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ION Orchard Culinary Creations 2017– Free goodies worth $150, 1-for-1 discounts and win a trip to Sapporo!

The 3rd edition of ION Orchard’s Culinary Creations is back, boasting lots of 1-for-1 dining treats, free parking and even a unique Chocolate Wonderland! Check out ION’s webpages here, here and here for more information, or scroll down for a quick summary!

Chocolate Wonderland (14 – 16 July only!)

ION Orchard’s B4 ION Station will transform into a decadent Chocolate Wonderland. There will be cooking demonstrations, stage contests and even sampling of chocolate goodies and more from the following brands :

  • Magnum (personalise your macarons!)
  • 1872 Clipper Tea
  • Haagen-Dazs
  • LeTAO
  • The Marmalade Pantry
  • GODIVA
  • Awfully Chocolate
  • Saveur Art
  • Lim Chee Guan

    Check out the full 3 day programme here.

    Ion Orchard Culinary Creations 2017

    Great prizes to be won too!

  • LeTAO is giving away 1 pair of return tickets to Sapporo, Japan
  • ION Orchard is giving away gift boxes with chocolate treats and dining vouchers worth up to $150 between 2-4pm daily from 14 – 16 July. The 1st 100 shoppers daily who spend a minimum of $150 (up to 4 same day receipts) qualify. OR if you are one of the 1st 150 tourists to flash your “Handy smartphone” provided by your hotel (no minimum spend required).

     

    ION Orchard Culinary Creations 2017 - content inside the Chocolate gift box

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  • Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market

    The quarterly Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market is on again this weekend! Was so bummed when I found out about the existence of this farmers market the previous round especially after I saw the interesting pictures, but had to wait a few months for the next round! So you can imagine I made sure not to miss this round!

    It was blazing hot when we got to D’Kranji Farm Resort where the farmers’ market was held. Was mentally thinking whether to bring baby’s stroller or not, because I half wanted to keep the boot space free for all the shopping loot. But I hate being stuck with a sleepy baby and no where for baby to nap. In the end, baby did not even want to sit in the stroller because it was such a hot day (and neither did he take a nap).

    The farmers’ market on the whole was quite impressive. We got there around 1pm, which is 1 hour after it opened. Thank goodness we found a parking slot near the entrance to the market, or else we’d be carrying baby in the hot sun! That’s one good thing about making it to the market relatively early, although on the other hand it meant we bore the full brunt of the mid-day sun. There were marshals guiding cars towards empty slots so you could see that some effort was being made to make the visit an enjoyable process. There’s also a free shuttle, but you’ll have to check the website for more details.

    The farmers’ market was also impressive because of the size. I was just expecting a handful of stalls, but there were many stalls! I spent about 1.5 hours going through all the stalls and that’s considered fast already because I skipped quite a number due to the heat. Wow if the weather had been more forgiving, I would have probably spent at least 2 to 3 hours there, sampling my way through the stalls and eating all the interesting things. I really wanted to try the fried quail, frog balls, otah etc but at least I did manage to try the crocodile tail nuggets. Yes. Tastes better than chicken, if you want to know.

    It got more crowded as we were about to leave. My friend who arrived around 2+ said that she had to line up 30 minutes to get the otah!

    Scroll down for pictures of the farmers market!

    Kranji Countryside Farmers Market 9th edition (3)

    All ready to chiong the market!

    Kranji Countryside Farmers Market 9th edition (23)

    Look how crowded it was! Apparently, this edition of the Farmers market is held at D’Kranji Farm Resort, where the layout is like a racetrack which loops back on itself. Several of the previous sessions were held at Nyee Phoe Flower Garden under a huge marquee like place. I’m assuming that layout would be better as you can get to any stall you want by criss-crossing the place, unlike the racetrack layout where you can’t short-cut and cross over to the other side.

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    Fort Canning Park – Gastronomic Trail, Guided Tours and free Movie Screening!

    [Weekends in the Park Series]

    With the cool weather that we have been experiencing these days, it’s the best opportunity to enjoy Singapore’s great outdoors! And what better way than to explore Fort Canning Park this weekend, 4th March 2017, for a full day of fun and free activities!

    Gastronomic Trail

    • Yoga and Wellness Breakfast – Hotel Fort Canning (8.30am – 9.30am)
    • Cooking with Spices Demo – Lewin Terrace Restaurant (11.30am – 1.30pm)
    • Cake Frosting Demo – Fabulous Baker Boy (3pm – 4pm)
    • Sushi Art & Mixology Demo – Fort @ Maison Ikkoku (4pm – 5pm)

    Guided Tours

    • WWII Bunkers – Battlebox (9.15a – 10am)
    • Spice Garden Tour – Spice Garden near BattleBox (10am – 11.30am)
    • Heritage on the Hill Tour – Roundabout near BattleBox (4pm – 5.30pm)

    Movie Screening

    • Watch Forever Fever under the stars at Lawn @ The Foothills (7.30pm – 9.30pm)

    Fringe Activities (5.30pm – 7.30pm)

    • Games and activities for children
    • Music performances
    • Bouncy Castles (All Day)
    • Pottery Exhibition by Yukiharu Fururo at Fabulous Baker Boy (11am – 10pm)

    The above activities are FREE! To register or to find out more, visit http://www.nparks.gov.sg/weekends.

    A few of us had the privilege of having a preview of the exciting activities lined up. Check out my photos below!

    Lewin Terrace

    Lewin Terrace  (1)

    Chef Hiroyuki Shinkai demonstrating how to prepare sauted duck with spices. Did you know that Fort Canning Park boasts a spice garden? It would be really educational for the kids to have a walk around the spice garden, followed by watching a cooking demonstration of how spices are incorporated into the dishes that we consume.

    Lewin Terrace  (3)

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    What is open during Chinese New Year 2017?

    Read What is open during Chinese New Year 2018 here!

    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 2016 guide, 2015 guide, 2014 guide, 2013 guide or 2012 guide for reference.

     Smile 365days2play Lifestyle, Food & Travel Blog Smile

    wishes all a prosperous and wonderful Chinese New Year 2017!

    Happy Chinese New Year 2017 (Chinatown)

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    What is open during Chinese New Year 2016?

    Refer to this link for What is open during Chinese New Year 2017!

    Here’s my annual list of supermarkets, malls 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 2015 guide, 2014 guide, 2013 guide or 2012 guide for reference.

     Smile 365days2play Lifestyle, Food & Travel Blog Smile

    wishes all a prosperous and wonderful Chinese New Year 2016!

    Supermarkets

    NTUC

    • CNY Eve (7 Feb) –  All stores close at 5pm.
    • 1st Day (8 Feb) – All stores closed except for 25 stores that will be open 24 hr (see list)
    • 2nd Day (9 Feb ) – All stores closed except for 25 stores that will be open 24 hr (see list)
    • 3rd Day (10 Feb) – All open except 5
    • See the full list of NTUC opening hours here

    Cold Storage Supermarket

    • CNY Eve (7 Feb) –  Most stores 8am – 7pm.
    • 1st Day (8 Feb) – Most stores 10am – 7pm/9pm.
    • 2nd Day (9 Feb) – Mostly normal hours
    • 3rd Day (10 Feb) – Open as usual
    • Some stores open 24 hr throughout : Aperia, Cluny Park, Rail Mall, NEX, Sentosa Cove
    • See the full list of Cold Storage opening hours here

    Giant Supermarket

    • CNY Eve (7 Feb) –  All open at largely the same hours as usual!
    • 1st Day (8 Feb) – All open at largely the same hours as usual!
    • 2nd Day (9 Feb ) – All open at largely the same hours as usual!
    • 3rd Day (10 Feb) – Open as usual
    • See the full list of Giant Supermarket opening hours here

    Sheng Siong

    7-Eleven Stores

    • OPEN during Chinese New Year!

    Shopping Centres / Changi Airport

    Marina Bay Sands

    ION Orchard

    Takashimaya

    • CNY Eve (7 Feb) – Closed at 5.30pm
    • 1st Day (8 Feb) – Closed
    • 2nd Day (9 Feb ) – Closed
    • 3rd Day (10 Feb) – Open
    • Takashimaya Opening Hours

    Tangs

    • CNY Eve (7 Feb) – 10am – 5pm
    • 1st Day (8 Feb) – Closed
    • 2nd Day (9 Feb ) – Closed
    • 3rd Day (10 Feb) – Open
    • Tangs Website

    Paragon

    • CNY Eve (7 Feb) – Most stores closed about 5.30 pm
    • 1st Day (8 Feb) – A number of stores closed esp upper floors
    • 2nd Day (9 Feb ) – A number of stores closed esp upper floors
    • Din Tai Fung, BreadTalk, Market Place, Fish & Co, Yakun open throughout
    • See the full list of Paragon store opening hours here

    IKEA

    • Open as per usual from 10am – 11pm everyday
    • IKEA Website

    Kopi, Teh and Cafes

    Killiney Kopitiam

    • CNY Eve (7 Feb) –  Most outlets closed, except Cheers ECP, HK Street, McPherson, Metropolis, Changi Airport, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. Marina Sq closes at 1pm.
    • 1st Day (8 Feb) – Most outlets closed
    • 2nd Day (9 Feb ) – Most outlets closed
    • 3rd Day (10 Feb) – Half of the outlets open.
    • Changi Airport, HK Street, Cheers ECP, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal open throughout
    • See the full list of Killiney Kopitiam outlets opening hours here

    Toast Box

    • CNY Eve (7 Feb) –  Most close at 3.30pm – 4pm
    • 1st Day (8 Feb) – Half the stores open from 10am – 7pm.
    • 2nd Day (9 Feb ) – Half the stores open from 10am – 7pm. Some normal hours.
    • 3rd Day (10 Feb) – Mostly normal hours. Asia Sq, Cap Sq, MBLM, NAFA closed.
    • No more Changi Airport outlet at T3. Closed down! Resorts World normal hours throughout
    • See the full list of Toast Box outlets opening hours here

    Yakun

    • CNY Eve (7 Feb) –  Mostly open until 2.30pm
    • 1st Day (8 Feb) – Mostly closed. Bugis Junction, Paragon, ION, AMK Mrt, HDB Hub open till 7.30pm
    • 2nd Day (9 Feb) – Mostly closed. Above and Parkway, Northpoint, White Sands, NEX etc open till about 7.30pm
    • 3rd Day (10 Feb) – Nearly all biz as usual
    • Changi Airport outlet open throughout
    • See the full list of Yakun outlets opening hours here

    Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

    • 1st Day (8 Feb) – Closed at Ngee Ann City, CPF Building, Republic Plaza, Expo, Singapore Post Kiosk, Ngee Ann Poly
    • 2nd Day (9 Feb ) – Closed at CPF Building, Republic Plaza, Expo, Singapore Post Kiosk, Ngee Ann Poly
    • 3rd Day (10 Feb) – Business as usual
    • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Stores opening hours

    O’Coffee Club

    • 1st Day (8 Feb) – Closed at Cap Square, Funan, Harbourfront, Tampines 1, Wisma
    • 2nd Day (9 Feb ) – All outlets open except Cap Square
    • 3rd Day (10 Feb) – Business as usual
    • O’Coffee Club Stores opening hours

    Starbucks

    • 1st Day (8 Feb) – All outlets mostly open except CBD outlets
    • 2nd Day (9 Feb ) – All outlets mostly open except CBD outlets
    • 3rd Day (10 Feb) – Largely normal operations
    • http://www.starbucks.com.sg/2016-cny/

    Cafes that will be open during CNY

    Cafes that will be closed during CNY

    Restaurants

    Sushi Tei

    • CNY Eve (7 Feb) –  Closed at 3pm
    • 1st Day (8 Feb) – Closed
    • 2nd Day (9 Feb ) – Closed
    • 3rd Day (10 Feb) – Normal Operations
    • See Sushi Tei opening hours here

    McDonalds

    KFC

    List will be updated as and when I receive more information. Happy Chinese New Year to all! HUAT AH! Smile Smile


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