Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My World Tuesday - Sentosa Flower Show 2012 -

Love these floral decorations in the shape of musical instruments and musical notes. I have no knowledge of Do, Re, Mi hahaha so wonder if these notes represent them.

For photos on other parts of the world, please visit Our World Tuesday Meme. Thanks to the team of Our World for giving us the opportunity to share my world with the rest of the world.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sentosa Flower Show 2012 - Mascots

Hahaha Angels have wings, why did the angel take the escalator down the hill?

OMG, this mascot should at least shave cleaner and put thicker make up hahahaha

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sentosa Flower Show 2012 - Carps Decorations

Dragon Gate created from real flowers with the carps seem trying to leap over the gate to a bountiful Dragon Year.

Three playful kids

Most of the flowers used seem to be spray carnations.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pink Saturday - Awakening of the dragon

This Chinese New Year being the Year of the water dragon. Looked like this pink dragon having fun in the pool.

Dragon made from several hundreds or thousands of flowers, looked like a painting.

Not related to the above two people, they looked like having fun pretending to paint the eyes of the dragon to wake it up.

For more pinky participants, please visit Beverly of How Sweet The Sound.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Skywatch Friday - Year of the Dragon

Visited the annual Sentosa Flower Show and this being the Year of the Dragon, we could see many dragons decorations on the island. They were all made from many flowers. But I missed the 12 animal zodiacs that were there every year. This year they were all absent except for the dragons.

For other sky watchers, please hop over to Skywatch Blog.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chinese New Year Lunch and Dinner with my entire family

Having lunch with my siblings and our family at my brother's house. Home cooked food is the best. :)

Chinese New Year is to get together and also having big feast together.

Dinner at Paradise Inn and the main course must be the Yusheng Dish. Yusheng is like a raw salad consisting of shreds of vegetables and with raw fish slices and adding some crushed nuts, crackers, etc

The tossing of yusheng is a must and the higher you toss the better your wishes will come true. Everyone will chat all the phrases of good luck and wishes.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Chinese New Year 2012 - Ang Pow (Red Packets)

Ang Pow or Hong Bao or Red Packets are a must during Chinese New Year. It is a gift of money placed inside the angpow given by married couples to those not married and also to elders. This being the Year of Dragon, so we can see many dragons pictures on the ang pow.

I saw these cute and beautiful ang pows in Guangzhou during my recent visit there. They were so cheap but gotta buy in bulks. 10 packets (each packets got 6 pieces inside) costs S$2 , yes S$2 for 10 packets - really cheap. Did not buy a lot cause can only use during Year of the dragon hahaha.

Most of the angpows I got free from banks. The above are from DBS Bank. Managed to get only 2 packets - sigh. They looked so beautiful.

Need different ang pows cause different ang pows for different amount of gift of money inside the angpows hahaha.

The closer your relation with the giver the amount will be bigger. We used to say the amount is not important but the receiver truly wishes for bigger amount so they can use it to buy the things they normally wont be able to afford to buy hahaha. When I was a child, going to the movies was a treat only possible during Chinese New Year when I received ang pows. :)

Like the picture on POSB's ang pow, shows family of three generation having steamboat reunion dinner, that's what I am going to have this Sunday for our reunion dinner.

Bought this from Guangzhou too, this angpow is used only for weddings as gifts to the wedding couple or their families. The word double happiness was flanked by the dragon and phoenix.

You can read the origin of the word double happiness from here.

Did not get much although it was super cheap at only CNY1.50 (about S$0.30) for 6 pcs of wedding red packets.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

GONG XI FA CAI - Happy Chinese New Year

In 3 days, the year of the dragon will be here. Here wishing all who celebrate the occasion a very Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai.

Hahaha saw this God of Fortune on stilts in City Link Shopping Mall. Hope the sighting means Good Fortune coming my way. :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Chinese New Year 2012 - Queueing for Bak Kwa in Chinatown

Bak Kwa is also known as rougan is a dried BBQ meat mostly made from pork. It is one of the most popular snack in Singapore and every Chinese New Year, we can see long queue at popular famous Bak Kwa Stalls/Shops.

Almost every Singaporean know this famous Bak Kwa Stall in Chinatown. If you think only two girls are queueing in the above photo, you are so wrong. Some waited for many hours just to buy the Bak Kwa.

It is a yearly ritual during Chinese New Year for most Singaporean to buy Bak Kwa from this famous stall Lim Chee Guan. It is not cheap, it costs aboutS$50 per kg for this delicious Bak Kwa. Some bought the bak kwa for themselves while others bought as gifts for relatives, friends or business friends.

Last week, I saw the queue was so long till it reached to some alley. Take note that some brought along stools to sit and queue lol. OMG, I wont queue that long, can always buy from other shops cause I think eating the bak kwa will be bbq in such a hurried to meet demands wont taste as nice as normal days.

Will only buy from this famous stall maybe after the first week of chinese new year hahaha cause we have 15 days of chinese new year to celebrate. :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My World - Chinese New Year 2012 - Chinatown Singapore

Chinese New Year will be here in next week. This year will be year of the dragon. Chinatown was decorated with a huge dragon.

Lots of little dragon in our chinatown. So cute, actually I saw all these in Guangzhou, China when I visited last month. Of course they were much cheaper in Guangzhou as they were made in China.

Oh I like this this, lion dance puppet in my favourite colour.

Red is auspicious during the Chinese New Year, so everywhere will be decorated with red. This year I did not take much photos of chinatown.

Spotted these cute radish plants. In chinese, radishes are called "cai tou" (菜头) which sounds like the word ”good luck” (彩头). This explains why the plant is popular during Chinese New Year.

The word "orange" in Chinese sounds like "gold" or "good luck so anything plants or fruits orange in colour are popular during Chinese New Year too.

For photos on other parts of the world, please visit Our World Tuesday Meme. Thanks to the team of Our World for giving us the opportunity to share my world with the rest of the world.