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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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[CNY 2019] Poon Confectionary – Literally homemade Chinese New Year goodies (plus a giveaway!)

Chinese New Year is just over a week away. Have you decided on where or which brand of CNY goodies to purchase? I know some will simply go to the Chinese New Year Bazaar in Chinatown to grab discounted deals, while some will go for the big brands.

You may not have heard of Poon Confectionary but if you like the idea of homemade goodies, you may just want to consider Poon Confectionary. They are one of the very few brands selling homemade goodies from Malaysia. These goodies are literally homemade! That is, they are made in the homes of families from the same village with more than 20-30 years of baking, as opposed to making them in a commercial kitchen.

Very importantly, these Chinese New Year goodies do not contain any preservatives, added flavourings nor MSG. The pricing is also pretty attractive, plus there’s a 7% discount on the rack prices you see! If you shop around, you will know. Scroll down to see more pictures of the some of the goodies I tried as well as the pricing.

Poon Confectionary Chinese New Year Goodies

I’m having a giveaway on my Instagram account. If you want to participate, head over to https://www.instagram.com/365days2play/. I’ll be picking 6 winners to win a CNY goodie of their choice! Contest ends 26 Jan 2019 2359hr!

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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.

E&E1489_Musical TARU_NEW KV_CHI

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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. 🙂

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