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Gong Xi Huat Cai!

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How is your preparation for the Chinese New Year coming along?

Luckily for us, we started Spring Cleaning early this year. We spread the chores
over the span of several weekends so it wasn’t really a chore to us.

There is no point pushing everything off till the last minute because we still have to do it in the end and not to mention that it’s hard work having to finish off everything at one shot.

Recently, my Dad was diagnosed with diabetes but thank God his was just a minor one. No medication needed but he has to watch his diet to keep his condition under control


As a result, we didn’t buy a lot of festive goodies this year
due to health reasons

That means, n
o Pineapple Tarts, no Bah Kwa and no tainted Melon Seeds from China

Except for our salary,
everything else is going up which includes our glucose levels, cholesterol and blood pressure

Therefore, go easy on those Bah Kwa and soft drinks, will you?

Afterall, health is wealth, right?

Now, what is Chinese New Year without walking through the sights, the sounds, and the smells of Chinatown? I believe it’s the only way to fully immerse oneself in the festive mood!



Happy Chinese New Year!


Pearl’s Center, the tallest landmark in Chinatown

Come to think of it, whose idea was it to paint Pearl Center with red, yellow and green? It’s so painful to the eyes…

You can find this stall selling waxed items at the Chinatown New Year Bazaar every year without fail. They are almost like the anchor tenant!


You can find waxed-anything here…


From Lup Cheong (Waxed Sausages)…


…to Waxed Duck and Fish


Okay, maybe NOT everything


What do you call 佛手瓜 in English?

Buddha’s Hand Gourd? 有点牵强吧?哈哈哈!


Kumquats

It’s a family tradition to place a pair of Kumquats beside the pillow for good luck.


Quachees


Accessories for you to hang on the Pussy Willow

Somehow, I feel I’ve just said a dirty word.


Customized car plates!


I loved these little tigers!

I find them very adorable but didn’t buy any because I have no use for them. But still, I took a picture to serve as a momento. I even had a name for my imaginary friend – 虎儿!


What are these?


They sprout!


Festive red everywhere!


Couplets


Trishaw outside the Chinatown Heritage Centre


People queuing up for Bah Kwa outside Lim Chee Guan


Even foreign workers are queuing!


I think they were under orders from their boss to queue for the BBQ pork.

Here’s wishing everyone a Healthy and Happy New Year!

Are you ready for…

The Annual Interrogation-tion-tion-tion-tion
*echo*




The cuttlefish… attacks!

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I’ve turned into Maria last Sunday, helping Mum to lug bags of CNY goodies around. We were on a CNY Shopping Spree organised by the RC and a coach has been catered to bring us shopping round the island!

First stop, we were at the Fragrance Bak Kwa Factory Sale at Woodlands Terrace. We reached there around 9am but the place was already swarming with customers. It was pretty scary to squeeze with all that people in there thus, I stayed near the entrance so that in case of a stampede, I could jump out of harm’s way.

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Seeing how the aunties jostle fearlessly in the crowd reminds me of how ancient warriors fought in the war. I really applaud them for their bravery and patience to queue up at the cashier which was snaking around the factory.

What caught my attention while waiting for the aunties to finish their shopping was the Boon Tong Kee sales (not included in the itinerary) four doors away. For a hungry man who haven’t had his breakfast yet, what could be more alluring than food samplings? Hence, I followed my nose and drifted there instead.

If you’re interested in either the Fragrance Bak Kwa or Boon Tong Kee Factory Sales, do leave me a comment.

松鹤: 一声钟声 一碗饭

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今天是年三十,小弟在此祝贺大家除夕快乐!


希望大家鼠年行大运!不过不要变成过街老鼠噢!


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HUAT AH!


EDIT: What better way to start the new year by doing a good deed!


For the benefit of those who can’t read or understand chinese, www.omy.com.sg and rice sponsor, SongHe has come together to donate rice to the elderly who have no kin and stay alone.


This is how we can help:


1) At the stroke of midnight (6 Feb 2008) go to this site to strike the gong.


2) After that, leave down your name, email and well wishes.


3) SongHe will donate 50g of white rice for every strike of the gong.


It’s that easy!


The target is to garner 30, 000 strikes of the gong, which is equvalent to 1,500kg of white rice. This 1,500kg of white rice will go towards feeding 300 lonely old folks for a period of three months!


You can strike the gong here.


Read the news or watch the vodcast here.


Remember, this rice-giving project will only commence on 6 Feb 2008, at 23:59 hours.



財神到﹗﹗

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I was at Chinatown yesterday to immerse myself in the festive spirits.


When I got there, the streets was filled with thousands and thousands of people out for a good bargain at the LNY bazaar. It was literally people mountain people sea and it was almost impossible to walk. The ground that I was treading on was filled with potholes of dirty water due to the rain earlier and I had to take small little steps to manoeuvre myself round them. I’m effing mad with those irritating idiots who stood in my way, refusing to budge and blocking everyone’s way. I had to shovel and elbow my way just to move forward.


I was so busy watching out for potholes that I didn’t have a good look at the different wares each stall had for sale but most of the stalls I managed to see are hawking the same muah chee candy from Taiwan.  Piang


Very soon, I ventured into the Chinatown Food Street where there are significantly lesser people. Seriously, I find the food here way overpriced. A small pathetic bowl of wanton mee here costs $4! That is daylight robbery!


I’m afraid the poor carrot head who was conned into parting with that $4 was yours truly. I shudder to think of  the other poor unsuspecting ang mohs who fall prey to such evils! As I finished the very last strand of mee in my bowl, I sat up straight and immediately, what came before my eyes was the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.


I was dumbstruck by the sheer sight of the temple because the exterior of the architecture was really a magnificent sight to behold!


Was that a sign? A sign of what? Is Buddha trying to tell me something? Have I gained enlightenment already?






Thus, I make my way towards it and paid my virgin visit the temple. The interior was 金碧辉煌and really 庄严。This has got to be the most 金光闪闪 temple I had ever gone to!


I realised that there was a 浴佛 service so like everyone else, I queue up and waited for my turn to pray for my parents’ good health and harmony in the family.


By that time, the temple was closing soon hence I made my way to the pasar malam over at Neil Street. I walked one round and realised there was nothing much to see so I went to take a bus home. Too bad I had forgotten to bring along my camera so I was unable to take pictures of Mickey Mouse lion-dancing and Pooh Bear dragon-dancing.


cai shen dao!

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*Faints*

Oh, just now got a? Cai Shen Ye (Fortune God) show up at my door and he scared the living daylights out of me!! The picture is a bit blur cuz I didn’t use flash.?

Dexter was barking at him because of the costume… hur hur hur…

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HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!!

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I’m not out visiting relatives.

I absolutely abhor visiting relatives!! So boring, I’ll definitely end up?watching TV?the moment I?step into the house?till I leave the house!

I have to pretend to be very engrossed in the?TV program and praying hard that they will forget about my existence and not ask me any stupid questions.

They will keep asking the same things over and over and over again I think they can compile the questions into a 10-year series already.

And that giam-siap cousin of mine every year only give $2 ang pow. Wa lau, she?not embarrass?to give I also?embarrass to take…

My mum always give her children at least $6 but she only gives us $2!! sibey ngeow… *buay tahanz*

This year, I am going to pretend to be sick. VERY SICK. Anyway, I really am sick what? *Cough Cough* I still have MC leh.

Oh ya, and the Swordtails gave birth le. More ABUNDANCE this year??

HUAT AHHHHHHHHHH!!

HUAT AHHHHHHHHHH!!

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