CNY 2013: Chinese New Year Festivities at People’s Park Complex

In Chinatown I like the immediate area around People’s Park Complex. Outside the complex there is authentic street food from China. I love the spicy buns. They are like chinese burgers – so delicious. But you have to be prepared to be bumped into and people who walk straight into you. Just tell yourself that it’s all part of the charm.

I could not resist getting some tutu kueh. If this is your first time in Singapore, you must try it. It’s a very light dessert. I always choose the grated coconut as filling and not the peanut.

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And there’s unique funny things to spot like lucky red lingere at OG Department store around the corner.

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I got a clearer shot of the snake. It’s quite impressive and it winds all the way down the road. Awesome that it’s body was made up of beautiful yellow lanterns. I had to add light to the picture as it was a cloudy day but we were lucky to just miss the torrential downpour.

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Can you spot your zodiac sign?

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At First Emporium (supermarket) you can get stuff you used to find at your primary school tuck-shop.

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It’s all about the pandas. I’ve yet to meet them as I’m not patient or crazy (ok enthusiastic) enough to queue.

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For the authentic emporium experience, come to People’s Park. It’s like going back to the seventies – well, almost.

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The view from the top is always pretty awesome. I like to see the contrast of the red against the buildings.

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I find the yellow lanterns prettier than the box shape red ones. I hope the decorations get even more interesting closer to Chinese New Year.

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It was not really a sunny day – the trick of editing.

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This was how dark it really was before I edited the photo.

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8 Responses to CNY 2013: Chinese New Year Festivities at People’s Park Complex

  1. Katrijn says:

    Your shot of the red bikini’s (or is it proper underwear?) reminds me that in Italy apparently both men and women wear red underwear at New Year’s Eve – is that a Chinese custom as well?

    I saw the snake too today and it is very impressive! Love your picture!

    • bookjunkie says:

      Glad you liked the picture.

      Yeah red is just generally lucky so clothes, underwear, decorations, everything I guess?

  2. Wow that snake definitely looks impressive. Seems like the CNY decorations this year are much nicer than the recent Christmas decorations at Orchard Road.

    Those Ling Mong Tablet candies! I had no idea they are still being sold. My grandparents used to give us those to munch on when we were kids!

  3. germanglobetrotter says:

    Hi, bookjunkie!

    Where can we see a Lion Dance Show and/or any public CNY traditional events between 4 and 18 Feb. that could be interesting for tourists ?? Thanks!!

    • bookjunkie says:

      This website might be useful. Usually lion dances happen randomly all over Singapore. Even at offices for good luck.

      there seems to be a lion dance competition on 26 & 27 Jan at night. I saw the information here.

      • germanglobetrotter says:

        Thanks for the info and links. We will arrive in Singapore on 4 Feb, so no chance of seeing the lion dance competition :'(

        • bookjunkie says:

          I’m sure you’ll chance upon a random lion dance at a mall or even as you walk around Singapore, during that period. Once I chanced upon a random dragon dance just across the road from a cafe.

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