Sunday, January 10, 2016

Monkey business for Chinese New Year 2016.

For the past couple of years, I have made it a point to wear my traditional ethnic clothes for Chinese New Year because I wish my kids will follow in my footsteps and learn more about their own culture.

This year, I managed to buy mandarin-collared shirts for Adam and Ashton as you would know, ethnic clothes and costumes for boys are like finding for a needle in a haystack.
Happened that we came across this boutique in B2 Changi Airport Terminal 3 in front of Sing Kids which was selling children's Mandarin-collared shirts and some very pretty cheongsams for little girls.
Do take note that the mandarin shirts in this particular colour did not come with the Chinese knot buttons, hence I had to go on a hunt with Hubby at Chinatown to search for those buttons to DIY my own.

After Mama's done with her sewing, off we go to the Chinese Garden at Lakeside for our CNY 2016 photoshoot!

chinese garden singapore 2016

chinese garden photoshoot

chinese garden photoshoot

chinese garden photoshoot

chinese garden photoshoot

chinese garden photoshoot

Tips for taking photos of kids:
- Ensure they have enough rest and nap time before the photoshoot

- If they are old enough to understand, I usually prep talk them by telling them where we will be going later for the photoshoot and how I expect them to behave.

- Choose to go on weekdays or off-peak season (non-school holidays, not too near the CNY period) to avoid crowds and photobombers.

- Try to stick to a theme and also to centre your photos around the signature features of the place.
Eg. Twin pagodas at Chinese Garden/ fire crackers, poppies and peonies deco, CNY snack sales if you are at Chinatown/ a plain background with a nice vase of pussy willows & peonies if in your own home.

- Set aside about an hour max for the photoshoot if outdoors, and 30 min if indoors due to short attention span of children.

- Allow your kids to play and monkey around to let them "warm up".
I find that I end up liking more of the spontaneous happy-grin types of photos better than the posey-posey ones.

Where to buy CNY clothes for your kids (boys and girls included):
Baby Pixie Online Singapore: Mandarin-collared shirts, pants, cheongsams from $25 onwards.
Mother-daughter matching sets available.

Elly Loves: Baby CNY rompers, shirts, pants, cheongsams and even shoes. They are having a sale now. Prices from $27 onwards for selected designs, otherwise priced at $45 onwards for shirts and $39 for shoes.

Uptown Kidz or Little Qipao: Cheongsams, boys mandarin-collared shirts, and adult cheongsams from $59.90 for boys' shirts and $139 for adult cheongsams.
**Also available at Takashimaya Level 4 Children's Department from 4 Jan 2016 - 7 Feb 2016.

Brick & motar stores: Boutique opposite SingKids at Changi Airport Terminal 3 B2; Chinatown People's Park.

Did not do any photoshoot in 2015 (Goat) as I was lazy  busy and the photos are all on my Facebook :P

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