Celebrating CNY with cute ‘tigers’


David (in yellow), his wife Teoh (in red) and their sons (from left) Darren, Danny and Derrick with their tiger-themed decorations.

 TIGERS are ferocious and strong in nature but the ones in Elaine Teoh’s house are cute and playful.

The “tigers” are actually handmade figurines, which her husband David Loh, 52, and their three sons made to welcome the Year of the Tiger.

Teoh said the adorable tiger figurines were carved out of polyfoam before they were painted with acrylic paint.

“The tiger figurines’ clothes are made from recycling bags.

“We are ushering in the Tiger zodiac this year and as we all know, tigers tend to be fierce, ferocious and strong.

“While we adore these qualities of the animal, bringing serious- looking figurines into our home as decorations may be a little too much.

“Among the Chinese community, we like things at home to be in sync and harmony according to fengshui,” she said at their house in Paya Terubong, Penang.

Teoh, 51, said everything in their home must give off positive vibes, or must either look beautiful or cheerful.

“This inspired us to make the figurines look more adorable and playful.

“At the end of the day, our home is a place for us to feel comfortable and relaxed, and the last thing we want is the presence of some fierce-looking animal around the house,” she said.

Loh, who started working on the figurines in November last year, said it was a challenge carving out the figurines properly as the foam was fragile.

“It is difficult to work on polyfoam as it breaks easily and we need to carve out the details like the nose, body parts and expressions properly.”

He said they made seven tiger figurines, with five representing each of his family members, while the other two represented the God of Prosperity and God of Wealth.

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