The Rodent Year

Outlook for The Year of The Rat ['zoodiac', for fun only]
  • The Rodent order of mammals include rats, mice, hamsters, squirrels, beavers and chipmunks, all marked by having prominent front incisors.
  • According to eastern folklore, the rat is characterised by being thrifty, industrious and nocturnal.
  • Nocturnal could be the operative word with mamak joints (roadside budget cafes) up for roaring business as Euro2020 and Tokyo2020 go on show in June and July respectively.
  • Market trends wise, the rat is cautious while the mice is curious. Does folklore refer to the rat or the mice? Hint: famous 'rat' personalities: Avril Lavigne, Scarlett Johansson, Prince Harry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook.

Pick of Spring Festival Videos
  • Rat-related pop icons include Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Jerry of Tom and Jerry, Dilbert's Ratbert, Remy Ratatouille and Speedy Gonzales.
  • Speaking of Speedy, our Spring Festival video pick [post video] goes to Giovanni Inserra's cover of Speedy Gonzales' theme song, for its upbeat tempo and the visual of a lady dressed in festive colours.
  • Honourable mention goes to County Youngster, YouTuber Feng Timo's rocking rendition of a Fujian (Hokkien) song exhorting young people to work hard to make good any decision they make.
  • Happy Spring Festival!