.
Name? Check! Contact no? Check! Nicolekiss.blogspot.com? Check!
(I only wrote my blog address on ONE orange)
I know it’s not safe and very unwise to write your real contact details on an orange where it would be picked up by just anyone, it could be a stalker/pervert/horny stalker.
But hey, it’s Chap Go Mei. It’s only once a year and I’m sure I can afford a little risk every now and then. Why spoilt the festive mood anyway? :D
So I made 5.
On the other side, if oranges are not your thing and you’re not single, you can always buy candle boats and let them drift drown the river (or around the lake) to see how far your love boat can go.
The Thais (and Chinese) believe that the farther the boat floats without the candle light going out, the longer your love with your partner will last.
There was already a scene at the lake with long poles sticking out at every corner of the lake. I wedged my way through and found a group of enthusiastic males fishing for floating oranges with names and contact numbers on it.
When I say enthusiastic, I mean they don’t settle for one or two oranges. These people fish for bags.
“let me see, there should be 35 contacts and counting”
As they say, don’t only opt for one when you can have them all.
“two at one go~!”
There was this bunch of youngsters (young teens?) standing next to me as I observed on ushering a boy to get to know me.
Apparently he thought I was too old for him.
I laughed because those were the exact same thing I would say to a guy in his twenties when I was his age.
I passed him my blog address and promised that I will blog about him.
10 minutes after I threw the oranges in, I got a call from an anonymous.
Someone got my orange!! o.O OMGWTFKNN
I couldn’t believe it but this thing actually works! And he actually got the one with nicolekiss.blogspot.com written on it!
Dear Nicolekiss readers, meet my Chap Go Mei date.
A very friendly and sweet Chinese speaking guy. When I asked him how many oranges he managed to gather, he said two but one with a smudged number.
It was a fun night, the music was loud and the DJs made it happening. I will never see Chap Go Mei the same way again. It’s a good way to meet more friends too.
I’ll definitely come back next year.
However, remember to bring your own mandarins. Oranges sold here aren’t cheap.
Note: read the drawn image literally
No, it does not mean 10 for RM2!