as changeable as the weather

Quick Change


“A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.”

― Marcel Proust, The Guermantes Way

Loving Husband and I were driving past this street corner on 1 Jan 2022 when this scene caught our eyes.

It is not uncommon for Christmas decorations in Singapore to swiftly change from Christmas to Chinese New Year, particularly when the latter holiday happens earlier in the year. This year, it falls on 1 Feb; I guess that’s pretty soon, but this poor tree didn’t even make it the full 12 days of Christmas.

Running down Orchard Road yesterday told a different story – this is the street (apart from Chinatown) which would have been brightly decorated for the occasion. But there was nothing save a couple of small nods to the season. Sign of the times.

From top left, clockwise: 1) looks like Coca Cola is putting up something in front of Wisma Atria, 2) as we approached Voco Hotel, we thought it was leftover Christmas trim around the pillar – but apparently it is for Chinese New Year, 3) small decorated pussy willows at the entrance of Ion Mall

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Inspired by Manja at Embarassment of Riches’ This day in my Blogging History segment at the end of each of her posts: I look back at my old posts from around this day; to chuckle in reminiscence and to gape at some of the things which caught my attention then.

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This post is my contribution to One Word Sunday: Weather hosted by Debbie at Travel with Intent

25 Comments

  1. Oh, this strange time of our lives!
    Never ever imagined to experience life like this, when even the most joyful of moments are all locked up in the restrictions.
    My city is also back into the restriction mode as positivity rate is alarmingly high these days. Staying cautious we all are.

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    1. Indeed these are times unexpected and perplexing. And yet, you manage to bring such beauty and much needed reflection to this space. Thank you for your positivity, creativity & energy in sharing simple pleasures. Be safe and well.

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  2. So poignant to see the Christmas tree decorations come down. Perhaps more Chinese New Year trimmings will emerge over the coming weeks.

    Our tree still brightens our house. The Feast of the Epiphany, yes. Can I justify keeping the lights up to Ash Wednesday?

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    1. I once kept my tree up all year round … so I would certainly say, go for it!
      We make a note of the lack of Chinese New Year decorations out of concern for the businesses which must be hurting because of the pandemic; it really is very worrying and sad to see smaller shops close.

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    1. I drove past the main Chinatown strip the other day and the lanterns were up. We will run there once Chinese New Year begins (we have 15 days of celebration) as it will be significantly less crowded then. Will report then.

      Orchard Road is the main shopping thoroughfare and was, in the past, always brightly decorated for this celebration – I guess it really is the sign of the times.

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        1. I’ve seen some images of Chinatown – they’ve decorated very liberally there! I’m actually not fussed about the street decorations – I am thinking of the many businesses hurting from this pandemic.

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