Posts Tagged ‘CNY

Thaipusam 2011 noise curbs: impact on CNY

February 18, 2011

To toast the last day of Chinese New Year 2011 in Singapore, my friends and I gathered at a Yishun coffee shop. Someone said,”You know, this Chinese New Year is very boring. Last year at least the lion dance troupes went around visiting homes and shops. Although noisy, it was exciting and made the atmosphere […]

Thaipusam 2011 and CNY 2011: noise curbs are absurd

February 13, 2011

This has been the quietest Chinese New Year in my area within  living memory. I checked with a few friends and they told me the same thing.  Normally during CNY, lion dance groups would visit homes to bestow good luck and prosperity. Their drums add an air of festivity to CNY. But this year they […]

Traffic jams at checkpoints: 15 ways ICA can help

January 31, 2011

ICA can do more to relieve the expected huge congestion at the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints.  My suggestions: 1. Open up the two rarely-used exit lanes after customs examination for faster exit.  2. Have officers to direct traffic to ensure faster exit after customs examination.. 3. Open up ALL immigration booths. 4. Officers will most […]

Traffic jams at checkpoints: ICA, take action not just issue travel advisory!

January 29, 2011

I was wrong.  In an earlier post I said motorists would flood the inbox of the Straits Times Forum Editor after Chinese New Year over the perennial very heavy congestion at the land checkpoints of Woodlands and Tuas. It seems people are already getting jittery, and are writing to the papers. One such letter appeared […]

Traffic jams during CNY at Woodlands and Tuas: why still no solution, ICA?

January 28, 2011

Another CNY, another nightmare for those driving to Malaysia for reunions with their loved ones.  Horrendous 2- to 4-hour traffic jams await them at both Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints. Peeved motorists will again flood the inbox of the ST Forum editor after CNY. Motorists have been enduring the ordeal for years. Their complaints have fallen […]

Lunar New Year in Singapore: Is Singapore the most boring place to be?

February 20, 2010

A friend, who went to China for the Lunar New Year, sent me some pictures of how the locals celebrated the spring festival with a bang by setting off firecrackers. It was exciting compared with boring Singapore during CNY he kept on stressing. On reflection, I think he’s right. I know of friends who flee […]

Chingay 2009 is more like Disneyland?

February 14, 2009

A letter in the Straits Times Forum Page yesterday chided the organisers for a watered-down version of Chingay 2009 that was more like a Disneyland parade. The spirit of the traditional Chingay and Chinese New Year was sorely missing. Having watched Chingay 2009, I share his deep disappointment. At least one item was recycled from […]

Chingay 2009 – its commercial side shocks people

February 2, 2009

It’s scandalous that Chingay is now commercialised. To watch the performances we have to buy tickets which cost from $30 to $60 for the hour-long show. In the past the masses could watch for free. Going even back further, Chingay floats snaked their way to the housing estates. The annual Chingay is made possible by […]

Winter time in Genting Highlands Part 2

January 20, 2009

On the way to Starbucks the unmistakable drum beats of a lion dance caught my attention. I hurried over to join the action. Apparently it was a function for Malaysian underprivileged kids. OK, let my pictures do the talking… I was too slow off the blocks to take a picture with the GOF (God of […]