We Wish You A Very Prosperous Chinese New Year

Soapbox | Written By, NOW!Singapore | February 19th, 2016

New Year festivities are with us once again and the team at Now! Singapore would like to wish all of our readers Gong Xi Fa Cai as we welcome the Year of the Monkey. At this time of year Chinatown is a must visit destination – the streets are brilliantly decorated and a frenetic energy permeates the whole area. In this issue we highlight some of the best Chinese New Year food promotions, put on by the city’s top hotels and restaurants – if you’re in Singapore for this celebration, make sure you try the traditional dish ‘Lo Hei’ at least once. Each restaurant has its own version of this festive treat, which is marked by a communal tossing of the salad – an important ritual to ensure good luck and prosperity throughout the year.

We Wish You A Very Prosperous Chinese New Year

Romance is also in the air in February so we’ve compiled a selection of some of the best special menus available and a list of restaurants around the city that are better suited for a romantic rendezvous. With our recommendation for a top flourist, you’re guaranteed a good head start in any matters of the heart.

For our regular Singapore weekend itinerary we follow Indonesian star Jamie Aditya and his family on a whirlwind tour of their favourite spots, taking in some of the city’s top bars while keeping the children happy at popular favourites like the zoo and Gardens By The Bay.

In our ‘Hot Hoods’ section we explore the historic enclaves of Jalan Besar and Joo Chiat, both of which have emerged recently as exciting alternatives for a cultural excursion or fun night out.

Following the success of Singapore Art Week, we talk to some of the artists involved. Our photo essay features the work of Singaporean photographer Robert Zhao – make sure to visit the Prudential Eye Awards Exhibition at ArtScience Museum to see his work and other emerging artists from the region on show until March 27. We also meet respected artist Milenko Prvacki and talk to Indonesian painter Naufal Abshar about his latest show ‘HA HA.’

As always, we highlight and review some of the best new openings on the Singapore bar and dining scene and suggest an ideal night out in the capital from dusk til dawn. With Singapore Cocktail Week set to return on March 12, we’d advise all drink enthusiasts to check out Singapore’s amazing selection of world class bars and meet some of the mixologists responsible for promoting the city to the forefront of the world cocktail scene.

Don’t forget to keep up-to-date on all of our latest Singapore content on our social media platforms and look out for our regular on-line competitions and promotions. Once again, we wish you all a very prosperous Chinese New Year.

Happy travels.

Justin Eeles

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