Orchard Road is Singapore’s shopping mecca. It’s not every day that it gets closed down, but today happens to be one of those special days. A section of the road was closed down to serve as a 600 metres fashion runway for “Fashion Steps Out”. The event was a part of Singapore’s continuing effort to boost its fashion reputation.
Did the event succeed? Well, judging the large crowd, it did manage to generate a lot of publicity! Singapore still has a long way to reaching (if ever) a fashion pinnacle. At least it’s taking a strut at a time.
In the past, rickshaw was a popular transportation mode in Singapore. Nowadays, their service is usually left for tourists. Some of these rickshaw drivers are independent, while others belong to companies. This particular driver belongs to the latter.
While working, one kills time. When work ceases, time kills one, albeit slowly. And, not literally, of course.
Every year, people in Singapore celebrate four new years. After the traditional 1st January, Chinese New Year has now arrived! That means saying goodbye to the year of Rabbit, and saying hello to the year of Dragon. Some say that Rabbit years are good for marriage, while Dragon years are good for having children!
A few days ago, I visited River Hongbao, albeit under the rain. An annual celebration of Chinese New Year, it is popular for its lantern displays, which light up at night. Also, visitors can find out about their year’s prospect by reading the predictions accompanying the 12 Chinese zodiacs laterns! With the very modern structures of Marina Bay Sands integrated resort serving as its backdrop, River Hongbao reflects the characteristic juxtaposition of East and West in Singapore.
Chinese associates the red colour with luck. That explains for its bountiful presence in the following pictures. Happy Chinese New Year!