Yes, I know CNY had passed like 2 weeks ago and yet I'm still blogging about lion dance which is so lalalala outdated.
But this is going to different, I hope.
I'm not posting up pretty pictures of lion dance nor showing you how pretty fireworks are.
Traditionally, the lion was regarded as a guardian creature which summon and fortune and good luck, and with the drums, cymbals and fire crackers, it wards off back luck and exorcise evil spirits.
But nowadays, you can see trucks and trucks of young men at the back of a pick-up truck with printed association names house-hopping along a street from one end to the other. Talking about over-commercialized huh.
Owners of the houses invited them to "dance" for auspiciousness and later reward them with an attractive angpao, with an official receipt given back.
(Of course, the more "cantik" the content in the angpao, the longer the lion feels "motivated" to dance)
And few weeks ago, a friend (I feel that I can no longer freely put their names and pictures on it because they felt slight disturbed when the public recognize them) of mine invited Theen and I to his house to watch lion dance.
I guess we're only 4 years old in his eyes. I mean, do any of your friends ask you to go to his/her house and watch lion dance? That's why my friend here is Si-Peh-Cer.
Maybe he thought we still get excited over 2 men faking, I mean mimicking a lion barging blindly at every corner of the house. I said "blindly" because I witnessed the lion bumping its head on to a pillar... Damn funny you know! It was caught on video too but I was too malas to get it from SL.
... crap. Did I just mention his name?
1 sec late to snap the "head-bumping" incident
The pillar, the lion and the laughing man
So normally what the house owner will do is prepare from fruits, normally mandarin oranges (kam) and pomelo for the lion to do some "magic" out of it.
How I wish someone could use durians and watermelons instead...
Some leave it nice on a plate and put it on the floor, whereas some hardworking and more "pantang" one has them all arranged nicely resembling any auspicious Chinese characters like 吉or 福.
And later the lion "eat" up one by one (with a human hand stuck out from its mouth) and later "process" it with its abdomen.
Must be damn hot and humid inside
福 in a square
So nice right the way the feel off the skin. Maybe can create a new record in Guinness World record leh. Fastest kam-peeling lion in the whole world.
The thing is... I didn't see any leftover skins nor white piths on the floor after the lion moved away!
Call me sakai or sua-ku if you know where are them but... seriously, I always thought it will miraculously disappear on its on like magic trick I saw from the TV. I knew it is hidden somewhere but I didn't have any clue.
24 and naive, I am.
Until that day.... I finally knew the answer and quickly snapped a picture and showed it proudly to my friend.
They all called me silly and didn't want to layan me when I told them that I finally solve one of the biggest mystery in my life. "Ah-Duiiiiiiii......... Don't tell me you don't know where all the skins go har? How old are you oh?"
Told you I need new friends didn't I?
Just kidding lar.. I love them to bits.
Dang Dang Dang Dang
*cue drum rolls*
So, other than mimicking a lion... I guess this young man can go do a kangaroo show too.