Saturday, 24 January 2009

Some shadows found at the mall recently. Art in Gold was the theme and these were very expensive items on display, with a nervous sales person hovering over me when I took pictures. Join us for shadow shots with Hey Harriet and hop over to see those amazing collages.

Galloping horses and eagles are always a favourite in Chinese art, both signifying success.

So hard to avoid the colour red anywhere but I do love this Chinese lantern shadow.

The Chinese often like the pineapple shape and hangs pineapple cuttings or lanterns at their home. Here seen a bamboo plant shaped into a pineapple.

A pineapple flower/plant. This is not a fruit to be eaten but a popular plant for this season.

Interesting decor for the home, a string of 12 zodiac animals of the Chinese lunar calendar, and butterflies.

Chinese paintings and knots for hanging everywhere.

Ah..mochi..made from glutinous rice and peanuts, yummy :D

This funny looking pyramid shape thing are Chinese tea leaves, never seen them like this before.

So red and bright everywhere!

While visiting friends and families, we will bring oranges for the host. However, I find for this year, many shops are very creative in their packaging as below collage.

I couldn't resist buying a few of these boxes. The packaging was so beautiful...

Here's a peek into what's inside the box. Some biscuits and...

...this Nian Guo, a must in every household for this festival. It's sweet and made of brown sugar. I am not sure if this taste good but it sure looks pretty.

They said that when a lotus blooms at home, it brings good luck and happiness. The good luck part, I hope to have plenty but happiness is here for sure :D

Finally, I have been shooting shadows since day one of Tracy's SSS, and this is one of the most interesting shadow I found. Can you guess?

It's the shadow of a paper cutting from a Chinese New Year greeting card. It has the word 'fook' in Chinese which means prosperity and you'll find this word in every home, shops and mall, from China to Timbuktu..if there's a Chinese there haha!!

I know a few bloggers participating in the ONE WORLD ONE HEART giveaway and if you don't know it already, check out out this One World-One Heart link. The list of giveaways is amazingly long!

My Chinese New Year posts are far from over, there are still so many events happening this weekend until the next two weeks everywhere, and I do hope to catch some of the interesting ones so I can share with all. This will be a busy weekend and we have 2 public holidays for the actual Chinese New Year festivals, on 26th and 27th January and it's a great time to roam around Kuala Lumpur when a huge number of people going back to their respective hometown. I will be busy..well, being busy..visiting, eating, shopping, travelling etc.

So here I wish those who celebrate this festival, a Happy Chinese New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai and Gong Hei Fatt Choy etc. May we all have prosperity and good health always :D