Are you ready…

The schools here have closed for the Chinese New Year holidays and tomorrow, Chinese New Year’s Eve, we bid farewell to the Year of the Monkey and herald the arrival of a brand new year, the Year of the Chicken or as some would have it, the Rooster…

Farley, Rooster

Word has it that this very impressive decor, one that is most fitting for the occasion, was imported all the way from China and placed strategically in front of one of the most popular supermarkets and departmental stores in town.

Not to be outdone, one of the megamalls here has this golden one standing/sitting majestically right in front of the building…

Star Megamall golden hen 1

…and some claim that it is a hen, not a rooster. I’ve heard some ladies grumbling as to why it must be the rooster and not a female hen when in Chinese, it is just chicken – no discrimination either way. For one thing, it is the hen that lays the golden eggs so perhaps, it is good this way…

Star Megamall golden hen 2

…actually. Hopefully, it is going to be a productive year ahead, full of golden eggs all along the way.

Poor Pikachu – the one playing the role of Santa here last month has been forced to step aside and is relocated to the back entrance…

Star Megamall Pikachu

…of this shopping mall and I spotted this inflated God of Prosperity…

God of Prosperity

…outside a newly-opened furniture shop in town so I quickly stopped by to snap a photograph of it.

I am not sure if there are other nicer Chinese New Year decorations around town or not – for one thing, as I had been a little under the weather, I had not been around much but I guess we do have lots of lanterns here, there and everywhere like at this brand new supermarket…

New supermarket Sibu

…in town and all around the vicinity of the Chinese temple in the town centre…

Chinese New Year 2017 tua pek kong temple Sibu

Well, ready or not, it is here…so let the festivities begin!!!

Author: suituapui

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16 thoughts on “Are you ready…”

  1. I love all the things in your photos, and what fun and happy colours!

    Yes, this is the most well-celebrated festival here especially in my town, Sibu, with its predominantly large Chinese population.

  2. Ready or not, it is just another day. Just welcome it with a big bang as it is once a year affair. Out of all the decor, Pikachu is the odd one out. Love the rooster (1st pix). Thanks for sharing all the beautiful shots.

    Hope you have a great time. Gong Xi Gong Xi to you & your loved ones.

    Same to you and yours. Things going on at home, not all good, so not too keen on a grand celebration – will probably just let it go by quietly.

    I hear they ordered one for Kuching too so you can get to see an identical rooster at Farley, Kota Samarahan.

  3. So next week, the whole week, school closed in Malaysia?

    Starting today, reopens Wednesday next week. Singapore, no? All so hardworking there!

  4. Ah, I have not spotted any inflated God of Prosperity around here. So convenient, just put in some air and there you get your CNY decoration – inflated, hehehehe. The rooster and golden hen looks huge. There is a golden chicken in front of StarHill mall in KL too. Hope your cough is getting better now.

    I’m ok now, but yet to be fully recovered and be all energetic again. The things going on these last few days – see my reply to Ken below – sure do not help much, no time to rest.

  5. I’m working until tomorrow and will resume work on 31 Jan, only 3 days off for this CNY…. i don’t feel the festive mood unfortunately

    My mum got admitted into a medical centre here in a very severe condition, we had to rush here and there, take care of this and that including my father who is in his 90’s…and I would have to sleep at his house nights, make sure he gets his meals and everrything….everything else on hold, no more cleaning, no more gardening, no decorating…nothing…and you talk to be about not being in a festive mood! Count your blessings!!! Don’t let your precious life and time go to waste just like that.

    1. Sorry to hear about that. Please take good care of yourself, you must be well enough to take care of your parents. Hopefully there is enough staff in the medical centre during this festive season to ensure the patients get the best care that they can. How is your mother? May the Lord give her strength to pull through her severe condition.

      Yes, thanks so much for your concern. She has improved since admission as they admistered all medication intravenously – she came down with a cough and then fever and after that, she refused to drink nor eat anything nor take any medication – her condition got really bad and we were afraid for the worst. I cancelled all my food orders, put all the preparation on hold…and even though she is getting better now, I do not think we will go full swing with the new year celebration, too tired and if anyone wants to talk about being not in the mood, this is it.

  6. Its only during the CNY, the festive mood on…to ‘paint’ the town red! I like that atmosphere. Well, it doesn’t matter whether it is hen or rooster. hehe…

    “Poor Pikachu – the one playing the role of Santa here last month has been forced to step aside and is relocated to the back entrance…” <—- LMAO!!!

    Wishing Arthur and family a prosperous new year & Gong Xi Fa Cai!

    Thank you and the same to you and all your loved ones. Yes, Pikachu had his share of the limelight so now he has to give way. 😀

  7. Love the lanterns and the rooster in the first pic.

    They have a lantern festival here but it’s a bit of a travel. It is £12 to get in and at 8pm. It looks good. I am still undecided.

    Oh my!!! Have to pay so much just to get in! Oh dear!

  8. Wahhh.. looks like the Chickens are in full force in Sibu.. very nicely decorated, CNY mood is certainly ON there!

    Not in Ipoh? Why? All the chickens got cooked and served as chicken rice? Hehehehehehe!!!!!

  9. I suppose rooster sounds better than chicken. Well, I am taking it free and easy this year. None of the madness like last year 🙂

    I guess I’ll be in and out of the medical centre, no real celebration. The rooster does sound better than…the Year of the Chicken…or the Hen…or the Cock! 😀

  10. Hope you are better now. Sending you good vibes all the way from Miri. Happy CNY to you and your family.

    Thank you and the same to you and yours. I’m doing not too badly now – would need a lot more rest, will be a very quiet new year for me here.

  11. Thats what I miss in Asia, the CNY celebrations and the atmosphere it brings

    Especially here in Sibu with the predominantly Chinese population, much nicer than many other cities where everyone heads home for the festival so they are very quiet and rather deserted around this time.

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