Every Lunar New Year, the world sees the largest mass migration on a global scale as the Chinese fly all over the world to meet their relatives. Some of the most defining elements of the 23-day festival include the red packets, reunion dinners, and new year greetings.
Before you can gorge yourself on all the Chinese New Year goodies and receive those angpaos, you have got to come equipped with mandarin oranges and some words of blessings.
For Chinese New Year 2018, Royal Albatross wants to help you out with these idioms and phrases to wish your friends and family the best in different aspects of their lives.
CHINESE NEW YEAR PHRASES FOR THE YEAR OF THE DOG
As 2018 is the Year of the Earth Dog, you might want to spice it up with phrases that are related to this year’s zodiac. For you canine lovers, these will delight you:
旺財旺福 (wàng cái wàng fú)
Looking at great fortune and prosperity
瑞犬迎春 (ruì quǎn yíng chūn)
To welcome the Spring with luck
福祿雙犬 (fú lù shuāng quǎn)
Prosperity and longevity be with you
神犬嘯天 (shén quǎn xiào tiān)
Roaring to the heavens
鷹犬之才 (yīng quǎn zhī cái)
As talented as the eagle and the dog
CHINESE NEW YEAR IDIOMS FOR STUDENTS AND WORKING ADULTS
Besides having phrases appropriate to the year’s zodiac, let us share some common idioms you can use to impress and bless others with words of blessings. These idioms are best used for students and working adults.
For Career and Success
事業發達 (shì yè fā dá)
May your career be successful
升官發財 (shēng guān fā cái)
To promotion and prosperity
生意興隆 (shēng yì xīng lóng)
May your business thrive
學業進步 (xué yè jìn bù)
May your studies improve
步步高陞 (bù bù gāo shēng)
May you ascend with every step
CHINESE NEW YEAR GREETINGS FOR THE SEA
Finally, here at Royal Albatross, we have nautical-themed greetings you can use as well:
福如東海 (fú rú dōng hǎi)
May your fortune be as vast as the Pacific Ocean
順風大吉 (shùn fēng dà jí)
May the favourable winds bring you great auspiciousness
一帆風順 (yì fān fēng shùn)
May everything be smooth sailing
布帆無恙 (bù fān wú yàng)
May your journeys be safe
風生水起 (fēng shēng shuǐ qǐ)
May you make good and quick progress
Ready for Chinese New Year yet?
From all of us here at Royal Albatross, 顺风大吉 (shùn fēng dà jí), may the favourable winds bring you great auspiciousness!
Top 5 things to do at Christmas in Singapore
Christmas is one of the biggest festivals celebrated around the world. It’s a festival that signifies family and love and also the spirit of kindness and giving. If you love food, it is about chocolate cakes and puddings and giving and receiving wonderful gifts on Christmas. Christmas has a special place in our hearts, and the festival brings happiness and cheer to everyone around the world.
Singapore has a long tradition of celebrating Christmas with great pomp and show with the epicentre in Orchard Road Christmas Light-up 2017 this year. Despite being in an equatorial climate, there is no let up in the festive spirit. If you live in Singapore or are planning to visit Singapore during the holidays, there are many exciting things to do and explore. Here are our top 5 picks of things to do when you are spending Christmas in Singapore:
Treat yourself to a Christmas Buffet
All-you-can-eat buffet-style meals are what Singaporeans love most – and most good hotels will offer one. At Christmas, the buffet tables enter the festive season with a full flourish and are laden with an endless selection of dishes along with scrumptious Christmas delicacies and cakes. Usually, they have an excellent international variety of food and wine which is guaranteed to ensure that you have a good time whether you are celebrating with friends or family.
Popular choices for the Christmas buffet are the Goodwood Park Hotel, Raffles Hotel, and the Ritz Carlton. You can also check out the Marina Mandarin Hotel and its “fusion” Christmas buffet. Many buffets might be booked out early, so do make your reservations before it is too late.
Enjoy a beautiful Christmas cruise aboard the Royal Albatross
If you are looking for a unique experience at Christmas this year, you can also set sail with the luxury superyacht the Royal Albatross. The beautiful ship beautifully combines the comfort and safety of a modern ship with the beauty of the old sailboats and is a marvellous sight to behold.
For Christmas, the Royal Albatross is opening two Christmas Sails (Dec 22 And 23) for a 2.5-hour cruise. Guests can bring their loved ones to partake in Xmas festivities on board the Royal Albatross with a buffet. The cruise will have limited space, so it’s best to book your tickets in advance.
Shop till you drop with Christmas Shopping Madness
Orchard Road is known for its yearly Christmas Light-Up where the facades of all the malls along the world-renowned shopping street are all decked for the season. They have beautiful Christmas trees, festive decorations, carolers, fake snow, and all the elements needed to put you right into the atmosphere! It helps that there is a competition for the annual Best Dressed Building award.
What makes shopping during Christmas in Singapore more exciting are the amazing discounts and the extended shopping hours. If you can bear the crowd, you can explore the stretch of Orchard Road encompassing Ion Orchard, Wisma Atria, Ngee Ann City and Paragon malls. Some of the newer funkier malls are further down like Orchard Central, Mandarin Gallery and 313@Somerset.
Visit a church
And of course, what is Christmas without where it came from – the church. If you would like to attend mass on Christmas and experience Christmas in a church, then Singapore has some beautiful Churches. A lot of them are historically and architecturally significant, and the best part is that they are all located close
to each other.
Close to Orchard Road is Singapore’s largest church – St Andrew’s Cathedral. You can also visit St Joseph’s Church which is famous for its incredible stained glass windows. Another famous landmark is the Armenian Church, it is Singapore’s oldest church and is surrounded by beautiful grounds. Besides the traditional Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox churches, a quick google search will find you modern non-denominational churches if you are looking for something different. Churches like City Harvest Church and New Creation Church are known to have excellent Christmas drama productions complete with theatrical props and original compositions.
Photo: Great Deals SG
Other Christmas Light-Ups
For the month December, every evening the Christmas display outside the Tanglin Mall is showered with foamy soap bubbles. It’s a lot of fun for adults and children alike and is a huge hit. If you want to catch the bubbles you need to be there at 7:30 to 8 pm.
Besides that, there is also places like Gardens by the Bay, Botanic Gardens where you and go with your partner or friends to enjoy a special time walking about and taking photos for your Instagram and social media display pictures.