We MAY appear to be kids at heart, but I believe the true reason is that most of us are arsonists at heart.
We had our first class gathering when we celebrated the mooncake festival exactly two weeks into our course a year ago.
So much has changed since.
RM25 worth of lanterns and candles.Â
We were running late as we were supposed to meet the rest of the classmates at 9pm. It was a Bring Your Own Tanglung(BYOT) session.. so we scoured around for lanterns. We checked out almost every chinesey sundry shop to no avail to the point of even checking out an Indian grocery store. If we don’t have tanglung, those Indian deepavali clay cup with flames would do! LOL!
We went to Taman Ria and was disappointed that almost all the shops were closed. Then we passed by a shop that sold praying things(joss sticks, idols, the works) and Lie Yuen was like, “Com’n lah! This kind of shop where got sell one?”
I was indignant and said, “I’m sure got lanterns, I’LL SHOW YOU!”
So I went into the shop, full of confidence and found an entire box of lanterns. I took a packet out and went outside the shop and started jabbing at the packet of lanterns with the most lanci face ever to the rest of them who were still in the car. Wahahaha. Somemore don’t believe me.
Second problem: Sticks. This is Andy. The mutated unicorn.
Fortunately, outside Nien’s house, there was a tree. Which was without many leaves. And then we had Joe, who is quite tall. Joe snapped off the branches for us.
And then we could have sticks to hang our tanglungs on. Thank you, Joe!
Jimmy was being a little more innovative.
The many tanglungs.
Chwan Hong and his lanterns.
Camwhoring with mine.
top l-r: Chee Wen, Joe, Xin Yi, Brenda, Pei Zhi, Zhu Zen, Ee Chean, Ken, Andy and Me
bottom l-r: Sett, Steffi, Jimmy, Sock Nee, Lie Yuen, Nien, Maxis, Poh Yee and Chwan Hong.
Me and my tanglung!
Sett and Jimmy!
Preparing for our walk around the taman!
I asked Andy to stand far far away to get this lovely shot.(yes, my tripod came along for the occasion)
I like it when the tanglungs gather together. Makes a very nice photo.
As we wereÂ taking photosÂ along the empty stretch of road, three touristy types were walking towards us. They were like, “Hey! What are you guys doing?”
So nice to see intrigued foreigners who are curious about our culture. Jimmy was explaining to them about the lady who drank her husband’s youth potion and flew to the moon after downing the entire vial. They listened intently and were very very interested! We even gave them some of our tanglungs and they were so happy. 🙂
We forgot to ask them what on earth are they doing, coming to Sungai Petani for a holiday. They were staying at Swiss Inn, which was a stone’s throw away from Lagenda Heights.
We came to a conclusion that MAYBE they are newly hired lecturers to come assist the overworked school of dentistry staff.
Strangers in the night.
top l-r: Me(bent over because I thought I couldn’t fit into the frame), Xin Yi, Brenda, Steffi, Zhu Zen
bottom l-r: Lie Yuen, Poh Yee, Pei Zhi, Sock Nee, Nien
I can’t decide which photo out of the tree that I took of the exact same scene that I want to put up. That’s Swiss Inn in the background.
We were standing on either sides of a bridge.
A close up.
So nice right! I go and make spoil the photo soemmore. Haih…
Oh look! I’m so special. 😀
Ee Chean gets illuminated.
Housemates group photo!
l-r: Steffi, Sock Nee, Nien, Zhu Zen and Poh Yee.
The guys’ house.
l-r: Jimmy, Ken, Sett, Maxis, Chwan Hong, Thong, Ee Chean.
The entire house is like, three floors and there are 6 rooms in the whole house.
The Bandar Laguna Merbok gang. Six houses here. Only Lie Yuen and IÂ and Andy and Chee Wen are the housemates among the group.
L-r: me, Brenda, Lie Yuen, Pei Zhi, Xin Yi, Joe and Andy.
Zhu Zen and Nien
Sett and Steffi. So nice lah the colour.
This is Chee Wen. He is not a vegetarian.(less hands)
This is Chwan Hong and he is a religious vegetarian. Hence the many hands to signify his purity.
Damn nice right! Can block the other boys so nicely.:D
Ken and I illuminating ourselves.
l-r: Lie Yuen, Brenda and Me. Love the background too.
Another one of Steffi and Sett.
Me and my lanterns.
Lie Yuen and Chwan Hong
I didn’t edit this photo because I loved the colours of this one as it is.
I already told Poh Yee not to move so much!
Nien and her lanterns.
An end to a fun lantern festival.
And so, the seventeen of us went back and shared four mooncakes. Expensive wei…somemore we’re only students.
I’m inviting Poh Yee to lie on my cushions. She looks traumatised though.
Oh right!! About the video.. hahahaha.. The eerie background noise is actually Chee Wen’s ring tone. Yeah, like what kind of ring tone is that. LOL! And Sett was controlling the camera. Chee Wen was swinging a lantern above my head and I was supposed to scream blood curdlingly.. but the first video had a better scream. However, Sett didn’t manage to record the scream, so the second one would have to do! 🙂