[EVENT] Chinese New Year Bonanza 2020 @ Takashimaya Square

Happy 2020, everyone! It’s crazy how fast time flies, eh?

Spring will soon be upon us, and with that comes Chinese New Year (CNY) and the multitude of highly-anticipated CNY bazaars that follow. While establishments scurry to take down and store away all their Christmas collaterals and products, one, in particular, has already gone full swing into the CNY sales to give you a head start on getting ready for the festivity – even before the calendar year ended!

Takashimaya CNY Fair 2020

Takashimaya CNY Fair 2020

Decked out in red and gold at the extensive basement two event square of Takashimaya Shopping Centre with oriental tunes streaming in the background, the CNY Fair organised by Takashimaya Department Store is hard to miss. This year, the fair sees the participation of 67 local and international vendors that offer an assortment of seasonal treats to cater to all household needs and traditions. That’s right, whether you are of Cantonese or Peranakan descent, you are sure to find something here that strikes your (or your elders’) fancy!

Click here to download the list of vendors and their locations

Continue to let your taste buds revel in savoury bliss with homegrown delights from returning vendors, such as Butter Studio, Home’s Favourites, Juz Bread, Kele, My Mum’s Cookies, HarisAnn’s, and Old Seng Choong, all of which are known for their confectionery and pastries like pineapple tarts and sugee cookies. Of course, one cannot miss the presence of CNY staples, such as bak kwa from Bee Cheng Hiang and dried seedless persimmon from Korea-originated Abana that you can consider filling your snack tray with.

Butter Studio

Butter Studio

Home's Favourite

Home’s Favourite

Check out these vintage tins from Old Seng Choon!

Check out these vintage tins from Old Seng Choon!

Prosperity Assorted Pineapple Tarts (S$48) from Old Seng Choong

Prosperity Assorted Pineapple Tarts (S$48) from Old Seng Choong

Baker's Oven

Baker’s Oven

Bee Cheng Hiang

Bee Cheng Hiang

Semi-dried persimmons from Abana

Semi-dried persimmons from Abana

Also joining the ranks of these old-timers are new but familiar establishments such as Golden Moment (made famous by their durian charcoal snow skin mooncake but they are stocking up on their durian ice-cream this time), Mdm Ling Bakery (look out for their melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies!), The Lapis Place (known for their creative spin on traditional kueh lapis like pineapple lapis, a flavour exclusive to Takashimaya), One Farrer (try their homemade golden pineapple tarts and gawk in wonder at their Rice Bucket with Gold Coin Bucket Cake on display!) and Eureka (with its super addictive popcorn). Furthermore, famed Fukuoka ramen chain Ichiran will be making a pop-up appearance in Singapore once again to satisfy your famished belly with its limited-edition aromatic Tonkotsu Ramen retail packs, albeit only from 8 to 16 January (limit to 400 packs per day) at the fair and will replace the redemption counter that currently sits at its spot.

Mdm Ling Bakery

Mdm Ling Bakery

Golden Moment

Golden Moment

Rice Bucket with Gold Coin Bucket Cake (S$108)

Rice Bucket with Gold Coin Bucket Cake (S$108)

Despite the long history of some of the brands mentioned here, their efforts in keeping up with evolving times are evident in the smorgasbord of unconventional yet trendy flavours they offer. If you ever pass by Garden Pastry and Cake‘s booth, request to sample their Raspberry Snow Cookies (that is, if they’re still available because these little pink cookies made with US-imported pure raspberry powder are so highly sought-after, I won’t be surprised if the attendants become too stingy with the samples) – just one small portion of it is enough to make you crave for more! Trust me, I even bought two tins of the cookies immediately after sampling them because they’re just so soft and cake-like! If not for the fact that I might end up with a sore throat, I would have gotten three for 15% off the total purchase!

Garden Pastry and Cake

Garden Pastry and Cake

Garden Pastry and Cake's Raspberry Snow Cookies!

Garden Pastry and Cake’s Raspberry Snow Cookies!

The Cookie Museum is another local establishment that prides itself on creating one-of-its-kind Singapore heritage-flavoured cookies like Pandan Chiffon, Shrimp Laksa and Chicken Rice. How intriguing, right?! These are perfect for your foreign guests who may not get the chance to try the actual dishes since shutters of most hawker stalls will be shut during the CNY period 😜 Otherwise, you could also opt for a safer choice – Champagne Lychee which is a go-to flavour of mine. Don’t worry, the alcohol concentration in it is as good as nil so yup, perfectly family-friendly.

The Cookie Museum

The Cookie Museum

The culinary adepts would be thrilled to find lots of reunion dinner ideas at The Market Place – a section dominated by imported and prime meats, seafood and condiments essential for preparing lavish and wholesome meals. Instead of rice, you could opt for some wholesome handmade, air- and sun-dried wheat flour noodles from Taiwanese brand Yi Lai Shuen (一来顺) that would merely take 30 seconds to prepare. Top it with one of its signature sauces (black bean, XO, mushroom, chilli bean, garlic chilli.. just to name a few) and voila! A restaurant-standard dish (minus the nasty MSG and preservatives) is prepared 😁 Then, end the meal on a sweet note with delicacies from Pat Chun, a producer of many sauces from Hong Kong which also makes to-die-for desserts and snacks like radish cake and nian gao, as well as their latest nutty additions – Curry Cashews and Spicy Garlic Almonds.

Yi Lai Shuen wheat flour noodles

Yi Lai Shuen wheat flour noodles

Yi Lai Shuen condiments

Yi Lai Shuen condiments

Apart from the edibles, you can also find CNY decorations and gifts for your loved ones overseas when you pay them a visit this festive season. Send your well-wishes for good health by gifting top-grade traditional Chinese medicinal food products from trusted brands such as Thye San Medical Hall and Wing Joo Loong. Alternatively, you could also gift your modern/westernised relatives contemporary tea sets from Pryce Tea or the limited-edition Golden Heritage Bloom from NestBloom.

Shevron

Shevron

There are many other stalls which I won’t be able to feature in this write-up without boring the pants off you, so your best bet would be to head down to the fair yourself! As the fair is sure to grow more crowded in the days to come, do plan your schedule ahead of time (i.e. mark out the booths you want to visit first), or drop by on weekday afternoons. Do also remember to head down with an empty stomach (and arm yourselves with a bottle of water to cleanse your palate!) as you will be invited to try a lot of food samples as you comb through the aisles.

Will you be making a trip down to the fair? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

Takashimaya Chinese New Year Bonanza 2020 · Takashimaya Square, b2, 391 Orchard Road Singapore 238873 · Operating hours: 29 December 2019 – 23 January 2020, 10 am – 9.30 pm (extends to 10 pm on 3, 4, 9-12 & 17-23 Jan) · Nearest MRT station: Orchard (NS22) · For more information, please visit Takashimaya Facebook page, Instagram or website.

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[SHOUT-OUT] TAKASHIMAYA Beauty Hall #UnveilANewFace with New Brands and Counters

Hello everyone!

Singapore’s leading department store, Takashimaya recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a little unveiling party to introduce a couple of new brands such as HERA, Fresh and Albion, as well as to reveal the transformation of some existing counters.

The press event – hosted by Jade Seah and Marie Alexander – kicked off last Tuesday (the day before Hari Raya Haji) with live makeup demonstrations by celebrity makeup artist Ginger Lynette using products from the aforementioned brands. HERA’s global makeup artist Lee Sehyoung was also present to work his magic on the face of the model while giving some insightful tips with other respective trainers on how to achieve flawless skin using the brand’s makeup products. Following that, Class 95 radio deejay Jean Danker opened Day 2 of the event by inviting makeup maestro Peter Khor to take centre stage to demonstrate his coveted skills.

Read on to find out what went down on those two exciting days!

All photographs courtesy of Alexander PR Group and Willy Foo unless otherwise stated

DAY 1

TAKASHIMAYA celebrates its 25th anniversary with #UnveilANewFace

TAKASHIMAYA celebrates its 25th anniversary with #UnveilANewFace

Media personality Jade Seah picking the lucky draw winners!

Media personality Jade Seah picking the lucky draw winners!

Mouth-watering Japanese canapés by Ma Maison

Mouth-watering Japanese canapés by Ma Maison

Guests were also treated to some delicious pastries and cakes by Butter Studio

Guests were also treated to some delicious pastries and cakes by Butter Studio

Bloop

Pretty nails at the Bloop booth!

Pretty nails at the Bloop booth!

HERA

TAKASHIMAYA Beauty Hall welcomes HERA!

TAKASHIMAYA Beauty Hall welcomes HERA!

HERA's global makeup artist Lee Sehyoung (who flew in from South Korea) giving some invaluable beauty tips

HERA’s global makeup artist Lee Sehyoung (who flew in from South Korea) giving some invaluable beauty tips

Fresh

Fresh is also one of the newcomers at the beauty hall

Fresh is also one of the newcomers at the beauty hall

Check out their counter!

Check out their counter!

Some star products by Fresh!

Some star products by Fresh!

Live demonstration by a representative from Fresh

Live demonstration by a representative from Fresh

Fresh product testing

Fresh product testing

Albion

Welcome! Albion joins the ranks of HERA and Fresh

Welcome! Albion joins the ranks of HERA and Fresh

Some of Albion products

Some of Albion products

Aren't these eye shadow quads pretty?!

Aren’t these eye shadow quads pretty?!

Albion skin care products

Albion skin care products

Celebrity makeup artist Ginger Lynette wowing the crowd with her makeup prowess

Celebrity makeup artist Ginger Lynette wowing the crowd with her makeup prowess

DAY 2

Radio personality Jean Danker looking at stunning as ever while addressing the crowd before her

Radio personality Jean Danker looking at stunning as ever while addressing the crowd before her

Chantecaille

Cult beauty label Chantecaille (pronounced shan-duh-kai) finally opens its first outlet in South East Asia at TAKASHIMAYA!

Cult beauty label Chantecaille (pronounced shan-duh-kai) finally opens its first outlet in South East Asia at TAKASHIMAYA!

The brand's founder Sylvie Chantecaille is an anti-poaching advocate, so don't be surprised to find images of at-risk animals embossed on the eye-shadow pans of its signature and collectible palettes!

The brand’s founder Sylvie Chantecaille is an anti-poaching advocate, so don’t be surprised to find images of at-risk animals embossed on the eye-shadow pans of its signature and collectible palettes!

The embossing has already worn away with use, but you can roughly make out the elephant print on two of the pans

The embossing has already worn away with use, but you can roughly make out the elephant print on two of the pans

More of Chantecaille! Their products are so pretty!

More of Chantecaille! Their products are so pretty!

THREE

Hello and welcome, THREE!

Hello and welcome, THREE!

Some of THREE's products

Some of THREE’s products

Celebrity makeup artist Peter Khor showing us the tricks of the trade!

Celebrity makeup artist Peter Khor showing us the tricks of the trade!

MDNA

All hail the queen of pop: TAKASHIMAYA brings in Madonna's premium line of skincare products, MDNA SKIN

All hail the queen of pop: TAKASHIMAYA brings in Madonna’s premium line of skincare products, MDNA SKIN

You can already tell how luxurious (and expensive *gulps*) her products are just by the looks of the packaging!

You can already tell how luxurious (and expensive *gulps*) her products are just by the looks of the packaging!

Shiseido

Not a newcomer, but Shiseido has just got a counter revamp! It's so much more spacious now!

Not a newcomer, but Shiseido has just got a counter revamp! It’s so much more spacious now!

The goodie bag I received for attending the press event! I will be doing a review on the Guerlain lipstick soon 😉 (Photo by me)

The goodie bag I received for attending the press event! I will be doing a review on the Guerlain lipstick soon 😉 (Photo by me)

Other new beauty brands not mentioned above include Clé de Peau Beauté, La Prairie, La Mer, Sisley, ReFa and Yves Saint Laurent Beauté.

Have you popped by the beauty hall at TAKASHIMAYA to get your beauty fix yet? Let me know what you’ve bought in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

All brands featured above are available at Cosmetics Department, Level 1, TAKASHIMAYA Department Store (391 Orchard Road Singapore 238872)

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