25) Glimpse of a Snake in Chinatown

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A night scene with a wave of square lanterns appear in Chinatown, Singapore which was captured my me this evening.  As this is the Lunar year of Water Snake, I guess that’s why the lightened up decorations come conversely with fire red colour.  To me, the deco resembles more like Loch Ness  than snake, most probably they belong to the same species.  Or I might be wrong..

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The illuminated boxes come with twelve zodiac and auspicious words on them.  May all my wishes be fulfilled with the dedicated inscriptions, I wish!

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Coincidentally, the red break-lights of vehicles match so well with the festive atmosphere.

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The much sought after and infamous dried sausages and dried duck legs (also known as wax sausages/duck legs) store give an extra touch to the New Year’s air.

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A good technique in bargaining might earned you an extra sausage of joy!

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An elder earning his own keeps with his talent earned my appreciation of some dollar notes.

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Lim Chee Guan, the well-known BBQ sweet pork shop has been working non-stop day and night through weeks to cater to the long waited customers.  Waiting time can be as long as 2-3hours if you have the patience to wait for it.  When you see this, you know, the festive seasons is just at the corner!

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68 thoughts on “25) Glimpse of a Snake in Chinatown

    Charron's Chatter said:
    January 30, 2013 at 1:14 am

    A lovely journey in Red. Such a well kept city! And you know, I’m a snake…how can I tell if I am a water snake?

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      1905 – fire ,乙巳
      1917 – earth, 丁巳
      1929 – wood, 己巳
      1941 – metal, 辛巳
      1953 – water,癸巳
      1965 – fire ,乙巳
      1977 – earth, 丁巳
      1989 – wood, 己巳
      2001 – metal, 辛巳
      2013 – water,癸巳
      Hi, Karen! I manage to get some resources for you, you can see which one is yours.
      I believe you are somewhere around there….gege!
      It should be a fine year for you! 🙂

        Charron's Chatter said:
        January 30, 2013 at 12:53 pm

        you are so sweet, Sydney! And–as a woman–I’ll prolly keep quiet about which one “fits”. It isn’t the water one, that’s for sure! LOL…Thank you, Ess! I will always remember. 🙂

    sarahlouisek said:
    January 30, 2013 at 1:42 am

    What beautiful photos — especially the second one, with the red lanterns. What are the dates of Chinese New Year this year?I want to celebrate in Chicago.

      ryan said:
      January 30, 2013 at 11:40 am

      If I’m not mistaken on Feb 17

        Sydney Fong responded:
        January 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm

        And Ryan, if you celebrate that day, others might be on the road already! Have fun early! 🙂

        ryan said:
        January 30, 2013 at 3:06 pm

        In Indonesia it will be on 17th Feb.
        one day only.

        Sydney Fong responded:
        January 30, 2013 at 3:34 pm

        o, I apologize for my ignorant! That’s why I like Blogging, full of information and knowledge!
        Thanks, Ryan! Enjoy you day! 🙂

        ryan said:
        January 30, 2013 at 3:52 pm

        it’s okay.
        I like blogging for that also. Have a great day Sydney

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 30, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      Sara, is 10th Feb. The reunion is always on the eve, which is 9th Feb.
      Do Chicago celebrates Lunar Chinese New Year? 🙂

        sarahlouisek said:
        January 31, 2013 at 12:30 am

        Thanks Sydney. Yes, some do, they go to Chinatown. There might be a parade in Chinatown too, if I recall correctly…unless it’s in the summer for another Chinese holiday.

        Sydney Fong responded:
        January 31, 2013 at 7:52 am

        Okay! 🙂

    wolfgangpowerpoint.wordpress.com/ said:
    January 30, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Danke für den Besuch.
    Gruß, Wolfgang

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Thank you, thank you! 🙂

    Opalla said:
    January 30, 2013 at 2:19 am

    I was very impressed by the Singapore Chinese New Year market when I went there three years ago. Hope you’ll post more about it. Thanks.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Sure! let me look for my Rattan basket 1st, I’ll be back soon! 🙂

    linesbylinda said:
    January 30, 2013 at 2:31 am

    I wish I could walk write by you, to experience all that you see! Marvelous job.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      I have a few Blogger spiritually staying next to me, you are one of them!
      Linda, you are always my senior, my respectable person!
      Have a good day! 🙂

    evilnymphstuff said:
    January 30, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Wow it’s beautiful there! Yeah the new year is coming 🙂 So excited for that!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      And less cookie, less candy and let’s go for exercise! Haha!
      Cheers!

    Jamie Dedes said:
    January 30, 2013 at 2:49 am

    What fun! Lights, color, action. 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      I was just happen to be a passer by there yesterday night. Those deco compare to previous year which a bit lost out !
      But this year is a different year for me as when I walk along I feel like I am talking and showing to you all face to face.
      Thanks to WordPress and Jamie and all my Blogger friends!
      Is my honor to know you guys!

    Still Times said:
    January 30, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Great photo’s, loved the colors and illumination. Are you ready for Chinese New Year? I’m looking forward to all the festivities in this local area.

    Maria

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Frankly, I’m a man with simple living and moderate pace! I go for quality hour with friends and family.
      I don’t believe with a good food and enjoyment can last a longer memories!
      But with moderate foods and chit chatting is fine.
      I focus New Year and reunion day on feel and the bond.
      That’s why my deco are little but warm ( you will see in my future coming post), foods just last me for a few treat.
      If you ask me whether I am really, I can firmly answer you, Yes! Because I got not much things to prepare! Haha! 🙂

    lilyboat said:
    January 30, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Thank you for the journey. 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Lily, you are welcome! 🙂

    Eric Alagan said:
    January 30, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Have not gone down to Chinatown yet – plan to do so this weekend to soak in the atmosphere.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Eric! Nice to meet you! this weekend might be a bit heat up there, but that is the fun right?
      Have a great day! I see you around! 🙂

    Rexlin Victor said:
    January 30, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Beautiful square lanterns!!!! Great shots!!!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Rexlin, I took the shot when I was on the pedestrian over head bridge. A few lover couples was sitting next to me!
      I managed to shoot and go without interfering their romance tales! Haha! Sometime I feel like I’m a fun maker! 🙂

    Angeline M said:
    January 30, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    An extra sausage of joy…that would be nice I guess. But this was a nice post, no question 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Angeline, thanks! Happy Chinese New Year in advance! 🙂

    kelihasablog said:
    January 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    All of the colors and shapes are so unique and beautiful…. Love it! 😀

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 30, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Until now, I still can’t get over the Loch Ness snake! Haha! 🙂

    Kristin Barton Cuthriell said:
    January 30, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. Your pictures are terrific!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 30, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Thank you Canon EOS!
      And thank you, kristin!
      Have a wonderful day! 🙂

    thepoetsgarden said:
    January 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Lovely to see these pictures. Thank you. I visited on Saturday night and it was such a crush I couldn’t take any photos. Just leaving Singapore now after a wonderful week – a fascinating city, as your blog attests. Warm wishes for the New Year! Linda

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 30, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Hope to you see back Singapore, if not, come over My Blog, I can show you around the different perspective of Singapore!
      You take care, have a smooth journey home! 🙂

    natuurfreak said:
    January 30, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Your photos show me a warm and lightful atmosphere .Great shots.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 30, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      Hey, thanks! You are always so supportive and encouraging!
      Have a warm day! 🙂

    thoughtsfromanamericanwoman said:
    January 31, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Lovely photos, I especially like the red lanterns – very festive. I have always wanted to see Singapore, I think it is because of the lovely sound of the name! You are right when you commented about the internet and blogging, we learn so much. I am enjoying learning about your beautiful country through your photos. Blessings – Patty

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 31, 2013 at 8:49 am

      Singapore has a lot of area needs to improve. What I show case you is just the tip of the iceberg!
      Many more to come, But it wouldn’t be 5 star hotels or high class F&B, that is for sure!
      I leave it to someone else to do it! Haha!
      Thanks, Patty!
      I wish you in good health and in peace in this coming CNY! Cheers!

        thoughtsfromanamericanwoman said:
        January 31, 2013 at 10:49 am

        Thank you Sydney, I wish also wish you good health and peace. I look forward to your pictures. We like to see the places that tourists don’t go, they are usually the most beautiful!

        Sydney Fong responded:
        January 31, 2013 at 3:55 pm

        Yes! That will be my garden! 🙂

    Professions for PEACE said:
    January 31, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Sydney, these are wonderful photos, as yours always are! Thanks for helping me feel like I’m there 🙂 I especially like the ‘tail lights’ with the festive banners over the streets. And I am so touched and glad that you shared some dollars with that musical elder. I was wondering if there are more than one list about the element that goes with the sign, because I am a 1965 Snake and I have always read that the element for my year is WOOD. I was just going to comment to wish you a Happy New Year and welcome to the year of the Snake, but your reply to Charron has made me curious so I wanted to ask this as well 🙂 Thanks, Gina

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 31, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      Hi Gina, I have double check with the 通书 ( A Encyclopedia past down from Chew dynasty in China) , it stated clearly 1965 – 乙巳 year is come under “Fire” category.
      Thank you for your clarification, or you can google “乙巳” they may give you the answer correctly, which I believe should be the same as mine!
      Have a great day then! Cheers!

        Professions for PEACE said:
        January 31, 2013 at 11:21 pm

        That is so nice of you Sydney 🙂 Thank you for your time, and I look forward to enjoying learning about the characteristics of Fire Snakes. Have a great day too!

        Sydney Fong responded:
        January 31, 2013 at 11:41 pm

        🙂

    CK said:
    February 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I saw this snake last week, when I was in Singapore, haha.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 1, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Is a funny snake right? 🙂

        CK said:
        February 1, 2013 at 9:27 pm

        haha, ya, very cuteeee 😛

    Sydney Fong responded:
    February 1, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    gege 🙂

    sarahlouisek said:
    February 8, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Sydney, I so love your photo of the red lanterns up close. Is there any way I could include that picture in a blog post of mine, if I give you photo credit, and also mention your wonderful blog posts on Chinese New Year? -Sarah

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 8, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Sure! Why not? Is free! No copy right! No billing and no tax! 🙂

    sarahlouisek said:
    February 8, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Thank you so much, Sydney! I love everything you have written about Chinese New Year.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks, blessed with love! 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Hey, thanks a lot! 🙂

    petit4chocolatier said:
    February 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Sydney, absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for the lovely virtual tour!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 20, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      You are most welcome!
      Though CNY is over, but my wish is not over!
      I wish you be Happy and Wealthy in 2013! Cheers! 🙂

        petit4chocolatier said:
        February 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm

        Same to you 🙂

    sarahlouisek said:
    February 21, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Hi Sydney, My thanks go to you, for lending me the incredibly beautiful photo to tie in with my post on the color red.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 21, 2013 at 7:09 am

      Is okay, I thought I should thanks you in stead for mentioning my name in your post!
      Any way, we thanks each other! 🙂

    littledoglaughed said:
    March 11, 2013 at 12:14 am

    I love the rich reds in these photographs-what an amazing sight to see!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 11, 2013 at 12:55 am

      Chinese believes red can bring joy and prosperity to them!
      That’s why you see red is everywhere! 🙂

        littledoglaughed said:
        March 11, 2013 at 12:58 am

        I agree-red is a most energetic color. It can open up a world of possibilities!

        Sydney Fong responded:
        March 11, 2013 at 9:09 am

        What the meaningful phrase! 🙂

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