I’m a dog. Or more precisely, I was born in the Year of the Dog.
Being a Chinese, I’m excited about the upcoming Chinese New Year (CNY) holidays where we celebrate the arrival of the Dog Year (15 February 2018). I felt that it may also be instructive to sniff around the qualities of a dog, and what made them such runaway successes in the animal kingdom.
As shops continuously blast Chinese New Year (CNY) songs, are you planning any Facebook marketing initiatives this holiday season? With 3.6 million people in Singapore on Facebook every month – 3.2 million on mobile – we certainly cannot ignore this marketing channel.
As we celebrate the arrival of the Black Water Dragon this Chinese New Year, the fengshui masters and economists have given varying prognoses of what it’ll bring for the year.
Taking a different trajectory, I thought it’d be fun to look at the traits of this mythical beast and propose what it could possibly mean for us, with a few lessons by the side.
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.
As we hunker down to celebrate Chinese New Year and usher in the year of the metal rabbit, I thought it’d be interesting to compile a list of useless trivia about this long-eared cuddly beast.
According to the Chinese Horoscope, the coming 2011 year of the metal rabbit is one that is sophisticated and intuitive with gracious manners and sensitivity. A rabbit year is usually more quiet and peaceful, especially coming after the normally more torrid year of the Tiger in 2010.
As some of you would know, my 3.25 year old son Ethan simply LOVES lion dance performances. He will go into a frenzy, eyes glazed and jaw agape, when he hears the heart pounding bellows of the Chinese drums coupled with the clashing cymbals. Long time readers would probably have seen him doing his own lion dancing performance before.
This CNY, Ethan was really lucky. He managed to catch not just two lion dancing but an exciting dragon dance at his great grandmother’s place at McNair Road. How did it go? Well first, a few words of greetings from our sponsor.
Ethan wishes you “Gong Xi Fa Cai, Xin Nian Kuai Le!”
Here’s wishing all my friends, family members and readers a very “pork”-sperous Chinese New Year full of “ham”-some harvests, sausage days, pigging out, fat returns, and endless opportunities to go the whole hog!
In the wise words of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan:
“I am very proud to be called a pig. It stands for pride, integrity and guts.” Hmmm….reminds me of ter huang kiam chye!
Brought the family to the Chinatown Light Up ceremony last night, amidst the drizzling rain, nursing Ethan’s raging fever (he insisted on going nonetheless), and the extraordinary crowds.
As usual, there were the fire crackers popping which ushered in the festivities, as well as the street lights. I found the accompanying reveberations and echoes rather eery – they reminded me of a warzone and sounded like multiple bullets firing away in the night. At certain critical periods, there were even low lying pyrotechnics which lit up the night sky.