She's done Chinatown light-up for CNY since 2000

She's done Chinatown light-up for CNY since 2000
Ms Lee worked with SUTD students on this year’s Chinatown decorations featuring 176 horse-shaped lanterns, with the theme, “wan ma ben teng”.

SINGAPORE- From snake sculptures weaving through roads, to horses leaping over bridges, Ms Jennifer Lee has had to constantly outdo herself during Chinese New Year over the past 14 years.

Ms Lee has been involved in decorations themed around all 12 animal zodiac signs since her first Chinatown light-up in 2000.

She is also in charge of this year's light-up, which will be switched on by President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Saturday.

The decorations feature 176 horse-shaped lanterns - 88 in the heart of Chinatown and another 88 along South Bridge Road - designed by students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

"I like the impact," Ms Lee, a grassroots volunteer, said. "You have all the horses galloping into Chinatown, then finally, the 10m-high horse and the sea of golden ingots."

Ms Lee, who would say only that she is in her mid-30s, is one of the youngest in the team of about 20 members who organise the annual festive celebrations. Most are part of the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens Consultative Committee, which is advised by Dr Lily Neo, MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC.

She gave the SUTD students the design theme of "wan ma ben teng (ten thousand horses galloping ahead)", and worked with them to improve on their design ideas, such as ensuring that the structures can be set up and provide good photo angles.

Ms Lee grew up in Chinatown, where her parents have been managing a fish stall in a wet market since she was born. Even after moving house when she was six, she has continued to hang out in the area on weekends.

"I know the people around here," she said. "I'm familiar with the little back lanes. I know where to get what people want. My friends know I'm the walking directory for Chinatown."

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