Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chinese New Year 2013 | Family Walk in Chinatown

Chinese New Year is about 2 weeks away and what better way to soak in the festivities than in Chinatown? We went down for a little family walk to see all the decorations and traditional wares for sale to celebrate the biggest day of the year for Chinese. It was quite crowded, but not even close to how crowded it will be from this week onwards!

The streets are packed but still comfortable to walk through. Might have difficulty pushing a stroller or pram.

There's no problem finding traditional cheongsams or Chinese-inspired clothing here. I was surprised to see that they were quite cheap! I saw some pretty kids cheongsams going for just S$10, which is quite a bargain I think. Lil Pumpkin's CNY clothing are already prepared for this year, but I might get them from here next year ;p

Such a wide variety of red packets {ang baos}! Great for those with many kids to give out to hahaha

This lady translates your name to Chinese characters and paints them out beautifully on-the-spot. A very nice souvenir for tourists in Singapore.

Jars and jars of floss goodness! It's actually dried meat {chicken, pork, beef} with a light and fluffy texture similar to coarse cotton floss. The meat floss can be eaten on its own, or as fillings or toppings on congee {my fave!} or tofu.

Lil Pumpkin munching on some bak kwa goodness! These are thin pieces of dried meat {pork, chicken} similar to jerky. It has a savoury-sweet taste and is a traditional new year food item, although it can be found all year round now. Nom nom nom... we passed by one of the famous shops, Lim Chee Guan {林志源}, and the queue was quite long! I heard some have started queuing overnight for bak kwa already ><"

We aren't really bak kwa conessiours and bak kwa tastes almost all the same to us, although some swear that Lim Chee Guan's bak kwa is really really good. No way we would queue overnight for bak kwa though! I didn't check prices but I think the bak kwa are selling for about S$50/kg ;p

We passed by this "tree" where people following a Chinese tradition to write down their wishes, and toss them into the air onto the tree. If it lands on the tree, their wishes will be granted for the new year. It really isn't as easy as it may look!

Auspicious Chinese decorations to wish for a year full of wealth and abundance - 年年有余!

More auspicious Chinese New Year decorations...

Come to think of it, I should have gotten some new pillow cases since we were there ;p

Very intricate red paper cutting. I'm not sure if these were hand or machine-made though. I've seen people cutting them by hand before and it really is such a wonderful skill to have!

This shop sells some cute artwork by Singapore artists.
A "Fortune God" to look after all walking along that street in Chinatown heh

We passed by a shop that sells custom-made Chinese trunks and cabinets. I like these vintage-looking Chinese knobs and handles :)

It's the Year of the Snake for 2013 and there's a huge yellow Snake made of lanterns at the end of street. There's a red Snake at the other end but I prefer this design. It's the boy's Chinese zodiac sign by the way so you can guess how old he is this year heehee.

Lil Pumpkin is wearing the Stephanie Jumper Dress from Precious Junior here. It's an online boutique selling kids clothes & accessories. Just for my special blog readers and friends, quote discount code "PJ10" for 10% off store-wide {valid until 10 Feb 2013}. Check it out when CNY shopping for your kids too! You can see the other outfits we got from Precious Junior here.

Where's your favourite places to visit for Chinese New Year?

* Disclosure: Stephanie Jumper Dress were provided by Precious Junior for blog mention. All other accessories belong to me and all opinions are my own.


happylan said...

That all looks like so much fun. I love the wishing tree.

Unknown said...

It must have been great being in Chinatown. Beautiful pictures Ai! We have a lot of Chinese in Jamaica. Many have come here in recent years.

Unknown said...

I love your photo journey's, they really bring your words to life. Makes me feel like I was almost there myself. (I wish!)


Ruth said...

We were there last Sat evening and it was PACKED! I think a trip during the day is better. I love the Chinese knobs and handles, really nice! Would love to see the cabinets, any photos? :)

Susan said...

Braving myself to join the crowds this week at lunch time. Going on a weekday afternoon is probably a better bet than any weekends :)

Jacana said...

It is on my wish list to be in Asia one year to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Ai Sakura said...

happylan: it was very popular!

Judy: it was very festive indeed :) hope to see how it is celebrated in Jamaica

Sophie: I took a lot of photos during this walk and had a hard time deciding which to post haha

Ruth: We were there on Sun evening! Unfortunately I didn't take any :/

Susan: Good idea ;p

Jacana: hope it comes true for you!

Stacy said...

The snake is so NOT my fav animal. I'm not that keen on the cutesy versions, though they're still better than the real thing. *shivers*

Nice pics, very festive!

Emily @ Have a laugh on me said...

You live in such a gorgeous, colourful country!! I can't wait to go there.

Deb @ inner compass designs said...

The photos are beautiful and so full of colour!

themodernparent said...

What beautiful colours! Gorgeous pics...enjoy the celebrations :)

EssentiallyJess said...

Some of those outfits are just beautiful! We have a bit of a celebration here, cause Darwin is very multicultural, but nothing like that! The decorations are beautiful.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Great photos! That wish tree looks really neat!

Grace said...

Is it Chinese New Year time already???!!! I love China town in Singapore! I bought this great batik house dress there and I wore it all throughout my pregnancy and I still wear it now. I shoulda bought 3!

Unknown said...

So pretty! We have a little Chinese outfit from Singapore for JJ. :)