Posts Tagged With: Chinese New Year

Lion Dance

Lion Dance at Fort Canning

I’m embarking on a project: I’m going through all the pictures that I’d taken since I bought my first DSLR and re-process them with the latest engine in Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4. This is one of the good things of digital photography, that old pictures can still take advantage of advances in software technology and improvement in skill. (Not true. Thanks to Alessandro for pointing out) With the help of the new software and new skills that I’ve picked up, I am now able to create panoramas and composites that I wasn’t able or didn’t know how to do before.

I’m doing this for 3 reasons:

  • to help recover some hard disk space by deleting pictures that are out of focused, blur or generally not worth keeping or learning from,
  • to shortlist pictures that I deem can contribute to my best work, some of which I will showcase on this blog (which I’ll be calling “Blasts from the Past”), and lastly,
  • to take stock of how I have progress and (hopefully) improved in photography.

I’ve finished 2007 and 2008 so far and along the way, I have relieved many precious memories of places I’ve been, moments I’ve encountered and people I’ve met.

This picture here is one of blasts of the past, a lion dance performance taken back in 2008 on Fort Canning in Singapore taken at an event. It’s rather apt, since today is the final day of the Lunar New Year.

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Celebrating Spring

Flowers in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in HCMC

It’s the Lunar New Year, or Tet, as it’s known in Vietnam.

I’m back in Singapore this week to celebrate with my family, but here’s a picture taken recently from HCMC of flowers adorning the front of the Notre Dame Cathedral in preparations to celebrate the Spring festival.

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Travel Thursday – SIngapore River Hong Bao

River Hong Bao, originally uploaded by anthonli.

Today is the last day of the Lunar New Year! Time really flies!
Here’s a picture of the Annual River Hong Bao by the Singapore River just next to the Esplanade. To the Chinese, what’s the new year without the God of Fortune.
The God of Fortune statue is an annual attraction, with masses gathering at it’s base eagerly awaiting the statue to spew confetti. Apparently collecting them would bring good luck as not few people gather at the bottom with upturned umbrellas as seen in this picture where the crowds surge forward to gather the confetti however the wind blows.

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Travel Thursday – Saigon Hop Hoa Xuan

Vietnam – Saigon Hop Hoa Xuan, originally uploaded by anthonli.

It’s still Lunar New Year season.
This year, according to the Chinese Calendar, it’s the year of the Rabbit. But according to the Vietnamese Calendar, it’s the year of the Cat. I don’t know why there’s a difference as the other 11 zodiac animals are essentially the same (the year of the Ox is known as the year of the Buffalo in Vietnam, but that doesn’t really count).
I did not explain what is Hop Hoa Xuan in my previous post., but it translates to Spring Flower Festival (due to Vietnamese grammar, literal translation will read the other way round, i.e. Festival Flower Spring)
So, here’s a picture of one of the many cat decorations around the city to welcome the year of the Cat! Chuc Mung Nam Moi (Happy New Year)

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HDR Sunday – Casinos

Singapore 12, originally uploaded by anthonli.

I was back in Singapore for the Lunar New Year.
I wasn’t able to take an HDR photo of the new year decorations around the city, but the next closest thing, in the gambling-crazed Singapore would be to have pictures of the Integrated resort (Sentosa Resort World) and the Star Cruise Vessel.
Every New Year’s, crowds would throng the casinos to dice with Lady Luck.

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