Chinese New Year 2020 opening hours for supermarkets, shopping malls, food courts, cafes and restaurants

Here’s 365days2play’s annual list of supermarkets, malls, clinics, food courts, and kopi/cafe places that are open during the CNY period! Hope you find it useful. If the supermarket or shopping centre in Orchard road is not listed here, it’s because the information is not available (yet)! You can also check the 2017 guide, 2018 guide and 2019 guide for reference.

What is open during Chinese New Year 2020

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What to eat at Millenia Walk during Chinese New Year

One of the perks of running this blog and being in the social media scene is that sometimes you get to do fun things that won’t actually happen in real life. Like for example, partake in a Chinese New Year feast in the Great Hall of Millenia Walk, while curious shoppers and passers-by wonder what we’re up to. Did you know Millenia Walk has a Great Hall? Sounds like some cavernous place in a fairytale castle (okay I’m thinking more of Harry Potter) but actually I’m sure you’ve been there because it’s just the huge space in the center of Millenia Walk. I’ll let you in on a secret, I’ve been looking forward to this Chinese New Year lunch! It’s a fun and celebratory affair, and also because it is a reunion of sorts for all those in the media.

While you won’t have the chance to toss yu sheng in the Great Hall of Millenia Walk, you can most definitely sample all these Chinese New Year dishes being rolled out by the various F&B establishments in the mall. Scroll down for more photos. Also add me on Instagram so that you can get on the spot 1st hand pictures and videos of all the events that I attend.

Millenia Walk - Elemen Prosperity Truffle Yu Sheng (2)

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Thomson-East Coast Line Opening preview (TEL 1– Woodlands, Woodlands South and Woodlands North Stations) and some interesting facts

The Thomson-East Coast Line Woodlands, Woodlands South and Woodlands North Stations (aka TEL 1) will soon be opening on 31 January 2020. In preparation for this momentous occasion, the 3 stations hosted an open house party on 11 January 2020 for the public to preview the stations. Aside from the free rides on these 3 stations throughout the day, there were also a lot of fringe activities held at each of the 3 stations as can be seen in my video below.

Quizzes, hands-on activities for the kids and even a bomb-shelter tour by the SCDF. Many people crowded the quiz stations because there were many freebies to be won. We ourselves managed to snag our hands on a number of post-it notes by the Gracious Bunch, some toy duck figurines (not sure of the relevance!). You can also buy these knick knacks and other quirky merchandise inspired by Singapore’s buses and trains at Knackstop.

How is the MRT System built

But the best thing we got was a <How is the MRT System built> book published by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore. The book features a story about exactly what the title says in a format easy for children to digest. There are even some simple activities at the end of the book plus a cardboard cut out of a train model to be put together. Fantastic book for train-mad children like my son is.

Some interesting facts about the 3 Woodlands stations

  1. Woodlands North Station is humongous as it is next to the potential Rapid Transit System (RTS) linking Singapore to Johor Bahru.
  2. The stations feature two lifts instead of one to cater to an aging population as well as to be more inclusive
  3. The new MRT train maps with the circle line drawn out as a circle are used
  4. Larger wayfinding signage and exit signs
  5. Exits labelled by number instead of alphabet
  6. One Family room available for changing of diapers, and child height toilet bowl. Strangely located within the disabled toilet, which could mean long queues for those who need it. Watch my video to see this family room toilet!

Watch the video below to get a preview of the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line 1 stations!


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Famous Treasure – CNY dishes + Yu Sheng that requires no tossing!

Here’s a restaurant that is right smack in town but yet may be flying under the radar due to its second floor location at the quiet Capitol Building just opposite the bustling Raffles City Shopping Centre. Nevertheless, it’s a restaurant I want to recommend because the food served here is good! I was here last week to sample their Chinese New Year 2020 offerings and I was impressed. Scroll down further to read more.

Famous Treasure - Prosperity Shun De Yu Sheng

Famous Treasure - Prosperity Shun De Yu Sheng (2)

Prosperity Shun De Yu Sheng
Dine-in $118++ for Small ( 6 diners) | $180++ for Large (10 diners)
Takeaway (no service charge for takeaway) $118+ (6 diners) | $180+ (10 diners)

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Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge Festive Afternoon Tea

I know Christmas is over but I wanted to share with you all our wonderful Christmas Festive Afternoon Tea at Ritz Carlton Chihuly lounge. This is my second year running having the festive Afternoon Tea here. It can be expensive to eat out for Christmas but yet you feel like you deserve to indulge a little bit given that it’s Christmas. My usual practice come December is to go for a festive afternoon tea. That way, not only can I enjoy the festive atmosphere and decorations, the bill is still somewhat manageable. I’ve always liked the afternoon tea offered by Chihuly Lounge.

Ritz Carlton Festive Afternoon Tea

Scones! As much as you like, with clotted cream, jams and honey.

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