Last Sunday, I went for a Chinese New Year Celebration at the Medicare Centre that jie jie used to volunteered at. It was a fun event but a little too noisy in my opinion but Chinese New Year Celebrations are always noisy and there was a story behind it. Do you know of the story? I shan't bored you with ancient stories cos I was not part of it. I prefer to share with you what I have seen. hee...
Here are some pictures taken during the celebration. Many of them took turns to pet me but due to my back problem, jie jie did not allow them to carry me. She hold me to let them pet me but she told them to give me only head and ear scratches. She did not allow anyone to touch me from my neck down cos that is where my slipped disc issues are and I am very sensitive to touch there. I might just turn and snap if they pet me there suddenly.
This is me at the entrance to the Medicare Centre. Yup. No dresses. Its too hot for me to wear anything. Jie jie was afraid that I might get heat stroke.
The old folks in the TV room waiting for the event to start. Many of them suffered from stroke and can't walk properly thus they have to be pushed around on wheel chairs.
The event was about to start. The other volunteers were pushing them out to watch the performance.
Did you see the old lady on wheel chair beside the window? She told jie jie that her daughter was supposed to visit her and she was so anxious to see her daughter that she keep moving in and out of the TV Room and refuse to go join in the celebration. Sad to say, by the end of the day, her daughter still did not show up.
Some of the volunteers prepared CNY goodies and food for the old folks.
This was the MC for the day.
These little girls were there to sing for the old folks.
Speech by the leader of the the volunteer group.
There were lion dance.
Here are some video clips of the lion dance. It was taken using jie jie's lousy handphone so the quality is not too good but hope that you can have the feel of the CNY mood that the lions dance performance brought about.
Even the God of Wealth aka Cai Shen (財神) was there to bring good fortune to everyone.
The lion dance and God of Fortune even gave 4Ds to everyone. (4D are 4 numbers for one to place bet on. There are draws every week. If the 4D you place bets on came out in the draw, you will win some money depending on how much you place for the bet and which prize you have won)
If anyone is interested to place bets, the numbers given by the Lion Dance is 6819 and the numbers given by the God of Fortune to the Chief MO of the medicare centre is 5194. Good luck!
Last night, I went to Chinatown again. Its coming to the end of Chinese New Year. We celebrate CNY for 15 days and this thursday, 21 Feb, will be the last day. There were some celebration at the Temple. We took some pictures to show you the inside of the temple but we will post about it another time cos this post is all about CNY.
In CNY, one of the most prominent performances we see is lion and dragon dance. Below are some shots taken by jie jie's lousy handphone cos she forgot to charge the batteries for her lousy digi cam. Darn... but still hope that you will enjoy it anyway.
This is how the dragon use for the dance look like.
This are the lions.
Below are some video clips of the lion and dragon dance.
More video clips. Please note the difference between the "background music" use for the lion dance and the dragon dance.
These few clips show some interesting moves of the dragon dance.
Chinese celebrate all happy occasions with lots of noises as they believe that this will chase away all the bad luck and bring good luck. In China, they will have fire crackers but this is not allowed in Singapore. Fire crackers are banned in Singapore as there are many incidents of fire where people were injured and houses were burnt but we will still have it once a year during the count down on the Chinese New Year's Eve.
I hope the new year will bring good luck to everypups and their hoomans too. May all our friends remain safe and healthy always.