So I figured we should end the celebration of Chinese New Year with a bang and had this great idea in my mind when I found out there was going to be a Mandarin orange throwing festival at Taman Jaya. We were going to use a make shift boat to haul the oranges from the middle of the lake instead of using a net from the shore like everyone else. That turned out to be one of the craziest stuff I’ve ever done in my life.
Background: On the night of the 15th day of Chinese New Year, girls throw oranges to the lake in the hope of getting good husband. The modern twist is that they write names and phone numbers on the oranges in the hope that the right guy hauls it up, contact her, and bla bla bla.. It is celebrated at many locations, and the most publicized and glamourous of all at Klang Valley is probably the event at Taman Jaya. We estimated that there were probably up to 10 thousand people at the festival.
You can also look at the site for a star’s article written last year.
that’s how many people at the festival
After dinner at Jalan Ipoh, we decided to stopped by the Taman Jaya lake on the way back. There was thousands of people by the lake, a stage was set up and there were singings and dancings, speeches too. Already there were some girls throwing oranges in the lake, and we saw quite a few guys having extended fishing nets hauling oranges from the lake. Problem was, they can never reach those that floated out more than a dozen meters or so.
practise session at femmes camwhore’s (not allowed to reveal) swamp
Being a Koi hobbist, I have a fiberglass tank at home, and that gave me the idea of using it as a boat, to haul oranges at the lake. After spending half an hour convincing Horny about the idea, he reluctantly agreed that we can test my hypothesis at a friend’s
swimming pool swamp. It worked out great.
Kerol, Xaveira, Jack, Edward were with us too. Jack and Xaveira volunteered to carry the tank and equipments (2 squash racquets as oars, and a net) to the location as Horny said he didn’t want to be spotted bringing the tank there. Having no more excuses, the dude went alogn with the plan.
took ages to convince horny, and then off we go
At the site, we took the long route to round the lake to somewhere nearby the main celebration area. It was only about 100 meters or so to row to the main source of attraction. We had to convince goddamn horny for another 30 minutes again before he reluctantly go ahead with the plan. It was abit too crazy, I didn’t know why I have the idea nor the courage either.
As we went down to the lake, quite a bit of people who were standing nearby our launching site started the cheer and claps, there was no return.
we were in the middle of the lake, crowd went wild
As the crowd from the orange throwing/retrieving area started spotting us, they started cheering, there were at least a few thousand people still congregate around the lake. We kept rowing and started to collect some oranges, the crowd really went wild when I started to throw some oranges back to them. “Aim here!”, “one more! one more!”, I probably threw another few dozen oranges back to the crowd, it was fun.
returned with wet butts, and lotsa oranges
After on the lake for a good half an hour or so, we decided it was enough and started making our way back. Yelled good bye to the crowd and started rowing back. Overall we collected about 60 oranges, about 40 or so has phone numbers on it, maybe we can start to contact some of the lucky ones.. hehehe.
It was a blast, were you there? If you think we were cool/cute/whatever, contact me using the link on the right.