Posts tagged “chinese new year

Chap Goh Mei Festival

Today marks the last day of Chinese New Year festival which means 15 day have already blew by with family visit and CNY snack feasting. On a celebratory point of view, this night sees the gathering of family members as they sit down to a meal together. Offerings and prayers are also held on a grand scale on this particular night.

The last day of CNY is also specially important for single Asian as it is deem as the Chinese Valentines day, the singles will go out buying (or you can collect left over mandarin oranges) and throw it into the river, the only time you will not get a fine or jail time for littering into the Singapore River (there must be a Chap Goh Mei event held if not it is still deem illegal)

No doubt this is just a folklore, but hey no harm trying to throw your oranges down the river and hoping that a handsome and gorgeous guy comes swooping you off your feet, even better yet,  get a marker pen and pen down your FB account, your resume and hell with it even while your at it why not your Bank Account Balance before you throw it in. Pretty sure some Hungry Ghost handsome guy will come to you


Well anyway Wishing you and your family an Auspicious New Year Ahead. As for me? I am going to rent a small boat and collect the oranges thrown into the river and resell them for money. Peace out.


PS: this Chap Goh Mei thingy is not originated from China if you are wondering, It is from Penang, Malaysia and if you want to witness a very grand 15th day, head over to Penang #NotSponsoredbyTourismMalaysiaToSay

Hong Bao Run Results and Review

Updated 12 February 2014:  Hi Everyone, organizers have updated the runners results, to check your own results please click on MY FINISHER TIME and enter your bib number

One lucky participant ran away with an $88,888 hong bao in the mega lucky draw to celebrate Chinese New Year in style at the MediaCorp Hong Bao Run

Would you believe it I did not sleep a wink till 5am and I went straight to the Hong Bao Run this morning but wait before you punish me with words of wisdom, I have already slept from 6pm to 11pm hence the me no sleep syndrome.

I usually reserve my weekends for my long runs as only training for all my up coming marathons, but what made me run this event was the $88,888 LUCKY DRAW ! OMG !! I can’t imagine the things I will do with that kind of moolah.. but unfortunately I was not the winner.

If I was the winner, I would be giving out Free shoe every other months to all my readers but that’s not going to be the case now, so many of you guys did not sign up due to the worrying part of bad organizers right ? or was it the high cost of registration ? I think it was a bit of both for some. I could only seize this opportunity to keep my training in check. I am not going to do a full reviews but point out the highlights and lowlights of this Hong Bao Run but before you read that, let me share with you the blistering timing of the 8km winner for both men and women.



  1.  Mok Ying Ren (26:42.59)
  2. Nabin Parajuli (26:45.49)
  3. Foo Gen Lin (27:07.67)



  1.  Suzanne Walsham (28:34:21)
  2. Vivian Tang (30:00.29)
  3. Mok Ying Rong (31:43.47)

I can only dream of achieving those blistering finish time, let me do the math for you, for Men’s winner he ran a flying pace of 3min30sec pace / km while the women winner ran a 3min54sec pace / km

as for me ? er.. I only manage a 40min run maintaining my target of 5min/km pace. Its no PB nor new achievement, I used this run today as a training run for my up coming Tokyo Marathon, I did not want to push further as I am worried if I sustain any injuries, so a 5min pace is comfortable for me for now.  Today weapon of choice was the famous Mizuno Wave Musha 5 over my Mizuno wave Sayonara cause I still believe that Musha 5 is like a speed demon. (wait for the review this week)

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  1. If you must know, the organizers of this race is their first time and I have to say they did do a good job in providing adequate water stations
  2. They provided mile markers which some bigger event organizers did not do. (its very helpful for me to keep my pace in check)
  3. Drink stations was everywhere at the start area (good on you guys)
  4. Security was tight, there was this uncle who think he can cut queue and into the starting pen but security shooed him away to the back (good job guys)
  5. There was PLENTIFUL of Volunteers around
  6. The usual booth was there post race like the massage booth, water spray cooling thingy?? and the best was the photo booth which lets you take 4 shots and they print out on the spots. (see mine above.. Beams with pride)
  7. The MEGA Hong Bao prize of $88,888 gives everyone a 1:5000 chance of winning. I like the odds


  1. The atmosphere in the morning was like .. MEH …. no music.. no commentary.. no nothing
  2. The starting pen only opened up at 6:45am which is 15mins late
  3. Yes, we have radio DJ’s Glenn, Joe and Pei Fen but I have to say sorry guys you just didn’t riled the crowd, you guys were talking about whats happening in the front like as if the back people knew what you were saying.
  4. The event started 15mins late.. such a NO NO
  5. The cost of registration is pretty steep for a 8k run.
  6. Should have more winners for the lucky draw

Isaac’s 2 cents worth on the Hong Bao Race

Well if they have this Hong Bao Run the next time, I am weighing a 50/50 to participate, why glam out all the celebrity when there was not even any interaction with the runners, and besides there was a team of security running beside them.  The route course is just fine, but it could be better to square it off to a 10k run. I know the 8 is auspicious but to charge that kind of money for a 8k ? tsk tsk tsk, but anyway the run have proved many wrong as they were well organized and very professional.  Wishing you guys Good Luck on your next year Hong Bao Run and HUAT AR !!

Please see the official Press Release below

Singapore, 9 February 2014 – Fresh from winning Singapore’s first marathon gold medal at the recent SEA Games in Myanmar, Mok Ying Ren showed that he was equally adept at shorter distances as well by running away with the men’s title at the inaugural MediaCorp Hong Bao Run 2014, held at the Nicoll Highway this morning.

The female winner was another prominent local runner, Suzanne Walsham, 40, who also recently won the Empire State Building Run-up for the 5th time. With their victories, they each walked away with the top prize purse of $2,888 in cash, which is one of the highest for running events of similar distances in Singapore.

But they were not the only big winners on the day as one lucky participant See Hak Loo banked in a whopping $88,888 in cash by winning the giant hong bao in the MediaCorp Hong Bao Run’s mega lucky draw, which was held after the run.

The 56-year-old storeman’s name was picked from thousands of eligible participants who qualified for the lucky draw by finishing the race. The MediaCorp Hong Bao Run 2014 is the first running event to be organised after the recent Chinese New Year festivities and the mega lucky draw was the event’s key attraction, in line with the CNY theme.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year with iFLY

15 JANUARY 2014: iFly Singapore today released the details surrounding two exciting upcoming holiday specials. The announcement of these special festive rates gives first time flyers an added incentive to experience the feeling of flight in iFly Singapore’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel.

During these promotions, iFly Singapore is offering first time flyers more than 30% off the usual price to experience indoor skydiving. In addition, the Cupid’s Package offers Valentine’s romantics the unique opportunity to see water droplets suspended within the wind tunnel, before taking turns to encounter an exhilarating free fall experience.

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$88 for 1st Timer Challenge Package + 1 complimentary DVD (U.P. $134)
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• Book from 24 January 2014 to 12 Feb 2014 and fly from 26 Jan – 14 Feb.
• Valid only for two days advanced online booking. No phone booking is allowed
• The Challenge Package consists of 2 skydives per flyer
• Rescheduling within 48 hours is subjected to a fee of $20 per flyer
• Offer is not valid for use with any other voucher, discount or promotion
• Please visit for pre-flight requirements and guidelines
• iFly Singapore reserves the right to substitute promotional items with products of equal value without prior notice
• iFly Singapore shall not be liable for cancellation of any programme due to unforeseen circumstances
• iFly Singapore pre-flight requirements and guidelines apply
• iFly Singapore standard T&Cs apply

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Have an unforgettable and romantic Valentine’s Day on wings of love at iFly Singapore at $222 (save more than $100!). Package includes:
1. 2 x First Timer Challenge packages (worth $198)
2. Sprinkling of Love Experience: Step into the magical world of floating droplets of love in the wind tunnel – only available for Valentine’s Day promo, a spectacular sight not to be missed!
3. Memories of your flying experience: Two Photos & One DVD recording of your flight session, and Two iFly Singapore bottles from your Sprinkling of Love Experience! (worth $131)

Terms and Conditions
• Book from 1 February – 14 February 2014 and fly from 8 February 2014 to 16 February 2014
• Valid only for onsite/online booking. No phone booking is allowed
• Onsite booking is subjected to availability of slots for this package
• The Challenge Package consists of 2 skydives per flyer
• Flyers will be taken for their flight experience one at a time by the instructor for their own safety
• Note that DVD is the recording of the flight session only
• Sprinkling of Love Experience is only valid for customers who have purchased the Cupid’s package
• Sprinkling of Love Experience is non-exclusive, there may be other customers in the wind tunnel experiencing at the same time
• Rescheduling within 48 hours is subjected to a fee of $20 per flyer
• Offer is not valid for use with any other voucher, discount or promotion
• Please visit for pre-flight requirements and guidelines
• iFly Singapore reserves the right to substitute promotional items with products of equal value without prior notice
• iFly Singapore shall not be liable for cancellation of any programme due to unforeseen circumstances
• iFly Singapore pre-flight requirements and guidelines apply
• iFly Singapore standard T&Cs apply

2013’s year of the Water Snake (Gui Si)

Last year I posted predictions of the Chinese zodiacs for the year of the Dragon, one of my readers or whom I am following as well had posted the predictions for the Year of the Snake and I realized that I have not done so.  If you would like to see Sydney’s blog , please click here for his post on the Chinese Zodiac  Sydney’s Blog his prediction could differ from what I am posting here as I went to many sites to check on the accuracy of these zodiac’s anyway, of course all differs but intertwine with each other.   Click here if you wanted to read the Dragon year post that I did  if you are curious (Dragon Year Prediction)

What amazes me is that, what I read on Sydney’s blogpost on my Zodiac was “TRUE” and its already 3 weeks since we usher in the New Year.  I am not  kidding it amazes was that it hit me like a book to the face on the first mentions on my career.  When I was a little kid I use to read on zodiac everyday before I leave for school on my daily news paper, its more like a fun way to perk up my days in school.

This year in February the Chinese will be celebrating the Chinese New Year and this year will be the year of the water Snake (Gui Si) ok don’t ask me how to pronounce that cause I don’t speak chinese, but before you go further you need to know what Zodiac are you in , taken this from Sydney’s blog to make things easier for you guys to determine which zodiac form you belong to.   Pretty simple to use. Look for your birth year or if you like your age then look for the animal signs that you belong in then read the predictions and outcome that is in store for you this 2013 below.

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The year of the Water Snake will be from February 10, 2013 to January 30 2014, please guys take this with a pinch of salt ok, but if the readings and your stars are aligned then I am happy for you anyway its just a General forecast for you to refer to.  HAPPY NEW YEAR

General sign forecasts for 2013

The Talkative Rat/Mouse
A secretive, perhaps even cloistered year could be in store for captivating Rats. As masters of the hidden world of imagination, this will be a good year for those of this sign to settle in and write that novel. Delve into your books as reading is exercise for the Rats keen mind. A good year to take examinations and to obtain licenses. Make use of your attention to detail and downplay any aggressiveness or materialism. Intelligent Rats could encounter some financial ‘snarls’ in Snake years, so best to hold off on starting any new businesses this year. Romantic encounters are pleasurable, but not a strong urge for marriage. Keep your assets under wraps to discourage envy or theft.

The Enduring Ox
Although they remain hardworking, this Snake year brings serious Oxen a respite and some time to catch-up. The Ox and Snake are the best of friends, and the slower pace of this next year suits the traditional Ox well. The only bump in the road may be some family problems of authority, triggering that slow-brewing Ox temper. Avoid excessive authoritarianism and practice tolerance with those who may not share your opinions and values. While 2013 looks like a four star year for Oxen, avoid becoming involved in any sticky legal matters which could bruise you financially. Oxen share their gift of responsibility and stability this year and may find themselves counseling senseless friends drowning in love scandals.

The Sublime Tiger
Active Tigers could find this Snake year slow and tedious at times. Mister Tiger could even decide to stalk off to make a memoir or biography. Use extreme caution to prevent a love affair from turning into an embarrassment or scandal. The Snake won’t give the applause seeking Tiger either the attention or the respect they desire. Use this year to recharge and look inward rather than outward. Tigers involved in the entertainment industry thrive in Snake years, and lady Tigers in particular are favored. Tenacious Tigers must also beware of haste, which could send them back to square one in a Snake year. From September through the end of 2013, luck, life and love prove much more favorable, and From October 2013 through Jan 2014 Fate looks absolutely fabulous!

The Detached Rabbit/Cat
An exceptional year for peace-loving Rabbits. Traveling for business could figure prominently as could a career change which improves finances. Calm philosophizing, good friends, and boundless creativity characterize this Snake year for the Rabbit. Your nature, which hates extremes, will appreciate the lack of domestic problems this next year and you should be able to talk out any problems. Many Rabbit/cats choose to remain single for life, and this year you may be even less interested, than usual, in settling down with one partner. New seductions and fleshly attractions could be on your agenda. A lucky and auspicious year for investing and speculation especially from August 2013 through January 2014.

The Outspoken Dragon
Snake years are satisfying and mellow ones for vital Dragons. While your world remains as unpredictable as ever, life’s pace slows down in 2013 and you may discover your ‘visionary’ side. The Snake year brings out the Dragons best role – that of foreseer and idealist. Be sure to listen to all sides of an issue before passing judgment, and remember that there is no need to say everything which comes to mind. The slower pace of this next Snake year could bring a dash of boredom or inactivity as well. Lady Dragons could feel love distant during the spring of 2013 and feel as if a partner is inaccessible. A year of passion and romantic atmosphere which Dragons find quite pleasing. Lucky Dragons continue to win successes and land on their feet.

The Philosophical Snake
2013 will be your own year, and a memorable one! High, highs and low, lows tend to occur during one’s own sign transit. Sensual Snakes charm love interests like never before, and may experience many love-stories this next year. Feb through April could be stormy for the Snakes health, and caution is also advised in all matters during one’s own natal year. Your combination of physical beauty and wisdom is intoxicating to others this year, but it will be important to avoid extremes. The lunar climate could also bring out some Snake jealousy, possessiveness or distrust toward a spouse or mate. Love is a question of trust, but “love at first sight” is not advised this year. Lady Snakes, could risk being seduced by beautiful words or a smooth tongue.

The Expressive Horse
A crazy yet exciting year for love. Many infatuations are possible for active Horses. Decision making and the opening of new doors await freedom-loving Horses in 2013. The Horse “Wu” means Noon, representing the heat and optimism of midday. This brings Horses into harmony with the warmth-seeking Snake. An improvement in your professional situation could make you smile, and those who work with the public or a large corporation could see promotion or increase in pay. Horses must be cautious of their health during the first half of 2013. Meditation, spiritual reflection and an emotionally healthy environment are a must for your optimum health this year. Participate in a favorite sport and seek enjoyable ways to relieve stress.

The Artistic Goat
The sensitive Snake brings a much better year for artistic and creative Goats. Travel for business is indicated, as are new challenges. Financially, like the phoenix, Goats rise back to their former status, but expenses could continue to drain cash flow. This Snake year brings much business traveling which produces important profits. Guard valuables and luggage while traveling to prevent loss. New and influential people figure strongly this next year and social contacts could brew up romantic chemistry. It takes some impressive credentials to land the love of the Goat, but a convincing Horse, a well-mannered Rabbit/Cat or a sincere Pig could make this an exciting year.

The Irrepressible Monkey
The Monkey and the Snake are soul mates. This brings a great year for mischievous Monkeys who are blessed to see life as a comedy rather than a tragedy. Your sunny personality drives away pessimism and any Snake year melancholy. A good year to read and to study the great philosophers. Your clever mind is stimulated by the wise Snake and you may find yourself thinking more often upon the spiritual and mufti sensory world. Monkeys quick-wit and sense of humor secures success in 2013 and your influential manner with others gets noticed. Run, don’t walk from any hint of infidelity, as you could be tempted. Daily physical exercise is a must for physical health during this sedentary and languishing year. Many benefactors appear to help the Monkey this year. In business, large contracts could be seen.

The Industrious Rooster
The Roosters’ stylish appearance enters center stage this coming year. Modeling, photography, and an odd “reverse aging process” could await enchanting Roosters. Marital or family difficulties could also be a possibility during this Snake year. Avoid personal disagreements and be tactful verbally to avoid confrontations which are only counterproductive. This year working with a peaceful mind is the key to happiness. Let events unfold as they were meant to develop and let your wise friend, the Snake, pamper you. A trip, journey, or move could be the key to solving job related concerns as could a change in family structure.

The Watchful Dog
Most Dogs will be more than glad to boot this past Dragon year out the door! 2013 finds Dog natives recuperating and bouncing back. An auspicious year as philosophizing suits the deeply spiritual Dog well. This Snake year promises to provide a mental oasis for your anxious heart. Loyalty as well as skepticism still figure prominently, yet worry and pessimism is replaced by earthy sexuality and elegant pleasures. Continue to find your own happiness through improving the fate of others. A passive/aggressive year when Dog natives alternate between the activity of a cause, and boredom or inactivity. Love throws its bolts, and love at first sight could happen when you least expect it.

The Resigned Pig
Career success is indicated in 2013, and the shrewd marketing of a product or project could change the course of your financial future. However these gains do not come easily, and require much diligence and possibly travel. Your decent and honest character could be sorely tested by the stealth and covert Snake. A possible turbulent and stormy year for romance. The patient and tolerant Pig could possibly experience deceptions in love. Lack of imagination or routine could be responsible and are the worst enemies of love. If insomnia or agitated sleep are troublesome, remember that making love is a healthy sleep remedy for sensual Pigs. Caution April through July regarding litigation.

I have taken the forecast from Shelly Wu websites which is called  If you like to know more in-depth maybe you can visit her website.