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Food is one of the best ways to better understand and appreciate a culture. Food also holds a special symbolic meaning in many cultures, and China is no exception. In the Chinese culture, food culture is believed to have a significant bearing on the progression of life. Hence, the Chinese are very particular about selecting food types for special occasions like CNY 2016.

One of the most significant foods that has Chinese New Year symbolic meaning or symbolize auspicious food in Chinese New Year is the Chun He, or the Tray of Togetherness. This CNY symbol is traditionally made up of eight compartments, arranged in a circular or octagonal shape, as the number 8 symbolizes good fortune. For this reason, it is sometimes called as ‘Ba Bao He’, ‘Ba Bao box’ or ‘Eight Treasures Box’.

Each compartment is completely filled with auspicious goodies of significance to the Chinese New Year season. Some common items are:

  • Candied Winter Melons  – signifies 甜甜蜜蜜 or  ‘a sweet and easy life’
  • Lotus Root – signifies  天成佳偶, ‘marital bliss’ or ‘match made in heaven’
  • Tangerine – signifies 吉祥如意 or ‘auspiciousness’
  • Shredded Coconut Pieces – signifies 永结同心 or ‘everlasting love’
  • Sweetened Ginger – signifies 万寿无疆 or ‘longevity’
  • Carrots – signifies 金银财宝or ‘wealth and precious jewels’
  • Lotus Seeds – signifies 连生贵子or ‘fertility’
  • Dried Red Dates – signifies 鸿运当头 or ‘good luck in every endeavour’
  • Water Chestnut – signifies 东城西就or ‘accomplishment in all activities’
  • Pineapple – signifies 飞黄腾达 or ‘great achievement in career or business’
  • Sweet Potato – signifies 黄金满桶 or ‘overflowing pot of gold’
  • Mandarin Orange – signifies 大吉大利 or ‘auspiciousness’
  • Dried Longans – signifies ‘many good sons’
  • Pistachio Nuts – signifies 开心果 or ‘happiness’
  • Red Melon Seeds – the red colour signifies ‘joy and happiness’

In modern times, sweets such as ‘Rabbit’ candy, chocolate coins or ingots are used to represent a sweet and joyful new year and the abundance of wealth during the spring festival.

Some of the traditional gift items that Qua offers in appreciation of CNY and the Chinese culture is the CNY Round Goodie Box, 6 Compartment Tidbits Box and the Chinese Wedding Box from the various collections. Look no further for a CNY Gift Premium or a Chinese New Year Hamper to give your CNY blessings. These are perfect as an auspicious gift of abundance for a friend or business associate!


CNY Goodies

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Nanyang Technological University, Custom Coaster (Set of 4)

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) commissioned Qua to design a set of lacquer coasters that exhibit some of their most prominent buildings — The Hive, Pioneer and Crescent Halls, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and the School of Art, Design and Media.

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Figure 1: (Left to right) The Hive, Pioneer and Crescent Halls, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and School of Art, Design and Media

Each building is specially designed and illustrated by Qua. These illustrations are treated in silver foil on a red/blue base which represent some of NTU’s key corporate colors. The end result? A chic set of coasters to impress fellow guests.


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From Incentive & promotional gifts to gifts with Singapore heritage

From Incentive & promotional gifts to gifts with Singapore heritage

Many marketing experts tell me that it is most important to stay on top of your customer’s mind all the time.  Qua is excited to bring unique promotional and gift ideas that are featured in the Office and Home.  So, where ever the customers are, they are reminded of your organisation, product or service. Click on each gift category for more details:

1  Singapore Gifts for the overseas guests and to celebrate our Singapore’s Golden Jubilee
2  Festive Gifts for the Christmas and CNY giveaway
3  Incentive & Promotional Gifts that propogate any brand or message and will reach your target segment on every level
4  Eco Friendly Gifts that sends the message the organisation is environmentally responsible, care for the community, AND innovative too!

Singapore culture plays a big part in our designs. We are inspired by it when we create new designs for our products. Qua has designed the Harmony Collection, which is derived from symbols of the main ethnic groups in Singapore: Malay, Indian and Chinese and Eurasian.

Take a look at the Harmony Collection’s painting process, inspiration, product types and the Musical Box hands-on in the video below:


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Qua is privileged to partner Pathlight School to introduce the Pathlight Artist Showcase – a collection of gifts featuring the designs from Pathlight students and associates.  Pathlight School is the first autism-focused school in Singapore that offers a unique blend of mainstream academics and life readiness skills and this collection’s unique design captures these special people who are quaint, insightful and fun.
Our newest addition to this collection is a business card holder, with the artwork of Glenn Phua.  Glenn Phua’s keen attention to detail alludes to that of Mr Stephen Wiltshire, the renowned British artist with autism.  Yet, Glenn exudes his own unique style with high stamina ink work.

For preorders with this email, price at $25 for 50 pieces (usual: $29 each).   Receive the products by first week August.


Wedding Collection


We listened and here it is –  Introducing our wedding collection.


My Qua Office
Check out a very elegant office all done up with Qua’s collections.  Inspired yet?  Be it a treat for yourself, or a gift for your business associate, there is something in the Qua family that will make a statement in the office.

By the way, the peranakan inspired cushion covers are our latest add-ons to the Qua family.   All products shown come in a multitude of designs – so do get in touch with us for the full catalogue or the website:

Uniquely Singapore Gifts to celebrate SG50

Elegant Festive Premiums for the year end

Be excited by how Qua collections can really accessorize your office

Be excited by how Qua collections can really accessorize your office

A simple home all decked out in peranakan cushions

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For a touch of total exclusivity, our personalised lacquer paintings are an option. Just email us the photograph and size of the painting you wish to have, and we will provide a no obligations quote. Attached are examples of paintings done for our customers.

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