recipients of Hong Bao usually look forward to
what is inside the red packet. But for one group
of collectors, the money envelopes alone are a
source of joy.
Connie Tai started collecting red packets some 20
years ago and she now has more than 10,000 red packets
of different designs.
She said : " I choose mostly zodiac ones and of
course, those that signify good luck. Cartoons for
children are among my favorites."
Connie's red packets come from as far as China.
Last year, she even started the Hong Bao
Sub-group, under the Kreta Ayer Stamp
Society. Connie, who is the group's chairperson,
said that there are currently 12 members.
Friends who know of her hobby also chip in and buy
red packets for her whenever, they see pretty ones
that they know she will like. Among her collections
are rare packets from the now defunct supermarket,
Yaohan, and several merchant banks that have