Monday, January 25, 2010

Chinese New Year Shopping in Chinatown - RT/WW


 auspicious red decorative ornaments to welcome Year of the Tiger

I spent a whole Sunday doing my Chinese New Year shopping. After spring-cleaning the entire house (we Chinese believe a thorough cleaning of the house will sweep away any bad luck accumulated in the past year and have the house ready to receive new luck for the coming year), I need to put up some auspicious Chinese New Year ornaments.   


tourists are fascinated by these waxed meats

It is customary for the Chinese to offer gifts to our elders and business associates at this time of the year. Chinese New Year goodies like waxed meats, barbecued pork slices, cookies and dried seafood make great gifts.


choosing some auspicious plants



Fengshui decorations like these windmills are selling like hot cakes!

In fengshui, the windmill is believed to bring luck. As we are recovering from an economic crisis, the windmill is an appropriate decor because it is believed when the windmills turn, our luck would also change for the better.

Head down to Chinatown the next 2 - 3 weeks to soak up the Chinese New Year atmosphere in Singapore. :)





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39 comments:

  1. Wah so fast did ur CNY shopping edi! Did u spend a lot? ;)

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  2. It all looks festive indeed and so busy... good thing oso u started ur shopping early, have fun! :)

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  3. So you are in the CNY mood already? Good! The earlier getting into the mood the better! : )

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  4. I am still trying to look for angpow lanterns. Does Singapore sell them?

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  5. Yeah! Chinese new year is fast approaching. I can see all the red-red stuff invading our streets already. :p

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  6. It's been a long while since I last spent cny back home. Going to miss it this year too....

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  7. Would have loved to go with you soaking up the atmosphere!

    Btw: spring-cleaning in the middle of winter? In Norway we have plenty of snow and ice still!
    Don't you worry, there will be no snow in August ;-)

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  8. Hi ECL!

    Happy Monday!

    Only now I get to sneak again to blog. I bet you're busy shopping now for CNY =)

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  9. A busy time for CNY preparation.

    An advance Happy Chinese New Year to you ECL! :)

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  10. What a scene of festivity! :)

    I don't shop for chinese new year. I just buy food like cookies and nga ku (arrowhead).

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  11. We do the same here in Honolulu.
    Gung Hee Fat Choy!

    I love this time of year. Red Paper, calligraphy, jin dui, YUM!!!


    Aloha, my Friend!


    Comfort Spiral

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  12. I definitely will head down to Chinatown soon, not to shop but for photography.

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  13. gu7ess i´ll do mine when i head to SF! will b back just on CNY!

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  14. O hope you have a very happy New Year. and a happy WW!

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  15. I love it all. I can't wait to head out to Chinatown in the next week or so. Gong Xi Fa Cai

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  16. very colorful red, perfect timing because it's going to be chinese new year soon/

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  17. For me this is really exotic.
    Excellent photos.

    Hope you will find OsloBG also exotic

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  18. Fantastic reds ECL thanks for sharing your shopping trip with us!

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  19. wow looks like fun. please explain to us what wax meat is ? is that one of those toys like the money and gifts you buy when someone dies ?

    I think I need to put a gigantic windmill outside my house, if that regenerates good luck for the year. thanks for the tip, and Happy New Year ECL.

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  20. Wah, I also need the windmill to turn my luck for the better ah!

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  21. ah, i love the decoration they put during cny. it is so cool n exciting! :D

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  22. Wish you huge amounts of luck for the coming year!!! :)

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  23. Wow, look at all the colors and things to buy!! Happy WW:)

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  24. We lack the excitement and atmosphere of the CNY here in KL with all the church bombings and religious tensions! anyway glad that you are enjoying the season!

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  25. I could spend hours in those markets. Great photos!

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  26. OH, I love shopping in Chinatown too. We have a Chinatown in my country and my husband and I enjoyed looking around and shopping as well.

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  27. I would wanna go there but I'm sure it'll be a hell of a crowd there..lol! So, are you starting with the spring cleaning yet? ;)

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  28. Ooops..sorry! I just re-read and you already did your spring cleaning.. My! That is super fast! lol!

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  29. Happy Chinese New Year to you and your loved ones on this year of the tiger. I myself was born on a year of the tiger. Thanks for the post. God bless.

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  30. I want to decorate an entire room in that bright orangey-red. I think I'd smile every time i entered. maybe not a bedroom though, since it would probably keep me awake.

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  31. may the tiger year brings you lotsa luck. with the festive season around the corner, the streets are all adorned with many red lanterns and other red decos here.

    i'm looking forward to my fave 'bak kua' this CNY, hehe.

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  32. i don't do much shopping this year. i'm saving money for my vacation to europe in March.

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  33. I haven't started my CNY shopping yet ECL! I'm kinda nervous... :D

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  34. HEY Aunty!
    Don't forget our Ang Pows here!
    (you'll have to increase amount due to eco crisis lol)

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