We went down to Chinatown last Wednesday to soak in the atmosphere. I used to visit Chinatown with my friends on the eve of Chinese New Year to squeeze with the crowd but I think we’re too old for that now.
It’s the year of the Snake and it’s hard to make a snake look cute and cuddly so the decorative items available this year are somewhat lacking in variety. But the 300m long snake made of 850 yellow lanterns slithering its way along South Bridge Rd is quite interesting, especially when lit up at night. Adam was quite impressed by the CNY decor and kept going “Waah!” at everything.
On a somewhat related note, it seems that only coloured pussy willows are available these days. I see bunches of bright pink, bright blue, bright green, etc. blooms everywhere but I really prefer the original plain ones.
red boxes lining the streets
funny-looking cube animals
god of fortune
snake made of boxes
lanterns and pineapples
another god of fortune
checking out the stalls
fascinated by little dancing lion
spotted something interesting
yet another god of fortune
snake made of lanterns
not that crowded
wax ducks and sausages
tail of the snake
We had our chap goh mei dinner one night earlier since we usually have a family dinner on Sunday night. Adrian got a yummy yu sheng set from Bee Heong Palace Restaurant at Telok Ayer for the lo hei. I don’t really understand why we have to argue about whether the yu sheng and lo hei originated in Singapore or in Malaysia. It’s delicious so let’s just eat it! We also had steamboat which is our standard fare for chap goh mei. I love steamboat!
yu sheng before crispy things were added
with crispy things and sauce
lo hei time!
Anya and her mini chopsticks
On Saturday, we went over to Peter & Adriene’s place and then to Gadriel & Georgina’s place to meet and eat. Dressed the kids in their final set of new clothes for CNY, this time matching blue Petit Bateau polo dress (for Anya) and polo tee (for Adam). When they grow up, they will probably cringe at the photos of them in all the matchy-matchy stuff their evil mother put them in!
Isaac fascinated by Adam's bald head
G and Gie with the kids
Anya jumping around with Adriene
having fun with the Gs' folding chair
a house for Anya
expecting more guests?
I’m a big believer in dressing the kids appropriately for the first day of CNY so I’ve put Anya in a cheongsam every single year. I don’t like the silky brocade type and I think cotton is much more comfortable for kids. There are so many cute and comfortable cheongsam for girls but boys have very few equivalent options.
Anyway, just thought it would be fun to see how Anya has grown over the years! I like how she’s holding something in her hands in every single picture.
CNY 2011 - 1st cheongsam
CNY 2011 - 2nd cheongsam
Met up with the gang at Lisa’s place on Saturday to celebrate CNY. Was too busy eating and catching up to take many photos. Juan went to learn how to make abacus beads from Yun’s father and she’s managed to produce quite a yummy version! The kids had a good time playing with Lisa’s nephew’s toys and I must say that Anya is so much more sociable now! School is really doing her good.
pink frangipani in Lisa's garden
mee siam by Lisa's mum
Juan's abacus beads
three kids on a swing
Sophia and Sam
with her beloved Auntie Vonnie
My mum, aunt and sister wanted to eat at Malaysian Food Street at Resorts World Sentosa so I persuaded them to walk around a wee bit more after lunch to check out the Sentosa Flowers displays. We went last year too and it was really hot and crowded because it was the 2nd day of CNY. The weather was pretty good today and it was a weekday so the crowd wasn’t too bad. Debs still complained about the heat though. Anya was on medication for a cough and she was a bit dazed throughout the whole excursion so we didn’t stay too long. Poor baby!
Debs, Deets and I with the RWS Auspicious Dragons
mum, aunt and Anya with a floral dragon
my aunt was eaten by a fish
floral spring dragon
I like this flower
Brought Anya down to River Hongbao at the floating platform yesterday afternoon. I thought she would be interested in the Uncle Ringo amusement park rides since she had quite a bit of fun at the MGS funfair. It was a scorching hot day so it was good that many of the rides were under the shelter of the spectator stands. The rides were old-fashioned but the prices were not! Her train ride, fishing and teacup ride were all $5 each. She had fun though so it was worth it. Didn’t think she would be able to catch any fish but she managed to catch about 3!
entrance to River Hongbao
posing with her Ox zodiac lantern
Misters Fu, Lu & Shou
choosing a little dangly ornament
she won a hideous green bear
remember this game?