Happy full moon and may you find your Chang Er

I have forgotten the story my mother told me about Chang Er. I vaguely remember it is some fairy living on the moon and she has a rabbit to pound some elixir for her to stay young so that she can meet dunno who every once a year. Now, in this modern times, rabbit means something else. In fact, the rabbit company had tried to engage me to write a paid post for them FOUR times already. It is a UK company and they want to pay me USD100 per post. I declined eventhough I wouldn’t mind the money, you know?

So, I was thinking some naughty thoughts. If Chang Er has her rabbit on the moon, why need to remain young to wait for her knight in shining armour, no? Ok, ok, I am such a feminist, I don’t think women actually need men anymore. We can make our own money. We can repair our own car. We can live in our own house. We can ……and then there is the rabbit.

Many of you won’t get the joke. Better still. Frankly, if they allow me to import rabbits into our country, probably I will be very rich now.

Talking about forgetting my childhood stories, today, I was discussing about rats. We noticed there are rats scurrying outside our house. So, my two older sons, the city boys were wondering how mousetraps work. I told them it is very cruel to set up mousetraps. I said the mousetrap will snap shut and either the rat’s tail or limbs will be pinned down. So much pain……

#2 son said, “What? Only the limbs nia? I thought the mousetrap will snap and break the neck.”


I suggested rat cage. I told them how we used to have those cages in our Bayan Lepas kampung house. Sometimes, the rats would be caught in the cage. Next morning, what I would do is to use a raffia string and form a loop inside the cage.

I waited and waited for the rat to run through the loop and when the neck passed through, WHOOSH! I would pull the raffia and choke and strangle the rat to death.

But my mother had other methods. She would pour hot, boiling water to kill the rat. Or sometimes, she would drown them in a pail of water.

I thought telling my two older sons such inhumane, cruel and blood curling methods of killing rats would garner some surprises from them like, “Oh mommy, you are so brave!” or “Awww….mom, you are so cool! You can kill rats?”

Instead, they asked, “Then, after you killed the rats, did you cook porridge or fried them?”

So, yes, Happy Mooncake Festival. I personally think this poor romantic festival had been raped by commercialism. KNN, have you seen how much mooncakes cost nowadays? If you didn’t give a set of 8 mooncakes with birdnests and two bottles of the best red wine that costs RM2,888 to your future mother-in-law, sei ler…..You sure die one, she will put you through an agonising path from here on. You may as well hope you are born a rat and died as a boiled rat or strangled rat or drowned rat.

P/S : Oh yes, I just recalled that when Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon, my father rubbished all those praying to the moon. I was about five years old, I think.

10 thoughts on “Happy full moon and may you find your Chang Er

  1. I gave before to my then future monster in law. 8 biji, RM488. Now I buy and put rat poison, LOL

    See? My comment also got moon cakes and rats, Wakakakaka!!!

  2. But, but, but it’s…USD100 wor?!?!! Even if it’s about rabbits…who cares?..like u said, now modern world mah, I am sure stuffs like dat won’t shock anyone anymore..Why I don’t get offers like dat wan? Ceh, all I get are USD10 per post to write about boring stuffs.

    Oh no, I didn’t buy any mooncakes, much less birds nest, etc, for the outlaws wor…but then I no worry. I gave them homemade mooncakes but no birds nest or red wine because they don’t eat those stuff. Eh, even giving mooncakes (or whatever homemade goodies I happen to bake) also no point lar. Already giving me agonising time whenever I see them. Sigh…I envy those rats.

  3. Was so pleasantly surprised when Bea1 handed a letter from the school saying it was a holiday on Friday sempena perayaan kuih bulan yang jatuh pada hari Sabtu.
    Seriously…is this common? I mean in previous years.
    My friend said it’s part of 1Malaysia.
    And I hope you would enjoy staying in bigger abode now.

  4. Foong – You dunno how many times I tempted to take lor. From SponsoredReviews somemore, so easy to hide from Google. But it is haram di sisi agama saya lor, that’s why I agonise over it. But my blog ranked high for the ‘sex’ (plus another word) keyword so they kept offering though I kept declining. Made me feel like such a prude but principle is principle lor. Boh pien, I mati sendiri with my rabbit tak apa (not that I have one or need lah) but if I involve others knowingly, then, not nice lor. I CAT blogger mah (laughing at own joke till fall off chair)

  5. apa nama – How to kill rats? Next time use it more often, very good paying worrr…*checks if I get the ads for rats control*

  6. mama22beas – LOL, itu dah terlalu 1Malaysia. We all no longer care about it lah, though it is nice to have family dinners lah.

    Momo – I want one too…You buy, give to me as birthday present lah, then, I got excuse to say, I must not reject my friend’s gift, so maybe not so big deal as I promote it on my blog lor.

  7. Mooncakes are really ridiculously priced these days..those buggers think they are selling moon rocks or what?
    Btw, in those days my mom also used that inhumane pouring boiling water way to kill rats caught in cage until I found out that we can do the same by just placing them in the sun.

  8. Hi Lilian!!

    Happy belated mid-autumn festival. Moon was obscure where we were… Hopefully, future is not that way… unless I make my way to another part of the planet where I can see the moon clearly.. Kekeke…

    A friend intro another more inhumane method to kill rats.. Use rat gum, let the fella trap in the gum and then sun the fella – sun dried rat… KAKAAKA

  9. Talk about the Rat, the story continues after “Ah Ma” moved to our house (from Bayan Lepas Kampung to Pantai Jerjak). Instead of using a pail of water, “Ah Ma” made use of the long kang. Just put the whole cage in the long kang. I never dare to go near and see. Yeeeaakk!!

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