Breaking with CNY tradition - with a passport

More Singaporeans spending Chinese New Year overseas

A growing number of Singaporeans are choosing to celebrate Chinese New Year by going out of the country, rather than house-visiting.
A growing number of Singaporeans are choosing to celebrate Chinese New Year by going out of the country, rather than house-visiting.PHOTO: ST FILE

Eat lots of bak kwa and pineapple tarts. Watch reruns of Stephen Chow's God Of Gamblers II on TV. Lose half of your hongbao money in blackjack. Go to the next house for visiting. Repeat.

The Chinese New Year drill is well known, and some go through the motions each year in the name of tradition. But others are fighting against it - with a passport.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 03, 2019, with the headline 'Breaking with CNY tradition - with a passport'. Subscribe