Celebrating the Bunny Year @ Chinatown

February 4th, 2011   •   3 comments   

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011

One of my family’s favourite tradition every Chinese New Year Eve is to squeeze in with the masses at the Chinatown Night Market. Located along Trengganu, Sago, Smith , Pagoda and Temple Streets, the annual nocturnal bazaar is a celebration of sight, sound, scent, touch and tastes, mingled with hordes of humanity. Organised by the Chinatown Business Association with the support of the Singapore Tourism Board from 14 Jan to 6 Mar, the open air stalls offer all manner of calorific goodies, decor, toys, clothes, souvenirs, and of course, food glorious food.

After reunion dinner at my parent’s place, my wife and I decided to join the festive fray and mill with the crowd. Our aims were to grab some last minute bargain items (since this was usually the last night for people to fill their larders and wardrobes), catch some festive spirit, and just check out what’s popular in the retail scene. The cool night air after many days of non-stop rain made for a pleasant night out.
Join us on a tour of Chinatown on Chinese New Year’s Eve!

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
The street lights on South Bridge Road, New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street were decked for the oriental occasion.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
Crowds of every colour throng the Chinatown Night Market on Chinese New Year Eve.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
These colourful tassels are supposed to augur good fortune. They were going at $10 for 3.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
Chinese Zodiac animal themed chopsticks were another new feature in the night market this year.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
Festive reds, yellows and golds burnished brightly amidst the household decor items.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
Similarly, these plump and colourful pumpkins and gourds are not for eating!

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
This poor guy seemed to have difficulty getting customers to write some “chun lian” or auspicious couplets for their homes…

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
…on the other hand, everybody’s queueing to get their caricatures done!

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
Foreign tourists enjoying a meal and a beer in the cool night air.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
Mandarin oranges are must for CNY, whether in twos, threes or a bunch.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
So are pussy willows, although these looked a little forlorn and neglected.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
I loved the sight of this uncle selling colourful balloons in the middle of the street. It somehow reminded me of the movie “UP”.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
The most “happening” part of the market centred around Taiwan packaged titbits. You can fill up a bag full of these delights for only $5.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
I hope nobody treated this preserved pork leg as a punching bag!

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
More goodies of the Taiwanese variety, with the customary vendor shouting till he’s hoarse, imploring customers to check out the one hour last day special.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
Another quirky sight, this time of the God of Fortune, decorated with a specimen $2 note and perched on a roof.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
The crowds never seemed to end as the clock struck closer to Chinese New Year.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
These scarlet lanterns provide a nice visual spectacle while adorning a shopfront.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
Guess what these hordes of humanity are waiting for? Yes, its the usual Channel 8 CNY show!

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
Fresh coconuts are a great way to slake their shopping and snacking thirst.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
A blast from the past with these hand crafted wooden clogs. My wife recalled making a pair of these during her younger days.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
Cheap Chinese New Year CDs are the order of the day. I suspect that the songs don’t change very much anyway!

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
Cushions were also going for cheap. Unfortunately, they weren’t very comfortable and so we scratched the idea of getting new covers.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
Along the way, we got a little multi-coloured glowing fortune cat for Ethan.

Chinatown on CNY Eve - 2011
Finally, guess what these toothpaste looking receptables are used for holding?

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3 comments

  1. posted on Feb 04, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Laugh at me and I don’t care. I have not been to Chinatown CNY nite market before. So, thanks for ‘bringing’ me around.

  2. imp
    posted on Feb 04, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    I must confess that I’d never dare to brave the crowd. Thanks for the photos! At least I know what’s hip and happening at the pre-CNY night market this year!

  3. criss
    posted on Feb 07, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    I really like this post. Good one.

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