You know Chinese New Year is almost here when shopping malls start blasting Chinese New Year songs and Mediacorp begins churning out their annual Chinese New Year music videos featuring local celebrities. Regardless of your plans for Chinese New Year, here are some great tips to help you keep your spending in check.
1. Choose your new clothes carefully
Buy dresses that can also be worn for work even after the Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations, or tops and skirts that are inter-changeable to create multiple looks. Other versatile accessories are shawls or scarves with a red palette to throw over the ensemble, toning down a flamboyant top or prepping up a plain one, while making it relevant to the auspicious colours of Spring Festival. A red pouchette or simple clutch act as accents to brighten up stark office outfits when coupled with a pair of red pumps. Swap the pouchette for bold red bangles to create another look.
2. Collect hong bao packets
When you get some crisp, new notes from various banks, be sure to collect the red packets or hong baos. Those with popular cartoon characters will be a hit with the junior recipients and are widely available. For a burst of festive cheer around the house, these little red packets also come in handy as home décor in the fruit bowl, hanging from stalks of pussy willow or cherry blossoms, pasted on kumquat flower pots or even placed slightly beneath canisters of goodies for visual effect. Read more on sg.theasianparent.