Date
15 October 2018
Marriage companies arrange daytime girlfriends or boyfriends for the upcoming Lunar New Year (inset). Wonder where all the lai see money is going?
Photo: Baidu
Marriage companies arrange daytime girlfriends or boyfriends for the upcoming Lunar New Year (inset). Wonder where all the lai see money is going? Photo: Baidu

Give lai see, no questions asked

Who does not want a little lucky money over the Lunar New Year?

Everyone loves a red packet as much as they enjoy family gatherings, especially in China, where Lunar New Year also means homecomings.

But it is also a time when singles are caught in a dilemma. Well, they get lai see (and many of them, too) but they are often asked about their dating status and when they will get married (and stop receiving lai see).

It has become a headache for many – given single women and stay-home game addicts have become a social phenomenon. But it is also a happy problem for match-making companies.

I read somewhere that some marriage companies are arranging daytime boyfriends in the upcoming Year of the Rooster.

According to one company in Liaoning, the boyfriend would be required to escort his client for homestay over the Lunar New Year. The going rate is about 1,000 yuan for two days and one night.

The escort service would not include lodging because most Chinese families have still not warmed to idea of putting a stranger in the same bed as their daughters.

Day rental of girlfriends are also sought-after but the price is at least double, or as much as 3,000 yuan per day.

To some, that it is a large chunk of red-packet income. But on the bright side, the exercise may turn into a real date.

So why are singles willing to pay?

The answer lies in the lyrics of Spring Festival Self-Help Directory, a song by Shanghai Rainbow Indoor Choir which has turned into the most popular song among mainland netizens this year:

Forrest Gump once said: Life like is a box of chocolates. You will never know what you’re going to get.

This is just like when you return home.

You will never know what hard questions your parents and relatives are going to give you.

We call this unexpected encounter a dumbfounding moment.

Your auntie says, “Oh you come back!

The other says, “Oh you gain weight!”

Seventh Auntie says, “have you found a date?”

You: No.

Seventh Auntie: I get you into blind date tomorrow but you need to lose some weight.

Two Uncle: how much did you make last month?

You: (no answer).

Two Uncle: Do you need a job referral?

The same dialogue goes on for eighth rounds until the chorus comes with the only English words in the song: “I just wanna live my life”.

It is a good reminder that we should be more considerate about giving red packets to these ultra-sensitive singles.

Like a clothing refund — just pay, no questions asked.

“What I Did Is For Your Own Good” by Rainbow Chamber Singers 

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