Showing posts with label happy chinese new year. Show all posts
Showing posts with label happy chinese new year. Show all posts

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Chinese New Year 2018 | Family Walk in Chinatown

Counting down to Chinese New Year {CNY} next week!! For some reason I feel that it's coming by really fast this year? Do you feel the same way?

I mean, not that I'm complaining as I love all the joyous celebrations but it seems like Christmas wasn't too far away, then it was New Year's and now at the blink of an eye it's Chinese New Year!!

Anyway last weekend we went down for our annual family walk in Chinatown to soak in the festivities and nom on our fave local snacks and CNY goodies.

This year, the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations adopts the theme “Blossoms of Happiness & Prosperity” and will see celebrations taking place around Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and other streets at the historic Chinatown precinct.

From now until Thu 15 Feb 2018, visitors can feast on mouth-watering New Year delicacies, enjoy the brilliant lights and decorations of the stalls and shop for the many CNY traditional goodies from cookies, decorative items, waxed duck and preserved fruits to potted plants and clothing at the street bazaar shops that are open 6pm-10pm daily {extended hours until 1am on CNY Eve}


Lil Pumpkin and I wore our matching modern cheongsams by local boutique, Glitter Glam {see their full CNY collection on Glitter Glam website!}. We're wearing different colour combinations of the same design and I really like the sweet duo colours and simple, yet intricate flower embroidery in the front. Nothing too flashy and so so comfy even when walking about outdoors in the crowd...

It was also kinda bittersweet knowing that she's wearing the largest size {size 14} in their kids collection now #wheredidmybabygo

She can probably still fit in it next year when she's 10 years old.. but after that, she'd probably has to start wearing adult sizes?? But that's if she still wants to twin with mummy!! As it is, although she still likes the clothes that I choose and buy for her, our little fashionista prefers to dress up herself and choose her own accessories.

Will she soon find mummy too "uncool" to wear matchy-matchy clothes with??! hmmm... 

人山人海!We went on a Saturday evening and yes although it was crowded, it wasn't a stampede and there was still space to walk around without getting shoved and pushed {toooo much}.

Plenty of families and small kids around, but I'd still recommend not bringing your stroller / pram though and to avoid peak periods.

Must-do shot of Lil Pumpkin and her daddy in front of the hand-made sculpted lanterns of the Chinese zodiac animal of the year - which happens to be the Dog for 2018.

Love seeing how much Lil Pumpkin has grown when comparing photos like this but where did our baby go?? Missing photos from 2016 and 2017...

The CNY street bazaar may end on Thu 15 Feb 2018, but the lantern decorations will last until Fri 16 Mar 2018. The daily light-up will take place from 7 pm to midnight from Sundays to Thursdays, and be extended till 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays. On CNY Day 1 and 2 {16 & 17 Feb 2018}, the light-up will continue overnight till 6 am the next morning.

Managed to get a bag of delicious roasted chestnuts too... Mmm love those! I used to eat so much of it but since we only buy it in Chinatown and we don't go there that often nowadays, I haven't eaten that in over a year I think??! #sodeprived

Since the boy and Lil Pumpkin don't like to peel and eat the chestnuts, I finished that whole bag of 500g chestnuts all by myself in 2 days hahahaha...  #donttellmytrainer

We spent about 1hr walking through the street bazaar and small shops.

It's usually the same CNY food and products recycled from year to year, but it still puts us in a cheerful, festive mood nonetheless. Can't wait until our long Chinese New Year weekend break next week!!

Night shot of the lighted-up Dog lanterns.

I was standing on the bridge between Chinatown Point and People's Park Centre trying to get a good shot on my mobile with a crowd of people who obviously had the same idea when the boy said, "You know we can just google for a good image and it'd be much better than whatever you take, right??"

Roll eyes. Yes yes... we can.... so in the end I gave up and we just took a selfie instead because you can't just randomly google a shot of that on the internet, right?? haha.

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P.S. Last day to use my promo code of 10% OFF Peas and Plums modern cheongsam pieces for mums & kids! Check out the rest of our Bub & Me activities or list of kid-friendly places in Singapore too :)


Friday, February 2, 2018

Singapore Cheongsams :: Denim on Denim Modern Cheongsam for Mums & Kids + Promo Code

Chinese New Year is coming up real soon {in 2 weeks time actually} and you know what that means!! Yes, cheongsams galore... yay!! *throws confetti* Love love love seeing all the unique and beautiful cheongsams that come up for the season and so happy that someone FINALLY used my fave denim to create some eclectic modern cheongsam tops that can be used to celebrate CNY, or for casual days out throughout the year too.

Peas and Plums is a new online boutique opened by 2 local stay-at-home mummies #golocal 

Using materials sourced from the U.S. & Japan but made in Singapore, they wanted to add some pizzazz to the market with their line of ladies and kids' apparel, which has a mix of funky, cheeky and edgy designs. As mothers, they know that comfort is essential so whatever clothes they sell are always tried and tested by them and their kids first. If they personally don't look or feel good in it, it never hits their shops.

Oh in case you were wondering, they named their shop after a fruit and vegetable because as mums, they are always finding innovative ways to make their kids eat enough fruits and vegetable hahaha...

They just launched in mid-Jan 2018 and I absolutely screamed with delight when I saw that their first collection for CNY mixed my 2 fashion loves - modern cheongsams x denim - together.

Ok well, maybe not exactly denim.. but denim's lightweight doppelgänger, chambray. Denim is rugged and heavy {usually} on account of its diagonal weave. However, chambray is plainly woven, or done in a crisscross method, making it airier and softer... and therefore although it still looks like cool denim, it is much more comfortable to wear especially in our hot, tropical weather.

The lighter-weight chambray can either have a dressy or casual appeal. Props must be given to Peas and Plums on finding inventive ways to bring this soft and durable fabric into our local fashion fold with a traditional Chinese twist.

BOLD Chambray with Buttons top is dark blue chambray top with specially designed striped-red buttons and trimming running down the front. It has a matching stripped-red inner lining that contrasts nicely with the dark blue chambray so that you can leave the top unbuttoned and wear it open like a "vest".

Personally, I would leave it all buttoned up as I like to show off the playful button embellishments, and although it's modern, I still like it to look like a cheongsam top.

The buttons hold securely, but they are also easy to open with the loop bands with one hand too... as soon as I tried them on I thought they were perfect for breastfeeding mums, like my sister, who needs stylish front-opening tops for their CNY outfits!

SASSY Stripes with Zip is another interesting chambray top mixed with other lightweight cotton fabric. A biker-inspired cheongsam top, it features mixed stripes, a peplum hem and a striking gold tone zipper {huat ah!!} to evoke a sense of summer spent riding the open roads on a cool Harley Davidson. Agree?? heh

The SASSY Stripes with Zip seems less stiff than the BOLD Chambray with Buttons and even though I'm wearing size M for both tops, it seems a bit looser too.

For both tops, I paired them with simple denim bottoms for a "denim on denim" look. Effortlessly chic and looks great as an everyday style. My tip is to experiment with different shades and washes, and perhaps add some bright accessories for contrast and shape to your outfit. 

The mandarin collars are rather short for cheongsam tops {about 1.5cm?} and I would prefer them to be slightly higher at maybe 4-5cm as that's part of what makes cheongsams distinctive, but I guess a lot of ladies who don't usually wear cheongsams prefer these shorter collars as they are more comfortable and less restricting. Higher collars are usually stiffer & can make the neck feel warmer.

But anyway, I don't have many cheongsam tops or dresses with low collars so these are good additions to my collection :)

For Peas and Plums first kids collection for boys and girls aged 4-9 years old, they have a much wider range to choose from. Lucky them!

Lil Pumpkin usually gets dresses for her cheongsam pieces but I was thrilled to find that Peas and Plums sell modern cheongsam-inspired 2-piece sets with shorts and pants options!! Cheongsam sets with pants are so rare, don't you think?!

The FUNKY Light Chambray set has a lightweight chambray cheongsam top with contrast trim and a back button, which Lil Pumpkin can easily unbutton herself, and an elastic-waist chambray jogger pants with rectangular patch deep pockets.

At first I was a tad worried that this set would end up looking like she was wearing PJs but nope, it looks different & fashionable, and I love that she can run, play, catch and craft easily in it without worries of her being, erm, immodest hahaha..

The good thing about 2-piece sets is that you can easily mix-and-match the pieces separately with other tops/ bottoms to get more mileage and value-for-money for the set.

Lil Pumpkin couldn't wait to try on the Peppy Pink Elephant set once she saw it. I guess the sweet pink {her fave colour!} and adorable elephant prints really appealed to her.

[Note: The shorts sets also comes yellow giraffes and blue elephants prints, and they have polka dot cheongsam dresses. Very, very kawaiiiiiii~!]

Made of 100% light Japanese cotton, the cheongsam top has a concealed zip at the back and also comes with elastic-waisted culottes with rectangular patch pockets. Best part is, like everything else in their store, it's all machine-washable. Yup, no need for any time-consuming hand-washing or sending to the cleaners.. just have to pop them in the washing machine for a rinse.. great for us busy mums!

If I have one gripe, it's that with chambray and cotton materials, you need to iron the clothes.... and everyone knows that I hate ironing!! *cringe*

Our cheeky girl said, "Mummy, it's so cute!! Can I wear this out tomorrow??"

Erm no darling, you've to wait until Chinese New Year... believe me, Mummy can't wait to wear her new cheongsam tops too!! hahaha

Lil Pumpkin is wearing size L {kids} for both sets and it fits her just nicely actually.

Peas and Plums are selling their modern cheongsam collection for a limited time only for CNY season so do hurry if you want to get your hands on them!! Use my promo code below for 10% discount all items on their online boutique!

Unfortunately, Peas and Plums currently do not have a physical store for you to try on the clothes before purchase but they have a 14-days exchange policy whereby you can return or switch the items bought for another item or the correct size as long as the tags are intact & the items are not washed/ damaged.

They carry clothes for ladies sized S {UK 8} to L {UK 12} and kids sized S {4-5 years old} to L {8 to 9 years old}. Price range for all items from S$40 to S$60+ only! Free delivery to Singapore addresses for all orders above S$100, and they ship overseas as well.

Check out the full range and more details on Peas and Plums website & Facebook page. Let me know if you're getting something from them, ya?? I'd love to see your pics!

Promo code: Quote "aipeasnplums" for 10% OFF all items in store. Valid until Sat 10 Feb 2018 only.

P.S. Also check out these shops that sell traditional and modern cheongsams all year round. Just updated it yesterday.

*Disclosure: This is a review for Peas and Plums Singapore. All opinions are my own.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Chinese New Year 2016 | 新年快乐!万事如意!♥


猴年送你五只猴:
机灵诡秘如猕猴,健康快乐像马猴,
悠闲富贵似猴子,无忧无虑比猿猴,
聪明伶俐胜孙猴。

This Monkey year, I want to give you five monkeys:
the ingenuity of the macaque,
the health and happiness of the monkey,
the leisure and wealth of monkeys,
the lightheartedness of apes and monkeys,
and intelligence & wit surpassing the Monkey King.

Wishing you a Healthy and Prosperous Chinese New Year 2016
from my family to yours! @( ◕ x ◕ )@

P.S. Keeping your holiday spirits high & feast on your fave festive treats without guilt using these 8 Healthy Yet Happy Chinese New Year Eating Tips! #yourewelcome #gongxifacai

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Chinese New Year 2016 | 8 Healthy But Still Happy Eating Tips


With Chinese New Year {CNY} season, everywhere you look, that yummy bak kwa or pineapple tart seems to be calling your name. Resistance seems futile and at the back of your head you just think - one more won't hurt, I'll go back to my exercise / diet plans after CNY.

At least, that what my stomach makes me think (/ε\*) My head knows better though, especially after half a year of grueling personal fitness training.

{source: Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.}

It's a sad, sad truth but eating one small piece of that rich, buttery kueh lapis means I'd have to climb 100 floors of an HDB block, while 1 small piece of mouthwatering pineapple tart means 50 floors. Can you believe that??!

That's not to say I won't be enjoying my CNY goodies though. No, I'm still very much a foodie at heart and plan on keeping my holiday spirits high and feasting on my fave festive treats {especially since Jen gave me the go-ahead to add 400 calories to my daily intake for 3 days to spike my metabolism hehe}.. but by making healthier food choices so that I won't have to suffer too much after the holiday season or let all my fitness training efforts so far go to waste haha.

You can easily gain 0.5 - 1kg with an additional 500kcal per day of food intake in a week. But losing that 0.5 - 1kg of fat is no joke!! And mind you, CNY season usually lasts at least 2 weeks... 

So here are my 8 Healthy But Still Happy Chinese New Year Eating Tips which I want to follow, and hope will encourage you to celebrate CNY without compromising your health and wellness too. 

1. Fill Up on Healthy Food First
When you are hungry, you may tend to eat more of whatever is in front of you, and that probably means all of the CNY goodies laid out on the table for guests. Fill up on healthy food e.g. fruits, vegetables, protein bars first before going to 拜年.

2. Look for Labels
Choose food with the Health Promotion Board's Healthier Choice Symbol as these food indicate healthier options which are lower in sugar, salt or fat. Some are also higher in dietary fibre and calcium compared to similar products within the same food category.

3. Ration Your Treats
Don't eat directly from the container, but take out small portions of the treats you want to eat to prevent overeating. Use the above infographic as a guide on the calories for each treat {and this calories calculator for your estimated daily intake} to know how to portion properly! Moderation is the key.

4. Use Small Plates
Research has shown that smaller plates can help reduce consumption. You tend to dish out less with smaller plates, and by extension, eat less! 

5. Eat Slowly
Nibble and savour each treat to allow your stomach the time it needs to digest and for you to feel full, hence preventing overeating.

6. Let the Conversations Flow
When you're chatting with your family and friends, you'll be less likely to indulge in mindless eating (*^^*) Talk, be merry, and share your festive treats! After all, that's what these CNY gatherings are about,  right??

7. Drink Lots of Plain Water
Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to turn up your fat-burning capacity as it boosts your metabolism, cleanse your body of waste from the feasting and acts as an appetite suppressant. Not to mention, it is also a healthier choice compared to the sweet drinks or alcohol.

8. Keep Active
Nobody wants to sweat & exercise during the holiday merry-making, however if you don't want to get more prosperous around your waistline, you'd want to. It doesn't have to be a time-consuming workout or really going up & down your HDB block, but just short high-intensity interval training e.g. Tabata or running around with your kids at the playground {see my Weekly Singapore  Playground series for ideas!} will do too. 

But whatever it is, even if we drop the ball and over-indulge, don't beat yourself up over it. We're human, after all.

And oh, since it's the festive season, here is a bonus tip,

9. Stay Off Social Media
So crazy coming from me as a blogger, but especially if you follow food or lifestyle bloggers, stay off Instagram / Facebook / Twitter etc. as there will surely be posts of yummilious CNY food throughout the day that will make you crave and reach out for them, even if you're not truly hungry!!! If your will-power is weak, don't tempt yourself further by looking at those posts. Out of sight, out of mind.

P.S. If you're still looking to buy CNY goodies, check out some of our family favourites at Jia Confectionery and Tai Chong Kok


Monday, February 23, 2015

Outdoor Family Photoshoot at Chinese Gardens

I truly enjoyed the long Chinese New Year {CNY} weekend that just passed. A time of rest and respite, the best part was being able to spend it with family, especially the boy since he was off for 4 WHOLE days! Throughout the year, his clinic is only fully closed during CNY, so waking up to see him in bed, and knowing that he didn't have to leave for work anytime during the day is pretty awesome. I loved having him around those 4 days and Lil Pumpkin was glad that both of us didn't have to go to work either :)

Even though my mum had to go in and out of A&E twice because of her wounds, and Lil Pumpkin was ill most of the time, overall, we still have loads to be thankful and happy for.

Alwyn had some time available last Saturday so we met up with him for a family photo shoot at Chinese Garden. The last time he took our photos was 2 years ago at the Botanics Gardens.. when I had long hair!!

Earlier that morning, Lil Pumpkin had vomited and was feeling pretty awful. We thought, "Oh no! Not again!" since she was sick the last time Alwyn took our photos at Marina Barrage too.

She slept most of the Saturday away and thankfully woke up just before we left feeling much better. Even if she wasn't up for the shoot, we decided to still go ahead to meet Alwyn since it's not really that nice to cancel last minute and also, even if we couldn't get a lot of family shots with poor Lil Pumpkin, the boy and I could still get some couple shots. I would love that since our 12th anniversary is coming up next Monday and I can't even remember the last time we took nice couple shots together haha.

Alwyn has a new "Phase One System" that's supposed to be amazing. It's a medium-format digital camera, but it doesn't really matter to me since I think his photography skills is superb no matter which camera he is using :P He's the kind of photographer that replies on his skills to create a beautiful image, instead of Photoshop to get there and I really admire him for that. But anyway, he is really excited for it and if a camera can get Alwyn excited, it must be a damn good one.

As usual, he worked pretty fast post-processing and the night after we did the shoot, he sent me all the 41 images that passed his selection. I'm just gonna share a few of my favourites in this post...

Lil Pumpkin & her "magic wand", as she calls the windmill
Smile, Baby!
Story of her life.. getting smothered with love from us :)
Kisses for mummy!
Me and my boo~

On his strong shoulders
Eyes just for you!
Our happy family :)
Lil Pumpkin was such a super trooper in smiling for the camera, even though I know she was feeling overall pretty weak. We kept the shoot short and finished up in under an hour. It was nice exploring the Chinese Garden though... the last time I went was when my parents brought me there as a kid to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival! They used to give out free lanterns and mooncakes there, and it was really lively.

Now, Chinese Garden seems a little abandoned and wasn't too crowded even though it was the weekend. Feel like going back again to explore it better and take more photos on my own.

Thanks once again for your time, Alwyn! It's been 4 years since we started having regular family photo shoots and I love seeing how we, especially Lil Pumpkin, have changed and grown.

Do you take family photo shoots regularly?
Where do you like to go for your family photo shoots?

Our family photoshoots:

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Singapore Cheongsams :: {Matching} Cheongsam for Mums & Little Girls

It's been a really hectic time what with Mum in surgery and Lil Pumpkin having a suspected case of HFMD {doc can't confirm either because it's just a few tongue ulcers}. Been in and out of the hospital all week and thank goodness, my mother-in-law is feeling better from her own surgery last week to help take care of Lil Pumpkin since she can't attend school at the moment, and I can't bring her to the hospital with me.

Just want to write and think about happier stuff so sharing some of the modern cheongsams we got recently. I believe cheongsams should be worn all year round, and Chinese New Year {CNY} is really a fantastic time to stock up on cheongsams for the rest of the year! So many beautiful designs released, and even shops that don't usually sell cheongsams have a special collection or two for the festive period.

For example, one of our fave shops for matching mother-child clothes, Glitter Glam, launched modern cheongsams with detachable collars! Very versatile and certainly appealing to those ladies that prefer not to wear cheongsams outside of the CNY period.

I like the cheerful floral prints that just screams "Spring" and "Chinese New Year" to me hahaha. Lil Pumpkin and I will be wearing this on our CNY Day 1 as we'll be doing most visiting that day, and I want something light and comfortable since we'll be running around so much.

The short collars {3cm} are attached by hidden buttons and even when the collars are removed it does not look unfinished... it's just a beautiful by itself as a simple shift dress.

I've not seen any modern cheongsams with detachable collars before so if you're interested, you can get these from their online website, Harbourfront Centre boutique {1 Maritime Square #02-11} or shop counters at Isetan stores.

As I mentioned before, dressing matchy-matchy doesn't mean you always have to wear exactly the same things {see my tips on how to work the matching mini-me trend}. Just having similar details, such as colours or accents, will work as well.

I liked my Lark & Peony Princess Pingyang cheongsams so much that I bought another one in my fave colour - RED. How to not wear something ang ang during CNY??! hahaha

So bold and vibrant, it's really comfortable and fits my body like a glove. The Princess in Crimson comes with an obi belt with shippo {七宝} accents. Shippo is a traditional Japanese print where a series of geometric design combining four ellipses in a circle such that the lines inside make more circles. Somehow people thought the inside of the circles look shiny and they called this pattern shippo, which literally means "seven jewels".

It's not typically so colourful, but the designer of this printed fabric incorporated colours into the parts where the circles overlap giving it a playful feel. Shippo is a lucky pattern in Japan, and red is a lucky colour for Chinese, so I should be doubly lucky wearing this piece???! :)

If you like it too, you can get it from their online store or make an appointment to visit their atelier. I thought it matched Lil Pumpkin's Pretty Porcelain Tutu dress because well, both have reds in them, and there's a shippo-ish pattern in her cheongsam. :P Planning on us wearing this set on CNY Day 2 since we usually have a big buffet that day, and the obi belt will hide my bulging tummy well haha.

Her cheongsam comes in blue as well! Fits girls aged 2-7 years old. We got them from Dreams Avenue, a local kids online boutique, and I'll share more on some of our other clothes from the store later. 

Her dress marries traditional and modern in the most enchanting way: the stunning bodice has cute Chinese cheongsam details including a mandarin collar and Chinese knot buttons set, contrasted with a simple white tutu skirt that keeps all our little princesses happy. There's also a hidden zip at the back for quick dressing up!

I don't usually buy free size clothes, especially for cheongsams, BUT this was too cute to resist! Wasn't that expensive either, so just decided to go ahead with it, especially since I didn't have any in this sweet shade of pastel lavender. 

The Alice Cakes Macaron Cheongsam has adorable prints of maracons and other tea-time delights on the dress collar and skirt rims. There's no inner lining, but the material is soft, stretchy and thick so no need for that anyway. One thing I'm groaning about though is that it crinkles easily and needs to be ironed properly before wear. I prefer fuss-free materials {like that used in the Princess cheongsams} that need little or no ironing :P 

The front Chinese knot buttons can open up for you to put your head through easily, but it doesn't open up fully as the side zip is on the opposite side from where the front flap joins the side.

This cheongsam's free size fits UK 6 - 10. I'm a UK 8 {or 10, depending on cut} and it's an ok fit for me, except for the bust area which is a bit tight. From Little Bow Co, a local baby wear online boutique, it also came in other pastel colours but now there's only light blue, navy blue and red left.

Ok, that wraps up our recent cheongsam haul! :) Hopefully Lil Pumpkin's love for cheongsams will start from young too :P I think for any of the online shops I've listed here, if you order by this weekend, you should be able to get your piece by Chinese New Year since they are all based in Singapore #sgpride #golocal

Also check out these shops that sell traditional and modern cheongsams all year round. I updated the list yesterday.

P.S. It's been a crazy week, but I'm having some crazy good giveaways on the blog that are ending soon too. Have a look to win a Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10" Android, a KidsFest 2015 Hamper or pair of Havaianas Disney Frozen FlipFlops!


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chinese New Year 2015 | CNY Goodies Shopping @ Jia Confectionery, Sims Vista Market & Food Centre

Last night we went for out for dinner with my mother-in-law. Her eye is healing properly {she had cataracts surgery earlier in the week} but still has to be careful with her movements since her left eye is still patched up.

After dinner, she wanted to go order some Chinese New Year {CNY} goodies to distribute to friends and industry partners. She does that every year for CNY to spread joy, and build better relationships with them. I think it's pretty common for companies in Singapore to do so during this period. My office gets a lot of hampers from our vendors and partners too. Some even give bak kwa and crates of oranges.

I've noticed locally, other corporate gift-giving seasons are during Mid-Autumn Festival, when the gifts are mooncakes, and Christmas for hampers again.

In Japan the corporate gift-giving season is usually during summer {お中元, o-chugen} and winter {お歳暮, o-seibo}. These gifts are given as expression of thanks to the people who have shown you kindness during the year e.g. industry partners, clients, superiors etc. The gifts are usually food e.g. cakes, jellies, chocolates, or other consumables and you can easily find ready-packed gifts at supermarkets or departmental stores. 

Anyway she asked us to bring her to Jia Confectionery in a heartland hawker center. A few minutes walk from Aljunied MRT station and tucked within an old neighbourhood of Sim Drive, most of the stalls were already closed when we arrived about 8pm plus, as the crowd is usually in during lunch.

I was very surprised to see that this shop was still open though, with a number of other aunties there shopping for CNY goodies.

Jia Confectionery usually sell traditional Chinese pastries and cakes like walnut cake and pineapple sponge cake. Their Wife Biscuits and Sun Biscuits are famous for being delicious and fragrant too.

Of course now, they are concentrating on making CNY goodies. Everything is baked fresh from the oven daily...

And hand-packed! Wow, it's really labour-intensive.

This guy was slowly putting them into the containers piece by piece.

There's a huge range of CNY goodies here... it really is a one-stop place for all your CNY goodies shopping. The shop owners were really nice and kept giving us samples of all their goodies :P

They also sell 年糕 but I'm not sure if it's made by this shop, or imported in from somewhere. Didn't buy any since I'd already bought from Tai Chong Kok during our Chinatown family walk.

These are much cheaper than Tai Chong Kok though!

Lil Pumpkin was very happy to be out and about exploring so late at night haha...

The boy, Lil Pumpkin and my movie-star mother-in-law :) She still has to wear a pair of sunnies whenever she goes out to protect her eyes from harsh lights etc.

Think she bought about 30 tubs of pineapple tarts {very buttery & not that sweet, which is good} and other CNY goodies to give away, while I bought a tub of pineapple balls {prefer these to pineapple tarts}, kueh bangkit and almond cookies to give to my parents. Or rather my dad, since mum is going for surgery tomorrow and can't eat such snacks :/

There's another traditional Chinese confectionery shop just 2 doors away called Huat Huat Cakes {see what my bloggy friend Sweet Day thinks about them here}. We didn't check them out, but they seem popular for CNY goodies too.

This is the price list for Jia Confectionery's CNY goodies for 2015.

My mother-in-law mentioned that they also supply to the bigger shops and some restaurants.

I'm glad we went with her last night to discover one of her fave shops for CNY goodies. Best to capture all these memories while we still can, and not live to regret it when the time comes that we can't.

Jia Confectionery
Block 49 Sims Place #01-46 {Sims Vista Market & Food Centre}
Tel: 8198 7393

What are your favourite CNY goodies?
Where do you usually go to buy them?

*Disclosure: This is not a paid or sponsored review. All opinions are my own.

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