Friday, September 25, 2020

A-chomping and A-munching

The Giant panda (Scientific name: Ailuropoda melanoleuca; Chinese: 大熊猫; pinyin: dàxióngmāo) with its distinctive black and white coat, is adored the world over and considered a national treasure in China. 

I venture to suggest that pandas have many fans not just because they look cute – but that many people can actually relate to them! 

I mean, pandas are "lazy" – eating and sleeping makes their day. In fact, a 45-kilo adult (and pandas can reach 150kg in captivity) spends as long as 14 hours eating. And it can eat 12 to 38 kilos of bamboo a day. 

And so, I’m posting these two video clips – one shows a panda loudly chomping on a carrot (Scientific name: Daucus carota subsp. sativus) and the other munching on a bamboo (Scientific name: Bambusoideae):


Believe it or not but I’m onto my third carrot as I watch the said videos, especially the first clip again and again! I can’t explain it but I’m enjoying these moments. 

Strange as it may be but it does seem to me that the panda and I are sharing the same space at the same time and partaking of the same thing! 

This reminds me of the “mukbang” fad – a trend that dates back to 2009 and has its origins in South Korea. 

It is a portmanteau of the words. “muk-ja”, which means eating and “bang-song”, which translates to broadcast – and mukbang videos first popped up on Afreeca TV, a live streaming Korean Internet TV service. 

The essence of these videos basically involves online personalities eating copious amounts of food, purely for the sake of entertaining viewers. 

Many mukbang fans agree that these videos make them feel as though they are “eating” too. 

Sometimes when I am hungry and there’s no food around and I’m just too lazy to go out to find food, watching mukbang helps to “fill me up”. 

There are even those who claim that mukbang is the best way to curb cravings, especially when you know you can’t get your hands on them. And you get to feel satisfied, supposedly.

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