Although Saturday was Thaipusam day, and even though I did briefly consider checking out the big gold statue of Lord Murugan at Batu Caves, I decided to check out the lion dance show at Bangsar Village (with me being a frog under a Bangsar shell and all) instead.
I checked into Village at around half past four, and found that there wasn’t much of a crowd around, besides the usual small number of shoppers. The lion dance troupe, however, were already there, preparing the stage for their performance.
Making sure everything’s right.
I briefly dithered over whether to check out the show from the ground level or from the first floor, and finally decided on an overhead view. At least that’ll keep me away from those pesky ang-pow-greedy kids.
An eager crowd building up.
That’s a celebrity in the middle, there. Guess who? Hint: Beautiful singer, famous for duets with Ramli Sarip.
The lions sizing each other up.
The lions sizing up the pillars.
A lion on a pillar. (My caption writing skills need work, I’ll admit that…)
The other lion checking out this lion on the pillar, and perhaps, laughing at it?
What do you call a lion on two legs? Junichiro Koizumi.
That’s either one flexible lion, or it needs some serious hip surgery.
The Mexican… err Chinese lion standoff.
This lion’s father was a cobra – that’s why he rears up in the face of danger – or children, same thing.
Looking for an escape route via the first floor.
One lion sniffing… what is this – Brokeback Mountain?
Looking for a suitable child to eat.
A lion preparing to unleash its lethal Power-Fart.
Tossing oranges at the crowd – little did they know it was just another over-priced citrus fruit.
Now that’s one brave child. Seriously, I doubt a kid his age would have understood that all that was just costume and entertainment. He just stood there and FACED DOWN THAT LION. Respect.
Kids exchanging ang-pow for oranges. Or maybe for blessings.
Greedy kids demanding the lion give them more oranges, while the lion looks over possible dinner items.
Bangsar Village staff (possibly from the Village Grocer) giving out ang-pows to the kids. ONLY to the kids. Grrr…
The lions hold a conference – they’ll take the kid in the red shirt, please, how much is he and could they wrap him in aluminium?
The lion dance troupe generously donate RM 1000 towards the Bangsar Village Kids’ for Kids Charity.
Well, that’s it. It was certainly loud, and even though I’ve found all lion dance performances to have been fun, this one was worth it just for the reactions of the kids – they really enjoyed it.
Especially the kid who FACED DOWN A LION. Respect.