One of the favourite traditions in our Singapore Studio, one that we look forward to every year, is celebrating Chinese New Year. Similar to past years, we kicked off our Year of the Pig celebrations with the traditional Lion Dance, and our visiting lions danced around the Studio spreading prosperity and good luck, warding off bad fortune and evil spirits, and getting friendly with Mark, Jo and Tim, before performing the traditional custom of “plucking the greens” (the auspicious lettuce and oranges)…
It was then time to set off for our team dinner at the amazing Peony Jade restaurant. The theme of the evening was “HUAT Ah!”, a colloquial term used in Singapore to welcome prosperity, and our dress code was all about representing what CNY means and symbolises to each of us…
Amongst the delicious food we had our annual Lo Hei (a unique salad dish served on a platter that you toss together as you shout your wishes for the New Year – the higher you toss your salad, the better your luck will be!) followed by a rousing Yum Seng session – a series of toasts to the team.
Then it was time for the games to begin: Baijiu (a Chinese tradition to drink this spirit every lunar New Year, our game involves seeing which team selected the most cups filled with Baijiu – the prize being another bottle of Baijiu, of course!) and “Earth Pudding”, where there was a big Ang Bao (red envelope) of cash for the team that created the best dessert interpretation of Chinese New Year.
Of course we always do something for our clients at this time of year, and we decided to do things a little differently this time round. In the spirit of being more environmentally conscious and giving back to the community, rather than making and sending gifts, a group of us volunteered our time at Willing Hearts, a charity that prepares, cooks and distributes meals to those in need around the island. We got stuck in washing crates, prepping meals, packing food and cleaning the pots at the end of the day, helping to contribute to the thousands of meals made and shared each day. We also made a donation to the charity and let our clients know that we had done this on their behalf as a CNY gift.
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Gong Xi Fa Cai! To celebrate Chinese New Year (the Year of the Pig), instead of spending money on gifts, this year our Singapore Studio chose to support Willing Hearts. Willing Hearts is a Singapore-based charity that prepares, cooks and distributes around 6,000 meals island-wide to the elderly, the disabled, low income families, children from single-parent households, and migrant workers, throughout the year. Along with a donation on behalf of ourselves and our clients, some of us volunteered our time at the charity to help prepare and pack food, and, of course, do the dishes! Here’s a snapshot of our incredibly fulfilling visit – check out @willingheartssg to find out more about the important work that the charity does, and how you can get involved ????????❤️
We’d like to wish all of our colleagues, clients, collaborators and friends a prosperous year ahead – Gong Xi Fa Cai.
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