In the olden days, during my grandma time, girls and boys don’t get to go out dating ikut suka hati. So, on the 15th day of the lunar new year, i.e. this Sunday, those girls would have the chance of their lifetime.
Under the fullmoon, they would wear their sarong kebaya. For some strange reasons, women of the olden times, seem to have bigger boobs minus all the boobs enlargement creams, curvier hips and looked damn feminine. Don’t believe? Go ask Ah Pek la.
So, along the moonlite Gurney Drive and Esplanade, chaperoned by someone elder, the available girls and guys would strutt their stuffs. Singing Dondang Sayang, which is a flirty way of getting to know the opposite sex. Nowadays, you got the nudge on MSN Messenger. Back then, they got ‘Rasa Sayang hei, rasa sayang sayang hei’.
They would throw the followings into the seas and make wishes:
Fungi ridden mandarin oranges – Tim kam, chuar hor ang (it rhymes in Hokkien)
Translation : Throw orange, marry good husband
Small drums (heck, how da fark I know where you can buy drums nowadays wor?) : Tim loh kor, chuar ho bo
Translation : Throw drum, marry good wife
Peanuts : Tim thor tau, chiak lau lau
Throw peanuts, eat till old age
Well, my friend Soon How insisted that he once saw a woman secretly threw oranges into the Air Itam’s river. So, I guess these beliefs still exist till today. However, heed these warnings from the ever wise 5xmom.
Throw mandarin oranges : You will get a husband with acne ridden face. As rough as the oranges skin.
Throw drum : You will get a wife which go pi-li-pa-la, pokpokpekpokpek the whole day, as noisy as the drum.
Throw peanuts : You will only earn peanuts income for the rest of your life.
Well, then, what does one do on Chap Goh Meh then? I don’t know….. You got any suggestions what the desperately single looking for partner people ought to throw into the seas? Tongkat Ali?