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What to eat at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

This is an updated article to the previous What to eat at the Singapore Botanic Gardens that I wrote quite some years back. A lot has changed since then. Not only has our beloved Singapore Botanic Gardens been inscribed as a World Heritage Site on 4th July 2015, it has also seen a number of significant expansions in the form of the new Learning Forest, the new Gallop Extension, newly redeveloped Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden and National Orchid Garden. If you’ve not visited the Singapore Botanic Gardens in recent years, you really should! In fact, I think it would take several days to fully cover every single aspect of the Gardens, as the area is so vast!

So, the question is, what is there to eat at the Singapore Botanic Gardens? There are quite a number of F&B options at the Gardens suiting all budgets, ranging from a Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant, to casual restaurants and cafes, takeaway kiosks and even a food court. As the Botanic Gardens is so huge, I will segment the F&B outlets by location:

– Bukit Timah Gate (nearest Botanic Gardens MRT Station)

– Nassim Gate

– Tyersall Gate

– Tanglin Gate (nearest to Gleneagles Hospital and bus stop with buses to Orchard Road)

These are also where the car parks are located. If you refer to the Singapore Botanic Gardens map, the Bukit Timah Gate is on the far right, followed by Nassim Gate and Tyersall Gate in the middle of the Gardens, and Tanglin Gate on the far left.

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What is open during Chinese New Year 2020?

What is open during Chinese New Year 2020? 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. Oh if you’re looking for cafe opening hours for this CNY, it’s here. But most importantly, please spend time with friends and family instead of spending it entirely outside!

What is open during Chinese New Year 2020 Singapore

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wishes all a prosperous and wonderful Chinese New Year 2020! Huat ah!

Supermarkets

NTUC

  • 15 Jan – 23 Jan – 51 stores to open till midnight
  • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  123 stores till 5pm | 24 stores 24 hrs as per usual
  • 1st Day (25 Jan) –  114 stores to be open mostly from 7am till 5pm.
  • 2nd Day (26 Jan) – 147 stores business as usual
  • 3rd Day (27 Jan) –  Business as usual
  • See the full list of NTUC store opening hours here

Giant Supermarket

  • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  Most stores open 24hrs. The rest mostly till at least 10pm.
  • 1st Day (25 Jan) – Pretty much business as usual. Many stores 24hrs.
  • 2nd Day (26 Jan) – Pretty much business as usual
  • 3rd Day (27 Jan) – Pretty much business as usual
  • See the full list of Giant store opening hours here

Sheng Siong Supermarket

  • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  All stores close at 4pm except Penjuru
  • 1st Day (25 Jan) – 23 stores open from 8am – 6pm. They are Bukit Batok 154A, Bedok Central 209, Clementi 720, Canberra 105, Chin Swee 52, Elias Mall, Fernvale 417, Geylang 301, Junction Nine, Jalan Berseh, Jalan Bahar, Jurong Superbowl, Junction Ten, Punggol 301, Serangoon North 19, Teban Gardens, Tampines Central 506, Tanglin Halt 88, Woodlands 301, Woodlands 573, Yishun 845 & Woodlands Industrial Park E7 to open 8am – 6pm. The rest will be closed
  • 2nd Day (26 Jan) – Same as Day 1
  • 3rd Day (27 Jan) – Business as usual.
  • See the full list of Sheng Siong store opening hours here

Prime Supermarket

  • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  Bedok South 18, Bukit Batok 159, Compassvale 263, Hougang 106, King George 803, Jurong West 962 and Punggol Field 108 open 24hrs. The rest close at 5pm or 6pm.
  • 1st Day (25 Jan) – Above mentioned stores are open 24 hrs. The rest closed.
  • 2nd Day (26 Jan) – Above mentioned stores are open 24 hrs. Joo Seng 1 open till 5pm. The rest closed.
  • 3rd Day (27 Jan) – All open
  • See the full list of Prime Supermarket outlet opening hours here

Cold Storage Supermarket

  • 1 week before CNY – Extended hours
  • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  Most stores close by 7pm.
  • 1st Day (25 Jan) –  Most stores open from 10am – 9pm
  • 2nd Day (26 Jan) – Most stores open from 10am – 9pm
  • 3rd Day (27 Jan) – Business as usual
  • NEX, Cluny Court, HV, Jelita, Rail Mall and Siglap Village outlets 24h hours throughout. One North, Takashimaya, Marina One, Marina Bay Link Mall, closed on CNY 1 and 2.
  • See the full list of Cold Storage Supermarket outlet opening hours here

Shopping Centres / Popular shops / Changi Airport

Marina Bay Sands

Robinsons

Tangs

      • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  Closed at 5pm
      • 1st Day (25 Jan) – Closed
      • 2nd Day (26 Jan) – Tangs Vivo open | Tangs at Tangs Plaza closed
      • 3rd Day (27 Jan) – Business as usual
      • F&B outlets : Only SaladStop open during Day 1 and Day 2.
      • Tangs opening hours (scroll to bottom)

Takashimaya Shopping Centre

Bedok Mall

Bugis Junction

Bugis +

Clarke Quay

Funan

JCube

Junction8

Plaza Singapura

Raffles City Shopping Centre

Tampines Mall

The Star Vista

Westgate

Eastpoint Mall

Our Tampines Hub

Daiso Singapore

Decathlon

Courts

Don Don Donki

Watsons

*To be updated as malls such as ION Orchard and Jewel Changi Airport have not released the information. Ikea / 7-Eleven will be open throughout.

Food Courts

Food Republic

  • CNY Eve for all outlets open till 5pm.
  • CNY Day 1 – Food Opera, VivoCity, City Square Mall, Manulife Centre & Nex (Business as usual)
  • CNY Day 2 – Capitol Piazza, Breadtalk IHQ, Suntec City remain closed. The rest open.
  • See Food Republic’s notice on CNY opening hours

Food Junction

NTUC FoodFare

      • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  Some closed. Most outlets closing at 5pm.
      • 1st Day (25 Jan) – Downtown East and Changi Airport T4 business as usual. The rest closed.
      • 2nd Day (26 Jan) – AMK Hub, T4, Downtown East, and FairPrice Hub open. The rest closed.
      • 3rd Day (27 Jan) – All open except BB Driving Centre, Clifford Centre and MBFC T3.
      • See the full list of NTUC Foodfare outlet opening hours here including coffee shops

Kopi, Teh, Bubble Tea and Cafes

Toast Box

      • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  Most outlets open until 3.30pm.
      • 1st Day (25 Jan) –  Most outlets closed. Several including Bugis, Esplanade, ION Orchard, Bedok Mall, East Point Mall and Tampines Mall open till 7pm.
      • 2nd Day (26 Jan) –  Similar to Day 1
      • 3rd Day (27 Jan) – Mostly opened, but some till 6pm.
      • Marina Bay Sands, Resorts World Sentosa, Jewel Changi Airport normal hours throughout.
      • See the full list of ToastBox outlet opening hours here

Killiney Kopitiam

      • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  Many outlets closed.
      • 1st Day (25 Jan) –  Most outlets closed.
      • 2nd Day (26 Jan) – Same as Day 1
      • 3rd Day (27 Jan) – Selected few are open
      • Cheong Chin Nam, Hong Kong St, Tanah Merah, Sentosa, Changi Airport outlets business as usual throughout
      • See the full list of Killiney Kopitiam outlet opening hours here

Wang and Heavenly Wang

      • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  Most outlets open until 5pm
      • 1st Day (25 Jan) –  Most outlets closed
      • 2nd Day (26 Jan ) – Most outlets open
      • 3rd Day (27 Jan) – Business as usual except for select few still closed
      • 24 hr operations at Changi Airport outlets
      • See the full list of Wang Cafe outlet opening hours here

Yakun Kaya Toast

      • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  Most outlets open till 3 or 4pm
      • 1st Day (25 Jan) – Most outlets closed. Bugis Junction, Fortune Cenre, ION Orchard, Paragon, Jurong Point, Downtown East, HDB Hub open for shortened hours.
      • 2nd Day (26 Jan ) – Similar to Day 1.
      • 3rd Day (27 Jan) – Business as usual except for mainly those in CBD.
      • Business as usual throughout for Great world City and Changi Airport.
      • See the full list of Yakun outlet opening hours here

For those who can’t survive a day without Bubble Tea, here’s a list of who’s open and who’s not.

Gong Cha

  • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  All outlets closed from 5pm
  • 1st Day (25 Jan) –  Closed
  • 2nd Day (26 Jan ) – Some outlets open from 12pm -8pm, including at SingPost Centre, Eunos/Woodlands/Pasir Ris/Simei MRT, Ang Mo Kio & Lot One.
  • See the full list of Gong Cha outlets CNY opening hours here

LiHo Singapore

  • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  Most outlets open till 4pm. Lucky Chinatown open till 2359hr
  • 1st Day (25 Jan) –  Most outlets closed. Select few are open
  • 2nd Day (26 Jan ) – Most outlets closed. Select few are open
  • 3rd Day (27 Jan) – Business as usual except NUS, One Raffles Place, Asia Sq and Bukit Merah Central
  • See full list of LiHo store CNY opening hours here

Koi Singapore

  • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  All outlets close at 5pm
  • 1st & 2nd Day (25/26 Jan) –  All outlets closed except these 14 : Changi T3, Ion Orchard, Compass One, Nex, Toa Payoh, Woodlands, Jurong East MRT, Yishun 10, AMK MRT, Tampines 510, Bugis Plus, Yew Tee MRT, Jurong Pt, VivoCity
  • Only large sized cups will be sold during the festive period.
  • See full list of Koi Singapore CNY store opening hours here

ShareTea

  • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  Bugis, Northpoint, Jurong Point 10am – 4pm. All others closed.
  • 1st Day (25 Jan) –  All outlets closed
  • 2nd/3rd Day (26/27 Jan ) – Lucky Plaza open. All other outlets closed
  • 4th Day (28 Jan) – Business as usual
  • See Sharetea’s notice on CNY operating hours

The Alley

  • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  Cineleisure and Tampines 1 outlets 4pm – 9.30pm
  • 1st & 2nd Day (25/26 Jan) –  Both outlets closed
  • Selected drinks available only
  • See The Alley’s notice on CNY closure

Tiger Sugar

  • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  11.30am – 4pm
  • 1st & 2nd Day (25/26 Jan) –  Only Paragon, Northpoint City open from 12pm – 10pm. The rest closed
  • 3rd Day (27 Jan) – Business as usual
  • See Tiger Sugars notice on CNY operating hours

PlayMade

  • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  All outlets open till 3pm
  • 1st Day (25 Jan) –  Nex, Tampines1, Tiong Bahru Plaza 11am – 9 pm
  • 2nd Day (26 Jan) – Above outlets + Waterway Point 11am – 9pm
  • 3rd Day (27 Jan) – Business as usual
  • Sale of large cups only
  • See PlayMade’s notice on CNY operating hours

PPP Coffee (Papa Palheta) | CSHH Coffee Bar | The Annex

  • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  PPP till 10pm, the other two till 2pm
  • 1st Day (25 Jan) –  Closed
  • 2nd Day (26 Jan) – Closed
  • 3rd/4th Day (27/28 Jan) – PPP open from 9am -10pm. Other two closed.
  • Business as usual on 29th Jan 2020 Wednesday
  • See PPP Coffee’s notice on CNY operating hours

Starbucks

      • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  Most outlets open till late. Several CBD outlets closing by evening.
      • 25 – 27 Jan – Most CBD and office block outlets closed. Orchard Area as well as most heartlands outlets are open
      • 24 hrs throughout at Changi Airport, Liang Court, Raffles City, Our Tampines hub, Tampines Mall, University Town, Jurong Point.
      • See the full list of Starbucks outlet opening hours here

Coffeebean

PS Cafe

      • CNY Eve (24 Jan) –  All outlets open till 4pm
      • 1st Day (25 Jan) – All outlets closed
      • 2nd Day (26 Jan) – All outlets open till 4.30pm
      • 3rd Day (27 Jan) – Business as usual
      • *Harding Road outlet open throughout Chinese New Year
      • See PS Cafe’s notice on opening hours

No information for Coffee Bean Chinese New Year 2019 opening hours as of publication date. See separate article for cafes that are open during CNY 2020.

    

Restaurants and Fast Food

Paradise Group

      • Business as usual for all outlets except for early closure at 3pm for Lenu, Le Shrimp and Canton Paradise Noodle
      • Paradise Group website

Sushi Tei

Din Tai Fung (no updates for 2020 yet)

Tunglok Group

Hans

Cedele

  • CNY Eve (24 Jan) – All to close at 5pm except Raffles City 9pm
  • 1st Day (25 Jan) – Wheelock, Dunearn and Waterway Point closed. The rest open till 9pm.
  • 2nd Day (26 Jan) – Dunearn and Wheelock closed. The rest open.
  • 3rd Day (27 Jan) – Dunearn closed. The rest business as usual.
  • See list of Cedele stores CNY operating hours

Crave Nasi Lemak

Encik Tan

Breadtalk

Old Chang Kee

Long John Silver

KFC

Pizza Hut

*To update operating hours of McDonalds, when information is available.

Tourist Attractions open during Chinese New Year

Clinics / Polyclinics 

Raffles Medical Group Clinics opening hours

GP Clinics in Singapore

      • 949 general practitioner (GP) clinics will be open during the Chinese New Year public holidays from 24 to 27 January 2020, at various times. Information is accurate as of 23 January 2020. Please contact the GP clinics to check that they are open before visiting.

List of 24-Hour GP Clinics

List of GP Clinics Open on Specific Dates

List of GP Clinics Open According to Region

List will be updated as and when I receive more information. 365days2play Fun, Food and Family Blog wishes a Happy Chinese New Year to all! HUAT AH! Smile Smile


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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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Hotel G Singapore – Cosy rooms and great location

[Sponsored Staycation]

When it comes to staycations, every hotel paints a different story. Some hotels offer all the bells and whistles for an ultimate pampering session. Some hotels offer numerous facilities, allowing you to maximise every corner of the property without ever leaving. For some hotels, it’s location location location. Recently, I had the opportunity to check out one such hotel with a fabulous location right in the heart of Singapore’s Civic, Museum and shopping district! Scroll down to find out more!

Hotel G

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Cirque du Soleil Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities is a must watch!

A few days ago, I caught my very first Cirque du Soleil performance. The name Cirque du Soleil has been around for 3 decades, but due to various reasons including costs (it costs a pretty penny!), I’ve never been able to watch one until recently. If you’re new to Cirque du Soleil, and have the impression that they return to Singapore every couple of years or so, note that it’s not actually the same show returning. The current one being featured at Bayfront is Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities and is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since starting in 1984.

If you’ve never watched a Cirque du Soleil performance, now is the best chance because I am told that Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities is one of the better performances around. A Cirque du Soleil performance is not just your average circus show with acrobats and death defying acts. It’s so much more than that. It’s music, it’s theatre, its drama, it’s beautiful costumes and of course heart-stopping jaw-dropping acts, all beautifully weaved together in a fantasy storyline and whimsical stage props. Speaking of props, there are 426 props in Kurios, the most of any production in Cirque du Soleil’s history.

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