5 lifestyle must-dos to get you inspired for Chinese New Year

It’s time to go bananas in the Year of the Monkey

1. Carry a monkey
1. Carry a monkey
01 Feb 2016

1. Carry a monkey

Not sure huat to wear ’cos red just isn’t your colour? Get away with a non-red outfit when you accessorise with this CATH KIDSTON SMALL SLIP POCKET HANDBAG ($69). The Asia-exclusive monkey-print range (which includes travel purses, $33, pencil cases, pass holders, $19, and glasses cases) isn’t just great for stashing ang pows and mandarin oranges. It makes for a great conversation starter too, so you don’t have to worry about running out of conversation topics with your father’s auntie’s second cousin’s niece.

Available at Cath Kidston stores. 10 per cent off selected festive-themed items from now until Feb 9.

2. Go for gold (monkeys)
2. Go for gold (monkeys)
01 Feb 2016

2. Go for gold (monkeys)

Add some shine to your CNY get-up, and we don’t mean obiang gold jewellery that your mum dusts off every Chinese New Year. These cutesy charms from SK JEWELLERY’S 999 PURE GOLD FORTUNE MONKEY PENDANT SERIES aren’t just great to look at — they’re designed to “convey the playfulness, delightful expressions, and fun-loving and adventurous nature” of the monkey, okay?

From $266 each. Available at SK Jewellery stores.


3. Monkey around with teas
3. Monkey around with teas
01 Feb 2016

3. Monkey around with teas

Don’t be fooled by the, er, less-than-amiable-looking primates adorning the tea caddies from London luxury tea makers Newby Teas. Inside these lovely canisters are limited edition teas hand-picked from India’s Assam region. Go zen and sip on the soothing ALMOND CALM, a malty blend of black tea with cornflower petals and almond bits. For a perk-me-up, go for CINNAMON FIRE, which is everything that Almond Calm is, plus spicy cinnamon bark. 8 DAYS readers get 20 per cent off purchases from the Newby Teas online store with this discount code: 8DAYS20. Valid until Feb 29.

$39.90 each. Available at www.newbyteas.sg, Nara Thai at West Gate Mall, OLIVO at Aperia Mall and The French Table at Waterway Point.

4. Head to the zoo to cosy up with a real monkey
4. Head to the zoo to cosy up with a real monkey
01 Feb 2016

4. Head to the zoo to cosy up with a real monkey

Here’s one for animal lovers and those who want to evade the annual firing squad (aka nosey relatives). Or maybe you just want a fab Instagram opp with some of the world’s rarest monkeys, like the golden-headed lion tamarin. Kai Kai and Jia Jia mascots also roam the park amid lion dance performances at the zoo, which is open throughout CNY.

Regular admission fee applies. For more info, go to www.wrs.com.sg.

5. Catch the dragon dance at S.E.A Aquarium
5. Catch the dragon dance at S.E.A Aquarium
05 Feb 2016

5. Catch the dragon dance at S.E.A Aquarium

You have seen the lion dance but what about dragon dance? Performed underwater by divers at 11am, 2pm, 4.30pm daily, this popular dance may look effortless but it is anything but easy. Also on display at the S.E.A Aquarium are the auspicious goldfish exhibition as well as marine versions of the Chinese zodiac.

Gong SEA Fa Cai runs till Feb 22 (open through Lunar New Year). Online tickets: $25* (U.P. $32, min. 2 to go). For more info, visit rwsentosa.com/seaa.
 
Additional reporting by Toggle

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