River Hong Bao 2019 Bicentennial Edition




The River Hongbao celebrations have drawn more than 1.35 million visitors during the 8 days of festivities.

River Hongbao has been building in popularity over the years.  It drew 1.45 million visitors last year, 1.4 million in 2017 and 1.06 million in 2016.

Mr Ang Wei Neng, chairman of the River Hongbao organising committee, said the hard work has paid off.

The MP for Jurong GRC said: “What is most satisfying is when I walk around and talk to people, to see many first-time visitors who say they want to return next year, and the happy faces of young children, teenagers, young adults, parents and grandparents as well as a diverse array of visitors from different countries, it makes it all worth it.”

Thirty-six years ago on 27 February 1983, the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board held a Hong Bao Special at the Ngee Ann Kongsi land (between the Mandarin Hotel and Ngee Ann Building at 8pm. This was held in conjunction with the celebration of Lunar New Year.  The show features lion and dragon dances, pugilistic displays, a performance by Chinese Orchestra, flag dances and songs by local and overseas artistes.

The first time I brought my son to the River Hongbao celebration at the Singapore River in 1992 in the “Memories of River Hongbao 1992” blog here  .

River Hong Bao 2019 (Bicentennial Edition)

This year is special for me.  I made a trip to River Hongbao 2019 at the The Float @ Marina Bay, organised by Tampines Green Residents’ Committee.  Thanks to the staff and volunteers to help the residents, many of whom have never visited the River Hong Bao celebrations before.  The community service for the various constituencies in Singapore.




“Cai Sheng Yeh” met me and blessed me with a complimentary voucher to Sentosa.



The young Singaporean mother kindly posed this memorable photo with her daughter. The first time for her to attend the River Hong Bao CNY celebrations and especially to watch the fireworks display.



The loving father carried his daughter on his shoulders for her to have a better view of the fireworks display.

The theme of the River Hong Bao “Bicentennial Edition” exhibition are shown on the photos on this blog.





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The performances on the stage were displayed on the huge screens.  There were 3 screens located at the floating platform where the audience were seated.

Before 8 pm, all the seats were fully occupied and everyone waiting for the fireworks display at 10 pm.

The River Hong Bao 2019 fireworks display

The spectacular, colorful fireworks display, the finale of the evening’s
programs for everyone waiting with bated breath.  My amateurish video of the memorable memories of the fireworks display I captured to share.

At the Marina Bay and Esplanade areas, a joyous firework flare-up that filled the skies exploded in a kaleidoscope of colours., an unforgettable sight and sound for young and old.

One does not get a chance to see fireworks everyday in Singapore.  Fireworks help to hype up the mood of the people.  In addition to light and sound, there is also the beauty of the colors and patterns of the fireworks display.  Many overseas visitors and tourists made a trip to watch the River Hong Bao fireworks, thanks to the publicity by the Singapore Tourism Board in the mass media, brochures and websites.

With thanks to CM Chen who posted a professional video “Singapore River Hongbao 2019 – (China) Chinese New Year Fireworks” on YouTube here .  The splendid location where he captured the beautiful fireworks to show the fireworks; with the background of the lighted buildings at the Singapore waterfront.  Awesome!

Singapore – Golden Pearl of the Orient


Jack Douglas hosts “Across The Seven Seas” in 1962 and featured Singapore as the “Golden Pearl of the Orient” video (Part 1 and Part 2) on YouTube to share on this blog.

Part 1 of Singapore – Golden Pearl of Orient here.

Part 2 of Singapore – Golden Pearl of Orient here.







Bahasa Kebangsaan (National language in Malay) conducted in the evening class for adults in the 1960s.




Praying during the 7th lunar month prayers in Chinatown during the ‘Hungry Ghost Festival”. (above)

Prayers to the ancestors at home (below).





Mid-Autumn Festival for children to carry lanterns around the street in the night.



The Tai Tong Moon Cake shop in Chinatown during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

This 55-year-old movie was shared by my heritage friend Maidi Lei on Facebook with thanks.

This is one of the very few English movies produced by Hollywood or Britain for English-speaking audience in the past.  There were very few tourist attractions for Singapore unlike the high-rise skyscrapers and spectacular architectures of the buildings in the West.

Big-screen movies with location shooting in Singapore are welcome as a form of tourist promotion to help to attract tourists from all over the world as revenue earners for our country.

Our pioneer generation friends would remember the old Chinese movies filmed on location in Singapore and Malaya over 50 years ago. When you watched the movies as youngsters and now no longer young to watch the same movies again on YouTube, do you notice the changes of you, of the actors and actresses, of the familiar places, the roads and buildings (some of which have disappeared) in Singapore over the decades. Surreal …

Old Cantonese Movies

Nostalgic sceneries of old Singapore in 馬來亜之戀 ,梛林月 and 唐山阿嫂 .

Please click the names of the old movies in Chinese to watch the videos on YouTube. Thank you.

Anyone remember these old movies and the names of the actors, actresses and what are the changes of these places in Singapore?

Do you agree that watching these old movies as “memory-aids” to revive your memories of old Singapore and how different the physical changes in Singapore to share with our nostalgia friends?