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Chinese New Year Countdown in River Hongbao


This year we decided to join the crowd in River Hongbao at The Float Marina Bay for Chinese New Year Countdown Party. River Hongbao has it’s annual New Year Carnival (it is said as the biggest Carnival in Singapore) from 8 to 16 February 2013. There are lanterns display, street food, street performance, fireworks, and all kind of games for children and adults.

We actually wanted to see the firework display on Friday, 8 February 2013 at 8 pm. But due to the heavy rain in our home area, we decided not to go that day. I planned to see the countdown and fireworks on TV the next day (9 February 2013 which was Saturday), but lil boy said he wanted to see the firework display live at 12 midnight.

Yap, so we started our journey at 8 pm from home to the Promenade Station and walked for about 10 minutes to River Hongbao. The signs were very clear along the road, and actually we just followed the crowd to get there. There was an extended train service until 1.45 am, so we still could go home by train and arrived home at 1.30 am.

We surely had fun attending our first street carnival, and luckily the rain had just stopped when we got there. We also tried the local delicacies such as hokkian noodle, bee hoon satay, and chicken rice. Not really good for our taste actually, but it was great to eat in the big outdoor area under the sky.

Lil boy also had fun trying the amusement rides for children such as teacup, carousel, bouncy slides, and flying plane. We need 2 tokens for most rides, and each token was worth $2.5. Quite expensive I think.

Overall, we love love love this street carnival as it brought the modern and also “old school” feeling to us. Lil boy enjoyed himself so much and we were soooo…. glad to see that.

The best thing is: Admission is free!



Leaving the year of the dragon and welcoming the year of the snake


Lanter Zodiac


This place is actually open from 11 am, but to reveal the beauty of this place we must come in the evening when all the lights on


A merlion among the flowers


I love the big yellow pineapple


Kai Kai and Jia Jia (pandas in Singapore Zoo) are also here.


Street Performance

Street Performance which brought laughter to us


Main stage performance

Street Lights 


Very crowded although it was until midnight

Rides and Games


Looking to the above pictures, they do not like happen in the year of 2013……I like how they bring the old games to this carnival


Happy face……I put him to sleep before we went here, and that was the secret why lil boy had so much energy and fun that night


Mad Hatter Tea Cup and Carousel


River Hongbao 2013

Fireworks Display


See you next year River Hongbao……


Author: cruiseoflife

Hi there. I'm from Indonesia but now live quite far away from my home country. I love cooking for my family. I learned how to cook for the first time from my mom and I believe that mom's cooking is always the best, and I do hope that my son will feel the same too even though he grows up so fast. I love Indonesian food as I grew up with it, and I promise to myself that my son, although he doesn't live in Indonesia right now, will always like and enjoy authentic Indonesian food. I make this blog so that my family will always remember our togetherness and happy time that we had, are having, and will have when we eat together and have good memories about a mother's love through her dishes. Hopefully these recipes will help other people to make healthy home cooked dishes for their families.

6 thoughts on “Chinese New Year Countdown in River Hongbao

  1. gong xi fa cai ya!!!
    lantern nya bagus2… fotonya juga bagus.. very clear!!! 🙂

    • Wuah…senengnya ada yang muji foto gua, hahaha….padahal udah gak pede banget karena cuma pake kamera pocket mana gelap lagi, ditambah skill edit poto yang pas-pas an banget.
      Sebetulnya fotonya masih banyak, tapi sisanya gak layak tayang karena rada2 gelap gitu.

  2. gong xi fa chai yaaa 🙂
    waaa bagus baggus banget foto nya 🙂

  3. Veery excittting your adventure life and kitchen

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