Happy Founder’s Day !

The day of 22nd February, is an important date for everybody involved in the Scouting Movement, this special date is to mark the birthday of the founder of Scouting Movement, Lord Baden-Powell.

Today, I went back to Gan Eng Seng Dragon Scout Group for Founder’s Day Celebrations and I was happy to be back there again with my juniors, fellow peers and seniors in Dragon Scouting. For those who followed my blog, you would know about my involvement (as much as possible) with the Dragon Scout Group since 1990 and the recent 85th Anniversary Celebrations in 2007. 

While I was trying to take photos of today’s actions and fun games, my Canon 30D “died” on me, displaying Error 99 and I couldn’t rectify it……. Nevertheless, I managed to capture a few photos ……

Do check out more photos here !!

To all my Dragon Scout Group members, past and present, Happy Founder’s Day 2009 !

My Parents Travel Photos to Haerbin 2009

During the period of the Chinese Lunar New Year Holidays, my parents would usually pack their bags for 1 week and visit different parts of China for the past many years. This year is no different and their destination is 哈尔滨, Haerbin, Helongjiang Province.

As you can see from the selected photos, it is a very cold region in China, with temperatures dropping to -20 degrees Celsius.

Hope you all enjoy viewing them, would be looking at uploading more photos up soon for your viewing pleasure !

Lo Hei !

 

During the Chinese Lunar New Year, there would always be an activity that I would always look foward to very eagerly, that is Lo Hei or also known as Toss Yu Sheng to others ! For a greater understanding of this cultural cuisine, activity, do drop by the link here by the National Library Singapore 
Before the Lo Hei, there are some steps that have to be observed, for many years, I didn’t get the steps nor words correct and the steps are below, courtesy of Cherry’s Kitchen 
1st step: Say Gong Xi Fa Cai 恭喜发财 (getting rich) and Wan Shi Ru Yi (to be smooth sailing) when putting down the Yu Sheng on the table.
2nd Step: Say Da Ji Da Li 大吉大利 (to be very auspicious) when adding limejuice to the ingredient.
3rd step: Say Nian Nian You Yu 年年有余 (to have a surplus every year) and Long Ma Jing Shen (to enjoy great health) or nian nian you yu ( abundance ) when placing fish onto the main plate.
4th step: Say Yi Ben Wan Li 一本万利 (business to be flourishing) or dao di man tang ( abundance everywhere) when putting pepper and five-spice powder to the Yu Sheng.
5th step: Say You Shui Duo Duo 油水多多 (business to be flourishing) or shun shun li li ( everything flows smoothly) when adding golden cooking oil and sauces to the Yu Sheng (and also 甜甜蜜蜜 if you have the sweet sauce)
6th step: Say Jin Yin Man Wu 金银满屋 (to obtain abundant wealth) when sprinkling the golden peanut powder.
7th step: Say Sheng Yi Xing Long 生意兴隆 (business to be flourishing) when sprinkling the sesame powder.
8th step: Say Man Di Huang Jin 满地黄金 (to obtain abundant wealth) when adding the thin golden membrane. 
Let the Year of the Ox turn around everything unlucky and all losses and turn into gains and all negatives to positives (“牛”转乾坤)!

“牛”转乾坤 !

Chingay Parade Singapore 2009 – Wonderland

The Chingay Parade Singapore, had been an integral part of young nation history, dating back to 1972, do drop by their website for additional information on Chingay Parade Singapore. Fast foward to 2009, this wonderful event had been witnessed by people from many different parts of the world, participated by many different cultural groups around the world.

The 2009 Chingay Parade wasn’t my first parade, however, it was my maiden LIVE action Chingay Parade, my very first time to be part of the action and festivities and taking many photographs from the sides of the road for this wonderful event.

Before that, I decided to hang around the Adelphi Singapore and City Hall area, whereby the performers were unloading, alighting, preparing and resting around these 2 areas. They were excited and friendly, willing to pose with their BIG SMILES and lovely costumes, besides, with different cultural groups from different countries, there were mixing around, with performers asking to take photographs with fellow performers from different countries. It was buzzing with lots of activities and the photographers hanging around there had some great time snapping awesome street and live action photography, priceless !

Thereafter, I proceed to the Parliament House and Supreme Court area and got myself a spot along the road to wait for the Chingay Parade Singapore 2009 – Wonderland to start….. Soon the Chingay Parade 2009 kicked off !

Although I wasn’t at the performance point, whereby the grandstand sitting gallery was, we could capture a glimpse of their performance from our side of view.  Even though the performers don’t need to perform while walking to the next performance spot, some of them obliged, danced, did small performances, showed their stunts, waved at us, hi-fived us, shaked our hands, gave us gifts (paper fans, red packets) and last but not least , their excitement, smiles, laughter, joy and happiness !!!!

As the parade drawn to a close after about 1.5 hours of action and fun, it was brought to a grand finale with fireworks lighting up the City Hall, let this Chingay Parade 2009 – Wonderland, brings everybody here in Singapore, to their Wonderland, in this Year of the Ox in 2009 ! 

Do check my Chingay Parade Singapore 2009 photos !

Little Nonya Thank You Roadshow @ Suntec City – 31st Jan 2009

Most people in Singapore and her neighbours would have heard and watched Singapore’s local drama series, The Little Nonya, that became a big hit recently with the drama reaching its end and climax. I wasn’t able to catch it all on television due to work commitments and could only catch in bits and pieces.

The Little Nonya had organised a few roadshows to thank their fans at various locations in Singapore and the turnout was very warm and very crowded. They had a Thank You Roadshow at Suntec City on 31st Jan 2009 and I decided to pop down and take a look before I went to the Chingay Parade.

The Thank You Roadshow was indeed crowded, although maybe not as crowded as the other previous roadshow, however, it was still very difficult to get a spot to capture photos of them due to the constraints in retail mall space and the design of the stage itself. Well, captured some photos before proceeding to The Camera Workshop and Chingay Parade.

More on the Chingay Parade 2009 soon !