Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Security was watertight at Istana, needlessly to say and visitors were subject to screenings of both bodies and belongings. The Istana is open free to Singaporean citizens and Permanent Residents while foreigners have to pay a nominal charge of $1; with all proceeds going to charity.
The Istana is like a giant park with vast sprawling compounds. Familes, relatives and friends have a leisurely stroll on the Istana grounds despites experiencing the heat of the blazing sun.
After some tens of minutes of strolling, like the other visitors, my Dear and I reached the Istana house, a marble-white colonial building. There was a crowd at the entrance of the house as there were some performances being staged for the President and his family, guests and visitors.
I managed to catch a glimpse of the affable President of Singapore, Mr Nathan and his family enjoying the show. The Istana open house is such an enriching visit for Singaporeans!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
My Dear and I visited the River Hongbao 2009 carnival held at the Marina floating platform (for the first time) yesterday night. Upon our arrival, we were mesmerized by the scores of red lanterns suspended at the grand entrance. The sight was simply awesome and I could easily discern that the River HongBao carnival this year might be the best ever organized though the budget for the event has shrank from the usual $1.5 million to the current $1.4 million in view of the economic recession. The location at the Marina floating platform gave a magical feel to the carnival due to the confluence of the bright colors, the bustling crowd and the splendid scenery of the Singapore River.
All lanterns which were exhibited in the carnival were quite novice, unlike those I have seen in the past River HongBao carnivals. Particularly, I loved the life-sized lanterns of the Chinese warriors, cannons, carts, horse depicting the figurines used in Chinese Chess. It was so unique to me!
There were of course stage performances and food stalls selling a host of different Chinese delicacies. River HongBao 2009 is an event families, couples and friends must visit during the Chinese New Year!
Say for a $100,000 mortgage at 5% compounded monthly for 15 years, we would first solve for i as
i = 0.05 / 12 = 0.004167 and
Next we would solve for (1 + i)^n = (1.004167)^180 using the xy key on the calculator, which yields 2.11383
Now our formula reads M = P [ i(2.11383)] / [ 2.11383- 1] which simplifies to
M = P [.004167 x 2.11383] / 1.11383 or
M = $100,000 x 0.00791 = $791.81
Monday, January 26, 2009
The variety show commenced at 10 pm sharp with a lound bang literally and figuratively. Spectators wow as balloons were set off to the sky, a symbolic gesture for good luck.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
At other times, my spring cleaning brought me back down to memory lanes as I found some items which I have not seen for ages, in particular a story book which was an award given to me during my primary school days many many years back. The pages of the book have since turned brownish, nevertheless, the book is one of the books that will be in my heart for life.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Duration: 24 Jan 09 to 1 Feb 09, 6pm to 12 am
Thursday, January 22, 2009
It is Budget Day and the budget as unveiled by the Finance Minister Singapore taps for the first time in the history of Singapore the National reserves for a S$20.5b economic stimulus plan!
Yes, S$20,500,000, 000 resilence package!
Just two days ago, I blogged about the newly formed Association of Bloggers (Singapore), led by Ms Jayne Goh, the author of the East Coast Life blog.
Today, I ran a check on the internet to uncover the ground sentiments of fellow bloggers in the cyberspace. As what I have anticipated, the idea of an association of bloggers drew a flurry of criticism from the blogging community.
Some bloggers questioned the purpose of the association, others queried the high membership fees, and a high number was completely skeptical of the success of the association.
I concurred with what Ms Jayne Goh has commented about the local blogging scene: it is far too disorganized!
At this juncture, I would like to share with readers my blogging experience:
As a blogger who commenced blogging just two years ago, I could still remember my first foray into the blogging world. Like many others, I set up a very simple blogspot account and started to do some simple writing of my life daily. As I continued to blog on a regular basis, I was hooked to blogging. Looking at the myriad of blogs residing in the blogosphere, I began to compare the blogs of the other netizens with mine. I was impressed with some of these blogs, particularly their designs and I started to work on improving the design of my blog.
Being a person who knows absolutely nothing on HTML and other internet craft, I started out learning about the designing of my website in a very hard way. There was no one to help me and it took me some months to painstakingly learn about designing my blog website. Blogging is just not plain writing on an internet portal; blogging is an experience which fuses writing, perception, art, interactivity, diligence and more; in essence, blogging is a mix of science and art. The internet provides a wealth of resources for newbie bloggers like me and I slowly ‘googled’ my way to a better blog design.
You may have tell Singapore Short Stories that Blogspot has now come with a XML interface which is idiot-proof and is easy to use. Well, when I first started out on Blogspot, Blogspot is still using the classic HTML template then and due to some technical glitches, I could not convert my HTML blog to the easier XML format which comes with a gamut of interesting features too. Trust me, even if you give a newbie a XML blog, it will still take the newbie some time for him to be proficient with the use of the features, especially if he is not conversant in technology at the outset.
Based on the above experience, I was quite heartened to read that one of the many proposed activities of the Association of Bloggers Singapore is to teach bloggers to blog better, though in my personal opinion, the association should target non-bloggers too and include in their blog-enhancement workshops, blogging courses for non-bloggers. Having blogging workshop to improve the writing skills of bloggers is essentially good, however some bloggers felt it insulting to join the workshop as it would be tantamount to admitting that their blogging skills are not good. They also have an issue with having to learn to write better from fellow bloggers. Thus may I propose to the association of bloggers Singapore to open blogging courses for newbie bloggers? These courses could range from the basic to the advanced depending on the participant’s needs and expectations. Having braved the journey before, I must admit having someone to guide a newbie blogger along is so desirable as it will cut away unnecessary time needed to learn the ropes of blogging. Time is too precious to be wasted.
On the other side of the coin, having a blogging mentor does take away the fun of exploring blogging by yourself, it reduces the excitement and thrill of self-discovery, an important element of any learning process. However ultimately, I believe Association of Bloggers (Singapore) could still offer this choice to non-bloggers.
Bloggers are like sand particles, each with diverse and different blogging motivation, expectations, culture, personality … as could be seen in each blog. To form an association of such a diverse group of bloggers is a tough call, and I must salute the Association of Bloggers (Singapore) for taking up the gauntlet.
Unity is strength. Singapore blogs are far too disorganized. There exist countless of lists ranking the popularity of Singapore blogs and not to mention, the myriad of ‘fighting’ among blogs to determine which is better. I believe we need to have a more systemic approach to Singapore blogs. Singapore blogosphere is just so messy. I believe we should develop a distinct identity of Singapore blogs so that one day if we were to ask our friends or a foreigner the question, “What does Singapore blogs mean to you?”, there will be a good reply.
Do not get me wrong when I call for a distinct identity for Singapore blogs! It is not my intent to homogenize the Singapore blogs so that each will have similar theme. What I am trying to say is there could be many Singapore blogs, each of different theme and content but ultimately when you sum all of them up, you get an unique identity of Singapore blogs that you could not get from other country blogs… there is a local flavour!
Right now, Singapore blogs, in my perception, stand for everything under the sun. I have high expectations of the Association of Bloggers (Singapore) to help engender a distinctly unique identity of Singapore blogs.
If you read this blog of mine regularly: Singapore Short Stories, you will discover that I write a gamut of topics everyday, but there is an overarching theme of my blog: Singapore Life, the characteristic flavour and identity of my blog. I hope to see this distinct unique identity of the Singapore blogs fostered under the leadership of the Association of Bloggers (Singapore).
I wish the Association of Bloggers (Singapore) success! These are our Singapore bloggers who dare to stand out and make a difference to the local blogging scene.
Kudos to them!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The world embraces Obama with open arms and laps up the change, which Obama advocates, embodies and personifies.
It is encouraging to witness the timely arrival of a change leader against the backdrop of a global economic meltdown.
The world awaits to see the change Obama promises to deliver for the world.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
It is the only time of the year where one will witness huge crowds of people congregating on every festive item on sales at the supermarket.
The cacophony generated by the maddening crowd of people together with the Chinese New Year music blasting at top volumes from the radio liven up the festive shopping experience.
Mandarin oranges are the enduring fruits during Chinese New Year. I learnt from a salesman just some days ago from a visit to the supermarket that there are two types of mandarin oranges: 蕉橘 (jiao ju) and 卢橘 (lu ju).
Jiao ju mandarin oranges have thick and coarse skin while lu ju mandarin oranges have thinner and smoother skin.
Between the two, I prefer lu ju not just because its skin is easier to tear, I find that at many instances, the flesh of the orange is sweeter and does not dry up that fast as compared to jiao ju.
It seems that there is a myriad of things to learn if one wants to have a better appreciation of Chinese New Year.
Will ang bao givings be bled by the economic recession? In my personal opinion, I believe while everyone’s purse strings have become tighter during this economic downturn, ang bao givings will be only slightly be affected due to the importance of the ‘face’ culture in the Chinese tradition.
So instead of $6 per red packet, some Singaporeans may cut $2.. thus it will be $4 per packet. Not only is $4 per packet considered a small amount in today’s standard, ‘4’ in Chinese sounds similarly to death which is highly inauspicious. But ultimately it is the thought that counts.
Some Singaporeans may just choose to MIA (missing in action) during this period, while holing up at home and telling the whole lot of his relatives that he and his family have gone for a holiday. This will save them quite a sum of money if they don’t want to risk being found out and labeled as miserly!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Ms Jayne Goh, the author of East Coast Singapore blog has formed the Association of Bloggers (Singapore)!
Being a local nature buff, my quest for unexplored natural parks in Singapore (parks hitherto unvisited by me) led me to Labrador Park. My Dear and I set foot on Labrador Park last Saturday, our first visit of the park despites having lived on this little island for years! Little wonder Labrador Park is hitherto not as well known to Singaporeans as its sisters like East Coast Park and Pasir Ris Park: the park is situated in a very remote corner of the west coast of Singapore. On the day of our visit, we took bus 408 from Harbourfront Bus Interchange which led us directly to the top of the hill via a small slip road jutting out from the main road. Do note that bus 408 operates only on weekends till 2100 hrs, so if you are thinking of getting there by bus on weekdays, do think twice!
After less than 10 minutes, we reached the foot of the hill, right into the heart of the park, characterized by a playground. It was an unusually hot weather though we were greeted with strong sea breezes, made even stronger by the unusual strong wind season Singapore has been experiencing for the past week.
The jetty was our next point in Labrador Park to be ‘tamed’. As we neared the jetty, we noticed that there were more anglers than people who just went on the jetty for a leisure stroll. We proceeded along the jetty, unfazed by the hot blazing burning evening sun greeting and embracing us with its fiery rays. The sea and the rays of the sun converged and metamorphosed into one colorful mosaic. We could not believe our eyes… there was something about the clouds that makes the sun’s rays emanating through them magical!
The whole jetty against the dazzling backdrop of the brilliant skyline and sparking waters was a perfect picture of nature at its finest! It was also a romantic moment to be with my Dear, partaking in such beauty! Time seems to come to a stop there, with us embracing the warm summer winds, nature at its very best, and the unrivalled views of the western coastal line of Singapore!
Unlike the flock of anglers waiting with superb patience and determination for their catch, we bade the jetty farewell after partaking in the unparallel sights, sounds and smells. We returned to the entrance of the jetty, made our way below the wooden suspension bridge there and headed to savor Singapore’s only coastal cliff and coral gems.
Sad to note, most of the corrals we discovered on the sands were already non-alive, though their colorful coats have not really faded. The waves pounding the sands of the coast grew more aggressive as the day gradually came to a close. My Dear and I could have proceeded even further below the wooden bridge, right to where the marine cliffs were, but the waves proved too hostile for us to continue.
We picked up our paces once again, navigating the meandering staircase to the bus stop at the hilltop where we arrived. There were underground tunnels near the bus stop, created by the British soldiers during the Japanese Occupation. These tunnels are open to the public for a certain interval at a particular admission charge.
There was also an idyllic restaurant set against the backdrop of nature, and an elegant resort in which a wedding celebration was proceeding against the rustic charms.
My Dear and I are amazed at Labrador Park for it is alive with nature, historical charms and modern day treats! As the gears of the bus revved up, we bade goodbye to a park we grew to love!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Chairman of the group, Dr Hairy Kok, in a statement issued to the The Hairy Times said, "The winds that have been blowing non-stop in Singapore are unprecedented in scale and magnitude! Never have the hair of balding Singaporeans been threatened so seriously!"
Noting in agreement, Mr Harry, a member of the group, said, "I have been suffering from thin hair already. These days, I just dashed out of home towards the bus stop, to minimise the duration my hair is being exposed to the strong gust. Haiz, what an unfortunate thing these strong winds have come! New Year is coming so soon! I need my hair to face my relatives, please don't blow them away!"
Even Singaporeans with a thick coat of hair is not spared. Mr Hairr said, "It just messes up my hair, I think girls who have been spending time doing their hair before coming out of their house is simply wasting their times."
Dr Hairy Kok has formed a sterling committee made up of researchers, businessmen, scientists, hair stylists, babrbers to look into the weather anomaly that has hit Singapore. Collectively, the committee has proposed a slew of suggestions for Singaporeans, especially the balding ones to take note when facing the onslaught of the merciless gust of wind.
Top of the list of suggestions: Do not go out in the open, unless you need to, example going to work.
Second pointer: Wear a cap or hat
Third pointer: Go and shave bald, so that you will be able to enjoy super strong winds without any worry!
It was reported in The Hairy Times that despites the economic downfall, sales of caps, hats have been brisk. Many Singaporeans have been reported buying caps and hats these days to protect their hair while out in the open.
Meanwhile, sweepers in Singapore are bracing themselves everyday for their increased workload, contending with the tonnes of fallen hair that have been blown off from Singaporeans everyday for the past one week.
Said Ms April Foo: "This is madness! I have never seen anything like this. I have swept 5 kg of fallen human hair within half an hour. Hair is not like other debris, hair is so fine and light, you need a certain degree of skills to manipulate the brooms!"
In the meantime, Dr Hairy Kok is contemplating the help of science to overturn the forces of nature in the form of a giant vacuum cleaner!
For the past week, Singapore has been hit with a cold spell, sending temperatures down to 24 degrees and lower. To make matters worse, the winds have been blowing day and night. Not the mild breeze that are felt more often in Singapore, the winds that have been blowing these days here in Singapore average 30 to 40 km per hour, almost twice the speed of the winds usually felt!
I dread being in the open these days. My hair will be blown and ‘savaged’ by the strong winds! The winds are cold and it is definitely not a pleasant feeling to be greeted by them. One is prone to catch the flu bug more easily standing right in the passage of such winds.
Singapore is a hot and humid country, while cool weather is definitely welcome and much relished by Singaporeans, the weather these days is an ‘overkill’! I do not mind the cold weather, the days the sun goes hiding amidst the clouds, but not the cold winds. Winds will just aggravate the feeling of coldness.. one will feel even colder when there are winds alongside a cold weather.
Singapore is not the only country experiencing ‘funny’ weather these days. Some parts of Thailand experience temperatures as low as 2 degree Celsius, resulting in some of its people to be frozen to death.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I was amused yet concerned when I read the above headline of the Yahoo news today.
No, I was not concerned on the content of the news: another senseless war against the innocent (as I am always concerned about it), I am amused at the headline itself.
‘Bin laden’, everyone knows this notorious name belongs to the terrorist chief Osama Bin Laden. However to have an international headline “ Bin Laden urges…” is a joke, as ‘Bin laden’ is not a name at all! ‘Bin laden’ just means ‘son of Laden (father)’, so this term is not a name at all!
I can well understand the basis behind this erroneous name as in Western names, the surname is always placed at the back of the name, e,g Thomas Smith, the surname is Smith, name: Thomas.
For Chinese, the surname is in front of the name, e.g. Tan Ah Kow, the surname is Tan, name: Ah Kow.
However, for a Muslim, there is no surname at all! Take for e.g the terrorist chief, ‘Osama Bin Laden’: ‘Osama’ is the name of the terrorist, ‘bin’ just mean ‘son’ (‘binte’ will means ‘daughter’) and ‘Laden’ is the father of the terrorist! Thus it would be good that the western press has at least some understanding of Muslim names else it is, in my opinion, disrespectful to Muslims.
Since 2001, the US has been hunting high and low for Mr Laden (Osama’s father), Mr Bin Laden (any son of Laden), no wonder the US was not able to track down Osama! (just a joke).
In multi-racial Singapore, where Chinese, Malays, Indians, Foreigners exist harmoniously, such errors in Muslim names are sometimes made by non-Muslims too. E.g you have a Malay friend, Ali Bin Osman, one day you see him outside and call out loud ‘Osman’, don’t be surprised he does not turn back, instead another Malay called Osman may turn back, thinking you are calling him.
I was told some statutory boards in Singapore, due to the format of their computer systems still address their Malay mail recipients by their father’s names! It is nothing funny and hardware system formatting is not a good excuse … revamp the computer system formatting, else risk causing some unintended embarrassments.
Singaporeans are very lucky to live in a country where there are so many diverse races coexisting harmoniously, and where they could savor a buffet of delicacies from different races. I believe Singaporeans should do more to understand the culture of the different local races here. It is an advantage Singaporeans have over many countries. Also the insights brought about knowing other races will overwhelm and interest you!
I am thinking of learning Malay, if I have the time. It is always good to know more about our different races!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The Chinese drama serial, “Little Nonya’ ended its run on Channel 8 last week. It was the Chinese drama serial with the highest viewership in the past 15 years! The whole of Singapore became ‘nonya-crazy’ after the show started to hit airwaves. There was an increased appreciation of the nonya culture overnight and nonya food and related items were selling like hotcakes everywhere in Singapore.
The show has its fair share of critics too, criticizing the plot of the serial. I fall in neither the supporter nor the critic camp as I have not watched an entire episode before. The longest viewing time I have ever had was about 10 minutes (as I was figuring out what the craze was about the show) before I decided enough was enough and there went my television …… Off.
There was nothing spectacular or dramatic about the show, from what I know. The basic ingredients for the winning formula of a Singapore TV drama is always the same: 1) Great looking artistes as the protagonists or main cast 2) A complicated love story 3) Story set in troubling times: Japanese Occupation 4) Some bad crook devising all sorts of morbid acts and nonsense 5) one strong, kind beautiful female cast who went through all forms of hardships 6) Intense publicity arsenal and the last but most important thing is by dint of LUCK! (hope the viewers would love the show!)
Till today I do not know what the craze is about Little Nonya. You may have reminded me that I do not know as I have not followed the drama at all. Well, I would be crazy to follow Little Nonya as it is really a waste of time to watch it (for me). Not to say I do not watch drama serials, but I only support Hong Kong and Korean drama serials and why? The answer: Singapore drama plot is just so predictable…
Monday, January 12, 2009
I believe the most important things to manage in life is time, health and people.
I was irritated just an hour ago, waiting for the bus which did not seem to come any sooner.
It was a real waste of time, waiting for bus or other public transport.
In general, the time spent on waiting, be it for bus, MRT, people, in the traffic just adds up to become days!
We spend a large portion of our time waiting. To illustrate, take an average of 30 min per day spent on waiting, that would be equivalent to 183 hrs: slightly more than 9 days of waiting for a calender year.
Say we spend 60 years waiting for 30 min per day, that would amount to 540 days, 1.5 years of our lives waiting!
Isn't that a sheer waste of our life .... waiting? and this waiting is not waiting for success or for other noble goals, else it will be worth the wait. This waiting I mentioned here is waiting in a super time consuming manner!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
‘One eye dragon’ is not the appellation of a mythical animal that has been discovered in Singapore recently. It is the nickname given to a dangerous gunman.
One eye dragon was hanged on Friday 9 Jan 2009 for a brutal murder case he has committed. In a surprising move, One eye dragon turned his heart to Buddhism during his final days in jail (and in life) and instructed his family to donate his organs to the needy. One eye dragon was said to be stoic towards his death.
One of the recipients of One eye dragon’s organs was retail magnate, Tang Wee Sung who was convicted in court last year of trying to buy a kidney. A donated organ, a retail magnate and a brutal gunman, these serve as fodder for the local evening press and coffeeshop talk. This real life story that unfolds in Singapore seems so surreal in our country which has prided itself on having one of the safest homes in the world; in fact this real life story seems more suitable for the plot of a typical Hong Kong serial drama.
Just as Singaporeans thought the donation of One eye dragon’s kidney marked the climax of this rare ‘murderer turned Philanthropist’ plot, and the end of the existence of One-eye dragons in Singapore, a NEW one eye dragon made the headlines today, and without a doubt for another morbid reason.
This NEW one eye dragon was a 70-year old man, who did not commit yet another murder, but still a form of crime: arson or a more appropriate term ‘People arson’ !
The most shocking part of this new developing story was that the NEW one eye dragon did not just start a fire on anyone, the victim of the crime he has perpetuated was actually a member of the Singapore’s parliaments, Mr Seng Han Thong! Mr Seng was reported to sustain 10% body injuries.
This new one eye dragon was arrested and detained in jail. I am not sure whether Singapore has anymore one eye dragons waiting to inflict crimes?
This was my second visit to Macritchie Nature Reserve. For the write-up of my first visit, please visit my earlier posts:
I saw a monkey, which seemed to be the leader of the pack, nodding its head to me, as if beckoning to me and my Dear to come towards them! There were so many monkeys there that clearly our lives would be in danger should we visit the tower. Sadly we have to give up visiting Jelatung tower which has come under the control of the monkeys!
3) Settling down/Starting a family
4) Houses and home
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Many Thanks for your support to my humble website, I am going to sleep soon after a long long day....
For many Singaporeans, weekends are commonly spent squeezing with the incessant throngs of humans in the shopping malls, in the theatres or in the restaurants.
An outing in the town on weekends is supposed to be a reprieve away from work for many, but the cacophony and the human jams experienced on such an outing often tire Singaporeans more than they actually heal them.
Heading down to shopping malls on weekends may be understandable as the malls offer cool relief and comfort from the country’s unbearable heat, an enduring feature in Singapore.
Though Singapore has a slate of shopping centres to choose from, the ritual of hopping from one shopping mall to another on weekends can be boring after sometimes for a number of us.
This finally leads to some Singaporeans easily dismissing Singapore as boring as in their perception, there is nothing much to do on weekends except visiting shopping malls. However, there is an irony here: just as these Singaporeans dread the boredom of going to shopping malls again and again, they still seem to relish it, judging from the flood of humans at the malls on weekends. Or do they simply have no other choice of venues to go?
For those Singaporeans who enjoy and will not be tired of shopping week after week, good luck to them! They are highly needed in this period of economic downturn.
For the other half, I would like to state unequivocally that Singapore is not that boring as they make out to be, they just need a bit of tweaking of their personality.
By that, I mean they should be more curious and less apathetic. In fact, Singapore is not that boring, it is the modicum of places in Singapore they visit so frequently that fosters such an impression.
Singapore has in fact a lot to offer, from natural parks, cultural and heritage spots, to rural farms, cycling and adventure trails. You may refer to my label ‘Places’ in this blog for a list of interesting places in Singapore I have visited.
Many of the historical spots here are even open free to all on public holidays! On New Year day, I was a tad disappointed to see only a handful of Singaporeans at the Stamp Museum, which my Dear and I visited the place, despites a publicity blitz by the National Museum Board on the open house.
One of my favorite current hobbies is exploring Singapore. It is sad to see many lamenting Singapore as boring when they have not really explored it; on the contrary, they know more about other overseas places they have visited than our homeland.
Stay tuned to my blog, where I will take you to many interesting places in Singapore, coupled with very refreshing insights!
Too bad, I still have a full time work and many many commitments, else I will just spend hours blogging on this site, offering you a privileged view of the uncelebrated place in Singapore which ought to be celebrated!
But do not worry, stay tuned to this sight for more interesting places in Singapore as I will venture north, south, east, west of Singapore and scour the most intriguing happenings on this little island!
Monday, January 05, 2009
The past two weeks have been spent celebrating, indulging in great food and a host of good fun while celebrating Christmas and the New Year. In line with this festive mood and ‘in conjunction’ with these two end-of-year holidays, I have also taken some leaves.
These days spent partying and out of the office were reminiscent of the school holidays I was entitled to many years back ... there seem to be no worries of anything… thus when my alarm clock rang early in the morning, signaling the start of yet another office day, a morning ritual which has grown quite unfamiliar recently, I was jolted back into the jarring reality of work!
But the surprise was short-lived as I jumped out of bed soon, ready to face a new year at and of work. I believe my enthusiasm was attributed to hope, the hope for an even better year. Resolutions for the year ahead, which I have penned down some days ago, also helped to generate such a momentum.
And the partying mood seems not to end that fast either, for we are embracing Chinese New Year in less than 3 weeks. There will be even more yummy Chinese delicacies and treats and fun jostling with the Chinatown crowds on the eve of the Chinese New Year!
Sunday, January 04, 2009
The Chinese New Year action at Chinatown opened with a big bang (literally in the form of firecrackers and fireworks as well as figuratively) yesterday night with a mega celebration which marked the official light up of Chinatown for the coming Chinese New Year.
There was a host of stage performances and singing gigs by local and Chinese artisties and not forgetting the enduring features of the lion and dragon dances. The show was a lengthy one, stretching from 7pm to 915pm and it was also a draggy one as the spectators were just too eager to catch the finale: the bursting of the firecrackers! (a phenomenon that can only occur during the Chinese New Year period in Singapore).
My Dear and I found ourselves a strategic spot, right in front of the firecrackers though we did not plan for it.
As the waiting continued, the sky grew darker,
Finally, the spectators were handsomely rewarded at the end of the show when the firecrackers were lighted up in a series of deafening explosions right in front of us! The spectators were enrapt in the spectacular sight unfolding before them. Deafened by the exploding sound, hands holding camera still greeted in response.
After the finale of the show, the spectators bade the peformers good-bye in a similarly festive spirit!