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Chinese New Year 2019 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 and 2018 guide for reference.

What is open during CNY 2019

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wishes all a prosperous and wonderful Chinese New Year 2019! Huat ah!

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[CNY 2019] Eight colourful and auspicious Yu Sheng platters to try this Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2019 is but one week away! Have you completed all your CNY shopping and other CNY errands? One Chinese New Year tradition that must not be missed is the tossing of yusheng with family, friends and colleagues, aka lohei! The Chinese believe this is a very auspicious way to welcome the new year. Even if you are not a believer, it cannot be denied that this is a very fun activity to participate in, be you young or old. The aim is to toss it high while still keeping it within the platter! Check out my video at the end of this post to see how toddler Edward reacted to his first lohei! Priceless!

Anyway, here are 8 places where you can get yusheng in Singapore. Bonus one at the back too! Huat Ah!!!

1. Pan Pacific Hotel – Hai Tien Lo

Hai Tien Lo - Wealth Fortune Yu Sheng

Hai Tien Lo – Wealth Fortune Yu Sheng

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Musical TARU (恐龙复活了!) – A Review

I can’t believe 2018 just passed like that in a blink of an eye. Don’t you think the period between Christmas and New Year’s gives off such a weird feeling? Like you’re still in a Christmassy mood yet you need to keep reminding yourself that Christmas is over. And New Year’s Day is when you realise that not only is Christmas well and truly over (the malls in Singapore don’t seem to believe in the 12 days of Christmas because Chinese New Year decorations are up), but that even the YEAR is over!

My New Year’s resolution for this year is to get off my ass and try something new, each and everyday. I think trying new restaurants and cafes is the easiest (!) but I also want to have new experiences be it in terms of travelling to new places, reading new books or even watching new performances. I have actually been in that framework of mind since December, so I can say December saw a few first from me. One of which is still etched in my mind is my one day trip to JB with 2 friends. It’s the first time I have travelled overseas with friends (not family) in more than a decade, and also probably a decade since I last visited JB. I am itching to go again! Blog post on that JB day trip will be up soon.

Another first that I can report is watching a musical in Mandarin, the Musical TARU! It is a Mandarin production that has been locally adapted from Korea’s No. 1 Family Musical. I have not watched any theatre performances in the longest time due to time constraints, and much less one in Mandarin! It was also Edward’s first musical and the husband’s first musical in Mandarin! My Mandarin isn’t that great, although I definitely can understand conversational Chinese. Even people who do not understand Mandarin can watch the musical because English subtitles are provided via two screens mounted on the left and right walls beside the stage. I had to depend a lot on the subtitles though because it often is a little bit more difficult to decipher what is being said when it is being sung instead of spoken.

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Christmas 2018–Christmas Eve dinner for under $100 at Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay

Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay - The Square Festive Buffet (1)

If you have yet to make any plans for Christmas, you might want to consider Novotel Clarke Quay The Square Restaurant. The Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner is going at $85++ while the Christmas Day Brunch and Christmas Day Buffet Dinner is going at $68++. Senior Citizens get a discount. And the Christmas Eve Buffet comes with free flow of martinis, beer, wine and soft drinks, so really it’s not a bad deal!

The festive buffets will feature favourites such as

  • Roast Turkey
  • Baked Gammon Ham
  • Roast Beef,
  • Seafood on Ice
  • Assorted Sushi and Sashimi,
  • Signature dishes like Salted Egg Crayfish, Chilli Crab, Laksa etc
  • Festive desserts such as fruit cake, stollen, log cake, panettone etc

Scroll down for some picture highlights taken from the invited media tasting a couple of weeks ago.

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Christmas 2018–A brilliant Christmas at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

Think of where to eat at Marriott Hotel and Marriott Cafe’s popular buffet comes to mind. The offerings are extensive and the food is consistently good. Hence you won’t go wrong with Marriott Cafe’s Festive buffets, should you still be looking for a good place to celebrate Christmas.

Marriott Cafe - Festive Buffets

Christmas Eve (Dinner) and Christmas Day (Lunch & Dinner) crowd pleasers not to be missed include Roast Turkey with Chestnut Bread Stuffing; Slow-roasted Australian Beef Prime Ribs; Maple Gazed Leg Ham; Pan-fried Foie Gras with Chutney, Relish & Brioche; Milanese Style Lamb Chops with Lemon & Herbs; Bacon Wrapped Chicken Ballotine with Creamy Kale, and more. Highly raved seafood favourites include Lobster Thermidor; Oyster Florentine; Crayfish with Chilli Herb Butter; Grilled Scallops with Salsa Verde; Whole Salt Crust Baked Salmon; Fresh Seafood on Ice and more.  Buffet lunches range from $68++ to $78++ and buffet dinners range from $80++ to 108++ depending on the days. Christmas eve and Christmas day dinner is $160++ while Christmas day lunch is $138++.

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