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The last weekend before Chinese New Year is here! Today, my in-laws suddenly wanted to go for a walk at Chinatown, so after hubby knocked off, it was off to Singapore Chinatown with the kids!

We started our walk from Maxwell Market where we had dinner.  We knew it would be crowded so we did not want to bring a stroller initially, but MF injured his leg yesterday and had difficulty walking so we ended up bringing the stroller so that we did not have to carry him all the way.

Crossing the road, decorated with Chinese New Year lightings, from Maxwell Market.

Crossing the road, decorated with Chinese New Year lighting, from Maxwell Market.

Entering the steet stalls.

Entering the street stalls.

Initially it was still not very crowded, so we took our time to slowly look at the new year goods on sale.  There were the usual new year decorations, and some more trendy cute stuff like the mini luggage case below.

Both ubiquitous sheep decoration and unique Chinese new year souvenirs could be found at Chinatown.

Both ubiquitous sheep decoration and unique Chinese new year souvenirs could be found at Chinatown.

As we walked along, MY was distracted by the sound of a bird chirping.  He followed the sound and entered a shop.  Turned out it was not a real bird, but a porcelain whistle!

Singapore Chinatown with the kids - MY totally intrigued by the porcelain whistle that made a very realistic bird-chirping sound.

MY totally intrigued by the porcelain whistle that made a very realistic bird-chirping sound.

Singapore Chinatown with the kids - The stall owner invited MY to try it out.

The stall owner invited MY to try it out.

We checked out a stall selling red packets.  I must say, the designs were moving with the times!

Interesting red packets on sale.

Interesting red packets on sale.

Who wouldn't 'LIKE' a red packet?

Who wouldn’t ‘LIKE’ a red packet?

There was also fake money sold at another red packet stall.. LOL!!

Fake money to fill the ang pows?

Fake money to fill the ang pows?

We reached the main intersection of the street stalls and it got super crowded!

People mountain people sea

People mountain people sea

Olaf joins in the festivities.

Olaf joins in the festivities.

Singapore Chinatown with the kids - The injured son gets some screen time.

The injured son gets some screen time.

At the main intersection stood the recycled chibi Fortune God that I recalled seeing two years ago.

Familiar looking chibi Fortune God.

Familiar looking chibi Fortune God.

Singapore Chinatown with the kids - Throwback from 2013, it's the same Fortune God!

Throwback from 2013, it’s the same Fortune God and Fortune Cat!

At the main intersection, there was some fierce competition going on between the fruit jelly stalls.   Free samples were being thrown around!

Giving out free samples for fruit jellies.

Giving out free samples for fruit jellies.

Singapore Chinatown with the kids - Kids enjoying free jelly

Kids enjoying their free jelly

We continued walking around the street stalls and spotted an interesting family portrait paper-cutting stall.  Looked like a neat souvenir! I would probably buy it if I was a tourist.

Paper-cutting Family Portrait

Paper-cutting Family Portrait

And I discovered the biggest shopaholic in the family was MY.  He was stopping at almost every stall and touching everything, we had to literally drag him along otherwise we would be there till midnight!

Singapore Chinatown with the kids - MY super enjoying his new year shopping.

MY super enjoying his new year shopping.

And we finally reached Eu Tong Sen Street, where we took a mandatory photo of the sheep decoration in the middle of the road.

Great big YAWN from MY.

Great big YAWN from MY.

Everyone was pretty tired by then, it was hard work squeezing through the crowd and getting the over-enthusiastic MY to move along.  No doubt it was difficult moving around Singapore Chinatown with the kids during Chinese New Year season, but that’s how you really soak in the festive spirit, isn’t it?

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