Welcoming the year of fire rooster, this year’s edition River Hongbao has lined up 10 days of fun-filled extravaganza of lights, sights, sounds to celebrate this festivity. Be prepared to be drown in awe with colourful larger-than-life lantern displays, with interesting play on the Chinese word for Rooster. Organized by Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Singapore Tourism Board and People’s Association, this annual iconic event has remained an integral part of Singapore’s Lunar New Year celebrations since 1987.
The 31st edition of the River Hongbao (RHB) 2017 Festival will run from January 26th to February 4th at the Floating Platform at Marina Bay. The festival will have modern, futuristic elements and a strong local flavor. It will incorporate an entrance walkaway which features a heart-shaped design, also the event’s main lantern-piece will showcase upcoming local landscapes such as Jewel Changi Airport and Punggol Eco-town which will play a key role in the nightly fireworks and laser display as the pyrotechnics will emanate from it. Furthermore, an interactive mobile app which launched on January 18th, will allow people to send Chinese New Year wishes that appear as writings on sky lanterns on mobile screens. And on festival site, visitors will be able to put on virtual reality glasses to see a 360-degree view of the flying lanterns. For more information, visit www.riverhongbao.sg. Nearest MRT Station: Bayfront
Pastry Galore at Tiong Bahru Bakery
Another must-visit spot whenever you hit the it-neighbourhood, Tiong Bahru, is no other but Tiong Bahru Bakery. Here you will be served with galore of artisanal bread and pastry. Most of the creations at Tiong Bahru bakery are infused with Asian flavours and ingredients like curry, pandan, pineapple and tamarind skin. But fear not for their signature pastries are just as amazing.
Taking the limelight is the croissant and kouign amman. Some people go to the extent of calling it the best croissant in Singapore, and we beg no differ. Still in the croissant line, almond croissant should also visit your palate. The moist and its density comes along with a hint of almond, making it tasted slightly more like a cake than a bread. The kouign amman has that talk of the town as a show-stopper. It’s a Breton cake with similar characteristics to that of a puff pastry. It is a round crusty cake, made with bread dough, containing layers of butter and sugar. Lots of butter, sugar, and caramel which certainly will be your number one guilty pleasure on the list.
Make sure to stop by for a coffee or afternoon tea along with tier of pastries at Tiong Bahru Bakery. We assure you nothing on the list both in sweet or savory section like pain au chocolat, squid ink sandwich, brioche, quiche lorraine, pandan flan, mixed berry crumble, tarte au citron, pineapple coconut cake, chocolate tart, and so on won’t let you down. Nearest MRT Station: Tiong Bahru