Did you know? Just a week ago we were in a cultural adventure? Smith Street, Pagoda Street, Temple Street, and Mosque Street, the core of Chinatown are vibrant in colors of scarlet red, gold and orange. Throngs of local Chinese, kids packed in for their festive shopping. While other ethnic Singaporeans and tourists were there to feel the pulse. Every lunar new year, this is one spot in Singapore not to be missed, Chinatown! Its replete with history, heritage and culture all in one sweet spot.
Thanks to the right place, we braved Chinatown like super heroes (only for one evening) with "gung ho" attitude, a Nikon and sneakers. Defeated by the hustle and bustle yet emerged victorious with happiness. Here are some captivating moments we like to share with you.
The humble mandarin orange is a power house of wealth and good luck. Always give in pairs to your Chinese host, friends and colleagues.
|We love this makeshift red store selling varieties of melon seeds and peanuts|
|The adorable Happy Cat and God of Fortune dou|
Inflated giant Happy Cat and the heavenly God of Wealth look so cute together.
We could not resist we picked up a Happy Cat (for luck) battery operated statue, in gold color (more luck) and for S$8 (ultimate luck).
|A nostalgic shophouse in Pagoda Street. Or perfect setting for Wong Kar-wai's next In the Mood for Love?|
A final thought - people make places not vice versa. Remember its you and the people around you that makes life an adventure. So, do not stop at 14 February. Celebrate whenever you can, its does not have to be that big happy occasion.
Tweak convention and be different in 2014. Celebrate even the smallest of things, here is where 'good fortune' lies. It could be sharing a meal, making that call to say meaning words, work out with a friend, playing with the kids, cooking with your spouse or learning something new. Its this good fortune that brings longevity and happiness.
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SingExperience wishes all Chinese 新年好 Xīnnián hǎo. Gong Xi Fa Cai! We wish you all the very best and a bountiful year of the Horse!