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Friday, February 17, 2017

CNY...Valentine's Day



This week we move from CNY into Valentine's Day. Lunch @ Watami Japanese Restaurant, western style salads, everything else is Jap. The cook must be in a good mood coz our meal was oishi!


Beautiful pink skies around my place at around 7:30pm.


Attended church #tryalpha with my cousins.


Got my nails done at a local spa using China products, the gel nail polish looks really good, 猫眼.


On Valentine's Day, I made lunch at home for 5 to 6 people. Everything was purchased from FairPrice under $40.


Torres black truffle potato chips     $2.95 x 3
Sunshine black truffle and mushroom flatbread     $6.90
Chinese sausages & hotdog buns (5 pack)     $3.10 + $1.80
1 big white onion                    $1.96
Tiger Radler Grapefruit Beer (6 pack)     $9.70
Poppies mini chocolate eclairs (12 piece)     $5.95


Total is $38.26, you can still squeeze in a bottle of tomato ketchup for the hotdogs.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Ang Pow Draw Tonight!


After the first few days of CNY, all the shops open for business and it gets really crowded in the shopping centres. Everyone's trying to spend their ang pow money.


Lunch @ Fat London Duck, Scotts Square. Surprise! It's actually goose.


The signature calf liver dish is a must try. It is bouncy & soft, almost no taste with a sweet ginger sauce. The signature rice roll has fried youtiao inside stuffed with seafood, usually when there is youtiao there is no meat but here there is both.


When I was at SweeGek's place, I tried Chococino that is ridiculously yummy. Instant hot chocolate with marshmellows melted in already. So I dropped by FairPrice next to the restaurant to get a packet, 25 sachets for around $7.


I was walking through Isetan and Takashimaya to get some lucky bags and its slim pickings. Luckily the instore sales were really good 50% to 70% discounts. I ended up shopping the post Christmas sale, scored an orange panettone, Harrods coffee & tea, Crabtree & Evelyn gift box.


During CNY, Singapore Pools hosts its annual multi-million dollar lotteries. Last week the prize pool was $7 million! Tonight is the ang pow draw and the prize pool is $12 million. I bought $20 ang pow hoping for the best, I didn't win anything last week but things might be different tonight.


My old bed set broke into 2, right down the middle just before my new bed got delivered, so I was sleeping on the spare mattress set for a couple of days.


I went to Courts to get the new bed coz you can get a pretty decent bed for around $1,000. As we found out, super single costs as much as queen size. So I decided on a King Koil queen bed frame custom made with beige micro-suede upholstery. Simmons mattress with aloe vera mattress topper. Final Price $1,360 including a free mattress cover and 2 pillows, we bought some pillow covers on the way out). Is that price unbelievable or what.


My new Disney bedsheets are from Isetan, Frozen Tsum Tsum and Alice in Wonderland. 700ct microfibre sheet sets $49.90 each.



Friday, February 3, 2017

Midway through CNY



Reunion Dinner, the usual steamboat and relatives. 


Went round the temples that night as people usually do, it gets really crowded. On New Year morning we visit our grandparents ashes to pay our respects.


 Lunch @ Auntie Linda's place.


Longans 桂圆 or 龙眼, peaches 桃子 or 桃花运 love luck, my fave are mandarin oranges 桔子(especially the new seedless variety). The only Chinese fruits missing here are pomelo 柚子 and pears 梨子


Gucci started releasing a Chinese New Year collection 3 years ago and this year its a red leather & gold thread embroidered Dionysus bag. It's not rooster themed and has a matching wallet and card case. There are rooster themed items like the scarf and shoes.


However, that is not what caught my attention. It's this Gucci brocade Marmont bag that comes in red or green that has me in a tizzy, from Gucci Spring 2017 collection. I hesitate coz it looks like a blanket but at the same time it sings to me.


This spring 2017 collection also has a yellow brocade Dionysus bag with bamboo handle. And a green brocade Sylvie bag.



Friday, January 27, 2017

Year of the Red Fire Rooster



Tonight we usher in the Chinese New Year and this year its the  火 
anybody missing the association to bloody turkey...

pic from noobcook.com

My recommended dish is 紅糟, usually eaten as mee sua, it's served in my home as a dinner dish to be eaten with rice. Good Luck getting hong zhao as its not sold in stores.


My mom made her pineapple tarts as usual. Couple of extra ones made from blueberry jam we had in the fridge.


Pantone colour of the year is Greenery. Red and Green reminds me of Christmas. 


During Chinese New Year we usually exchange food gifts with family and neighbors, like my mom's pineapple tarts.


Lately, the trend has been luxury gifts and I think it's because of Valentine's Day coinciding with CNY. So I switched to gifts as well新年快乐!


1 floral arrangement totally appropriate for this festive season, Majestic Rooster from Far East Flora $188.


Some recommendations for Valentine's Day that I would like to receive myself ;)


Simple present for simple girls, Single Premium Red Rose $49.90 by Far East Flora


My personal fave, Sweet Fortune $84.90 by Far East Flora


Updated traditional classic, Pictures of Love $170.72 by Angel Florist


Ikebana inspired, Flowers Zenith $148 by Online Florist


Small table arrangement for your real home, Roses Bloom $58.85 by Orchard Florist


Bigger purple arrangement for your real home, Inspiration $115.56 by Orchard Florist


The red amaryllis looks like 喜, CNY Blossom $94.16 by Orchard Florist


Big table arrangement, OD 10 Tua Huat $308.16 by Orchard Florist


Big hand bouquet, V Day Forever Love $399 by Florist.sg


Loving this Expat style, Tidings of Peace $97.20 and more by XpressFlower
Euro classic style, Angelic $249 by Flowers Flowers
Again Euro classic style, Always by your Side $220 by Flowers Flowers


Oranges basket $60 by Singapore Florist


Fresh Carnations and Pussy willow $98 by Singapore Florist


Artificial Peonies and Anthurium $138 by Singapore Florist


Artificial Peonies with Fortune Cat $98 by Singapore Florist


Petite and fresh, CNY Abundance $88 by Little Flower Hut


Compact and vibrant, CNY Blessings $148 by Little Flower Hut


Pineapple-like arrangement, Fresh & Silk flowers $72.76 by Joaquim Florist
Latest trend of cartoon character bouquets, Hello Kitty Bouquet $189 by 24Hrs City Florist


Pineapple basket of oranges, Fortune Gold $60 by Hummings


Bright and buoyant, Everlasting Fortune $88 by Hummings