Animal activists might cry foul at this and I suppose I do feel a little sorry for the cows, but I can’t deny that I was quite delighted to see cows at the temple.
This photo was taken last Sunday night at Loyong Tua Pek Kong, where me and my friends went to start our Chinese New Year celebrations.
A pair of cows were brought in to usher in the Year of the Ox. (They do this every year, bringing in different animals each year.)
The temple was so crowded this year I almost hyperventilated.
The above photo is the only clear one I managed to snap of the cows before the crowd pushed in and blocked my view.
I think they were a bit traumatised. I mean the cows.
The crowd totally owned me.
The smoke from the joss sticks, too. I couldn’t stop crying.
Here’s the God of Wealth by proxy:
We kinda missed the deitifying ritual because it started early this year. It was total, total madness. Here’s the queue of people waiting to shake hands with the God of Wealth:
I didn’t hang around inside for too long. For some reason, there was no concert and no countdown this year, like they have every other year. So, after paying our respects in the temple, we escaped outside to eat ice cream.
That’s my favourite part of the celebrations every year. There’s always at least one ice cream man outside the temple selling traditional “home made” ice cream, the no-brand kind we used to eat when we were kids.
After the temple visit, we went to watch Ip Man at VivoCity.
Ip Man is really, really good. I never used to like Donnie Yen but now I do, although I think his hairstyle in the show is super dorky.
I feel the urge to learn Chinese martial arts all over again. Except I still don’t have the time to. =(
The movie ended at 4:30 am. I went to bed at 6:30 am. Fell asleep maybe 7:30 am.
Slept all the way till 3 pm!!
Haha. Did my first CNY visiting at 5:30 pm.
Except for the temple visit, CNY this year is pretty quiet for me.
Nine more days of Chinese New Year to go!! Still got chance to collect ang pow!
By the way, tomorrow is 人日, which is supposed to be everyone’s birthday. I can never understand this concept, but who cares. It’s the day when we are supposed to celebrate by eating yu sheng. Anything that involves yu sheng works for me!
So, happy birthday to you and me!