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Thursday, January 22, 2009

River Hongbao 2009 @ Floating Platform

I was invited to the Press Conference of River Hongbao 2009 chaired by MP Sam Tan and MP Baey Yam Keng of Tanjong Pagar GRC. I was very excited because this is a milestone for a blogger.

Association of Bloggers (Singapore) is now a legal entity. As an ABS member, I was accepted as part of the media. It was so cool to sit next to journalists from the mainstream media. Wow!

EastCoastLife feedback to MP Sam Tan and Andrew on some problems

For the first time, River Hongbao 2009 celebrations will be held at the floating platform at Marina Bay.

The event will start on Jan 24 and end on Feb 1, with a grand Lo Hei (Prosperity) dinner. There was an overwhelming response to the dinner. A total of 215 tables (S$380 per table) were sold!

Minister Lim Swee Say (Minister, Prime Minister's Office) will lead the 2,000+ participants in the mass Lo Hei to celebrate the 7th day of the Lunar New Year, commonly known as the Human Day, or the common birthday for humans in Chinese tradition.

There is nightly firecracker display so visitors can feel the lively atmosphere of Chinese New Year. There will be 36 strands of 200 firecrackers each. Firecrackers are banned in Singapore but the police does allow setting off firecrackers on a case-by-case basis. Other highlights include a series of interesting and exciting nightly performances by foreign and local artists.

A God of Fortune statue, which faces the floating platform, will rain golden confetti and single digits hourly from 7pm nightly. Collect 4 digits and you might strike lottery when you buy 4D. haha.... gong xi fa cai!! I was told a man won 2nd prize last year.

At the Food Street, you can savour an array of local and Asian cuisines. There are 48 stalls.

On Chinese New Year Eve, there will be a Countdown to usher in the year of the Ox. It will end at 12.30 am. River Hongbao 2009 opens from 6pm to 12 midnight every day.

Admission is free. All are welcome to enjoy the festivities on the Marina Bay. Bring your family and friends!!

River Hongbao 2009
Marina Bay Floating Platform

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