When this post was written, the England match against France was well over, and surprisingly, both Huats got the correct prediction of a draw. (Update: they predicted Sweden to win England in the last English game, but unfortunately England prevailed 3-2 last night!)
Kenny Yap (Qian Hu’s Managing Director) must be so happy now that his little dragons are no mere copycats of the celebrated deceased Paul the Octopus, yup so they were both wrong last night, but what the heck!
Call us foolhardy, call us unworthy business students, but the temptation to see what the heck was going on with the 2 arowanas got the better of us. The head says it’s a marketing gimmick but the heart refuses to waste a beautiful Sunday simply by lazing around the house (remember: we are audit interns during the weekdays. It was simply a sin to not utilize our weekends fruitfully before facing the barrage of paper work on DIM (Dammit, It’s Monday).
Carpe Diem first
The hesitation cost us though, but luckily, we were not penalized in any way. We arrived at Qian Hu at 2:03pm, slightly later than the time of commencement (which is 2pm btw).
JIT (Just in time)!!! PHEW!
The crowd gathered there was neither too large nor too pathetic fortunately. The chartered bus arrived just as we got out, and we already sighted 3 Newpaper journalists. Yea, this is where we will witness what (pronounced ‘huat’, pardon the pun) the heck is really going on.
And XL makes the trademark ‘twist’ sign. Cliche to the max!
Being a typical kancheong spider, we rushed to the front of Big Huat’s tank. We couldn’t get too close though due to temporary barriers put up by the farm. On our left, we sighted what looked like the leader of the journalists, and 3 who looked conspicuously like interns. EL would gladly have taken up a journalistic internship, but due to personal principles (let’s leave that for another day), he went on taking an accountancy degree instead. Lo and behold, as others were milling around the farm, we had A class seats (or more like standing positions) right in front.
Big Huat getting ready, looking majestic as always.
Personally, we felt that the prediction event could have been done with more panache. Qian Hu could have done better to spruce up the occasion, and the fishes could have been given more decorated tanks (and maybe place them inside the House of Dragons), instead of the austere tanks that they were now given.
The Qian Hu staff approached the tanks, and in their hands we could all see the mechanism which is going to be placed inside the tanks where the 2 oracular arowanas would be choosing their grub from.
Qian Hu employees spotted, show’s gonna start!
I shall let the pictures do the talking. First up is our ‘Grand Champion’ (where he got that title from puzzles me, seem like Qian Hu and their marketing fluff again ><
XL displaying proof of her Singaporean descent. Suaku Singaporean Syndrome strikes! EEKS!
Prep for Ops
Putting the partition in (Overheard during the media interview. This was done because Big Huat tends to eat faster than Small Huat, so it sort of slows down the eating pace)
In goes the mechanism
So basically, it works pretty simply, the first prawn eaten is the country that the fish picks to win. Three choices, win lose draw. First up is Big Huat. Eggcited eggcited!!! It is just right in front of us! elson was the photographer of the day and he began snapping photos faster than the Newpaper journalists on our left. And almost a split second after the ‘weighing scale’- like mechanism is put in, Big Huat had a result, a draw! What an oracle really, swift and decisive! Crowd groans, for what reason I dunno why (England should really ought to be happy with a draw, really!) We barely caught sight of Big Huat when he got the grub immediately from the ‘Draw’ canister of the mechanism.
Big Huat is very efficient!
We proceed to Little Huat next. Unlike his dearest ‘uncle’, Little Huat did not appear as a fish with a voracious appetite. He came us waiting like a Madonna star, like really. We snapped many pictures, and everyone in the crowd was even egging him on. The area was apparently filled with more England fans, because everyone was holding their breaths when the fish caught close to the England flag (bear in mind this little fella predicted a wrong result for the opening games). So everyone wanted it to pick France in hope that the reverse would come true.
Like a boss
elson was totally unamused, while XL being the ever supportive England fan, began to cheer it on, with some support from the crowd. It was beginning to test our patience, but suddenly, it ate a prawn from the ‘Draw’ canister. EH both HUATS predicted draws.
Qian Hu’s boss must be sweating now, because we have always had a conspiracy theory that 2 fish were chosen instead of 1 in order to increase the probabilities of at least one fish making the right decision. It is all or nothing now for Kenny the Fish (that’s the nickname of Qian Hu’s boss) The moment Little Huat made his choice, audible shouts of ‘sian lah, ta pai poon si draw eh’ ( meaning: Haiz, why is it always a draw? In hokkien) Well, they have already made their call, and it was time for us to make our call to leave too.
Pictures of the crowd!
TNP Journalist beside us
‘Post-match’ press conference
We have lots of stuff planned up for the rest of the day, including a recce of the area around Sungei Tengah, where we will dig up more happenings for everyone.
Oh ya, here is the schedule for fans who are interested in witnessing another prediction event. Note that the predictions are mostly for England games.
- Interesting for those who do not have an opportunity to head down to Germany during WorldCup 2010 to see Paul.
- Great outdoor place highly therapeutic for those who work in the concrete jungle.
- Weather can get hot especially since it is in the afternoon. No prior announcement/addressing of the crowd before event commenced. Totally zero engagement of the audience to explain what was going on. In short, poor public relations
- Poor ambience, as we said, it could be better decorated to suit the occasion (More Euro’12 deco, anyone?)
And for convenience sake, we have repasted the way to get there here again (:
Getting there! (For the benefit of those who did not read the previous post)
By car: From the KJE, exit at Sungei Tengah Road/Bricklands Road exit.
From Sungei Tengah Road, turn left into Old Choa Chu Kang Road.
Head straight until you spot the Home Team Academy. Before that, you will get to see this sign board
Turn right into Jalan Lekar. Head straight all the way until you see the gigantic Qian Hu logo.
By Public Transport:
Take an MRT train to Choa Chu Kang station. Qian Hu has shuttle buses ferrying all of us into their farm!
This is the detailed schedule.
Alternatively, a detailed schedule can be found here :