Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Rembulan Kesiangan

Yesterday during breakfast, a guy walked into the restaurant. He was mumbling to himself. Looked unkempt and dirty. He went straight to a table on our right. Two men were reading newspapers. He started pointing pointing to the newspaper and gave comments. Something to do with politics. And he offered his hand for a handshake. They shook hands.

Then he came to my table and offered a handshake to a guy sitting next to me. And he told us all, ‘I am like this because the moon is full. I will take my medication and will be better soon.’ And we nodded our heads.
‘Go for it dude, take your medications!’

I looked at Yamtuan and smiled. The guy is pretty harmless, I mouthed. But I would not want to shake hands with him.
‘it is going to be full moon soon, that is why lah’ Yamtuan said.
‘yeah, like that has any relevance..’ pish posh!
‘it is true you know, you don’t know ah?’

And so I said I would do my own research on the moon subject. For phases of the moon, hana kirana has it on her spot. Why, dunno also.

Today on the way to work, I was in the bus and the bus was taking a bend when suddenly in front of us, standing right smack in the middle of our lane was this guy. Bent at the waist, he was flashing his glorious butt at us. Despite being a passenger and never driven a car, least of all a bus, I was busy braking braking as well. The bus almost hit him and the cars behind almost hit us. Phew! We stopped maybe a millimeter or two shy from his butt. My face was maybe less than a foot away from that butt. And he kept on with his pose.
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Not a flinch (i was close enough to testify to this). Didnt give a fart!

What is it about the moon?

The werewolves howl the loudest when the moon is full. The pontianaks hop trees and give you their famous heeeheehee with full moon as background. When us girls ‘datang bulan’ we can sometimes be as savage as werewolves AND pontianaks combined!

We romanticise about the silvery moon. And we are in awe of its pale yellow light. Someone told me that she would never look at the moon whenever she was away from home because it would only make her more homesick. Because she explained, wherever you are on this world, when you look up and rest your gaze at the moon, you know that your loved ones are under the same moon. The geography underneath your feet may be different, but the moon, the sky remains to look just like home!

And you have songs about the moon. You equate beauty with the moon and then doomed love affair too. And you want to live on the moon because over there, nobody is going to say that you have a weight problem. The moon, nobody diets up there! My idea of heaven!

Some folklore said that there was this concubine who sacrificed herself for the people in China and so was taken up to the moon by the gods so she could continue watching her beloved people.

And there are stories too about an evil man on the moon weaving a rope. The rope would scorch earth if it touches ground. But rejoice, there is this rat up there who nimbles at the rope so it would never be long enough to do any damage.

BTW do you know that the Blue Moon actually means the second full moon in a calendar month? It is something which is bound to happen once in a while, because the average length of the lunar month is slightly shorter than the length of most calendar months. And, at full moon the earth is between the moon and the sun; at new moon the moon is between the sun and the earth. Always the perfect line-up.

Some creatures synchronise their breeding with the cycles of the moon. One example is sea turtles, which come ashore to lay their eggs at a particular phase of the moon. This is in relevance to the tide. When tide is higher, baby turtles will not have to travel so far after hatching, to reach the shore. Some girls I know also just so happened to be talking about breeding at this time of the moon. Why she wants a high tide I also don’t want to know. Dont make me blush Anedra (this linking trick i just curi the kungfu from uja), really.

Moon causes the tide. Low tide, high tide, are all due to the moon (and sun really). Is it possible that the liquid in our body, (our blood and God-knows what other juice), all experience low tide high tide as well? The human body is after all comprised of 80% water.

And then I found websites discussing this and how actual scientific researches have been carried out and the conclusion they made? There is NO NEVER NADA such thing as human tidal effect.

And so when I ‘datang bulan’ and my blood reaches its highest tide and I snap at your head and go after your throat like a sundal malam, it is NOT the moon, it is just you.

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Anonymous atn said...

aiseh artikal ilmiah cenggini boleh hantar ke Dewan Kosmik lah mwa ha ha ha ha

note to self: must blog abt PMS soon, suma org dah cover

10:26 PM  
Blogger hana_kirana said...


Orang kata, kalau nak belajar or menuntut ilmu, sebaiknya sebelum bulan penuh.

Kalau 'salah tuntut ilmu', amalkan yang bukan-bukan atau tersilap amal, waktu bulan penuh jadi gila isim. Same goes kalau tuntut ilmu setan.

Kata orang lagi, ada orang yang jadi kurang betul waktu bulan penuh sebab cecair dalam otak/badan disejat keluar dari badan.

Sekadar dengar-dengar kata orang. Mungkin betul, mungkin salah. Tapi, ada yang nyata betul.

Kita mungkin perlu kan kajian saintifik untuk membuktikan semua hipotesis ini. Tapi, dah nyata sains tidak mampu membuktikan semuanya.

Ayoyo. ;)

10:39 PM  
Blogger hana_kirana said...

eh, kita dating kat KL nanti, nak? nak?

10:41 PM  
Anonymous hartini said...

This is a good time to eat moon cake also... :D

Eh, I didn't know that about blue moon - good info! My friend says he has seen the moon turn blue, thus the name. But guess we can't see it in Asia?

10:48 PM  
Blogger OOD said...

ilmiah ya? tak mo dewan kosmik lah cenggitu, nak hanto journal kat max planck institute lah.

hana kirana,
itu lah, sains kata takdak kena mengena walau satu kumin pon. Nak research yang mistik tak cukup ilmu, kang gila isim pulak kan? Nanti ada tayang bonnet depan bas... ish. Tak lawa. Sangat!

Balik raya ni kan? jom jumpa. nana kena salam cium tangan ambik berkat. hawhawhaw!

10:49 PM  
Blogger OOD said...

ya mooncake ya? lupa nak mention. This weekend is the festival ya? Tanglung and mooncake.

The moon can really turn blue? awesome!

i am fascinated with the moon too. Really really wanted to try out the astronaut selection. Am very disappointed to read today that the selection would be done via reality show, sms and all. Such serious national thing like that and they want to make a circus from it! Sure some datuk menteri sudah keluar air telinga due to the full moon, thus impair his judgement. ;o)

10:53 PM  
Blogger anedra said...

and what about the cow that jumped over the moon?

11:14 PM  
Blogger Lydia Teh said...

Ood, nice article. Did that man really flash his naked butt on the road? I once saw a man walking in his birthday suit, not a stitch mind you, somewhere near my kids' school. I hope he didn't wander near to the school, otherwise... Agree with you about the astronaut reality show. Shouldn't lah be like that, must choose most suitable and qualified, not based on popularity, sigh.

11:41 PM  
Blogger OOD said...

i dont know why the cow jumped over the moon, hey didle diddle. Why he was so happy seeing a cat with a fiddle is a mystery to me too. I guess he was bored? Like me? Not that i am a cow... Oh Wait a minute? You calling me a cow? ;op

hi you!
yes, his bare toilet! I am SO traumatised for life. Will probably be haunted by the vision for the rest of my days! The fact that i now know there are uglier butt than mine does not console me even. Hah!

yeah, the astronaut thing is such a let-down. where to make noise?

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

full moon buleh bawak penyakit gila tu betul... i tak tipu..

1:41 AM  
Blogger AuntyN said...

engkau laksana bulan
tinggi di atas kayangan

2:54 AM  
Blogger faux diamante said...

u know, i do believe that the phases of the moon affect us in complex ways. there is this term lunatic (der:lunar+tic),aptly associated with ppl who behave out of character depending on the shape of the is said that the energies around us are affected by the waxing/waning.the moon is just one example of how we connect with the rest of the universe. in fact a lot of things go bonkers during the mercury retrograde. semua benda pun mesti ada kait-mengait kan?wallahua'lam

10:11 AM  
Blogger Maya said...


Lovely entry. Yes, the moon has magic. How many times, love lorn and yearning for a certain somebody, you look up into the starry night sky and want to wax lyrical or wax rapturous....that he would be by your side, holding you in his arms, crushing you tenderly against his warmth, making your heart race, wanting him so much that it hurt to wait...*sigh* *sigh* *sigh*

Aiyooooo....all this memories...lemme go check the moon :)

An there's a cheeky tamil song:

She (with a spindly coquetry): It's this moon I caught with my bare hands
For my prince, My love

He (Working up to that mood): Oh do let me see, my love

She: (tidal waves and all) Come close, closer.. and I'll show you, my sweet....

and you know how close that can be, ya?

6:36 PM  
Blogger Kak Teh said...

OOd, do you know know that the moon is female? and yes - like nazrah said - the word lunar - for moon and lunatic?
I did some research on monstrous feminine last year - and interesting sekali - Did you realise why is it in horror movies - selalu ada bulan mengambang, an owlet then comes the pontianak - all these are related.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Uja said...

Ood,ada guna jugak si icon-that-looks-like-kepala-kerbau tu ya? Heee...

Pasal bulan ni, my husbang always ask me this: "When in full moon, the tides in the oceans moved. So imagine what it does to mankind - since our bodies are made up of so much water!"...Wah piang (thats SG slang for 'mug cow!')!

1:20 AM  
Blogger Kak Teh said...

Oh OOD, one important info about bulan mengambang and please remember:
Bulan mengambang...Pak Ngah lah yang balik..aaaahai lah sayang!

1:53 AM  
Blogger faux diamante said...

count on kakteh to bring back old tunes.

pak ngah la yang baaaaaaaalik...

1:56 AM  
Blogger AuntyN said...

OOD : at least Inyanyi lagu P Ramlee, Kak teh nyanyi lagi ghazal "Pak Ngah balik" Nampak sangat Kak Teh tu dok tunggu Pak Teh dia balik tu hehehehe

2:25 AM  
Blogger Ely said...

if u watched the uncut version of Grease, then i am sure u will remember the scene 'Blue Moon'!

and we also have another scene from Ali Baba bujang lapuk when Aziz Sattar said 'Aiseyman, cantik nya bulan!'

them mooner in the city here is sooooooooo common!

9:50 PM  
Blogger OOD said...

the moon was at its fullest last weekend ya? Beautiful.. it so happened that i was in Johor near Hospital Bahagia/Permai @ Tampoi, the mental hospital. Dok tepikir how crazy the situation must be at such hospitals during full moon..

malam bulan dipagar bintang
tambah seri cuaca malam..

itu lah..
but science cant find the hard facts. They say lakes and rivers dont experience tide. So despite being made 80% water, we are not big enough (as oceans are) to be affected. And there are extra positive charges in the air etc when the moo is full but they dont see us affected by that too...

mana nak research the mystic ya?

7:02 PM  
Blogger OOD said...

you are such a hot mama! (i read your leisure giggling activities at anedra's!) and you write like a true harlequin/M&B/silhoutte or barbara cartland! Makes me SWEAT! Hehehe...

i must catch the moon too to have hubby mooning for me ya? Then i can say, come closer, come closer...

kak teh,
i WANNA know how they are related! Why moon and earth females? Why pontanak, witches, etc fancies the moon? why do we go lunartic?

mintak halal the stolen kungfu ya?

i was by the sea during full moon last weekend at Tambak Johor. Husband behaved well, he didnt claw or bite me. And i didnt bewitch him either. But the moon was absolutely beautiful.
Thought of you, Hartini in singapore and wondered whether you were enjoying it too.

7:10 PM  
Blogger OOD said...

kak teh,
lagu pak ngah lagu ghazal kan? alamak.... dah teringat tune nya, sepanjang hari lah seru pak ngah.

bulan mengambang ke tak ke, kak teh TATAP rindu pak ngah dia balik! Romantis sungguh depa berdua ni ya aunty?

shake ada satu lagu, O Rembulan which always sound like Orang Bulan. Remember?
I thought it was funny.

Ely the JJ Queen,
no, we watch everything cut and properly censored so our minds remain suci murni without any traces of blueishness.. hehehe...
(that's why LAH!).

7:16 PM  
Blogger iJun said...

I think you've gone over the moon with this blog entry hihihihi

4:07 PM  
Blogger anasalwa said...

boleh sambung lagu ni? :))

di wajahmu ku lihat bulan
yang berlindung di balik senyuman
jangan biarkan ku tiada berkawan

love your entry.

5:05 PM  
Blogger hana_kirana said...

satu lagi. ikan2 akan bertukar jantina sewaktu bulan penuh.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Lydia Teh said...

Ood, where to make noise about the astronaut reality show? Write letter to newspaper editor!

12:06 AM  
Blogger OOD said...

Ijun hey diddle diddle,
me over the moon? u call me a cow also? i tell my mother. Makkkk!

i love the song! First heard it kat Perempuan Melayu Terakhir but mak said it is actually an old song. Siapa penyanyinya? Apa tajuknya? Got MP3? Gimme the lyrics!!

you are like my Yamtuan, like Mulder, adamant about the moon! There must be a scientific explaination, no? I ni Scully, sceptical... haha..

i will write. Thank you. Will let you know ;o)

7:08 PM  
Blogger anedra said... many moons do we have to wait for an update??

8:21 PM  
Blogger OOD said...



12:04 AM  
Blogger anasalwa said...

Sorry, I don't remember the lyric, but the singer was S.Effendi.

6:47 AM  

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