How the upcoming Gong Xi Riuh is going to help prepare you for CNY
Gong xi, gong xi
With so many shopping malls, brands and restaurants in full Chinese New Year mode, it kind of feels like it's already CNY week (no, it actually falls on the 5 and 6 of February)! So the question is: How ready are you for the festive season? Have you bought your new clothes yet? Stocked your house with snacks for guests? Bought your decorations for the house already? If your answer is "No" to one or more of the above, fret not. Gong Xi Riuh is coming this 26 and 27 January at The Gasket Alley, and you'll find everything you need (and more) then and there.
Shop for new festive clothes
For the kids, Bops & Pops will be on hand with their handcrafted cheongsams while ladies who are looking for unique cheongsams might find the one from Tyra Mei—they're made from batik. Similarly, the guys, on the other hand, might want to consider donning batik as Batik Martian, who will be making their first Riuh appearance, will be there with stunning pieces handmade by artisans from Malaysia and Indonesia. No outfit is complete without accessories so be sure to check out jewellery from Envet, who is also making their Riuh debut.
Alternative: Marble Clay Jewellery Making Workshop by Craft At No.7
Make your own eye-catching polymer clay jewellery to match with your outfit. Nothing like that personal touch!
Grab your tasty (and quite possibly addictive) CNY snacks
Besides yee sang, the next best thing about Chinese New Year is the wide array of awesome snacks. The Last Bite will be heading to Riuh with pineapple tart gift sets while Hou Sek Gourmet Snacks will satisfy your Golden Salted Egg Fish Skin cravings. If you're looking for gifts to bring along on your "bai lin" trips (house visitations), Koyara will have a selection of healthy hampers for your consideration.
Psst... Riuh will be organising a Communal Yee Sang toss for everyone to take part in!
Opt for decor that you can keep all year round
BloomThis is bringing a selection of gorgeous CNY flowers and plants that will be perfect for brightening the home. They also make great gifts! However, if flowers are trickier to take care of (oh, if only we were all born with a green thumb), Moonshop Gallery will be the booth to head to with their low-maintenance tropical ornamental plants—some of which are placed in bottles.
Alternative: Forest in A Bottle Workshop by Moonshop Gallery
They're also hosting a terrarium workshop where you can choose the bottle of your choice to house your mini eco-system.
What else is there to do?
Of course, Riuh isn't just about shopping. After all, with connections to the government and tasked to help promote the local creative industry, it's also about getting to know our artists and homegrown brands—be it in music, food, or any service. In accordance with the theme, this Gong Xi Raya will see:
- Angel x Rocksta, a duo who plays the Ghuzeng, a traditional Chinese instrument
- A Cantonese Opera performance
- The Face Changing Dance, which is an important sub-genre of Chinese Sichuan opera
- An acrobatic Lion Dance by the award-winning Kwong Ngai Lion Dance troupe
- Tarot Card reading by Human Sketchbook
- Personalized Chinese calligraphy services
- Chinese New Year Inspired Embroidery Workshop by Yean Ni Koo
- Tong sui by Cornershop Desserts
- YumCha Tea Bar for the boba fans
- Kuih Inn for all your classic favourites
Sounds like there's a lot to check out that weekend? It's not even the full list. Follow Riuh's Facebook to find out everything else that they have in store come 26 and 27 January 2019.