Monday, January 26, 2009

Welcoming Year of the Ox - RT


Welcoming Year of the OX with loud bangs!!

7,200 firecrackers went off at the stroke of 12 at River Hongbao 2009 on the eve of Chinese New Year! Sending the Year of the Rat away and welcoming Year of the Ox!

Thousands of visitors, young and old, ushered in the Year of the Ox at River Hongbao with loud bangs. Firecrackers which are still banned in Singapore were fired with special permission from the police for this occasion.

Performance by Hubei Art College

These beautiful girls performed an ethnic dance, winning lots of applause from the audience.

The Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe put up some amazing acrobatic performances. 4 European visitors who were sitting next to me clapped and cheered loudly for them.


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As we were welcoming the Year of the OX, Singapore Ultramarathon runner Mr Lim Nghee Huat was running the toughest race in his life! He texted me at 6pm on 26th January.

Happy Lunar New Year! just finished Brazil 217km in 52h 47 min few hours ago. it was vvvy much tougher than death valley.Thank God I survived! will update you more thru email.

Congratulations Lim Nghee Huat! We are so proud of you!!

Mr Lim Nghee Huat will arrived back in Singapore on 1st February, 7 am.


  1. Happy Chinese New Year to Chris, ECL & Jaymes! :)

  2. Nice photographs of River Hongbao. :) The shot of the performance by Hubei Art College looks great!

  3. Wishing you happiness, good health and good fortune this Year of the Ox. Thanks for sharing these great photos. It must be so festive there right now.

  4. oceanskies,
    I bought a brand new camera just for this event. haha.... Nice photos huh!?

    I have more....

  5. Heart of Rachel,
    Happy Ox year!!
    We are celebrating CNY with lion dances; visits to relatives and friends! .... and lots of food!

  6. Nice pictures! Your new camera ah?

    Go Mr Lim Nghee Huat go! Singapore is behind you!

  7. Great celebrating post and wonderful pics too!

    Warmly wishing you the same :-)

  8. Wilfrid,
    Yeah!! New camera!
    Mr Lim is flying home this Sunday. :)

  9. Renny,
    Thank you. Miss you. Hope your back's getting better!

  10. Wow so happening night ya!

    Gong Xi Fatt Cai!

  11. Wow !

    Are you at the River Hongbao everyday ? Looks like you have an exciting time there !

    Oh, wish u Gong Xi Fa Cai ! Many best wishes, prosperity, great health, luck and wealth to you and your family !

    I planning to go down on Tuesday night .....


  12. gong xi fa cai ecl and family! hv a great and prosperous one this year! :)

  13. Jinghui,
    Yes, every night. I brought 9 foreign guests to the River Hongbao last night. They had a great time taking photos.

    I'm sure they would show the beautiful sights to their families and friends when they are back home.

  14. Gong xi fa cai, EC. To you and all your family members.

    That is awesome celebration.

    My RT entry this week : in HERE. I hope you have time to visit. Thanks

  15. Gong Xi Gong Xi!!
    All the best to your family and you in this 牛 year :)

  16. Happy New Year ECL to you and yours!! May everyone be prosperous and be blessed with lots of joy, happiness, love, wealth and beauty...heheh...

    I'm still planning my trip down.. I have some issues in Ipoh that need me and hubby to go down quite often this week and next.. will keep you updated of my plans ok :)

  17. Wow what a blast at the Hongbao River. Here's wishing you bundle of joy, laughter and prosperity in the year of Ox. Happy Chinese New Year.

  18. You know, I've decided that I absolutely have to be in China for the next Chinese New Year! It just seems like such an awesome celebration and event to see, hear, feel and be a part of!
    Better than New Year's in the US!
    Hopefully I will get to make this trip! :)

  19. Happy Chinese New Year to Chris, ECL & Jaymes!

  20. This looks fantastic! What a celebration! Happy Chinese New Year to you!

  21. happy chinese new year! may this new year brings you more prosperity, wealth and good health. :)

  22. Amazing pictures from thte New Year celebration.
    Your new camera sure got a lucky start.
    From Felisol

  23. Happy New Year to you. Those were really festive looking pictures of the show. Thanks for sharing them.

    By the way, I think you Blog the way a real Lifestyle Pro-Blogger should blog.

    -TEdd of Barako Brew

  24. The New Year and Ruby Tuesday are an excellent match! Beautiful images. Happy New Year!

  25. Happy New Year! and great Ruby Tuesday reds. Your new camera takes wonderful pictures, too. :)

  26. The New Year celebration provided perfect photos for Ruby Tuesday!

    Happy New Year~~

  27. This reminds me I have to call hubby's sister (they are sings)!

    And surely much red to see!

  28. Any particular significance to the number of firecrackers?

    What's next for Mr. Lim? Or has he thought that far ahead yet? I still can't imagine running for 50+ hours...

  29. Happy New year and may this year of the ox bring you god health, peace and prosperity.

  30. awesome! great Ruby Tuesday and a happy Chinese New Year to you.

  31. You have a great blog. I really like the photos. Happy Chinese New Year.