Huayi-Chinese Festival of Arts, 2016

Another must go event for my family during Chinese New Year period is the Huayi- Chinese Festival of Arts held annually at the Esplanade.

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Due to the late afternoon rain, the opening event, Lion Dance by Wen Yang Sports Assocation, was held indoors instead but the crowd support was still very good.

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After some quick dinner, we were treated to nice a music event, Festive Strings, put up by StringWerkz at the concourse.

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Immediately following this, the finale of the day is the traditional delights performed by various artists.

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There are two drum segments, the first is good but the second was interesting due to its performing members, ranging from very young to very old. And as if timed to make it more interesting, the 9pm nightly fireworks kicked off from the floating platform during the performance.

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Coming next are dance performances.

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And a huge bunch of very cute children put up a good show to the laughter of the audience.

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Then was another dance segment.

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And the finale was actually the theme character of most performances this year, the Monkey King.

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Lunch at Indochine, Gardens by the Bay

With kids in school, my wife and I found time to have an early valentine’s day lunch at Indochine, Gardens by the Bay. There’s a minimum spending of $80 per pax but I wonder how the restaurant will enforce this.

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Lemongrass cream of mushroom

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Tom yam lobster broth with asian herbs

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Roasted lemongrass french corn-fed chicken

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Steamed lemongrass cod & tiger prawn

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Garden salad

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Tropical fruit platter

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French raspberry cheese cake

River Hongbao 2016

River Hongbao is one of the annual event that I will always bring my family. Coinciding with the year of the monkey, the theme this year is Monkey King, the key character in the story Journey to the West, 西游记.

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There is a gigantic Chinese Chess Board, pitting Tang Sanzang, 唐三藏 and Bull Demon King, 牛魔王.

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There are many other beautiful lanterns depicting other characters or events in the Journey to the West.

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And not to forget the must-have-character… God of Fortune, 财神爷.

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But the zodiac characters this year don’t really look like the animals they are supposed to represent.

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Fortunately, the monkey does.

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Beside lanterns, there is a stage performance.

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And the finale is the nightly fireworks at 9pm.

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Anhui Performing Group @ Suntec

Every year during Chinese New Year, there will be a slew of performances all over Singapore. Today, I took some time to attend the performance by Anhui Performing group at Suntec City.

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According to the MC, they had a very hectic schedule, having 6 performances in various schools before performing at Suntec City! Kudos to them for keeping up the standards and great performance!