Monday, 22 February 2010

THE LIONS - CHINESE NEW YEAR CONTINUED

It seems like so long the last time I posted and here again, still on Chinese New Year. We started with our annual reunion dinner just like everyone else. Finished dinner with this dish called 'yee sang' which is only sold here. It's a mixtures of salads, crackers and fresh salmon, everyone will toss it and say all the nice words to start a New and hopefully good year.


Mom had her basket of oranges and red packet ready. Red packets are given to anyone who is not married. During the past one week, there had been lots of eating and meeting up with family members. One of the highlight for me was to meet up so called long lost cousins, we were closest buddies when we were young but somehow we have lost touch for a long time. So glad we met again.


With lots of time in hand, we went to some of our favourite places. Some were normal so I'd post pictures on those I like, especially when they have a theme on decor. While tossing the 'yee sang', my sis-in-law, kept saying "bo bo ko sing", and that's sound very funny typed in English. It's one of the popular wishes and I smiled when I saw the same thing at a mall. It's in Mandarin but meant the same. I let the sign do the translation.




True to it's theme, there were plenty of bamboo and lanterns everywhere.



With Valentines and Chinese New Year falling on the same day, there was even a Valentines tree for anyone who wished to dedicate to their loved ones.


A favourite shot of mine, subtle bamboo shadows seen here..which reminded me of Tracy's Shadow Shot Sunday.


I guess I am lucky this year. I saw the dragon and a few lion dances too.


This one batted it's eyes at me ;)


The atmosphere everywhere was pretty the same, loads of red, very noisy and crowded too.


Meanwhile, somewhere else, the lanterns continued to dominate in decor. In red of course, and every Chinese home in my streets have similar pair at their homes. Red - the 'yang' colour, the colour of joy and celebration. We were all warned by my mom not to wear black on Chinese New Year...nothing new if you are a Chinese.



More lions seen. The weather was super hot..around 34 to 35 celcius. Everyone was in the shade somewhere, with the exception of photographers like this guy and oh yes, me too.




I have no idea why the organizers had the show at 3.00pm, when it is the hottest and I felt like fainting under the hot sun. Here getting up close with the lion.


Some of you have seen this picture in FB, the other place I am often around other than blog as I like the privacy and the choice of posting personal family pictures, unlike here. So, posting again as I love the lion jumping in mid air.


I was quite sure the lion was smiling at me ;)


I guess it does take some skills to co-ordinate everything so high up. It was a challenging act but I have seen much tougher ones too. Still, everything was done well and I give tons of credit to perform under such heat and humidity.


Another fav picture and post..the sun almost blinded me, I kid you not!


I took this picture for my blog friend, Diane - she has the largest private collection of dolls ever!


A mock opera headgear and dress at one of the shop display.


Chinese kites anyone? Looking at this picture, I am quite sure my blog pal, Keats was there too as she has a post on Chinese arts.





After a long break from blog land, I have lots to catch up with everyone. I am back to work and half of this morning was spent sorting all the photos and doing this post. I have one more post to complete as it seems such a waste if I don's share some of the pictures taken. So, have a fab week ahead and cheers :)

Monday, 8 February 2010

PAWS-perity

3 weeks.
1 week before Chinese New Year.
2 weeks after.
Every single mall here are competing with each other.
Better themes or decorations.
With one purpose - to attract people to spend and buy.
The interesting part will be to see the decor and what themes they have. Loads of cultural event and more shoppping - which is no good for me right? In a few days time, a huge exodus will happen with thousands of people leaving Kuala Lumpur and all main cities to head home to their own hometown. Therefore, Kuala Lumpur city will be very quiet, no crowd, lots of exciting programs still on continuously and no traffic. With no hometown to go back to, that will be good for me.



There was a Emperor and Princes show at a mall near my home and of course, they had to dressed in Imperial gowns. Look at the shoes!




This is one of my fav mall. It always have a theme for every celebration, and with 3 major races, we have lots of celebrations throughout the year. There was once a 'properi-tea', McDonalds have their yearly 'prosperity burger' - sold only during this time..and then there was this, 'Paws-perity' :) On certain weekdays and every weekends for the next 2 or 3 weeks, there is something interesting in the malls. Lion or dragon dance, cultural dance, wushu, etc., everyone is spoilt for choices.


The theme of 'paws-perity', after Maneki Neko - the welcome, happy, lucky or money cat. A figurine placed in most shop's cashier, with it's waving hands - welcoming more money for the owner.




Mini lucky cats everywhere.




Or not so small ones too...





...and then, at centre stage, a few huge ones with one waving it's hand.






The girls posed with those big cats.


Red lanterns everywhere, at homes, at shops and the biggest ones at the malls.


Then, came the highlight of the day, performing only for a very short period.


Lion dances are very common during this time and not a day pass without me hearing those drums beating in someone's offices nearby. However, dragon dance is limited.







We headed outdoor for some action and excitement.



The dragon went up the tall pole and there was lots of swinging around, with the other guy teasing it all the time.


It's almost sunset and I like this picture of the dragon curling up the pole.


For my good friend Eileen, who is having lots of snow at her place. To make her jealous of the hot weather we have here, I am posting pictures of my lotus at home, the white lotus is one of my favourite. This one grew almost 6 feet tall and I had to stand a stool to take the pictures.






Mandarin oranges are plenty everywhere but I like this particular packing. Colorful and great for giveaway...



So, I am wishing everyone Gong Xi Fa Cai and Happy Chinese New Year. There are still so many pictures to share and post about for this whole month. Have a great week :)

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

When we were in Bangkok, we went to two famous cabaret. So, here's sharing some photos.

One was Calypso, you can find them here :: : : New Calypso Bangkok Entertainment Co.,Ltd. : : :














The other one is Mambo, more information here :Mambo Cabaret Show, Bangkok, Thailand - lastminute.com


















We admired the beautiful people performing.
However, they are not just normal people.
They are the well known art performers, they are the....
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boys of Thailand.

Born biological boys...and later went through extensive operations to be fully female.


Have a good week everyone.