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The CNY Survival Guide

By EditorEvents - 12 January 2012 12:00 PM | Updated 17 January 2012

The CNY Survival Guide

Above: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (Image courtesy of the Singapore Tourism Board)


The Lunar New Year falls on a Monday and a Tuesday this year, which means it’s a long weekend again! Don’t fret if you abhor long weekends (a.k.a days off from work or school) just because there’s ‘nothing to do’ or ‘everywhere is either crowded or closed. Here’s a list of things you can do!


21 Jan – Clear mind for pure enjoyment!

Welcome the start of the long weekend with a party at Zouk’s Soundsystem or Velvet Underground’s Poptart! Party the night away and release all forms of stress (be it school or work) to make way for the coming of the Lunar New Year!

Above: Klazz Brothers

Thumping beats of a club not your cup of tea? Then bob your head to the tunes of the Klazz Brothers concert where they combine their jazz classics with rhythms of Cuba.

It’s a long weekend, so seize this opportunity to spend more time with your family at the ‘Homecoming’ movie screening at Downtown East. Watch the local production on family, tradition and celebration. Enjoy a picnic while watching the local movie the old school style – on a mat outdoors.

If you’re looking for a shopping haven, then go on down to *SCAPE for Flea Above and browse the different shops for bargains and rare finds. A good idea if you’re looking for new clothes for the Lunar New Year.


22 Jan – Just have fun!

Above: River Hongbao. (Image courtesy of the Singapore Tourism Board)

Experience the Lunar New Year the traditional way at the River Hongbao 2012 taking place at The Float at Marina Bay. Experience the display of mesmerizing fireworks and gigantic lanterns! That’s not all, watch cultural performances and get into the feel of the Lunar New year with the delicacies and handicrafts sold there, from Guangxi, China.

Singapore Zoo

If you’re in need of a laugh, why not watch the iChesnuts 15 Live Parody Show? Celebrating 15 years of spoofing, this year’s show features Ris Low and her personal assistant app SisRis, MBS-rejected musical MerLion King, spoofs of popular local show ‘The Pupil’ and even local horror movie 2359.

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For a more family orientated activity, try going to the Jurong Bird Park! Watch various shows performed by birds (of course, with assistance from the trainers). View the spectacular array of birds and watch powerful birds such as the eagle and the vulture perform for you at one of their show ‘Birds of Prey’. More shows are available at different timeslots to ensure that you won’t have a single dull moment.

If you’re not interested in a whole area of only birds, well, you can always go down to the Singapore Zoo! It’s the last month of their Splash Safari, featuring jackass penguins, Californian sea lion, Caribbean manatees and pelicans, so you wouldn’t want to miss that. Also, learn about how beautiful and adorable these sea animals are, and how they suffer due to marine pollution.


23 Jan – Pamper your tastebuds!

If you’re not out and about to do some visiting this Lunar New Year, why not spend some time at the Home Cooking Class and learn how to cook Claypot dishes such as braised chicken, prawns and steamed mussels! Impress your family with these delicious dishes you can learn to whip up.

No Lunar New Year celebration is complete without the traditional Yu Sheng and other delicacies! Try out some of these restaurants:

Aside from the must-have yu sheng, Crystal Jade Kitchen offers a range of popular Chinese dishes such as roast duck, nian gao, wanton noodles, dim sum and more! Pamper your palettes with the various types of Chinese dishes offered here!

Have your reunion dinner and indulge in seafood at the Long Jiang Seafood. Aside from the Yu Sheng and seafood, they also have Peking duck, double boiled soup and their specialties of cabbage chicken, live lobster porridge and braised beancurd with golden mushroom! The best combination of dishes to tantalize your taste buds!

Above: Peach Garden

Treat yourself to a scrumptious meal at the Peach Garden where they have a vast variety of Cantonese cuisine and specialties like lobster with mee sua, egg yolk prawn, steamed baby lobster with mian xian, double boiled shark’s bone cartilage with fish maw and dim sum! Prices range from ($45-$55) per person.

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Savour the unique taste of homemade tofu with shimeiji mushrooms in XO chilli sauce at the Hai Tien Lo. Enjoy your Cantonese cuisine while taking in the breathtaking views of the city and harbour. Prices range from ($75-$85) per person.

Fans of Dash Berlin can rejoice as he makes his way to Zouk to spin for the night. Ranked #8 on the DJ mag Top 100 DJs 2011 poll, he will chase your Monday blues away with his addictive beats and influence you with his belief of “it’s all about having a good time…” It’s also an ideal way shedding all those calories you just indulged.


24 Jan – Rest and relax (R&R)

In need of a calm environment to soothe your Monday blues away? Look no further because HELLO! I am the Brightest Artist Now Exhibition can do just that! The art you see will cheer you up as the artists are none other than kids aged 7-12. Appreciate the art of young creative minds and take home a smile from the exhibition.

Want an R&R time with your special someone? Then make time to go on down to Monz Beauty & Soul. Offering spas and massage services, it will help to sooth your muscles that are probably sore from the activities of your long holiday and prepare you for work or school. Couple rooms are also available so you don’t have to spend a single moment apart from your partner.

Above: In Each Hand A Cutlass

If your idea of R&R is rocking out at a gig, then catch In Each Hand A Cutlass in their Cinema of the mind gig as they play you some of their tunes with their trademark blend of ambient, post-rock and metal elements.

Sit back and relax, while occasionally gripping the edge of your seat as you watch the Chinese Acrobatic Acts @ Downtown East! Soak in the rich Chinese culture as you watch some fantastic acts such as the flaming candle balancing act, 4-men balancing act and the adagio! It’s set to get your heart pumping and adrenaline rushing as you watch intensely at the seemingly gravity-defying stunts!