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Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up 2019 | Jan 22, 2019

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Checking out the much debated piggies, and more, at Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up 2019.


I’ll admit I haven’t been looking forward to this year’s Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up. The Year of the Pig has always suffered various degrees of abusive humour. With regard to this year’s display at niu che shui, the main scorn, or should I say complaint, is also that the main scorn, or should I say complaint, is that the main showpiece looks too piggy-like.

Yeah, too piggy-like. As in too realistic. Too swine-like. Bovine. Instead of a cute representation.

And so while I was eager to know how the main display looks and feels like when seen in person, it took quite a bit of effort on my part to actually make the trip. Good news is, tower of pigs is actually quite decent when illuminated; the fats and eye bags are somewhat obscured. It’s certainly not gorgeous but if the design objective is to, err, project abundance or excess, I guess … the derided pigs do paint the picture.

Hmm … !

Elsewhere, the streets of Chinatown are their usual CNY festive self. Some of the festive stalls, such as the Chinese sausage ones, are even found at the same spots as last year. Regarding the crowds, the festive bazaar was packed when I visited, although the main light-up stretch along Eu Tong Sen Street was still manageable. Naturally, this is only going to change as we draw nearer to the year of the Oink Oinks.

Oink!

Chinatown Light-Up 2019 Main Display.
The much-debated Chinatown Light-Up piggies! Don’t look too bad, do they? After they are illuminated.
Chinatown Year of the Pig 2019 decorations
Another view. Eye mascara is a tad too heavy, if you ask me. But hey, maybe that’s the look for the Year of the Pig 2019.
Golden Pigs to celebrate Year of the Pig 2019.
From above! Now the eyes look about right!
Chinatown Light-Up 2019, Singapore.
The entourage of other wealth-bringing piglets behind the main ones.

Chinatown Chinese New Year Festive Bazaar 2019

Chinatown Festive Street Bazaar 2019 Decorations Stall.
The usual sea of red at this year’s Chinatown Chinese New Year festive bazaar.
Chinese New Year Festive Snacks in Singapore.
There were a lot of melon seeds, nuts, and Taiwanese fruit jellies stalls! All sorts of exotic flavours too.
Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up 2019 | Chinese Sausage Stall
My favourite Chinatown CNY festive stall. The Chinese sausage (lup cheong) one. I take a picture of this stall each year.
Pig Plushies for Year of the Pig 2019.
Naturally, adorable Oink Oinks were sold everywhere.
Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up 2019 Festive Market at Smith Street.
At the Smith Street junction.
Singapore Buddha Tooth Temple.
At the Buddha Tooth Temple. Nice gateway perfect for selfies.
South Bridge Road Chinese New Year decorations.
A sea of lanterns at South Bridge Road. This seems a reversion to traditional appeal, after the more modern decorations of recent years. But I kinda prefer it over coins, dolls, etc.


Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up 2019 is ongoing till March 6, 2019. The festive bazaar ends on Feb 4, 2019.


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Read my other Festive Celebrations in Singapore posts.

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Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up 2019
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Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up 2019
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Visiting the derided piggies at Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-Up 2019. Good news is, they look far better when lit.
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The geek divides his free time between video games, movies, anime, and attempting to write decent short stories. Oh, and trying not to sprain his fingers from playing demisemiquavers on his Electone.

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