Saturday, January 24, 2009
Lunar New Year Chinatown 2009
I was at Chinatown a few hours ago.
Last minute decision, so I didn't bring my camera.
The pictures you see here were taken using my handphone camera.
Went there to see if there's anything for this year lunar new year and also have my favourite chicken rice for dinner.
I find that this year, there are lesser stalls and so are the people.
Probably due to this bad economy downturn.
But it is still a nice place to visit during the lunar new year.
I noticed that the vendors this year like to say :
"Free sample, come try... don't walk so fast, come try..."
The "don't walk so fast" sentence got my attention!
Then I started to notice, business seems quite a challenge this year.
Most people are just walking, looking around..empty handed.
Not much purchasing this year, I guessed.
Tomorrow it will be the last day, on the eve of lunar new year.
There will be a TV live celebration there with countdown to the coming year.
Afterwhich, more people are expected to go there after midnight.
Stall vendors would try to sell off everything, then packed up, and clear out by early morning.
Lots of stalls are now selling Taiwan products like mochi, candies, soft jelly...etc.
As compared to last year, this year's price is probably about 20%-40% cheaper.
Typical look of Chinese new year decorating stalls.
Chinese calligraphy writtings.
You can request this man to write auspicious chinese characters words at different prices.
Many believe that sticking this red paper on the house doors, walls...etc is auspicious during the new year.
I would like to wish you all who are visiting my blog a very HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR!
May all be in good health and have a smooth ride in the OX year 2009!
Gong Xi Fa Cai! 恭喜发财