Saturday, February 23, 2013

Chinese New Year do what huh? (Part 3) - Chingay 2013 , Fire In Snow. 妆艺大游行13之雪中火!

Chingay 2013 had its first show on 22nd Feb 2013 at Pit Building! With around 10,000 volunteer performers and 2000 parade volunteers, this year, Chingay 2013 promises to be bigger, and better.
Check out the smiles from the happening Zumba dancers from different community centers!

Was very lucky to be invited by Marina Bay Singapore and People's Association to cover Chingay 13, Fire in Snow. Had followed them behind the scenes and rehearsal, and I must say the performers really put in 110 percent in bringing out the show to the audiences. I will be bringing some behind the scene pictures soon! I remembered one of the rehearsals, it was raining heavily with light thunderstorms, however the never-say-die attitude of the performers from all ages, all walks of life, really touched me alot! Remember to show them your support by giving your loudest cheer, wave your poms poms, and of course, purchase your tickets from Sistic now! Last night on 23rd Feb 2013!

The performers from the passion group , (Mr Yam Ah Mee was also one of them) started cooking in this segment. Having rushed down immediately after work, I started to get hungry when I smell what they were cooking! Yes, you didn't hear wrongly, they were cooking along the F1 track! The Chingay 2013 committee aims to achieve the Most Number of People Cooking on Mobile Stoves in the Singapore Book of Records!

Our generation Y and generation Z from NUS also were there to put up a very energetic dance!

This year, Chingay 2013 is very proud to have Gurmit Singh, Lin You Yi, and Guo Liang to be the hosts of the event!

Another record breaking event will also be witnessed in Chingay 2013!
'Most number of Opera Performers in a 120m performing area'
This is perhaps by first time coming so close to the traditional opera performers, and seeing so many of them coming together. The most senior performer in this segment is Mdm Julie, who's already 75 years old!

Not easy to draw within a time limit yea... but this artist is able to do it without stress!

Performers from different schools... and different races. Depicting the multi-racial and rich cultural experience in Singapore!

Not forgetting our foreign groups at Chingay 2013! From Korea...


Really enjoyed myself while snapping pictures of our Japanese friends! Haha, their energy was superb!

Highlight of the event was the man-made snow, which covered the entire 360m track!
Chingay 2013 theme - Fire in SNOW!

And finally...remember, behind every success of every event, there's always a group of hardworking crew behind the scene, sharing the joy of every single participants!

Catch the video highlights from the NE show!

More pictures:
Behind the Scene 1- Opera Performers from Queenstown Community Center
Chingay Parade Day 1

Get your tickets from Sistic now! Last night!!!
Feel the Singapore Chinese New Year heartbeat!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Chinese New Year do what huh? Part 2 - Visit River Hongbao 2013 at the FLOAT! (Free admission!)

If budget during the CNY period is of your top concern, I have another recommendation for you during the festive season! Visit River Hong Bao 2013, from now till 16th Feb 2013, you can immerse yourself in the strongest Chinese New Year mood at The Float, at Marina Bay Singapore! Free admission for all!

Also known as 春到河畔 13,(Chun Dao He Pan) , River Hong Bao 2013 is already running into it's 27th year. Thanks to Marina Bay Singapore and Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA), I was invited to the Light Up ceremony on 8th Feb 2013.

According to the organizers, this year, River Hongbao promises an even more vibrant atmosphere than before! In addition to the massive size lanterns and handicrafts, also expect delicacies from GuangDong in the Food street area. On top of that, there are stage shows every night featuring performances not only from Singapore, but also from China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Indonesia! Click here for more details on the programme every night : River HongBao 2013 Programme

President Mr. Tony Tan was also there to grace the light up ceremony.

Chinese New Year mood in Marina Bay Singapore... stand at any corner and you can easily find some Singapore latest attractions such as Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Flyer, The Float, The Merlion, Helix Bridge and even Gardens By the Bay.

This God Of Wealth measures up to 18m tall! Want some luck and fortune in this snake year?

God of Wealth will shower some luck to the public at certain periods of the day! If you want to be blessed, make sure you come down at the right timing!

And by the way, make sure you are able to squeeze through the crowd! And arm yourself with the necessary 'equipments' ! Haha! Yes, they were using umbrellas to capture the gold powder!

Our newly imported Singapore Stars, Jia Jia and Kai Kai! They are also foreign talents, don't play play k. =X

One of the highlights of River Hongbao 2013 is definitely these beautiful and life sized lanterns. They are actually locally designed, but handcrafted by China Craftsmen.

No... I'm not born in the year of Snake. Wish that I were younger though. Haha.

Yup, born in the year of Tiger.
ROAR. There are also other Zodiac lanterns, and your predictions in the year of snake!

The fish inspires me to have thicker and sexier lips. ;)

There are also traditional wayang shows mixed with latest pop songs, at certain periods of the day. If you are bringing your kids to River Hongbao 2013, make sure you visit this place, definitely a family bonding activity to watch it with you kids.

Make a wish at this lantern sculpture! Get a coin, aim and hit any of the auspicious phrase! Not as easy as you think yea!

On top of the lanterns, you are also able to find and purchase GuangDong handicrafts!

Was very glad to meet Mr. Baey Yam Keng, Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC at the event too. Happen to drop him an email sometime ago, when I realised he was actually from Westlake Primary School as well. Our primary school was a small one, and was already gone. We had some emails exchange, and was glad to help him find back his teacher back then, Mdm Zheng, who happened to stay in my estate. Though the school is no longer there, but the Westlake Alumni spirit remains. Am very proud to say that up till now, I'm still maintaining contacts with my 20 years primary school friends. 

Also, some other fringe activities include Uncle Ringo funfairs and games! 

Won a small prize from Uncle Ringo games. So what are you waiting for? 
Hurry up and come down to River Hongbao 2013 event! From now till 16th Feb 2013!

Coming up next... Chinese New Year Do What Huh? Part 3 - Chingay 2013 !

Monday, February 11, 2013

Chinese New Year Do What Huh ? (Part 1) - Spring Blooms at Gardens by the Bay!

If you are still scratching your head to decide where to go during the festive period, fred not! One of the attractions in Singapore which you should go to is definitely Gardens By the Bay. For the whole month of Feb, Gardens by the Bay celebrates the Chinese New Year with Spring floral display in the Flower Dome!

Spot the 'hidden' snake as we usher in the Snake Year! This 'snake' measures 3metre long, in addition, look out for a selection of penjing (盆景 or Bonsai) up to 200 years old, and find grand kumquat plants measuring 3metres in diameter!

There's also life-sized oriental pavilions to enhance the spring mood!

Spotted someone relaxing in the pavilion!

On top of that, the spring floral display will also feature some 8000 colourful blooms, including peonies, cherry blossoms, chrysanthemums, orchids, just to name a few. There's also more than 8 varieties of kumquat plants, such as the Giant Golden Citrus and Buddha's Hand Citrus!

Look at the bright yellow Chrysanthemums! First cultivated in China centuries ago, this flower is one of the 'Four Gentlemen' of Chinese art commonly depicted in Chinese ink and water colour paintings. Revered in Japan where it is used as the symbol of the royal family, the flowers produce Pyrethrin, a potent organic insecticide.
source: Gardens By the Bay

Producing large romantic fragrant blooms for a brief period in mid-Spring, Peonies have long been revered in China as 'the flower of riches' or 'the king of flowers' and is well-represented in Chinese art, literature and remains one of the floral emblems in China.
source: Gardens By the Bay

My girlfriend, Shoel was there during the preview, and thanks to Gardens By the Bay, she was invited for a Lou Hei session together with the team, and some Marina Bay AmBAYssadors, at Majestic Bay restaurant!

That's before....

LOU HEI ARH! Spotted photography blogger, Szeping, and lifestyle blogger Darran Ang here.

The AmBAYssardors were also treated to a scrumptious meal, all thanks to Majestic Bay!

So, hurry down to Gardens By the Bay!
Spring Celebrations Floral Display has already started from 1st Feb 13, all the way till 28th Feb 13.
9am to 9pm daily, only at Flower Dome. What's more?! Just for 15 days during the lunar new year, local residents only pay a discounted rate of 88% to the conservatories! HUAT ARH!
In addition, limited edition Gardens By the Bay Ang Pows will be given to all those who spend $28 or more at the ticketing counter or retail shops in a single receipt! While stocks last!

Check out for Part 2 and Part 3 on Chinese New Year Do What Huh? series!
River Hongbao 13 and Chingay 13 preview coming up next!

Credits: Shoel Chen for taking the pictures
(I was away in Indonesia for a business trip!)