Chinese New Year started on Friday and Saturday this year, so we had a very long holiday, because Monday was also holiday. The school ended at 10 am on Thursday, and my mom and sister came that Thursday night to celebrate Chinese New Year holiday in here. Yayyyy………
The boy had Chinese New Year Celebration at school, and there was barongsai performance in his school. Since our house is face to face with the school hall, I could hear all the noise when the barongsai came to school. The boy enjoyed the performance very much since it’s only once a year.
Children were allowed to wear their Chinese traditional costumes on that day, and this was his outfit for school:
And then, he must made a letter in his social study book explaining how he celebrated the CNY. He must also pasted a photograph of himself celebrating CNY, and so I printed out this photo and glued it in his social study book.
We also went to River Hongbao (see here to read about our last visit) again this year to see the lantern display and to play in the children play area. We didn’t go to River Hongbao on CNY Eve, so we missed the fireworks. Everybody was too tired on Thursday night and nobody wanted to go out again late at night, so we just stayed at home and watched TV.
The boy had learnt from school that on CNY Eve, we mustn’t go to bed before midnight so we will live long. So this year, he decided not to sleep at all until morning so he could live even longer than other people, ahahahaha………but I asked him to go to bed after 12, and he felt asleep very fast once he was on the bed.
How was our visit to river Hongbao on the first CNY? It was very very very crowded. It was very hard to move from one place to another. It was difficult to get a parking spot and we had to walk very far to River Hongbao. The queue in the food stalls were very unbearable and finding seats to eat was even more frustrating for us. At the end, we decided to go home and found a place to eat in the restaurant near where we live (which was also difficult because most restaurants and food courts were closed on that day).
We didn’t even enter the lantern display area, because it was packed with people. Seriously, it would be difficult to enjoy the display and take pictures inside. It was even very difficult to move or walk inside the area of the lantern display, so we decided that we just took pictures from the outside.
Although the main street was also very crowded, but we managed to take some pictures because we loved the lights, the ornaments, the big statues, etc…..
The boy also played for a little while at the Uncle Ringo Play Area. This year, we must buy a card to be swiped in a small machine before we entered the game area. And booo……….the tickets were very expensive this year, unlike last year. We also felt that the staff didn’t play fair because they refused to tell us the remaining cash in the card (they said they didn’t know). Also when we bought the card or did a top up for the card, we couldn’t check whether the amount was correct or not. So at the end, we left with some cash still remain in the card because we were all disappointed with the service this year.
So that was how we spent the first day of Chinese New Year, and of course the boy had already received his angpao in the morning. He already put all the money in the bank and said he wanted to go to Adventure Cove Water Park with the money.
We were very tired that day, and we still had 3 more days of holiday, which we spent in Gardens by The Bay and Universal Studio (will post about them later). As for River Hongbao, based on this year’s experience, we’re not so sure if we want to go again next year. Last year was so convenient and fun and we had a great time together, but this year was different and very crowded.
For your information, the nearest parking spot to River Hongbao is the Esplanade Mall, walk through Makan Sutra Foodcourt, and you will be in River Hongbao.