As far as I can recall, my family has always spent Chinese New Year at the Mandarin Oriental. We have always celebrated this joyous occasion in this hotel in Makati. Our celebration would always start with a meal at Paseo Uno, then we would go outside and participate in the Grand Midnight Countdown. We would watch the fireworks display (which was always grand), and we would all feel lucky as we went home!

Mandarin Oriental Chinese New Year

Mandarin Oriental Chinese New Year

2011 is the year of the Metal Rabbit, and of course, what better way to usher in this new year than by spending it with family and friends at the Mandarin Oriental, Manila. For this February 2, the eve of Chinese New Year, there will be a countdown before the clock strikes 12 midnight. At 11 pm, the paai chan ceremony will take place, headed by Master Chau*. There will we an eye dotting ceremony, a dragon dance and spectacular fireworks at the stroke of midnight.

Tickets for the event will include pre-event alfresco cocktails from 10 pm onwards. They will also partake in the 8 course lauriat dinner at the Mandarin Ballroom after the countdown ceremonies. The lauriat will be composed of dishes that symbolizes good fortune and prosperity, as it is important to have that first “lucky” meal of the year. Entertainment will be provided and exciting prizes await lucky raffle winners. The prizes include a trip for two to Sanya, China with a 3 day / 2 night accommodation in an Ocean Pavillion at the Mandarin Oriental, Sanya resort hotel. These ticket holders will also get a copy of Master Chau’s 2011 Year of the Metal Rabbit Forecast. The book will be sold at the Lobby shop and the Mandarin Deli at Php 488 each starting February 3.

Tickets are at Php 2,988 nett for adults and Php 1,588 net for children ages 12 years old and below.

If you’re planning to stay at the Mandarin Oriental Manila this Chinese New Year, room packages are available beginning at Php 6,888+++ for an overnight occupancy in a Superior or Deluxe Room. It includes breakfast at Paseo Uno, a Php 1,000 credit that can be used for dinning or spa, 20% discount for all a la carte treatments at The Spa, Mandarin Oriental Manila, late checkout at 4:00 pm (subject to availability) and a copy of Master Chau’s 2011 Year of the Metal Rabbit Forecast. This package is available from February 2-7.

Homemade Tikoy or nian gao is available at the Mandarin Oriental, Manila’s Chinese New Year booth until February 2, 2011. Prices range from Php 288 to Php 1,088. Set menus are available from February 2-6 at the Tin Hau restaurant. The set menu ranges from Php 1,488+++ to Php 2,388+++. The Tin Hau’s Pen Cai menu (includes a hearty stew served during Chinese New Year; good for 5-7 people) is at Php 1,688+++ per person and should be ordered 4 hours in advance. On February 2, thee will be two seatings available: from 5:30 – 7:30 pm and 8:00 to 10:00 pm.

For reservations, please call 7508888 or email
Check out Mandarin Oriental, Manila’s website

Here are some details about The Year of the Metal Rabbit
Directory of Feng Shui Particulars for 2011

Year 2011 Zodiac Sign: Metal Rabbit
Commencement of the year: 3rd February 00:01 am 2011
Formal duration of the year: 4th February 2011 at 12:34 noon to 3rd February 2012

Element of the Year
Heaven stem element: Metal
Earth branch element: Wood
Supporting element: Wood

Zodiac signs offending the Tai Suey: Rabbit, Rooster, Rat, Horse and Dog

Zodiac signs that must avoid Burials: Yin Wood Rooster, Yin Earth Rooster, Yin Fire Rabbit Golden Rat, Fire Rat and Earth Horse

Lucky Colors:
Gold, Silver, White, Sky Blue, Green, Red, Pink, Violet, Peach and Orange,

* About Master Joseph Chau Kam Shing or Master Chau

Master Chau has been practicing Feng Shui for over 30 years and established his own firm, Chau’s Chinese Geomancy. He is acknowledged as a primary figure in Chinese geomancy. He is based in Hong Kong but he constantly travels to meet clients in Southeast Asia, Australia, Canada, South Africa, USA and other parts of the world.

He has done several lectures in Sydney, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Manila on Feng Shui. He has been featured on popular TV shows (CNN International, Los Angeles Times, London’s Feng Shui for Modern Living, Holland’s NOS TV network). In the Philippines, he is a contributor of the Manila Bulletin newspaper since 2006. He also does TV interviews in shows like the annual Chinese New Year’s TV Special of Ms. Jullie Yap Daza. He has authored the Mandarin Oriental’s annual Feng Shui book since 2001 until the present. Master Chau has been personally involved in Mandarin Oriental Manila’s annual propitious celebrations to welcome the new lunar year and in the hotel’s festive Mid-Autumn Moon festivals and other Feng Shui related events since 2000.

Master Chau can be contracted in Hong Kong through email:
Tel. No.: 852-9808 4910 Fax No: 852-2402 8917
In Manila, he can be contacted through Yin & Yang Shop of Harmony
Lobby Level, Mandarin Oriental Manila, Makati Avenue, Makati City.

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