Liv Hambrett

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Chinese New Year

We hopped a bus down to Chinatown tonight, just to soak in some of the Chinese New Year energy. Tomorrow is the first day of the year of the goat and it will be rung in with fireworks later tonight (for which I will be sound asleep) the culmination of several weeks of general celebrating. Much of the action has been and will be taking place in Chinatown and down by the water at Marina Bay, so this afternoon we checked out the former.


I uncovered Mum’s DSLR a couple of days ago (and took a million photos of die Lüdde and then promptly assaulted family with repeated Dropbox links) and lugged it out today. Few things photograph quite as well as bright lights against an evening sky.



Things heaved and pulsed precisely as much as I thought they would and it was messy and colourful and loud. Mum and I partook of a few white carrot cakes (possibly not carrot and definitely not cake) and bought little decorations and fairly outrageous miniature slippers.





I am a rat, and I read my forthcoming fortunes last time I was in Singapore. Appalling. I can expect poor health, poor finances, a poorly behaved husband, and generally a poor time of it during the year of the goat.

I am, however, remaining positive.


Happy Chinese New Year.



  1. adrianscrazylife

    18 February, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I’m a rat too, as are my mother and sister. All our birth years are multiples of 12. But I’m going to ignore the bad predictions also. I think the year of the goat will be a wonderful year for us rats!

    1. Liv

      19 February, 2015 at 4:01 am

      Hurrah for rats! (I read somewhere about how in the initial big race to something, which all the animals partook in, the rat leapt onto the head of the Ox and rode him to the finish line, then jumped off and won the race … we are super clever). My husband is a dragon and things look bleak for him too. We chose to ignore the predictions … let’s have a wonderful year of the goat!

  2. Jane

    18 February, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Just found you and very much enjoy your commentary about the different cultures you’re enjoying. My mum is German, she grew up in Tokyo, now lives in Florida. Her sister, my aunt, lives in Australia. I’m very American and live in Atlanta. Your insights on the eccentricities of people and cultures are wonderful!!

    1. Liv

      19 February, 2015 at 4:02 am

      What a wonderful collection of cultures in your family! And thank you so much for reading – I wonder if you recognise any of your Mum’s Germanness in what I write about!

  3. Rosemary

    20 February, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    At least goats don’t eat rats! I’m waiting for the year of the horse myself! Happy New Year!!

    1. Liv

      21 February, 2015 at 4:23 am

      Very true! I am safe from the goat! The horse was last year, so you have 11 more years to wait – the question is, did you have a good year last year under your sign??

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