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28th Jan
Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Happy Lunar New Year of the Fire Rooster!

Posted by Shaun at 10:57 pm under Occasions | 109 Reads | Post Comment
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To all our Chinese friends and alike who celebrate the occasion alike, time to say good bye to the monkey and hello to the Rooster!

Wishing you a very happy Chinese new year and many happy returns!

1st Jan
Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Happy New Year of 2017!

Posted by Shaun at 10:40 am under Occasions | 148 Reads | Post Comment

A new year ahead, a new celebration for the new year. As 2016 comes to a close 2017, my family gathered at the Gardens by the bay with my grandmother for the New Year’s celebrations and countdown tonight.

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Eve Dinner
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Chilli crab!
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Fireworks

For new year’s eve dinner, I hosted a Seafood get together at Punggol settlement with grans and my cousin’s family at the House of Seafood to try out their signature Chilli crab. The restaurant was packed and rather cramped, but other food pretty OK for its price, offering a new chill night to spend the new year’s eve by the straits of Johor.

Happy New 2017!

1st Jan
Sunday, January 1st, 2012

That’s all for 2011 Hello 2012!

Posted by Shaun at 7:51 pm under Occasions | 4142 Reads | Post Comment
London Countdown 2012

Happy New 2012! A whole new year, a whole new area of possibilities! The fireworks at London was fantastic even when viewed on the TV as broadcasted by the BBC. The sparkles lasted just over 12 minutes right after the midnight chimes of the Big Ben. It was a grand display of over 12,000 fireworks, producing 50,000 projectiles, also welcoming the year where the Olympics will be held in the city itself.

I did the London Thames countdown to welcome 2010 in my first year of college. But personally I think the crowds and effort to crawl all the way there is not really worth the hassle, unless if you intend to make the countdown an whole day affair and literally camp the best firework spots since midday by the embankment. For most of us that year, it’s just a matter of “being in town”. And of course unless if you are planning to check out the awesome new year’s day parade running through the heart of London and the still ongoing boxing day sales (or in this case now, new year day sales) attending the countdown is a no-brainer.

Anyway regardless of how you welcome the new year, 2012 will come anyway, well… eventually. So what are you new year resolutions for the brand new year?

My resolutions for the new year:

  1. Maintain my fitness regime (doing good!)
  2. Make it well through my third year in college
  3. Take up a new interesting hobby (Like life-saving)
  4. Get a good (preferably awesome!) summer internship
  5. Really get about learning Japanese
  6. Complete my university formal hall grand slam (4/31 colleges left)
  7. Don’t get (badly) injured in sports again

I don’t think that is too much to ask for. 2012 is also the year of the Dragon on the Chinese lunar calendar too, which in the case for my sister is a big year for her turning 24. I remembered the time when I was 24, made me realise how old I am, haha.

Nonetheless, hello 2012!

Fireworks photo credit: REUTERS/Andrew Winning

7th Jan
Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Happy new year from London!

Posted by Shaun at 12:34 am under Occasions | 1107 Reads | Post Comment

And so 2009 comes to end with 2010 already here. I was in London to formally welcome 2010 with a group of friends, technically it’s one of the few major cities where the countdown is telecasted worldwide (besides Tokyo, LA, etc) and man was it a bashingly crowded. You will be greeted with a human wall crowd upon popping out of the underground, with bumper to bumper snaking queues from the embankment all the way to temple and black friars. Notably all the stores selling alcohol have ultra long queues sticking out of them.

With booze and gear loaded, we started making our way towards the embankment, only to see many of the viewing areas near the London eye already full and blocked. We then started making ourselves towards St-Pauls and Temple where we are able to get a distant view of the Eye and fireworks from afar.

Booze check, now it's party party time!
Booze check, party!
Trying to get to the best vantage points!
The best vantage
Happy new 2010
Happy new 2010!

Looking at the crowds, it will definitely be something not for the Agoraphobic- not that was a problem but it can get really cramped and fast moving in some areas where everyone tries to get a good vantage point to view the impending fireworks. The atmosphere made up for it, there were cheers everyone, laugher and greetings everywhere. Immediately after the midnight countdown and the fireworks, it suddenly snowed for awhile. Painting the orange lit streets a hue of soft white, as if the heavens where celebrating in unison with us too.

The trains and buses after midnight were all free to use throughout the whole morning as well, a great incentive for travelling back with the exception of the crowds at the stations, which was well controlled and managed. This was nice, I mean like wow, what is the possibility of free rides in Singapore after any countdown? We would even count ourselves fortunate if they even bother to operate to late, let be charged exorbitant fares for it, contrary to providing free fares- something near to impossible. Maybe that is why London is still such a world class city.

So technically, what’s the first thing I did on for the year? It seems that getting drunk on the streets on London is not too of a bad start I guess. Somehow we all managed to get home safely through the crowds in one piece, met a few crazy crowds on the way who offer real cool party hats as well as drinks and chats by the street with the exception of some others in my group really drunk from all the liquor that kept them real busy at the sink back in our apartment for awhile.

Oh Hello 2010!

26th Jan
Monday, January 26th, 2009

2009 year of the Ox Chinese New Year Greetings

Posted by Shaun at 10:55 am under Occasions | 4038 Reads | Post Comment

Chinese new year comes earlier this year than the last. It’s good bye to the year of the rat and welcome the 2nd animal on the Chinese Zodiac, the hardworking Ox. Lets hope the bovine power will bring a bullish year ahead for many. Nevertheless, despite the downturn, CNY is still a period of festive joy, performances, not to mention family reunions with family and distant relatives.

Many wishes to all the Chinese celebrating 2009 with the year of the Ox, Gong Xi Fa Cai.

Happy CNY!

Yearly Chinese Zodiac Outlook for 2009

1st Jan
Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Happy new 2009!

Posted by Shaun at 8:55 am under Occasions | 1803 Reads | Post Comment

Happy new 2009 everybody! May it be a good, safe & prosperous year. May all your wishes come true!

Happy New 2009 from Shaunchng.com!
31st Dec
Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

The New Year Hello 2009! What are your resolutions for 2009?

Posted by Shaun at 6:25 pm under Occasions | 2592 Reads | 2 Comments
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Well, it’s time of the year again where we just look back on the year and reflect what we’ve done in turn for the light of the new year.

2008 saw many firsts, the first US black president. The first Formula 1 night race in Singapore which in turn yielded the first and youngest black Formula 1 world champion (Lewis) as well. 2008 was rather eventful as well, with the Beijing Olympics, the melamine scare, unearthly fuel prices, the fall of financial institutions, ponzi schemes in action as well as the global economic crisis, not to mention the escape of Mas Selamat and the opening and breakdown of the Singapore Flyer within the same year as well.

My year in recap
2008 was a rather eventful year in a long time to come for me. A rather life changing one in fact as well and very much set the pace and outlook for what I will be doing in the next 4 to 5 years or so. Notable ones will definitely be the early part of the year saw my final year project clinching the Gold award in the 2008 Spinnovex exhibition, and of course graduating from SP this year, commendably with the Lee Kuan Yew award of mathematics and sciences and an overseas scholarship by the Defence sciences community. I was featured in quite a substantial number of publications in both print, TV and the internet. Other notable achievements for 2008 will include the NYAA gold award presented by SR Nathan for my community commitments and projects as well as bagging the Best Blog Design for this blog in the 2008 SPH Singapore blog awards.

Shaun talk 2008

Academia
A graduating year will mean a time at the crossroads again, with so many choices in hand and decisions to make. Sometimes in the midst of all the frenzy I just wonder am I always making the right choices. Though I have yet to confirm which overseas university I will be studying in, I will be largely based overseas for next year onwards where the university term starts around mid year onwards.

Running
On the sporting front, 2008 saw me running half of the mileage I did for 2007 (about 1000km+). I had not been running much, but I managed to keep up with most of the running activities round the calendar for the year as well, including Singapore Polytechnic Poly 50 which all my track alumni teams coming up as winners. I guess when health an fitness come into the picture, it will be worth noting that “getting fitter” or “losing more weight” are often popular “no-brainers” for many (which too results in surge of gym signups in the beginning of the year). This year saw me running at least a half-marathon for endurance events, forgoing my annual marathon due to year-end commitments. Maybe I can look forward to more overseas sporting events next year which will definitely be a new twist compared to running events in Singapore.

Snippets of 2008

Interaction with Mr Lee Hsien Long, our Prime Minister
Track Team & Runs!
Nike human race 2008 Finish Point
Special Awards Ceremony
NYAA 2008 prize presentation by SR Nathan
Prize presentation by SR Nathan

In Closing
2009 will another challenging year, otherwise a transition year for the economy to take it’s paces into recovery and of course a year of challenges ahead. We will close 2008 very soon, together with the year of the Rat, welcoming 2009 and the year of the Ox. 2008 was a year of achievements, 2009 will be a living out those achievements.

Resolutions for 2009

  • Spend more time with my family
  • Regain back my running fitness
  • Survive my first year in college
  • Pick up a new hobby
  • Participate a major overseas running event

Welcome 2009!

25th Dec
Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Shaun at 2:23 pm under Occasions | 1797 Reads | Post Comment
Sonic Santa

Ho Ho Ho, it is the time of the year to be joyful and merry. It’s the period of festive goodies, Christmas trees, presents and rain deers, it’s all about the spirit of giving and sharing, not to mention Christmas dinners with your friends or family.

Yes, it’s time of the year again which just gives you that warm fuzzy feeling despite all the downs this year- a rather “throw it aside way” to escape the torrent year with this period of festivities.

After all, it’s the season to be jolly.

Merry Christmas everybody!

25th Mar
Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Today’s My 24th Birthday!

Posted by Shaun at 10:01 am under Occasions | 2322 Reads | 6 Comments

Yea a year older, a year wiser! 😀

Thanks for all your greetings! Let be from online or text message greetings, esp those on the dot at 12mn wahahha spammed!!

7th Feb
Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Happy Chinese new Year of the Rat!

Posted by Shaun at 11:24 pm under Occasions | 2212 Reads | Post Comment
CNY Dinner at Grans 2008

Wishing everybody there celebrating Chinese New Year today a very happy CNY 2008 and the Lunar new year of the Rat! It’s the time of the year where you not only get to stuff yourself silly with bak kua, pineapple tarts or turning orange from all those excessive mandarin oranges, it’s also a period to meet up and catch up with everyone, let be some of my distant relatives who I only get to meet “officially” like once a year.

I believe everyone’s all stuffed with their reunion dinner, let be in a restaurant or at home with your family, relatives or friends. I had mine with my family yesterday and will be having another at my grandparents where all my relatives and cousins will be meeting up.

The rat year is also my Chinese Zodiac year as well too. And yea so ya… all the ratty goodness for all!

1st Jan
Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Happy New 2008! Marina Bay Fireworks Video

Posted by Shaun at 11:02 pm under Occasions | 2140 Reads | Post Comment

Happy New Year 2008! Many happy returns! Wishing you all the best in health and success in all endeavors for the new year!

Last but not least, here is a video I’ve shot from the segment of the night’s fireworks at the Marina Bay Front, near one Fullerton, enjoy!

25th Dec
Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Merry Christmas 2007 and Happy 2008 New Year!

Posted by Shaun at 11:07 am under Occasions | 1510 Reads | Post Comment

Yup it’s the season to be jolly again. Wishing everybody a Merry Merry Christmas and enjoy the best of the holiday season for the year!

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