Monday, September 8, 2014

Mid Autumn Festival 2014

Mid Autumn Festival in Singapore is also celebrated by beautiful lighting and the display of lanterns.

Here are some interesting pictures taken at various places in Singapore, celebrating Mid Autumn Festival this year in 2014 



Some hobbyist decorated their rotocopter with beautiful light, sharing the joy with the public at Chinatown.
















This is the display of lighting at Chinatown this year.











The below were the balloon sculpting of the moon goddess and her rabbit done by volunteers, at Redhill Market.






Below is the lighting display at Vivo City. So adorable.




 I hereby wish everybody Happy Mid Autumn Festival!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

How to make a Triangular Ang Bao Lantern

I just made this triangular Ang Bao Lantern out of the blue while I was playing with my red packets.

I used three large red packets to form a triangular upper layer, and another three large red packets to make the bottom layer.

Then I used three smaller red packets to make a "pendulum" in its centre. You can click to my previous post on my Diamond Ang Pow Lantern as a reference to learn to make this "pendulum"

After the lantern was completed, I was trying to give it an appropriate name.

I did a research on its shape, and I learned there was a mathematical term on the geometry of the upper and bottom layer, called "tetrahedron".

So if you are doing this Ang Bao Lantern with your children, you might also want to introduce to them this geometrical term  "tetrahedron", when you can have fun and learn a bit of mathematics.

Here is a video that I've created to show you how I make this triangular ang bao lantern, so you can also have something special for Chinese New Year.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

How to make an Lucky Star with ten red packets 福星高照


In my older post "Chinese New Year Lantern - Lucky Star",
I've shared written instructions on how to make this Ang Bao Lucky Star with only ten red packets.

I've just created a video to show you how I made this Ang Bao Lucky Star.

Now you can have a better picture of the process it is being made, so you can do this simple-to-make Chinese New Year handicraft with your kids to decorate your house for this coming lunar new year!

Wishing everyone good health and prosperity, Happy Lunar New Year!





Saturday, January 4, 2014

Chinatown Singapore before Chinese New Year Light Up 2014

I've taken some pictures of the decorations at Chinatown Singapore before the Chinese New Year Light Up 2014

I guess this board tells us the theme for this year of the horse "Galloping to Prosperity"



During the day


In the evening












During the day


In the evening













View of the pool of coin lanterns during the day













View of the pool of coin lanterns in the evening

More pictures of decorations at Chinatown Singapore before the Chinese New Year Light Up 2014



























Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014 Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony will be held on 11 January 2014, at New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street.

If you are a tourist to Singapore for the first time, you can take the MRT and alight at Chinatown Station or Outram Park Station.

Click the following link for details of the upcoming programme
http://chinatownfestivals.sg/cny2014-official-light-up-and-opening-ceremony/


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

How to make this simple Chinese Auspicious Knot 吉祥结 in only 3 minutes!

When you look at some Chinese New Year Ornaments that were for sale, do you notice as I do, besides using simple tassels, there were also those very pretty Chinese knots on the Chinese New Year Lanterns.

If you are getting bored with using simple tassels to make your Chinese New Year Lantern, here is a very simple to make Chinese Knot called the "Auspicious Knot" or "吉祥结" (Ji Xiang Jie) that you can make for yourself.


I have done the above this one myself in only 3 minutes! Just by following the steps in the video below that I have found on YouTube, it's really simple.


What you need:

1. A thick coloured string of 1 metre long
2. Just follow the steps in the above video
3. If you want to make cuter, smaller knot, you might want to teach your kid to do it. They have smaller hands! Probably can give your kid the coloured string at about 90cm long.

Here are more Auspicious knots that I've made.

These Auspicious Chinese Knots make pretty nice ornaments. You can make them as gifts to friends and relatives during Chinese New Year, or during other auspicious occasions like birthday, as a simple gift to your classmates.




Below is another picture of my Chinese Auspicious Knot that I have just made and the Red Tassel that I usually use for making my Chinese New Year Lantern.



Friday, December 20, 2013

STRAWBERRY LANTERN

In my previous post, I have shown you a picture of different colour packets. Now I felt so blessed to have different coloured packets in Singapore.

Well, I was trying to make a heart-shaped CNY lantern but somehow, I was quite disheartened when it end up out of shaped. Somehow, I see it look like a strawberry fruit. So I made use of the green packets to make leaves. And now I have got a Strawberry Lantern!

The moral I learnt from the process is: "Don't be disheartened. Be creative and positive, you will get a surprise!"

I wish you would also enjoy the lantern making process with my blog.

Do share with me if you have other good ideas to make use of the different colour packets to make Chinese New Year decorations.