马上赢 – Instant Win

Went back to the Thieves Market with the same friend. The day ended off with more metal objects than the last. In all I found 1 brass luohan figure, a solid brass bracelet, a NOB Hanayama Metal Puzzle, a pressure gauge, 2 plastic toy gifts ( from Burger King ) of the Simson Characters – Chief Wiggum and Russ Cargill, a brass horse with a big housefly/horsefly on its back and 2 more Once-Sunken-Now-Found treasure. Asked my son how he felt about my loot today and he rated the ” Horse with a Housefly/Horsefly on its back ” as the best among all.  At first he could not figure out why would anyone put a huge housefly/horsefly on the back of a horse.

Not sure how I should put it but among the Chinese, the horse with the housefly/horsefly on its back is interpreted as follows :

1 – “马上” literally means the back of a Horse, is also interpreted as ‘ instant “;

2 – The HouseFly/Horsefly is “蒼蠅”  in chinese. “蠅” sounds like “赢” (Win)

Therefore from the figure, a housefly/horsefly on the back of a horse is read as “马上赢” which also means ” Instant Win”.

Confused? don’t be. Seeing or owning an object of this combination can only mean Good Luck.

The rest of the day searching under the scorching sun went well. My friend got a number of his favorite collectibles. A M&M clock, an assortment of Tiger Beer Mug, a porcelain plate, 2 sets of salt and pepper containers all adds up to his already sizable collection at his home.

Just like last week, we were out there for almost 5 hours. Met another friend who regularly makes visit to the place and learnt that he is also a ardent collector himself. It was at his regular spot that I found the Once-Sunken-Now-Found porcelain. Got 2 more to add to my collection. Cool…but very hot ( the weather ).

 

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