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[CNY 2019] Many must-try dishes from Marriott’s Wan Hao Restaurant this year

Wan Hao Marriott Chinese New Year Menu - Imperial Pot of Prosperity Pen Cai

It can be hard to decide on the the best hotel venue or restaurant to have your Chinese New Year reunion dinner, especially when all of these F&B establishments are pulling out all the stops to get your attention and they all end up looking very similar. After tasting quite a number of Chinese New Year menus, I am glad to report that Wan Hao Restaurant from Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel at Orchard Road offers up one of the best CNY menus this year. Scroll down to see some of the highlights from the Marriott buffet as well as ala-carte and set menus.

In particular, two dishes incorporating almond had me in awe and finishing up every last drop, when for decades I have avoided any Chinese dishes with almond stock/milk/cream under the assumption that I did not like it. More on that if you scroll down further.

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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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Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas to all of you! Hope you’re having lots of fun feasting with friends and family. 🙂

Christmas 2018–Healthier Christmas goodies and home catering set meals from Cedele

Cedele and I go back nearly 2 decades. I’ve been buying their stuff even when they were just a tiny shop called Bakery Depot in Siglap in the early 2000s. Those were the days and how Cedele has grown into a chain with numerous outlets all over Singapore. And the thing that has kept Cedele on my radar all these years is the fact that they are one of the few chains that emphasises using healthier or more wholesome ingredients, while still being relatively affordable. And also it’s very difficult to find sandwich and salad options in the heartlands, sad to say.

So I’m glad to report that you can get all your Christmas goodies like Logcakes, Christmas Cookies, Panettone etc from Cedele. I am told the Panettone lasts only 3 days because it does not have any preservatives in it, unlike many others sold elsewhere that might be flown in from Europe but contains additives to make them last. I’ve also tried the Gingerbread Men and I must say it has a light, crisp and natural taste to it, as compared to some versions which require some effort to snap apart (which I tend to think means there’s a lot of sugar in it). I was gifted 2 packs of those Gingerbread Men but I am most likely going to buy more because they’re so good!

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Musical TARU (恐龙复活了!)

Opportunities to watch musicals in English are a plenty in Singapore. However, what about those in Mandarin? Glad to report that from now until 13 Jan 2019, Resorts World Sentosa will be staging Musical  TARU, a Mandarin production that has been locally adapted from Korea’s No. 1 Family Musical. It’s also a musical that is suitable for children, not only because of the catchy songs and dances but because there will also be life-sized dinosaurs!

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