Indeed, Chinese New Year is upon us once again! A yearly celebration of the New Year in the Chinese lunar calendar (note: NOT 1st Jan), the festivity is marked by striking red decorations (such as lanterns, crackers and, well, red packets), delicious traditional food (such as bak kwa, pineapple tarts and nian guo) and numerous get-together sessions between relatives, friends and even strangers!
Every lunar new year is also based on a Zodiac (an animal which bears attributes); this year, the Monkey is in charge! The conception is based on the Zodiac Calendar; there are in total 12 zodiacs, and this year uniquely welcomes the Red Monkey, which is based on the element of fire (more information about that here).
For a pre-CNY entry, we decided to canvass Chinatown once again (our first entry on our website was during the Mooncake Festival; check it out here)! This time, the famous locale was strung with Chinese lanterns, street-side stalls selling various CNY goodies and decorations! Indeed, one of the many reasons we love to visit Chinatown is due to the lovely, rustic shophouses that adorn the streets!
After walking about for quite a while, taking pictures of the boisterous street vendors and shoppers, we got hungry and headed to People’s Park Centre for a round of desserts.
Afterwards, we continued exploring Chinatown, taking in the ambience of CNY decoration lightings. This was an opportunity for us to get creative, as seen in the pictures below!
As always, Chinatown gives us the opportunity to get creative with our instant films! It was quite a learning experience to take photos at night, and we learnt a lot of tips and tricks while achieving these photos!
We hope these inspire you to go out there and do the same with your cameras too!
We have since learnt how to do this, and we look forward to sharing our creations with you in the near future!
We wish all our readers a happy Lunar New Year, and have all the health and happiness like the Monkey! 祝大家新年快乐, 健康快乐像马猴!