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 !

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