Famous Treasure – CNY dishes + Yu Sheng that requires no tossing!

Here’s a restaurant that is right smack in town but yet may be flying under the radar due to its second floor location at the quiet Capitol Building just opposite the bustling Raffles City Shopping Centre. Nevertheless, it’s a restaurant I want to recommend because the food served here is good! I was here last week to sample their Chinese New Year 2020 offerings and I was impressed. Scroll down further to read more.

Famous Treasure - Prosperity Shun De Yu Sheng

Famous Treasure - Prosperity Shun De Yu Sheng (2)

Prosperity Shun De Yu Sheng
Dine-in $118++ for Small ( 6 diners) | $180++ for Large (10 diners)
Takeaway (no service charge for takeaway) $118+ (6 diners) | $180+ (10 diners)

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Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge Festive Afternoon Tea

I know Christmas is over but I wanted to share with you all our wonderful Christmas Festive Afternoon Tea at Ritz Carlton Chihuly lounge. This is my second year running having the festive Afternoon Tea here. It can be expensive to eat out for Christmas but yet you feel like you deserve to indulge a little bit given that it’s Christmas. My usual practice come December is to go for a festive afternoon tea. That way, not only can I enjoy the festive atmosphere and decorations, the bill is still somewhat manageable. I’ve always liked the afternoon tea offered by Chihuly Lounge.

Ritz Carlton Festive Afternoon Tea

Scones! As much as you like, with clotted cream, jams and honey.

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How to beat the queues at the Johor Immigration Checkpoint

Everyone loves the idea of hopping across the causeway to Johor Bahru for cheap shopping and good food. But it’s no secret that before you can enjoy the thrills that JB offers, you must first brave the jams at the Immigration Checkpoint. The Woodlands Checkpoint to the Johor Bahru Checkpoint is but a 2.5 km stretch but if you’ve ever been stuck in a multi-hour jam there, the two places feel world’s apart.  If only it were a breeze to make the journey across, I am sure many more Singaporeans would make day trips to JB multiple times a year. Wouldn’t it be a dream when you no longer have to even devote an entire day to visiting JB, it could be as simple as "going into town" for a couple of hours!

I for one have been itching to revisit JB and do more cafe hopping since my last visit. But devoting an entire day to this has been next to impossible as we are stuck with having to pick Edward from school during lunch time on weekdays, and the weekend crowds are even more off-putting. But nevertheless, here’s my tips on how to beat the queues at the Johor Customs, assuming that you are not going by car. Let’s be frank, it’s either going to need advance planning, or you’re going to need to be in "battle-mode" and have your smarts about you.

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Chinese New Year 2020 : Best restaurants to go for great Yu Sheng

Now that the Christmas festivities are over, it’s time to change direction and start planning for Chinese New Year. And when it comes to all things Chinese, bigger is better! So here’s a list of where to go for the most decadent and luxurious Yu Sheng you can find in Singapore for your reunion dinners / lohei to help you HUAT BIG in the year of the Metal Rat!

Interestingly, unlike in previous years, not many restaurants are featuring the rat image in their Yu Sheng creations. Perhaps the rat does not lend itself well to being recreated in Yu Sheng form, unlike say a horse, a monkey or even the pig. However, if you scroll down, you will see that Fullerton Hotel has done a pretty nice rat version. Do you know of any other Rat Yu Shengs out there? Head on over to my Instagram Stories to vote if you’d like to have a depiction of the Rat in your Yu Sheng. After all, the Rat IS part of the Chinese Zodiac.

Where to go for Best Yu Sheng 2020

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Cafe opening hours for Christmas 2019 and New Year 2020

Cafes open this christmas

Here is a list of cafes that are open during the festive Christmas and New Year period. Merry Christmas everyone!


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Cafes in the East

Cafes in the North East

Cafes in the West

Cafes in the North

Cafes in the Central

  • The Better Half 24/25 Dec: 10am – 5.30pm
  • The Bravery Cafe 30 Dec: Closed | 24 Dec: – 1 Jan 9am – 6pm
  • OTC Cafe 24 Dec: 11am – 3pm | 25 Dec: Closed | 31 Dec: 11am – 3pm | 1 Jan: Closed
  • CSHH Coffee: 24 Dec: 9am – 10pm | 25 Dec: Closed| 30 Dec: Closed | 31 Dec: 12pm – 10pm | 1 Jan: Business as usual
  • The Annex: 24 Dec: 9am – 7pm | 25 Dec: Closed| 30 Dec: Closed | 31 Dec: 12pm – 7pm | 1 Jan: Business as usual
  • PPP Coffee 24 Dec: 9am – 10pm | 25 Dec: 9am – 10pm | 30 Dec: 9am – 4pm | 31 Dec: 12pm – 10pm | 1 Jan: Business as usual
  • Common Man Coffee Roasters  24 Dec: Close at 4pm | 25/26 Dec: Closed | KL: Open as usual
  • The Populus Coffee & Food  Open throughout Christmas and New Year
  • One Good Trade Open throughout Christmas and New Year

No information (most likely open)

  • Strangers Reunion
  • Lola Cafe
  • Kith Cafe
  • My Awesome Cafe
  • Bacha Coffee
  • PS Cafe
  • Penny University
  • Dutch Colony
  • Free the Robot
  • Bee’s Knees
  • Curious Palatte
  • Camaca
  • Carpenter and Cook

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