I went there not to shop for new year goodies, clothes or shoes or to succumb to all the sales gimmicks that the stall holders have up their sleeves. When I was a kid, Chinese New Year meant shopping for everything new and stocking up on all the Chinese sausages and stuff, melon seeds, sweets, cookies, pineapple tarts and all that would make a kid happy during the festive period. Many Chinese New Year celebrations later, I just want to have peace and quiet and a desire to rid my life of clutter instead of accumulating more things to increase the clutter in my house. Having less things around me make me happier these days. My dream home will be one that is minimalist in design and my mission for this year is to go about reducing the stuff I have (except my books) and not to buy more of what I already have or need. So with this mindset, I visted Chinatown as if I was a tourist - one who takes pictures only.