Lunar New Year: Reunion got easier with NTUC FairPrice

9 days to Lunar New Year! Are you guys prepared yet?

If you have seen my previous posts, you will know how much I enjoy doing my grocery shopping in my favourite supermarket and that’s nonetheless – NTUC FairPrice! Like always, Fairprice offers a wide variety of traditional as well as new, unique products enough to gear us in ushering the Year of Monkey! ♡

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As part of Lunar New Year celebrations, NTUC FairPrice came up with many Chinese New Year promotions which started from 31 December to 29 February 2016! With it’s wide variety of products available at great prices, Chinese New Year shopping have never been this easy! Plus, you get a chance to win $100,000 worth of FairPrice Gift Vouchers!

FairPrice Fortune Draw (31 December 2015 to 29 February 2016)

Spend a minimum of $30 in one receipt to qualify in the FairPrice Fortune Draw and win prizes including $100,000 worth of FairPrice Gift Vouchers!

  • 200 winners x Prize: S$500 FairPrice Gift Voucher each

Double up your chances with OCBC Plus! Visa Cards

  • X 2 chances if you use your OCBC Plus! Visa Card

In addition, receive a complementary CNY Bag with a minimum purchase of $58 with VISA payWave or $48 on Visa payWave with OCBC Plus! Visa.

*While stock lasts and limited to 1 bag per cardholder per day.
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Watching your wallet? Fret not, there are many AWESOME deals up for grab with FairPrice Housebrand products which are affordable and delectable. I’m so glad to come home with so many of my favourite CNY goodies some of which are Harvest Prosperity Yu ShengCasahana Pineapple Roll, Sing Long Love LettersFairPrice Fruits & Nuts SetFairPrice Gold Cuttlefish Ball and FairPrice Shrimp Wantons! They were all my family’s favourite CNY must-have!

Harvest Prosperity YuSheng is a convenient staple for every family celebrating Chinese New Year. Not forgetting the most important part of Lunar New Year is the Prosperity Toss also known as “Lo Hei” is a Teochew-style raw fish salad which usually consists of strips of raw, shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients. Therefore, yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor. Today, Lo Hei is a common practice during Chinese New Year in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Let’s all HUAT!

Did I mentioned that my dad is a big fan for Love Letters?! He can eat at least 20 egg roll in one sitting! A perfect light snack before the annual family dinner every time! This premium quality egg roll from Sing Long is so crispy, delicious and suitable for both the young and old!Love Letters Yu Sheng

FairPrice Gold Cuttlefish Ball are made of high-quality ingredients and flavourful. Best suited for our Lunar New Year family reunion dinner! It’s so versatile you can make a quick snack, add them to soups or to be used creatively with noodles or rice! Retailing at $8.65 only!

What’s steamboat without shrimp wonton? FairPrice Shrimp Wonton completes every steamboat meal and moreover, it’s so healthy! Feast without guilt! Retails at $4.05 for a box of 12 – enough for a few satisfying bowls.

You may have seen this in my previous post but have you wonder why steamboat is an ideal meal for CNY?

First, it is so easy to prepare! Hence anyone can host a fail-proof, yummy meal.

  •  A steamboat can serve a few people (e.g. 2) or as many people (like 20) as you like simply by adjusting the quantity of ingredients.
  • You can do steamboat again over the next 1-2 days with the leftovers, especially useful when many eating places, markets and shops are closed during the first few days of CNY.
  • You get to sit around the table for a long time as you cook your own food, hence promoting interaction and bonding.
  • It’s a healthy meal, as you are enjoying the food which has been briefly cooked in hot broth. The food is not greasy at all. My main point! 🙂

For more steamboat information: Read here.

Cuttlefish Shrimp WantonBesides the married giving red packets, most of us enjoy buying festive goods like canned abalones and goodies for my family relatives! Therefore the Prosperity Gift Set seems to be an ideal option as it includes New Zealand Superior Abalone, Australian Premium Wild Abalone and Pacific Clams! They are so easy to prepare and you may even add them in your YuSheng or steamboats! I’m sure they will be spoilt for choice! Retailing at $99.80 only! Moreover, get an instant $5 off when you charge it to OCBC Plus! Visa Cards.

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Get your freshest and yummiest CNY goodies with FairPrice today! If you are tight on your schedule, fret not cause NTUC FairPrice have announced that it will be extending the operating hours of its stores leading up to Chinese New Year to cater demand for groceries and provide greater convenience! YAY!! 🙂

 

If you’re too busy to buy groceries physically, you can do that conveniently on your smartphone or desktop anytime from now till 7 Feb! After which there will be no deliveries available on Feb 8 and 9 (First and Second day of the Chinese New Year). All delivery services will resume on Feb 10.

Strategically located in every part of Singapore, FairPrice makes groceries shopping a happier and convenient experience for all! Hereby, wishing all my readers a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year!

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Celebrate Lunar New Year with NTUC Fairprice

I am so excited to celebrate the Lunar New Year with my favourite supermarket and that’s nonetheless; NTUC FairPrice. Counting down to less than 2 weeks to Lunar New Year! Are you ready yet? This year, NTUC Fairprice return with a wide range of traditional as well as new and unique products enough to gear us ready to usher in the Year of Goat with abundance! ♡

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As part of Chinese New Year celebrations, customers who spend a minimum of $30 in one receipt will qualify for the FairPrice Fortune Draw with attractive prices to be won! How exciting is that!

FairPrice Fortune Draw (8 January to 11 March 2015)

Spend a minimum of $30 in one receipt to qualify in the FairPrice Fortune Draw and win prizes including $100,000 worth of FairPrice Gift Vouchers!

  • 10 x Grand Prize: S$5,000 and 1 year’s worth of groceries
  • 100 x Consolation Prize: S$500 

Double up your chances with OCBC Plus! Visa Cards

  • X 2 chances if you use your OCBC Plus! Visa Card

Additionally, enjoy 5% off at everything at FairPrice, FairPrice Online and Unity when you charge a minimum of S$500 monthly (excluding all FairPrice, FairPrice Online and Unity purchases) to your OCBC Plus! Visa Card.

Hamper Ordering and Availability

You should place any hamper order by 10 February 2015 (Take note: 3 days of processing needed excluding day of order, Saturday and Sunday)

For deli items, do order 3 days in advance with the ordering forms available in stores or at Deli Order Counters from 8 January to 12 February 2015; collection period from 9 to 18 February 2015.

Take note: Availability of certain items varies from store to store, whilst stocks last.

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Shopping at NTUC FairPrice during this festive season warms my heart as I rekindle my yearly family affair shopping around with my parents for our Lunar New Year goodies! From those crispy love letters, flavorful pineapple tarts and tidbits! As a kid, I used to rush to the candies shelve first when we reach the entrance of NTUC FairPrice. My sister and I would go about grabbing our favourite candies and my pick will be the milky and creamy White Rabbit Sweets! Don’t you miss peeling the “wax paper” around it? It would be a great pick for your guests to indulge during their CNY visiting!

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For every Lunar New Year, we enjoy inviting relatives and friends over to our place to play some card games, chit-chatting and eating together. My family love gatherings most. Simple time of togetherness is so precious and joyful. Even preparing the food on the table seems pleasant and fun as everyone plays a role from getting the plates, washing, cooking and serving! During Lunar New Year, how could one miss out sumptuous food?!

In Singapore, the festive season will not be complete without “Pen Cai” (盆菜) also known as “poon choy” in Cantonese or “Big Bowl Feast”. This festive dish symbolises prosperity and abundance! With my favourite pick – Skylight Imperial Banquet Abalone Treasure Pot! Everything in a pot, heat and serve! I love putting in extra scallops, abalones and mushrooms! This dish is so easy to prepare and super delicious!

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I LOVE STEAMBOAT! This list of products below are my usual buys as I am a huge fan of steamboat! Basically, I love everything in soup be it clear chicken or tomyam broth. Getting excited for reunion dinner already! I look forward to my Shrimp Wantons, Okaido Premium Scallops, Fresh Prawns & Fish and Frozen Pork Collar Shabu Shabu!

Wonder why steamboat is an ideal meal for CNY?

  • First, it is so easy to prepare! Hence anyone can host a fail-proof, yummy meal.
  •  A steamboat can serve a few people (e.g. 2) or as many people (like 20) as you like simply by adjusting the quantity of ingredients.
  • You can do steamboat again over the next 1-2 days with the leftovers, especially useful when many eating places, markets and shops are closed during the first few days of CNY.
  • You get to sit around the table for a long time as you cook your own food, hence promoting interaction and bonding.
  • It’s a healthy meal, as you are enjoying the food which has been briefly cooked in hot broth. The food is not greasy at all.

For more steamboat information: Read here.

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Not forgetting the most important part of Lunar New Year is the Prosperity Toss also known as “Lo Hei” is a Teochew-style raw fish salad which usually consists of strips of raw, shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients. Yusheng literally means “raw fish” but since “fish (鱼)” is commonly conflated with its homophone “abundance (余)”, Yúshēng (鱼生) is interpreted as a homophone for Yúshēng (余升) meaning an increase in abundance. Therefore, yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor. Today, Lo Hei is a common practice during Chinese New Year in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Let’s all HUAT!

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Shopping at the nearest NTUC FairPrice brings more joy as compared to clothes shopping. Serious! I love nourishing and indulging in good food and I believe NTUC FairPrice is my best provider for a great range and fresh food supplies at affordable prices. Strategically located in every part of Singapore, making groceries shopping a happier and convenient experience for all! ♡

Ipoh and Cameron Highlands Trip

Finally, got the time to pen down my reflection trip back to Ipoh and Cameron Highlands with the family! This trip was a long planned by W for my family and closest relatives to visit his hometown. He did many arrangements for transport and lodging, not forgetting the planning of the itinerary with his parents.

Therefore, those time together was really precious to me and W. Seeing them getting together, having fun, relaxing and enjoying every moment with the family was just worth every single bit of tedious planning back behind. It was my parents’ first trip to Ipoh and my 8th? I still enjoy going back every time, with the good food, companion and little things that brings you back from the city life to a slower pace town. One of my favourite place, still.

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10441474_10152328109852746_7508683052354982550_nWhen talking about Ipoh, we think about food, food and more food! One of the food haven in the world, yes, they have the best bean sprouts, steamed chicken, white coffee, smoothest flat rice noodles Hor Fun, Dim Sum, Assam Laksa and seafood. It is true that Malaysia have the best food in the world, fusion cuisine to Chinese style food never go wrong. We can never get to taste such traditional food in Singapore anymore, that explains why more people are driving/traveling up to places like Ipoh and Penang just for their food. 10563020_10152328116422746_5159203864196334164_n

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Here’s a website on the famous eateries in Ipoh. Not forgetting, home-cooked dishes! I love the Sour Chicken best and will be mastering this recipe soon! The home brew soup was simmered for 4 hours, which explains the thickness and rich colour with the sweetest taste. Cooking at home warms our heart even more, as cooking takes much effort and time. From the buying to the preparation to the cooking and lastly, to the washing. Therefore, be appreciative for the people who cook for you. It isn’t as easy as eating and only mothers goes through trouble like this, to bring out the best on the table.

Enjoying the pretty sunset from MH Hotel, Ipoh. The beauty of nature, simplest yet so fulfilling. Allowing me to do some reflections in life, on how sometimes we take things so seriously. Being on a trip, make me realized how fortunate I am to be here, living and enjoying time with my family. Appreciative and contented. I realized that nothing is more significant than our family presence and being together. Sometimes, we all chase after material things like a house, a car, a dream trip or even that branded bag. Neglecting the people around us, chasing after dreams that is selfishly yours.

But I thought living on for my loved ones is significantly more important than chasing that selfish dream. Providing them with what I have is the best thing I could ever do, right now. I don’t want to live my life with regrets not providing or spending enough time with them. Take effort, plan and travel with the family. That can only be the best thing on Earth.

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More like a reflection post instead of my usual food introductory post. A time to rest and refresh the mind to focus on the right things. We may not be the richest, but contentment makes a wealthy man ♥

Malacca Getaway

image_15_zpsfcc56072Planned for a short getaway with W for the longest time, and we both decided on the nearest town to explore; Malacca aka Melaka. We booked bus tickets from Starmart Express priced at $45 per pax (two-way). The bus was comfortable and spacious, making the 3 hours drive pleasant!

Day 1

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This was the first time I traveled to Malacca and was so excited after seeing photos and reviews online about the delicious food around Malacca Town! One of which is definitely the chicken rice balls originated from Malacca, and that was our first stop once we reach Malacca Central.

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We visited Kedai Kopi Chung Hwa which is known to be the best chicken rice ball stall in Malacca. The famous queue was a 35 minutes wait and finally both of us got ourselves a table! Excitedly, we ordered our usual portion. The chicken rice balls are served in a plate of 5, golf-ball sized. Chicken rice balls are steamed rice with chicken stock, cooked with extra water for more sticky texture for the rice balls shaping purposes. Not forgetting, the smooth and silky steamed kampong chicken served with thick ginger sauce. The combination of both sums up a perfecto meal! Combining it with their garlic chilli sauce, I guess I had the best chicken rice balls ever! Both W and I gorged out on 1 whole chicken! *Rub tummy*

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Kedai Kopi Chung Wah
18, Jalan Hang Jebat,
75200 Melaka

Opening hours: 7.30am – 3.00pm

After our meal, we headed to Jonker Street for some street shopping and realized that there were many antiques shop and vintage street backgrounds for awesome OOTD shots! Not just that, but Jonker Street is full of cute character themed boutique shop, like Hello Kitty, Mr Potato and Mamee Monster! Too cute!

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10336826_10152186443142746_3104071555373021667_n1504020_10152186443082746_3430763792122263117_nCute little eggs popsicle ice! SAMSUNG CSCWe came across I Sayang Bikes(单车生活馆) across Jonker Street and saw bicycle rental for just RM3/hour. Under such cooling nice weather, we thought it would be a great idea to explore town further with our bicycles instead of just walking around the same area. It was such a pleasant experience as it was my first time cycling in a foreign grounds, amusing. I like the idea of having control of where we are heading and being flexible in that sense. Cycling seems to be one of the best way to explore and travel.

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After our little adventure tour we had, Jash came over to pick us up. Both Jash and Huizhen came up from Kuala Lumpur to meet us! Glad we made time and effort for this short getaway together, cause we miss each other too much! They bought us to Malacca’s most famous food; Satay Celup at Capitol Satay.

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Satay Celup is very popular in Malacca and exclusively famous. We see lok lok everywhere in Malaysia, but it is just not the same. Both Jash and Huizhen go to Capitol Satay every time they visited Malacca. Renowned for its ridiculously long queues, we arrived at 4.45pm and waited near 2 hours for a table. The queue were the length of 7 shop houses!

Capitol Satay operates from 5pm and queues starts forming even before 4pm! WHAT?! This is the one and only Capitol Satay Celup in Malacca, they do not have any brother, sister or other branches. Satay celup is also known as steamboat satay, where sticks of raw or semi-cooked meat and vegetables are dipped into a boiling pot of satay gravy for several minutes. There is a very wide assortment available and each stick cost RM 1, randomly customers who ate more were given big prawns and scallops which cost RM 1 too! That’s the catch!

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Capitol Satay

41, Lorong Bukit Cina, 75100, Melaka, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm (Closed on Mondays)

Being the lead of the day, Jash bought us to “Longkang Siham (Back Alley Si Ham) located near Madam King Shopping Complex. Packed with more than 40 years of history, I felt like I was in a reverse time-zone! There is no such back alley food stalls in Singapore or any part of Malaysia, except in Malacca. They sold boiled cockles also known as si ham, calms (la la), prawns, cuttlefish with kang kong and 4 Treasures which includes beancurd skin, fried dough, fish cakes and tofu. Super yummy!

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Off Jalan Bunga Raya Lane, Melaka
(near Madam King Complex)

Open from: 7.30pm onwards

Much needed walk along Jonker Street; Pasar Malam (Night Market). We got ourselves lots of goodies from vegetables cutter to shower tap to glues to towels! Heh!

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Rise and shine! Headed to a coffee shop where W’s relative introduced us for breakfast. I love their toasts as they uses charcoal instead of a electric stove. We had steamed and toasted bread with coffees!

10390416_10152186440437746_502744512376423907_nTried their local laksa too! A lot like the ones in Singapore, curry mee + beehoon.

10325371_10152186440562746_6417639230665343504_nJash drove us outskirt of Malacca Town to try this! He raved so much about it and wanted us to try the Coconut Shake! It was a 20 minutes drove from town. Just look at the amount of coconuts here! Woah! Must be really good business! 10366082_10152186440337746_1823943556071989075_n

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As we had the best chicken rice ball yesterday, we decided to head back again for more! I will miss this very much! Even W was full of praise with Chung Wah chicken rice balls! Yes, that is a crazy amount of 40 rice balls. Let’s dig in!

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What’s a trip to Malacca without eating Chendol? We had the original chendol with Gula Melaka along Jonker Street. Chendol is typically made of coconut milk, green starched noodles with pandan flavoring, red beans, shaved ice and palm sugar.

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ONE BITE DURIAN PUFFS! This was listed a must-try along Jonker Street and Jash suggested that we each try one, even though we are stuffed to the brim! Non-stop eating trip! But it was worth the calories! The durian puff burst inside your mouth and oozes! Slurps.
10366038_10152186437982746_6091225332724128000_n10257987_10152186437792746_6610949583806603476_nVisited A Famosa, a Portuguese fortress located in Malacca after shopping at Pahlawan Shopping Mall. A Famosa is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in South East Asia. The Porta de Santiago, a small gate house, is the only remaining part of the fortress still standing. 10380998_10152186436827746_9210027534214334445_n 10402992_10152186436952746_1383901395420448585_nBefore heading to Malacca, I have heard all about their famous mille crepes cakes! When Windie learned that we were going to Malacca, she urged us to try the Mille Crepes from Nadeje and also warned us that they usually sell out by evening. Nadeje is conveniently located at Mahkota Parade, which was nearJonker Street.

Mille crepes are not kueh lapis. The multi-layered cake is made of fresh homemade custard cream and is best eaten chilled. Four of us shared 2 slices of cake, as we were too stuffed from chicken rice, durian puffs and chendol. Burp.

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Sun kissed Langkawi with Tigerair

8th November – 11th November 2013

YAY! Won a pair of Langkawi air tickets via Tigerair Travel Less Ordinary Contest! Visited one of the nicest place in Malaysia! The sun, sand, beach and everything. We did our own tour and hotel booking as these are not provided. Langkawi is a duty free island and have fewer than 65,000 in population. So practically, almost the whole of Langkawi know each other? I guess so. The place is safe and people are nice, comparing it to their other counterparts like Kuala Lumpur or Johor Bahru definitely.

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Our lovely hotel at Four Points at Sheraton and it’s located a stone throw from the Langkawi International Airport. Greeted by the clear pool water daily and it’s time to rest and relax! We had local breakfast along the streets in Kuah, explore around the Cable Car, Black Sea and the Eagle Statue of Langkawi! (We combed almost the whole of Langkwai btw!) Wonderful escapade with my dearest! Snorkeling, street shopping, massage, exploring new places & cultures.

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Experiencing the pool of fishes swimming around! Really itching and scary!

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What’s a trip without seafood? One of the yummiest seafood in town of Langkawi located along Pantai Cenang where all the late night streets shopping and massage parlors are located!

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Ending Langkawi with a cheers! An awesome short retreat to refresh the mind from work and I am definitely gonna be back to this tiny island of nature!