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Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2017!

Today, on the 28th January 2017, marks the start of the new Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rooster! Let us all welcome the Year of the Rooster with the fireworks photo that I took during River Hongbao 2017, at the countdown on Chinese Lunar New Year Eve.

I would like to wish everybody Happy Chinese Lunar New Year, good health, wealth and prosperity for the year 2017.

祝大家新年快乐,万事如意,身体健康,步步高升,年年有余,财源滚滚,金玉满堂,生意兴隆!

This year 2017 is going to be a challenging year for everyone, we all can do it and overcome all the obstacles ahead! Good luck everybody!

River Hongbao 2016

River Hongbao, an annual event that I regularly visited during the Chinese Lunar New Year period. Looking back at my photography archives, I had been visiting this event from 2008 till now 2016 (and still counting), take a look at my collection on Flickr! One of the highlights that I liked about River Hongbao is photographing fireworks on Chinese Lunar New Year Eve to usher in the Chinese Lunar New Year, it’s like a big, bright, colourful and lucky welcome for the Chinese Lunar New Year!

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The atmosphere was good with many visitors, it can be pretty crowded too, with extended family coming down to soak in the Chinese Lunar New Year atmosphere and not to forget our international visitors, the tourists visiting Singapore and enjoying Chinese Lunar New Year here!

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River Hongbao 2016, the Year of the Monkey, the decorations and displays were more interesting for this year! There were also fireworks everyday during the period of River Hongbao 2016, thus allowing photographers like us to go back again to capture River Hongbao 2016 fireworks from a different angle and perspective! Along with the River Hongbao 2016 fireworks, there were laser light show display that accompany the fireworks performance!

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The various lanterns and displays caught my attention, they blend in nicely with Monkey God and the story of Journey to the West! I wish I was able to capture each and every one of the lanterns and displays during my visit to River Hongbao 2016, however, there were a lot of visitors and they were busy taking photos too! Here’s my photo album of River Hongbao 2016 on Flickr and do check out my River Hongbao archives collection on Flickr too!

Chinese Lunar New Year 2016 celebrations are over, I would still like to wish everybody a great year ahead in the Year of the Monkey!


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Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2016 !!

Today marks the first day of the Year of the Monkey!! Let me wish all of you Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2016!!

Thank you very much for all the support that you have given me to my photography adventures and my sharing over the years! Here’s a Chinese New Year Eve fireworks from River Hongbao 2016 held at Marina Bay Singapore, ushering in the Year of the Monkey!

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祝大家新年快乐!万事如意!身体健康!心想事成!年年有余!

大家一起發發發大财!

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2015!

The Year of the Goat has arrived! I would to wish all my relatives, friends and supporters

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year !

祝你新年快乐,万事如意,恭喜发财,年年有余, 步步高升,

身体健康,事事顺利!

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Thank you all for your support and encouragement! Let’s all take this festive period for a time of family and relatives reunion, friends reunion and catch up! Enjoy and have lots of fun! May the Year of the Goat be a bright and exciting year, like the River Hongbao 2015 CNY Eve Countdown Fireworks!

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River Hongbao 2014

River Hongbao 2014 is back in Singapore to usher in the Chinese Lunar New Year 2014, to gallop in the Year of the Horse! It was held at The Float @ Marina Bay with many beautiful decorations and lightings, along with the fun carnival games that the children would love to play with! Reflecting back at my  River Hongbao adventures over the years, River Hongbao 2014 is my 7th year (2008 to 2014 and counting) visiting and photographing River Hongbao, do check out my River Hongbao collection on Flickr! I always love the giant 财神爷 at River Hongbao, it’s an iconic display!

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I usually visit River Hongbao on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year, waiting for the time to strike 12midnight and the fireworks will be launched to welcome in the new year! A few hours before the Chinese Lunar New Year Eve fireworks, I reached the Marina Bay Floating Platform and started snapping away. Looking at the crowds size, River Hongbao was busy and packed with many visitors that came down to soak in the festive atmosphere and fun! The lanterns and displays for River Hongbao 2014 were beautiful and nice in design, when I looked back at my collection over the past 6 years of River Hongbao, I like the lanterns and displays from this year’s River Hongbao 2014! How were the lanterns, lightings and displays like in previous River Hongbao?

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Let me take you through a trip down memory lane –

River Hongbao 2013

River Hongbao 2012

River Hongbao 2011

River Hongbao 2010

River Hongbao 2009

River Hongbao 2008

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Along with the lanterns, lightings, displays and the fun carnival games, there were also performances by Yunnan Opera Theatre, along with Handicraft Street and Food Street. These key highlights and performances attracted the visitors there to watch them perform and check out the artworks and of course, food! I met up with fellow photographers from the Mentographians group, that gathered to shoot the Chinese Lunar New Year Eve Countdown Fireworks, had a chat before we continued with taking photographs at River Hongbao 2014. DK also joined me at River Hongbao to shoot the fireworks too!

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For this year’s River Hongbao 2014 fireworks, I decided to shoot from the Floating Platform (that’s a first for me!) with the lightings and display as my foreground. Standing together with friends from the Mentographians photography group, we lined up a few tripods together and at 12midnight, along with the guest of honour and performers on the stage, the countdown started and the fireworks were launched into the Marina Bay skyline, bright and colourful, ushering in the Year of the Horse, galloping in with style, stride and strength! Celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year is a two weeks event and do drop by River Hongbao 2014 and check out the festivities! River Hongbao 2014 is held from 29th Jan 2014 to 8th Feb 2014, at The Float @ Marina Bay.

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I would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a galloping year ahead in the Year of the Horse! Thank you all for the support!

祝大家新年快乐,万事如意,身体健康! 在马年,马上团圆、马上成功、马上发财、马上事成 !


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Happy Chinese New Year 2013 !

Let’s all welcome the Year of the Water Snake, marking the start of the new Chinese Lunar New Year! With a new start, I would like to thank all my supporters, fans, followers and  readers for all your support and encouragement in my photojournalistic journey throughout! It’s been an exciting and fruitful adventure for me, with many photographs and stories. Looking and moving ahead in 2013, I m striving to share more wonderful, exciting and unique stories, beautiful photographs on both my photo blog and personal blog. Let this be an new start for everybody! May the Year of the Water Snake be a fruitful and successful year for everybody!

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Along with the bright and awesome fireworks at River Hongbao 2013, welcoming the Year of the Water Snake, wishing all of you a bright and prosperous year ahead in the Year of the Snake!

祝大家新年快乐,万事如意!

身体健康,财源广进,生意兴隆,国泰民安!

恭喜发财,年年有余,学业进步,喜结良缘!

River Hongbao 2013

River Hongbao 2013 is back at Marina Bay Singapore, held at The Float @ Marina Bay from 8th February 2013 to 16th February 2013. This would be my 6th time covering and photographing River Hongbao, enjoying my time taking photographs and the fireworks on Chinese New Year Eve to welcome in the new Chinese New Year! Here’s my River Hongbao photographs collection from 2008 to 2013 on Flickr! Let me bring you back in time and recap together my River Hongbao adventures!

River Hongbao 2008

River Hongbao 2009

River Hongbao 2010

River Hongbao 2011

River Hongbao 2012

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I went down to River Hongbao 2013 on their opening night, 8th February 2013. The River Hongbao 2013 was officially declared opened by the Guest Of Honour, President Dr Tony Tan and there was a 3 minutes fireworks to help warmly welcome the official opening! The displays and lanterns always lights me up with their colours and designs. There are troupe performances from Guangdong province that would be performing during the River Hongbao 2013 period, do check out the performance schedule listing and drop by to watch their performances! Besides performances, there are Guangdong handicrafts and Guangdong delicacies at River Hongbao 2013! Besides River Hongbao displays and performances, there are rides at the Amusement Park for the little kids to enjoy and have fun as well! If you are hungry, there is Food Street for you to grab some local food and Guangdong delicacies!

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The highlights for me at River Hongbao would definitely be the lanterns and colourful displays, along with the fireworks on the opening night and Chinese New Year Eve to welcome the new Chinese New Year! I would photograph every one of the twelve animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac, they always make it an interesting collection of photographs for me to collect and keep over the years that I attended River Hongbao! I felt that the other lanterns and displays at River Hongbao 2013 is interesting and unique, it would be a great event for families to bring down their children to attend and share with them more on our Chinese New Year celebrations and culture! With Chinese New Year Day 3 being a public holiday off-in-lieu since Chinese New Year Day 1 falls on a Sunday, it would be a event that you can bring your family and loved ones there or with your friends to enjoy the Chinese New Year festivities.

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Here’s some useful links on River Hongbao 2013 whereby you can find more information and updates!

River Hongbao website

River Hongbao Facebook

On Day 2 of River  Hongbao 2013, Chinese New Year Eve, the River Hongbao 2013 was very lively and busy with many people. From the seats at the Floating Platform, overlooking The Float @ Marina Bay whereby River Hongbao 2013 action was happening. There was a sea of people and action around the lanterns, displays and watching performances. At 12 midnight, everybody there at River Hongbao 2013 ushered in the Year of the Snake together, watching the fireworks display! I was there to capture the fireworks too with fellow Marina Bay AmBAYssadors!

After 2 days of covering River Hongbao 2013, I began to look back at my 5 years of River Hongbao and this is my 6th year photographing, writing and sharing this wonderful event. This has always been an event that I like to photograph, sharing the colours and festivities. There are bright and colourful, that can be seen through my River Hongbao 2013 photographs collection. Do visit River Hongbao 2013 to enjoy the Chinese New Year festivities and welcome the Year of the Snake!


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Spring Celebrations 2013 at Gardens By The Bay

Spring Celebrations 2013 is happening at Gardens By The Bay! Welcoming the Year of the Snake with a beautiful of flora display in the flower dome featuring some 8,000 colourful blooms. The Gardens By The Bay is definitely a destination to visit during the Chinese New Year period holidays with your family and loved ones, enjoying the beautiful flowers blooming and sculptures around the Gardens By The Bay. I was invited by National Parks Singapore (NParks) and Marina Bay Division Singapore to visit the Spring Celebrations 2013, sharing information and photographs of the Spring Celebrations 2013 at Gardens By The Bay, with fellow Marina Bay AmBAYssadors.

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We took the Garden Cruiser to tour the Gardens By The Bay and had a greater understanding of the different unique sculptures located in the various parts of the Gardens. Therefore, when you are visiting Gardens By The Bay, do keep a lookout for them! When you are at Gardens By The Bay, you have to visit the the Meadow, you can see something very unique and very impressive, it’s a “very big infant” sculpture, by internationally acclaimed artist Marc Quinn. The impressive sculpture is known as Planet, explores the intimate relationship between nature and humanity, and serves as a natural extension of the Gardens’ efforts to connect people with the stories of plants and the planet. The sculpture is a depiction of the artist’s infant son and he can be seen appearing to be “floating” above the ground. You have to visit this impressive sculpture yourself to view it! Do visit Gardens By The Bay during this Chinese New Year holidays period!

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Next stop was Flower Dome, one of my favourite places in Gardens By The Bay. Inside the Flowers Dome, Spring Celebrations is in the air! With about 8,000 colourful blooms, spectacular and in bright colours, you can find a selection of penjing (or bonsai) up to 200 years old, 3-metre-long snake topiaries, grand kumquat plants measuring 3 metres in diameter, and life-sized oriental pavilions inside the Flower Dome. Here’s more information about Spring Celebrations 2013 at Gardens By The Bay!

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Some quick information on Spring Celebrations 2013

Dates: 1 to 28 February 2013

Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Location: Flower Dome

Details: Admission charges into the Cooled Conservatories apply. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Here are the flowers that you can spot inside the Flower Dome during Spring Celebrations 2013 at Gardens By The Bay

Penjing (various species) 

Torch Bromeliad 

Cherry Blossom

Chrysanthemums

Coralberry

Camellia

Peonies

Cymbidium Orchids

I had a fun time photographing the various flower blossoms inside the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay and would go back again to enjoy the flora and fauna, enjoy the greens and gardens. Besides that, I am keen and looking forward to photograph more different perspectives and views of the SuperTrees during the night! Do check out my dedicated Flickr collection and 500px collection on Gardens By The Bay!

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After finishing our visit at the Flower Dome, we were hosted to a dinner at Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant, located at Flower Dome by NParks and Marina Bay Division Singapore, with a Lo Hei to welcome the Year of the Snake, wealth, prosperity and good luck in the Year of the Snake! This was a time for networking and catching up with fellow Marina Bay AmBAYssadors, photographers, social media enthusiasts and bloggers, along with NParks and Marina Bay Division staff. I would like to say a big Thank You to NParks and Marina Bay Division Singapore for the warm hospitality and time with us!

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Wishing all 恭喜发财! See you all at Gardens By The Bay Spring Celebrations 2013!


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River Hongbao 2012 – Ushering in Year of the Dragon

With its origins dating back to 1987, River Hongbao has come quite a long way since the maiden event. Over many years, River Hongbao has transformed and changed a lot over the years, getting bigger and having more programs, activities and performances. River Hongbao is a fun event that helps to promote Chinese Lunar New Year, appreciation of the Chinese Lunar New Year culture and traditions, a destination for both locals and international visitors to enjoy during this festive season, moreover, it’s a great place and event for the parents/grandparent to bring their children/grandchildren to and enjoy the event together!

River Hongbao 2012 has many different Dragons for me to photograph and being born in the Year of the Dragon, this is very significant to me, symbolic and important! There are some great event highlight at River Hongbao 2012, here’s some of them –

– Martial God of Wealth at River Hongbao

– Collaboration with Guangxi, China

– Largest Lantern Display by Chengdu lantern masters

I met up with James and we went around snapping photos of River Hongbao 2012 before finding a spot to capture Chinese Lunar New Year Eve Countdown fireworks. This was supposed to be my sharing session with James on taking fireworks, the year of the Water Dragon truly lives up to the Water Dragon title, with a heavy downpour before the countdown fireworks start, it was so challenging with the rain hitting on the lens glass, DSLRs, winds blowing quite strongly, last but not least both James and myself, drenched while braving the downpour to capture the Chinese New Year Eve Countdown Fireworks !! The final fireworks photographs results were interesting, silky, wet with water droplets and a fuzzy feeling!! Check out more photographs from River Hongbao 2012 here on my Flickr!

It was a very wet welcome to usher in the Year of the Water Dragon !! Huat Ah !! Wishing all my readers and supporters

祝你们

新年快乐,万事如意,恭喜发财,身体健康

步步高升,财源滚滚,事事顺利, 心想事成


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Enchanted Spring at Sentosa Flowers 2012

The Sentosa Flowers 2012 is back with a big bang to welcome the Year of the Dragon 2012 with their theme of Enchanted Spring on Sentosa island. The Sentosa Flowers promise to dazzle and amaze you with many beautiful flowers galore, along with many Dragon sculptures to usher in the Year of the Dragon!

I was invited by Sentosa to a preview of the Sentosa Flowers, on Saturday 21st January 2012, thank you very much to Sentosa for their kind and warm hospitality! Sentosa Flowers 2012 starts from 22nd January 2012 to 29th January 2012 and this beautiful event promises great photography opportunities for flowers and nice for family gathering events too! There are many interesting flora and fauna on display at Sentosa Flowers – Enchanted Spring, let me take you through some of the highlights there, they are my favourite highlights of Sentosa Flowers 2012 !!

The Pink Floral Zodiac Dragon 

Located at the Merlion Plaza, you can’t miss this beautiful, cute, giant Pink Floral Zodiac Dragon, located in front of the Merlion, this is going to be a huge attraction for visitors, local and international, wanting to get a photograph of it!

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This is definitely going to be another “hot” location at Sentosa Flowers, visitors would be queuing up to take a photograph of this exotic Dragon sculpture! You would be able to hold a big brush and “touch” the eye of the Dragon, when your brush gives it a touch, it would “come alive”.

Dance of the Dragon 

Located at Imbiah Lookout, you can’t miss this great piece of artwork/sand sculpture, a Dragon sand sculpture, surrounded by beautiful colourful flowers, dancing around them, ushering in the Year of the Dragon, bringing prosperity and good fortune to all!

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My personal favourite at Sentosa Flowers 2012 !!! You must go there and find those cute dinosaurs!!! They are located at Dinoland, on the route up from Merlion Plaza to Imbiah Lookout!!!

There are more highlights too at Sentosa Flowers 2012, do check out the information here! Flowers galore too at Sentosa Flowers and do spot them along your tour of Sentosa Flowers Festival 2012!! There is a fun photography competition – Magic Moments, during Sentosa Flowers too, do check them out here!

For more information, check out Sentosa Flowers website for more details and information! Grab you cameras, visit Sentosa Flowers 2012 and have fun! Check out more photos here from my Flickr collection!


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