Showing posts with label Festivals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Festivals. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Jazzing Christmas @ Eunos

18 December 2009

In collaboration with Singapore Raffles Music College, Eunos Grassroots Organisations present "Jazzing Christmas @ Eunos". I was honoured to represent my RC as a member in this organising committee.

It was hard to imagine such a formal event to be occuring at the CC. In fact, everyone turned up in their formal attires. Mr Michael Fong PBM even came with his tuxedo!

Students from Singapore Raffles Music College sang along with the jazz tempo. Guest-of-Honour, Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs & MP for Aljunied GRC, also led everyone to sing a Christmas Carol Song.

Really loved the Jazz music!

Meanwhile, at the theatrette, the Marvel Kidsworld child care centre was having their very own graduation concert.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Festivals of Lights - Deepavali and Loy Krathong

14 November 2009

I was the Master of Ceremony for the Deepavali & Loy Krathong cum Block Party celebrations, organised by Eunos Zone '2' Residents' Committee. Before the commencement of the event proper, I went around to learn about the significance of these two festivals.

Loy Krathong is a festival celebrated by the Thais. During the celebration, water lanterns would be released. The release signifies the expulsion of bad luck, and to get a refreshing start.

Deepavali is celebrated by Indians. This festival marks the triumph of good over evil. To them, darkness is evil, and candles and oil lamps are lit to brighten away darkness.

During registration, participants were sprinkled holy water (rosewater) and added the "dot" on their forehead in the Indian tradition. Ladies used the red powder made from sephron flower while men use the powder made from sandlewood.

The celebration begun with the lighting up ceremony by grassroots leaders. The special Deepavali stand is constructed by the RC members.

Dinner was Indian-style Nasi Briyani, prepared by Velu's Family Restaurant. The restaurant is located at Eunos Community Club and is well-known for its curry fish head.

After a sumptuous dinner, participants started praying for a better year ahead and released the water lanterns. Regardless of religion, everyone prayed on the same platform. Such is the uniqueness of multiracial Singapore.

The lanterns were made by the RC members as well. They are made from styrofoam bowls.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Riuh Riuh Raya 2009

11 October 2009

The Hari Raya dinner event is organised by the Eunos CC Malay Activities Executive Committee, and my 3rd Hari Raya Aidilfitri event this year.

Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed joined everyone in the celebrations and also sang us some songs.

The emcee got Jasmine and other ladies to dance on stage, to our amusement. Humour seems to be embedded in his genes. We all had a great time laughing our hearts out.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Selamat Hari Raya Muhibbah

3 October 2009

Eunos Zone '3' residents celebrated Hari Raya with a live band performance at Selamat Hari Raya Muhibbah.

The void deck of Blk 627 Bedok Reservoir Road was turned into a live band concert, with the organising chairman Hamdi jazzing up the night with his guitar.

Gracing the event was Encik Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and MP for Aljunied GRC. He is also the Adviser to Eunos Zone '3' RC.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Zhong Yuan Festival: 9007 Zhong Yuan Carnival

22 August 2009

Every year, Uncle will invite us to the 9007 Zhong Yuan Carnival. This year, something is missing and that is the presence of Father.

Held in the Seventh Month of the Lunar calendar, the Zhong Yuan Carnival commences with prayers, and then ending with an auction dinner. The items are mostly auspicious items and can be bidded up to thousands of dollars. I always dream of the day when I can participate in such auctions.

Mother and I arrived very early. We found ourselves a good position such that we could view the getai performances while the auction was being conducted.

I had a little too much wine and was blushing all over. Being the youngest, all the excess food were automatically channelled to my plate. That made me super full!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Amazing Marina Green Race 2009

21 June 2009

The Amazing Marina Green Race 2009 is held in conjunction with the Singapore International Water Festival. The festival comes right before the Singapore International Water Week, where delegates from all over the world would be conjugating in Singapore. SIWF is organised by Singapore Polytechnic and the Public Utilities Board.

The Race is conducted by the Chemical & Life Sciences Department of SP. Baohui is involved as the Publicity Head and designed the cool-looking event banners and posters. To support her, Mother, Aunt and I form the team - Team Marvel Heroes.

According to the briefing on Friday (19 June 2009), the teacher-in-charge disclosed that there are about 90 teams taking part in the race, with 10 group prizes to be won. With slightly more than 10% of winning and looking at the auditorium which was packed with highly energetic teens, I highly doubted that my team would come in top. Nevertheless, we still did well!

It has been a super-duper long time since I alighted at the Marina South MRT station. We were ferried by shuttle buses to the Marina Barrage. When I first saw the exterior design of Marina Barrage, I was not impressed. I thought it looked unpragmatic. I was wrong. Since we were early, we explored the Barrage and I realised it's a heck of a great place. I particularly like the flying kites. The wind is so conducive that even a kite tied to a bag on the other end, can fly by itself!

After enjoying the superb view from the rooftop of the Barrage, we assembled at the bridge, readying ourselves for the flag-off.

Game 1 & Quiz @ Marina Barrage: Find the hidden items

Baohui was the game I/C for this station. This game helped us to be familiar with the Marina Barrage. Hidden items (recyclables) are everywhere, even at the centre of the fountain! Due to time constraints, we only managed to locate 11 out of 15 items.

The quiz was relatively easier. We managed to get some help just by asking the security guards.

Games & Quiz @ Singapore Flyer: A little Physical...

On our way to the next stop, we saw contestants running across CityLink. Wow.

We had some advantage since Mother and I had just been to Singapore Flyer not too long ago. The quiz was finished in no time, with the assistance of the receptionist. The games were however a tiny-miny challenging as it was a little more physical. We had to get to push-up positions to retrieve some items across a gap. The other game involved Mother throwing a ball and myself catching it with a basket in varying distance.

Games & Quiz @ Esplanade: The Plane that didn't Fly

The Information Counter answered about half of the quiz. It was around noon time and the weather was excruciatingly hot. One of the game involved magnetic fishing from a pond. Another was to make a plane that looks good and flies good. Unfortunately, ours didn't even glide. It just went topsy turvy and did some somersaults before landing at the 2-point (out of 10 points) zone.

We headed back to Marina Barrage with great satisfaction, albeit the sweating and tireness.

Once we registered our return, we headed to the Sustainable Singapore Gallery.

The highlight of the gallery is the simulation of the actual workings of the dam at Marina Barrage. A "storm" broke out and "rainwater" fell on the reservoir. As the water builds up to a certain level, the dam opens up to release water to the sea.

The gallery is pretty interactive. Before we left, we took a photo.

We left Marina Barrage for the Active Aging Carnival at Suntec City. It might sound ironic, but I enjoyed participating in this event meant for Mother and Aunt. The most memorable would be the booths offering free Segway (the human transporter) rides and free motorbike rides.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Qing Ming Festival 2009

22 March 2009

I always look forward to offer prayers to my ancestors during Qing Ming Festival. It is a time when relatives gather and I get to catch up with my cousins. Our journey there usually starts with a fun lorry ride.

I love sitting at the back of the lorry as it speeds down the expressway. The strong wind with the scenery clear the hectic mind. My Uncle would drive us in his lorry until we reach Fong Yun Thai Association Columbarium off Holland Drive. Most of the people who come here to pray to their ancestors belong to the Hakka dialect group. My paternal relatives used to reside in kampongs at Pulau Tekong before the Government decided to use the land for military training. Here, they would bump into their kampong friends.

I remember when we came last year, Felicia Chin smiled and walked past us. Too bad, no celebrities this year.

In my childhood days, I would always be folding incense papers every month, together with Grandma. Until now, my folding still looks ugly. Cousin Felicia picked up this new skill on this very day.

Right after the burning of the incense, everyone loaded the logistics back onto the lorry. This is the time where all of us would feast into the buns and pastries.

Headed to school from Bukit Timah to submit my essay on a beautiful Sunday...

Monday, February 02, 2009

Chinese New Year 2009

25 January 2009

After a successful event at the market the day before, I had a great rejuvenating rest.

I managed to make the karaoke system working and started to sing a few songs as the steamboat dinner was being prepared. It is the tradition of every Chinese to enjoy reunion dinner on the eve of Chinese New Year. We have always adhered to this practice. I remember Grandma would always cook great Hakka dishes, with the help from my relatives. There were so many of us that we needed to take several shifts to eat at the table.

This year, my family and I watched an exciting Ip Man film as we dipped our utensils into the steamboat.

Also on the eve of Chinese New Year, there is a practice of 守岁(shou sui). It involves staying up late into the night. There is a belief that doing so would increase the longevity of the parents. I think this is related to the legend which says that the mythical beast 年 (nian) would come by during the new year and to guard against it means staying up late. Even though it passes out as a good story to coax young children, but I strongly believe in 守岁 and I do it every year. This year, I slept at 6am on Chinese New Year's Day.

From Wikipedia,
守岁(守歲) (Shou Sui) occurs when members of the family gather around throughout the night after the reunion dinner and reminisce about the year that has passed while welcoming the year that has arrived. Some believe that children who Shou Sui will increase the longevity of the parents.
一夜连双岁,五更分二年 means that the night of New Year's eve (which is also the morning of the first day of the New Year) is a night that links two years. 五更 (Wu Geng – the double hour from 0300 to 0500) is the time that separates the two years.

26 January 2009

Went to visit my Grandma at Aunt's place. We ate vegetarian dishes as a usual practice on the first day of Chinese New Year.

My little cousin, Felica, is so cute, always giving me a signature blank stare. I was heartened when she patted on Grandma's hands and told the maid that Grandma was her Papa's Mummy. When Grandma coughed, she even patted on her chest. I think Grandma would be so happy to have such a kind granddaughter.

And yes, it rained on Chinese New Year.

27 January 2009

Mother, Lin Qiang, Shi Hui, Baohui and I went to my fraternal Uncle's place for a New Year Gathering. As per past years, we had steamboat lunch.

The house was very crowded. Uncle Roland is a distributor for Chang Lao beer and brought some for everyone to sample. It was made with mineral water instead of tap water and thus the beer tasted sweet.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hari Raya Aidilfiltri Youth Reception @ Eunos

26 October 2008
Auditorium, Eunos CC

More than a hundred Eunos residents celebrated Hari Raya Aidilfiltri together. As early as 7pm, residents arrived to interact with one another while eating some light snacks. The set-up of the reception had a slight romatic touch with candles.

The Guest-of-Honour for the event is Mr Lin Tze Kin PBM, Chairman of Eunos CC Management Committee.

After he delivered his speech, the dance group from Eunos MAEC performed Malay Dance. Hip Hop Dance followed up next.

Singer Irwin Kesuma delighted the audience with his voice and guitar performance.

The organising chairman, Zul, explained the meaning of Hari Raya Aidilfiltri to the audience. The audience was glued to the presentation as they anticipate the quiz that comes after it.

The rest of the audience were also rewarded with prizes for sitting on the Lucky Chairs.

At 9pm, everyone enjoyed buffet dinner together.

Today was also Chee Lee's birthday. We actually wanted to bring the cake and get him up on stage as a birthday surprise. In the end, we decided to celebrate in our usual hangout - Mac!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mid-Autumn Festival Gathering for Eunos Grassroots Leaders

24 September 2008

On 14 September 2008, residents of Eunos celebrated Lantern Festival at the Petal Garden. It rained heavily minutes before the start of the event and subsided when the Guest-of-Honour arrived.

Tonight, the sky was clear and the weather was cooling. Eunos Grassroots Leaders gathered for an appreciation dinner. The Guest-of-Honour is Mayor Zainul Abidin Rasheed, who is also the Adviser to Eunos Grassroots Organisations.

Harmony has always been the theme of Grassroots events.

After the buffet dinner, we each received a battery-operated lantern. The respective committees were each issued a Kongming Lantern (孔明灯). The shipment of the lanterns were delayed, hence they were not used on Lantern Festival itself. Traditionally, it was believed that you could convey your wishes to Heaven with the Lantern by writing them on the lanterns. Some of the lanterns carried lottery numbers!

One by one, the lanterns were light up and released into the air. Fishing wire was attached to the lanterns to prevent them from floating away and becoming fire hazards.

Mayor Zainul lighted up some of the lanterns.

The event ended with a group photo taking session.

The Youth Executive Committee (YEC) commenced our short meeting and then proceeded to hang the banner for our next event: