Are You Ready for CNY 2017? 

Published on Jan 24, 2017

We're just a few days from Chinese New Year and that means you have little time to prepare for the lunar new year!

Oh, we don't mean to send you into a panic, in fact, don't get into a frenzy just yet.

To help you get sorted and make sure you don't miss a thing, we've put together a checklist you can follow to prep for CNY! 

1. Buy a new set of clothes


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It's custom to dress yourself in a new set of clothes for Chinese New Year, from head to toe. Whether you are opting for a traditional attire or something modern like a floral maxi dress, it's preferable to wear at least one piece of your clothing in red as the Chinese believe the colour red symbolizes luck and is believed to ward away evil.

Though it might be too late for online shopping, Zalora is a good option for some last minute shopping, they are pretty quick in their delivery and you should receive your order in a day or two.

2. Colour your hair or get a haircut


Don't want your relatives to spot your growing number of white hairs? Then a colour session is what you need! If you are not sure what colour to go for, read our article on the best hair colours for your zodiac sign. It's also a good idea to give your hair a final toning if you've just bleached your hair as well and a haircut is also a great way to get rid of those damaged hair ends if you don't have the time for a treatment.

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We've prepared a list of salons with no CNY surcharges and salons you might be able to get a last minute appointment despite the CNY busy period!

3. Get a manicure


Get a festive manicure to complete your overall look for CNY.

Nail Colour by LeeKaJa Hair & Beauty Salon

If you have time during lunch, we suggest dropping by Allumer Japanese Beauty Salon for their affordable gel nails promotion.

Alternatively, there's also Korean nail artist, Nuri from LeeKaJa Hair & Beauty Salon.

4. Prepare new notes and angbaos


For married couples, don't forget to get your new notes from the bank or ATMs dispensing new notes.

At while you are it, don't forget the red angbaos too! Fewer companies are giving angbaos this year, possibly to save cost.

So you might have to kope some from your parents! ;)

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5. Spring clean your house 


The new won't come if you don't throw away the old! Spring cleaning is necessary, especially if friends and family are visiting and to celebrate.

You want to make your house welcoming to guests and keep it clean to draw in good luck and cleanse the house of all bad energy that might be hindering your prosperity. Get your whole family to help and make a family bonding session out of it!

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6. Stock up your drinks and CNY goodies


Once your house is tidy, it's time to prepare the CNY goodies.

Be sure to have extra at hand because these yummy goodies are sure to run out quick! Bak Kwa, pineapple tarts and shrimp rolls - these have people salivating just at the thought of them, so make sure you have than just two bottles at the ready.

Festivities are all about food and fun after all!

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7. Buy food for Steamboat or book a restaurant for reunion dinner


Whether you will be spending reunion dinner at home, don't forget to confirm your plans and ensure you have everything you need for a joyous reunion dinner with the family.

Buy food for the steamboat before all the good stuff runs out and if you intend to go out, appoint a person to book a restaurant before it's too late!

8. Repay your debts


It's taboo to bring your debt into the new year!

Superstitions aside, it's wise to welcome the new year with a fresh start and repaying your debt is a good start to improving your financial health.

Pay off what you can, no matter how small the amount is and make a plan that will allow you to be debt free before the following year kicks in.

Some measures you can take is to set aside a bit of cash monthly for your debts, monitor your credit card spending, avoid paying late fees and borrowing from friends, family or licensed money lenders

9. Catch a movie


Not going for a lot of visitings this year?

You still can have some fun with your family by catching a CNY movie release such as Kung Fu Yoga by Jackie Chan, a local movie - The Fortune Handbook Starring Mark Lee and Li Nanxing, Take 2 遇见贵人 and Journey To The West: The Demons Strike Back 西游伏妖篇 2!

Do buy the tickets ahead of time though, as the cinemas are often full during CNY!

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