{Tickets Giveaway} I Theatre’s Poultry Tales

Hello everyone!  As promised in our introduction to the launch of Poultry Tales,  We have decided to post the giveaway today so that winners will get two weeks to collect their tickets this time.  Thanks to the generosity of the kind people at I Theatre, we have two sets of family tickets to give away!

SYNOPSIS

Welcome to the Farmyard for our special play for the Year of the Rooster!

Come and meet three famous feathered friends – the stars of three classic tales –

The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs, and her greedy owner;

The Little Red Hen, with bread to bake, but lazy friends;

and Chicken-Licken – with that scary acorn!

This talkative trio of feathered friends will sing, dance, show and tell you their tales – and don’t be surprised if they share some valuable wisdom and backstage secrets on the way.

A brand new, interactive, fun, musical production presented in quite an unusual way – as we look at the world of the Theatre Stage from the inside out and reveal valuable secrets of how a Musical is made!

Guaranteed to engage young and old alike, specially designed with excitement, humour and learning points coming thick and fast!

GIVEAWAY : WIN TWO (2) Family Package of 4 Tickets worth $164!  

Thanks to our sponsors, we have TWO (2) SETS of FOUR (4) tickets to I Theatre’s Poultry Tales worth $243.60, for our readers.  Two (2) lucky readers will get four (4) tickets each to the show on 30 April, Sunday 10:30am.  Do follow ALL the instructions below to take part for your chance to win!

I Theatre Poultry Tales

To take part and qualify, please make sure all the following steps are completed:

1) COMMENT on this blog post stating your Facebook Name and the age of your child/children.

2) LIKE SAys! Happy Mums  and I Theatre on Facebook.

3) LIKE and SHARE this Facebook post with the caption below :

“@Friend A @Friend B @Friend C @Friend D @Friend E, Hey, @ITheatreSG ‘s Poultry Tales runs from 27 Apr to 14 May 2017!”

DO set your post to PUBLIC so that we are able to verify your entry.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Giveaway ends 12 April 2017, Wednesday at 2359 hrs.
  • All tickets are to be collected by 27 April 2017, 5.30pm at I Theatre’s office,  27 Kerbau Road Singapore 219163. Tel: (65)6341 5960.
  • Winner(s) will need to produce their NRIC and a print out of our email to claim your tickets.
  • Prize is fixed and cannot be changed to a different day or time.
  • Tickets are non-transferable, non-exchangeable and non-refundable.
  • The Winner will be notified by the email provided under the blog comments and must reply within 24 hours, failing which, a new winner will be drawn, without notice.
  • This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only.
  • The Sponsor reserves the right to request for a redraw if the drawn winner on our blog has also won tickets to the show from another giveaway.
  • Incomplete / Half-completed entries will be disqualified without notice. Decisions are final and no changes/disputes will be entertained.
  • All information is solely collected for the purpose of this giveaway and we will not send unsolicited emails to your inbox unless you have opted to subscribe to us (on the right of this page!).
  • This giveaway is in no manner associated with any social media accounts except our blog.

Best of luck!

Thank you for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

~ SAys! Shirley :) 

About I Theatre’s Poultry Tales

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When: 29 Apr – 14 May 2017 | Saturdays & Sundays : 10.30am & 2pm

Where: Drama Centre Theatre (Map)

Who: 4 years and above and their families

Ticket Pricing : Standard $32 (excludes SISTIC booking fees)

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website
SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

TICKET PRICES (Not including SISTIC Fees):      

  Standard Ticket
Adult/Child $32.00
Family Package (4 Persons) $121.60
Big Family Package (5 Persons) $144.00
Corporate Groups (min 20 persons) 25.60

15% DISCOUNT         

Friends of I Theatre Ikea Smales and Family Members
OCBC Baby Bonus Card Holders NTUC Card Members
OCBC Platinum & Arts Platinum Card Members eXplorerKid Members
OCBC Credit & Debit Card Members Toys’R’Us Star Card Members
Bank of China Card Members Civil Service Club Members
PAssion Card Members LITTLE STAR Ticket Stub Holder

10% DISCOUNT

Students (Local & International)

Senior Citizens (above 55 years old)

GROUP DISCOUNTS

Purchase a minimum of 20 tickets and get 20% discount

GROUP/SCHOOL BOOKINGS

Contact team@itheatre.org or 6341 5960 for group/corporate/school bookings.


[Updated 13 Apr ’17]

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

Congratulations to our winners!  We will be getting in touch via email very soon.
Winners

I Theatre Back With Immensely Popular Poultry Tales, With A Peep Into Backstage This Time

We kind of miss theatre-going with the kids after many months of busy days with our respective house-renovation, moving, then school.  The kids have been repeatedly asking for some edutainment.  The last one we attended was the amazingly impressive season finale – I Theatre’s The Magic Paintbrush which left us all awed and inspired by the talented uncle Brian (Seward).

Both Audrey and I love musicals since young and we love how I Theatre shows engage the kids, as well as the adults.  It is definitely not easy to edutain an audience with a large age differences at the same time even though the performances are primarily targeted at the children.  We always leave the theatre with meaningful conversations with the kids after the bonding over a staged musical.

In case you don’t know who the sparkle behind I Theatre shows is, it is Brian Seward, a veteran Artistic Director who has been with I Theatre for more than a decade.  Just last month, Brian marked his 16th Anniversary with I Theatre.  We also found out that before coming to Singapore, he taught Drama in schools.  This means that he has dedicated a large part of his life to children theatre and arts.

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Come 27 April to 14 May 2017, join us at the Drama Centre Theatre, NLB, for an extravaganza of children theatrical favourites to the tunes of The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs, and her greedy owner; The Little Red Hen, with bread to bake, but lazy friends; and Chicken-Licken – with that scary acorn!

This talkative trio of feathered friends will sing, dance, show and tell you their tales – and don’t be surprised if they share some valuable wisdom and backstage secrets on the way.

A brand new, interactive, fun, musical production presented in quite an unusual way.  This time, we’ll get to look at the world of the Theatre Stage from the inside out and discover valuable secrets of how a Musical is made!  Poultry Tales looks set to be a visual and sensory treat for the whole family.

The play will explore key themes of:

  • Cooperation,
  • Rewards for hard work,
  • Knowing who to trust,
  • Disbelieving rumours,
  • The Dangers of Avarice
  • The dangers of judging others
  • How a theatre play is staged, and the roles of backstage crew.

Guaranteed to engage young and old alike, specially designed with excitement, humour and learning points coming thick and fast!  We are really excited and has marked our calendar for the show.  Tickets can be purchased at SISTIC Website if your family love theatre-going learning journeys like ours.  Stay tuned to us, for we have a surprise coming up very soon!

Thank you for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

~ SAys! Shirley :) 

About I Theatre’s Poultry Tales

PTT017 5x15 Bannerr

When: 29 Apr – 14 May 2017 | Saturdays & Sundays : 10.30am & 2pm

Where: Drama Centre Theatre (Map)

Who: 4 years and above and their families

Ticket Pricing : Standard $32 (excludes SISTIC booking fees)

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes

Tickets available through:

SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555

SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

TICKET PRICES (Not including SISTIC Fees):      

  Standard Ticket
Adult/Child $32.00
Family Package (4 Persons) $121.60
Big Family Package (5 Persons) $144.00
Corporate Groups (min 20 persons) 25.60

15% DISCOUNT         

Friends of I Theatre Ikea Smales and Family Members
OCBC Baby Bonus Card Holders NTUC Card Members
OCBC Platinum & Arts Platinum Card Members eXplorerKid Members
OCBC Credit & Debit Card Members Toys’R’Us Star Card Members
Bank of China Card Members Civil Service Club Members
PAssion Card Members LITTLE STAR Ticket Stub Holder

10% DISCOUNT

Students (Local & International)

Senior Citizens (above 55 years old)

GROUP DISCOUNTS

Purchase a minimum of 20 tickets and get 20% discount

GROUP/SCHOOL BOOKINGS

Contact team@itheatre.org or 6341 5960 for group/corporate/school bookings.

 

Peach Blossoms | *MARvel* In Signature Favourites and New Delights with March Promotional Set Menu

It was a very beautiful morning when we went for the lunch invite at Peach Blossoms. The good news is that Peach Blossoms has launched their new set menu with some of their perennial favourites as well as new creations.  Promotional Set Menus are launched on a monthly basis with the focus on Barbequed Peking Duck (March) and Boston Lobster with 7 variations of cooking style (April).

I thought I was very early to reach before noon.  There were already two small tables of corporate diners before me.

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Let’s take a look at the yummilicious creation we tried!

Imperial Four Dimsum Combination

The 4-item dimsum starter for this month’s Set Menu was pleasing to the palette and went very well with the Pu’er tea we had. Every piece was exquisitely handmade and distinctively special with it’s own flavour.

A cut above traditional dimsum mass-production restaurants where minced meat with the occasional prawn bits disguised with a different look for every other item, this is worth all the calories. 所谓点到心头上的快乐 ,就是这样由来 ♡

Peach Blossoms Marina Mandarin

Imperial Four Dim Sum Combinations

From top, clockwise :
🍴Steamed Pork Dumpling with Black Garlic 黑蒜蒸烧卖
🍴Steamed Prawn Dumpling with Bamboo Shoot 笋尖鲜虾饺
🍴Deep-fried Yam Dumpling filled with BBQ Honey Pork 芋角叉烧酥
🍴Crispy Codfish Roll with Wild Mushroom 三椒野菌鳕鱼卷

Peach Blossoms Marina Mandarin

Deep-fried Yam Dumpling filled with BBQ Honey Pork 芋角叉烧酥

Barbequed Peking Duck 北京片皮鸭

This crispy roasted duck with crepe, cucumber, scallion and thick, fragrant sweet sauce is on this month’s promotional menu as part of a set of 8 gastronomic delights.

Alternatively, the big fat Peking Duck can be ordered as an ala-carte item at ONLY $48++ for now. So good deal hor! Don’t say bo jio!

Peach Blossoms Marina Mandarin

Barbequed Peking Duck 北京片皮鸭

Peach Blossoms Marina Mandarin

Barbequed Peking Duck 北京片皮鸭

Double-boiled Kampung Chicken Soup with Chinese Herbs 党参黄氏炖三芭鸡汤

The individually-served bowl of clear soup smelled of heavenly aroma.  I’m a soup lover who spares no expenses over soup ingredients.  Brought up the Cantonese way under my mum’s influence, I appreciate a hot bowl of soup when it comes to dining.  However, the soup I make at home (although is very good too) can in no way compare to the standards at Peach Blossoms even though I slow-slow-boil over the stove for hours.  At Peach Blossoms, they double-boil it for even longer hours hence I believe that is the way to seal in all the best flavour.

Looking at the ingredients from my soup bowl during the tasting session, I could not help but wonder if there was any other secret ingredients not seen.

Peach Blossoms Marina Mandarin

Double-boiled Kampung Chicken Soup with Chinese Herbs 党参黄氏炖三芭鸡汤

Stir-fried Boston Lobster with Golden Stripe and Oatmeal 金丝麦香波士顿龙虾

Generously laced with oatmeal and the distinct taste of fried egg white, the Boston Lobster will be the highlight in the coming month of April.

We loved that the meaty chunk of lobster meat gave a sweet, flavourful and firm bite. It was so well fried. What delighted us further was the personal demo from Manager showing us how he removed the shell from the pincer, exposing the entire pincer meat. We only needed to bite that chunk of meat off then lick our fingers after that ✌

Totally awesome! Totally unlike the typical zichar kind of oat and cereal prawn thingy. ♡  This is a league on it’s own.

Peach Blossoms Marina Mandarin

Stir-fried Boston Lobster with Golden Stripe and Oatmeal 金丝麦香波士顿龙虾

Peach Blossoms Marina Mandarin

Stir-fried Boston Lobster with Golden Stripe and Oatmeal 金丝麦香波士顿龙虾

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Watching the skillful removal of pincer shell amazed us how easily removable the succulent meat in the pincer was.

Under the Boston Lobster Promotion (1st April – 30th April 2017), there will be a choice of seven (7) cooking styles to choose from.  I believe one would mull over the selection just by looking at the menu.  The seven cooking styles available are listed below :-

  • Deep-fried with Crispy Golden Cereal 金丝麦片
  • Baked with Salted Egg and Cheese 芝士流沙焗
  • Baked with Black Truffle in Supreme Stock 上汤黑松露酱焗
  • Deep-fried and coated with Mayo and Mixed Nuts 果香珊汁
  • Baked in “Portuguese” Style 葡式焗
  • Stir-fried with Chill Paste 辣椒
  • Baked with Creamy Custard Pumpkin Sauce 奶皇焗

Boston Lobster will be sold at $11.80++ per 100g during the promotional period.

Steamed Silver Cod with Spicy Bean Sauce 酱蒸银鳕鱼

From far even before the dish could reach our table, I could tell that my favourite fish is coming up just from the design of the bowl.  This seems to be the signature bowl used for serving fish dishes at Peach Blossoms.  Hahah!

I still remember the vivid tangy and spicy assam flavour from our last visit when Peach Blossoms had the Abalone Set Menu promotion.  This time round, Chef upped one notch on the level of spiciness for the accompanying sauce.  As Audrey could not stomach the sharp spiciness of the Spicy Bean Sauce, I gobbled up two whole servings of the Silver Cod with no regrets.  It is really very, very hot and spicy with the savoury kind, not mala numbing kind.  So if you are infatuated with spicy flavour like I do, this one dish will awaken all your sensations without failing to leave you asking for more.

Peach Blossoms Marina Mandarin

Steamed Silver Cod with Spicy Bean Sauce 酱蒸银鳕鱼

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Steamed Silver Cod with Spicy Bean Sauce 酱蒸银鳕鱼

Steamed Bean Curd stuffed with Minced Pork in “Chao Shan” Style 潮汕家乡煎酿豆腐煲

This Yong Tau Fu  tasted very similar to what my mum makes at home, except that I could not taste the presence of salted fish or fish meat in the minced pork in a typical Hakka style.  The broth with was rich in flavour and I must admit that it is more superior to my mum’s simple soya bean + ikan bilis soup.

Chao Shan is located in the region around the Eastern Guangdong.   With Chao Zhou right below the Hakka-populated Meizhou Province in China, it is no wonder that both styles of cooking look and taste similar.  I wonder who copied who many decades ago. ;p

Peach Blossoms Marina Mandarin

Steamed Bean Curd stuffed with Minced Pork in “Chao Shan” Style 潮汕家乡煎酿豆腐煲

Pan-fried Rice Vermicelli and Glass Noodles with Shredded Duck Meat 香煎鸭丝干炒鸳鸯米粉

The familiar “chaotah” bee hoon was given a touch of elegance with the abundance of shredded duck meat stir-fried to smokey fragrance.  With the use of a mixture of glass noodles and vermicelli, it is one final stomach-filling dish that should not be missed even after all the fulfilling dishes prior.

Peach Blossoms Marina Mandarin

Pan-fried Rice Vermicelli and Glass Noodles with Shredded Duck Meat 香煎鸭丝干炒鸳鸯米粉

Peach Blossoms Marina Mandarin

Pan-fried Rice Vermicelli and Glass Noodles with Shredded Duck Meat 香煎鸭丝干炒鸳鸯米粉

Duo Dessert Combinations 香芒椰子冻配流沙煎堆

To make the meal complete, this Duo Dessert Combi of Chilled Coconut Jelly with Mango Puree served with Coconut Ice Cream and Deep-fried Glutinous Rice Ball filled with Custard and Salted Egg Yolk is here to find their way into your tummy.

To conclude the meal with the most perfect ending, start from the right with a medley of sweetness and work your way all the way to the left for the finale burst of savoury salted egg yolk lava encased within the very sticky, very QQ glutinous rice ball.  This is by no means a hastily prepared dessert as can be seen that the efforts have been put into plating.

Peach Blossoms Marina Mandarin

Duo Dessert Combinations 香芒椰子冻配流沙煎堆 * Chilled Coconut Jelly with Mango Puree served with Coconut Ice Cream * Deep-fried Glutinous Rice Ball filled with Custard and Salted Egg Yolk

Every dish was beautifully plated and served hot.  I went into food coma when the spoon was finally laid down.

Peach Blossoms
Level 5, Marina Mandarin Singapore
6 Raffles Boulevard
Singapore 039594 (Map)

Reservations :
Call (65) 6845 1118/1111 or email peachblossoms.marina@meritushotels.com.

Opening Hours :
Monday – Friday Lunch: 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Weekend Lunch (Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays): 11.00am – 3.00pm
Daily Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm

We are grateful for the opportunity to be invited for a sumptious lunch at Peach Blossoms, for the purposes of this review. We were not remunerated monetarily for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone. All photos unless otherwise mentioned are copyright of Peach Blossoms and were provided for the purposes of this review.  All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.

~ SAys! Shirley :) 

About Marina Mandarin Singapore, by Meritus

Marina Mandarin Singapore is a world-class, 5-star luxury hotel that offers breathtaking views of Marina Bay and the financial district.

Enjoying an excellent location in the heart of the city, the hotel has direct access to the Marina Square Shopping Mall, and is opposite the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre and The Esplanade–Singapore’s premier performing arts centre. The hotel is also perfectly situated right on the trackside of the annual Singapore Grand Prix Formula One race.

Complemented by a host of comprehensive amenities, the hotel’s 575 well-appointed guest rooms and suites are specially tailored to meet the needs of discerning business and leisure travellers.

With a distinctively majestic atrium soaring through 21 levels of the hotel, Marina Mandarin Singapore is imbued with a philosophy of providing Asian grace, warmth and care in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance.

About Meritus Hotels & Resorts

Meritus Hotels & Resorts is a Singapore-based hotel management company under the Hospitality Division of OUE Limited (SGX-ST: “OUE”), a diversified real estate owner, developer and operator with a portfolio of iconic properties in prime locations in Asia and the United States.

As an award-winning hospitality brand, Meritus has been providing guests its signature Asian Grace, Warmth and Care for over 40 years. With hotels and resorts strategically located in key cities and idyllic sanctuaries in Singapore and Malaysia, Meritus is soon extending its footprint in more locations around the region, particularly in Southeast Asia and China.

Meritus Hotels & Resorts is three-time winner of Most Popular Heritage Brand at the Singapore Prestige Brand Award (SPBA), demonstrating its impact as a home-grown Singapore brand that has become an important benchmark for values and best practices that other local brand owners strive to attain. More recently, the Group was also conferred Global Winner – Luxury Hotel Chain at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013.

For more information visit www.meritushotels.com.

Going Mad about Music with Sid Bowfin |25Feb- 12Mar 2017

This was the very first time we’ve gone to the theatres not for a drama but for a musical treat and the kids loved every minute of Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin at the Drama Centre Black Box last Sunday.

 

You may be thinking, really? Can classical music really be fun… and for kids?? Well, I had my doubts before going this weekend and the children were the best judges. Every little one was enjoying Sid’s fun easy going way with the Classical pieces. He fiddled on his violin to the delight of the small audience who were clapping ,tapping along and having pure 60minutes of fun.

I liked that the show  was held at the Blackbox Theatre, a small cosy setting that made it all the more intimate and interactive. It didn’t feel intimidating (even though it was classical music haha)! Before midway, Sid Bowfin had already gotten the children on their feet and dancing to the classics he was belting out.


Sid Bowfin seemed to make classical music accessible even for the littlest one or the most clueless one that had zero musical background. He talked to his audience, interacted and told us stories of each piece he was about to play. He made everyone laugh easily with his funny expressions, crazy antics and jokes. The audience participation was unending and there was no lack of volunteers as hands waved up and down to be picked.

I was happy to see Wey very enthusiastic throughout the performance. He was trying his best to be picked as a volunteer. LOL! It has always been a big regret for me when Wey stopped music lessons last year because we just couldn’t quite find the time; with him being in the afternoon session in Primary school. Although I’ve heard him tell me that he wants to restart music once he gets to morning session, I was not sure that he meant it. And yet last weekend, I saw the twinkle in his eyes as the music played on, and yes perhaps, next year, he will go back to music again, when time permits. 🙂 In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if many of the children at the show are already asking for violin lessons, thanks to Sid Bowfin (aka Adrian Garratt).

Even though the theatre is small, do note that it is free seating so get there early to get better seats. In any case, Sid does make an extra effort to go to his audience, even those seated behind got to be up close and personal with him so no one gets left out. Also, if you care to stay on after the performance, you can have family pictures taken with Sid Bowfin for that precious keepsake.

If you have a budding musician at home or just want to introduce and inspire the little ones, Sid Bowfin will certainly be a fun way to do it. Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin is presented by Act 3 International and runs at The Drama Centre Black Box Theatre from 25February – 12 March 2017. Tickets are available from SISTIC, http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/ccrazy0317  more details at the end of the post.

 

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Thank you for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

SAys! Audrey :) 

About Act3 International presents Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin

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When: 25 February to 12 March 2017| Mon – Fri: 9am | Sat & Sunday : 10.30am & 2.30pm

Where: Drama Centre Black Box

 

Who: 4 years and above and their families

Ticket Pricing : Standard $28 Weekdays, $38 Weekends (Excludes Booking Fee)

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide


*For School Group Bookings, please call ACT 3 International at 6735 9986

{Giveaway} Win Tickets to Act 3i’s Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin 25Feb- 12Mar 2017

We’ve been super busy with the kiddos and school since the New Year started and then Chinese New Year came upon us so quickly!! Finally now a chance to breathe after the preparations, parties and gatherings!

We are so excited again because ACT 3 International is bringing Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin from 25 Feb – 12 Mar 2017 at the Drama Centre Blackbox. Tickets from SISTIC, book early http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/ccrazy0317 …. Watch for our review for the 26th Feb performance, something tells me that the kids will have a great time with this somewhat different kind of theatre.

So what is Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin?

 

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If you haven’t already heard yet, it’s an interactive classical music performance! Do I hear you gasp yet? This performance will be great to inspire and introduce our little ones to classical music, in a very fun and crazy way.

Suited for 4 year olds and above, Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin is a brilliant high-energy combination of classical music, recital, stand-up comedy, audience interaction and even a clown routine.

Sid Bowfin is a very talented comical musician that promises to bring your kiddos and you on a crazy rollercoaster ride of laughter, music and great fun!

Sharing his love for the great classics, Sid will play famous tunes from composers such as Mozart, Vivaldi, Rossini and Pachelbel as well as surprise you with some very unexpected pop hits. And hey, if you and your child enjoy listening to what Sid is playing, he might even pick YOU to help him spread his joy!

So set a date with your little ones to go on this mad journey of musical wonder with Sid Bowfin now, before tickets are totally sold out!

Now here comes the super great news!

GIVEAWAY : 

WIN a Family Package of 4 Tickets worth $164!  

Thanks to our sponsors, we have a SET of FOUR (4) tickets to Act 3 International presents Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin worth over $164, for our readers.  1 lucky reader will get 4 tickets to the show on 25 February, Saturday 2:30pm. Yay!!  So bring along your family for a great day of crazy fun with  classical music !  Do follow ALL the instructions below to take part for your chance to win!

To take part and qualify, please make sure all the following steps are completed:

1) COMMENT on this blog post stating your Facebook Name and Email address.

2) LIKE SAys! Happy Mums  and Act 3 International on Facebook.

3) LIKE and SHARE this Facebook post with the caption “Tag @Friend A Tag @Friend B Tag @Friend C Tag @Friend D Tag @Friend E, I want to watch Act 3 International’s Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin with @Says Happy Mums ”. DO set your post to PUBLIC so that we are able to verify your entry.

Bonus entry:

  1. Follow us on Instagram {@sayshappymums}
  2. Repost this photo on IG and tag @sayshappymums @act3international #CrazyClassicsWithSidBowfin + 3 Friends 

Terms and Conditions:

  • Giveaway ends 20 February 2017, Monday at 2359 hrs.
  • Collection will be at the Drama Centre Black Box Entrance, Level 5, 30 minutes before show time. Do note that children younger than 1 year old will not be admitted. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • Winner will need to produce their IC to claim their tickets.
  • Prize is fixed and cannot be changed to a different day or time.
  • Tickets are non-transferable, non-exchangeable and non-refundable.
  • The Winner will be notified by the email provided under the blog comments and must reply within 24 hours, failing which, a new winner will be drawn, without notice.
  • This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only.
  • The Sponsor reserves the right to request for a redraw if the drawn winner on our blog has also won tickets to the show from another giveaway.
  • Incomplete / Half-completed entries will be disqualified without notice. Decisions are final and no changes/disputes will be entertained.
  • All information is solely collected for the purpose of this giveaway and we will not send unsolicited emails to your inbox unless you have opted to subscribe to us (on the right of this page!).
  • This giveaway is in no manner associated with any social media accounts except our blog.

Wishing Everyone a Happy Chinese New Year and

Best of luck!

Thank you for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

SAys! Audrey :) 

About Act3 International presents Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin

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When: 25 February to 12 March 2017| Mon – Fri: 9am | Sat & Sunday : 10.30am & 2.30pm

Where: Drama Centre Black Box

Who: 4 years and above and their families

Ticket Pricing : Standard $28 Weekdays, $38 Weekends (Excludes Booking Fee)

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide


*For School Group Bookings, please call ACT 3 International at 6735 9986

[Edited 21 Feb 2017]

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

Our heartiest congratulations to our winner for fulfilling the requirements in the above giveaway!  We will be in touch via email with regards to prize redemption details.
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[Edited 21 Feb 2017]

Prosperous Pleasures & Abundance of Treasures at Aquamarine CNY Buffet

With Christmas behind us and the Year of the Rooster arriving fast and furious in 3 weeks, everyone is always doubly busy with spring cleaning, putting up decorations, banking, and not to forget, meal-planning for reunion dinner and CNY gatherings at this time of the year.

If you have not done any planning yet, now is the time to make your reservations at AquaMarine for a gathering this CNY.  Located at Level 4 of Marina Mandarin, the Halal buffet restaurant is easily a crowd-pleaser with their splendid spread of delectable cuisine from Asian and International countries.

With planning in advance and innovative twist to the usual fare, Executive Chef Tony Khoo and Chef Chan Tuck Wai have specially prepared a line up of festive dishes to celebrate the joyous festival.

Yu Sheng (Salmon) – DIY

At the Yu Sheng DIY station, grab for yourselves as much treasures as you can with AquaMarine’s Signature Yu Sheng with fresh Salmon Sashimi.  After all, the more one grabs, the more ‘huat’ one will be right?

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Roasted Duck and Wok Fried Leek in Buckwheat Crepes

Presenting our top vote, these crepe-wrapped roasted duck and wok-fried leek was a champion both in aesthetics appeal and tastes.  Rather than sampling small portions of the same duck and leek from the boring-looking warmer, this pancake-style alternative using healthy buckwheat for a wrap gave us a very different gastro-perience (if there is such a word) right out of from the buffet table.  This is a MUST-TRY!

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Whole abalone, Sea Cucumber and Lobster Dumpling with Crustacean Sauce

Served as the stunning highlight during CNY Reunion Dinner (27 Jan 2017) is fresh Whole Abalone, Sea Cucumber and Lobster Dumpling swimming in a pool of deeply-flavoured Crustacean Sauce with a tinge of spice.  Everybody’s well-loved abalone and sea cucumber are braised to perfection – soft to the bite yet there is a little bit of firmness to them.

Together with the large chunk of lobster in the big dumpling symbolising a large money sack, I wished I could have another serving to lick the plate clean!  Gimme MORE, pretty please!

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Wagyu Beef Short Ribs Kong Bag Pau

This Wagyu Beef Short Ribs Kong Bag Pau with 8 Spices has been cooked slowly for 16 hours to obtain tender chunks of beef with deep, flavourful gravy to soak steamed and ever soft lotus bun with.

An unique twist to the pork belly that we are used to, the wagyu beef kong bah pau is flavoured exactly like how we love it – thick, savoury gravy and (fatty) beef.  The addition of soya bean sprouts and lettuce matches the sinful yet delish dish very much.

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Steamed Seafood with Cordycep Blossom In Lotus Leaves

Think fresh, sweet and succlent seafood from this eye-catching steamed basket of seafood enhanced with the nutritious cordycep blossoms and the fragrance from lotus leaves.  Symbolising abundance of laughter and happiness for the coming new year, the flower crabs, large prawns and bountiful seafood catch is a treasure trove to look out for.

A word of advice – don’t miss the soup!

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Stewed Mee Sua with Seafood

After sampling the wave of delicious dishes above and not forgetting other food from the rest of the usual buffet spread at AquaMarine, we’d recommend going for a serving of warm mee sua stewed with fresh seafood.  The significance of longevity in mee sua is what everyone needs in the new year ahead.  The mee sua soaked in all the invigorating sweetness from the seafood and it settled comfortably in our stomachs after a satisfying meal.

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Mandarin Orange Cake

For the coming Year of the Rooster, AquaMarine’s Mandarin Orange Cake certainly looks all set to welcome a year of prosperity and abundance with a wealthy burst of citrusy sweetness and auspicious fruity taste in every bite.

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CNY Aquamarine Reunion Buffet Dinner
27 Jan 2017 from 630pm to 10pm
$128++ per adult and $64++ per child 5-12yrs old

CNY Day 1 and 2 Aquamarine Buffet 
28 and 29 Jan 2017
Lunch $68++ per adult
Dinner $88++ per adult

CNY Aquamarine Festive Buffet
16 Jan to 17 Feb 2017 (except 27, 28 and 29 Jan 2017) from 630pm to 10pm
Sun – Thurs $70++ per adult and $35++ per child (5-12yrs old)
Fri and Sat $80++ per adult and $40++ per child (5-12yrs old)

Festive Takeaway Menu is available for download here.

Address
AquaMarine
6 Raffles Boulevard, Level 4, Marina Mandarin, Singapore 039594 (Map)

Reservations & Enquiries:
Call (65) 6845 1111, email aquamarine.marina@meritushotels.com or visit www.marinamandarin.com.sg/dining for more information.

We are grateful for the opportunity to be invited for a sumptious lunch at AquaMarine, for the purposes of this review. We were not remunerated monetarily for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone. All photos unless otherwise mentioned are copyright of AquaMarine and were provided for the purposes of this review.  All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.

~ SAys! Shirley :) 

The Completion of My Flawlessly-Painted Walls by Nippon Paint Professionals

It has been almost three months since I last updated about the painting of base coat for my walls and ceiling by Nippon Professional Painters at the new house and other renovation issues.  Seriously, how come I did not realize so many weeks has passed?  I can only remember packing and cleaning, packing and cleaning.  And I am not done with it, yet.

After my carpentry works was completed, Nippon painters popped by again for the top coat painting.  If you asked me whether it was worthwhile to let the professionals do the painting instead of doing the DIY way, my reply would be, yes totally worth it.  Why? Read on to find out more.

The week I was more certain of the completion of carpentry works, I scheduled with Nippon’s Project Manager, Alan to fix my appointment.  With that date locked into my renovation schedule, my carpenters worked hard enough to complete everything for me in good time.  I must really thank them for that as Alan had only about 1 or 2 slots available for me by then.  It is year end season and Nippon Professionals are almost fully booked.

It was pretty exciting to see spanking new tins of paint labelled with the chosen colour codes and names as they were carried into our new house that morning.  No longer was there a need to be suspicious over whether brand new paint was delivered, or if the requested colours were substituted with similar shades or brand like what I mentioned in this post earlier.  It felt really good!

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16 x 5L tins plus 4 x 1L tins for feature colours here for my 4-bedder (125m2)

The day started with Alan going through the painting scheme with the lead painter.

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As he went from room to room specifying the colour coding, the lead painter will use a masking tape to label on the particular walls so that any of the three painters around the house will know which colour to use once they see this label below.

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Nippon Odour-less Easy Wash in Remembrance (NP OW1053P) for Living/Dining & bedroom walkway.  We chose this ultra gentle shade of grey because my hubby fell in love with a photo from Nippon’s Paint Catalogue (Colour My World 2016).  Being grey, it fitted our choice of colour scheme for the house very well as well.

I was initially worried that the masking tape will peel off the base coat layer and in fact, anywhere else in the house because my neighbour’s room floor laminate skirting got peeled off like paper when their contractor removed the flooring protection.  Yes, this is how lousy developer-supplied floor laminates is now.  Made in Germany too!  Bleh!

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Alan quickly assured me that they only used Nippon-approved masking tape for all their painting works.  The adhesive on the tape is of high quality and will not peel off wall paint, carpentry or floor skirting laminates.  Upon comparison with those masking tape my contractor used, I found the quality to be indeed different.  To simply describe it without looking into any technical specifications, Nippon’s masking tape is just sticky enough to stick, but does not leave behind stubborn glue stains and is not too sticky when peeling it off.  Something like 3M’s Stick-It notepad but stickier.

As Alan went about his business from literally wall to wall, the other two painters were already busy doing protection works for the carpentry and other house accessories.

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These plastic drop cloths came in really good size of 9ft x 12ft (3m x 4m).  One piece can easily cover over a full-width full-height window or carpentry works like my bed head.  There was no need to “join” pieces together – so convenient and smart!

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Right before they start work, they went around the house to sand down rough surfaces once more although they already had done it before painting of base coat.  I was really happy with their meticulous work.  Professionals 就是 Professionals!

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As usual, the first step to painting is to paint around the electrical fixtures using a small brush.

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Nippon Odour-less Anti-Mould Celing White was applied onto the ceilings throughout the entire house.  I don’t need to worry over flaking paint or mouldy ceiling for a long, long time now even though I stay close to the riverside and I don’t like having bathroom windows open throughout the night for fear of creepy crawlies invasion.

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Flaking paint ready to peel off (and at the patch near to light source, my hubby repainted it himself).

Even the small width of space where my curtain pelmet is, was not overlooked.

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This is how it looks like after paint around the electrical fixtures is applied.

Once the critical areas were covered, they covered the entire ceiling and walls using standard sized paint brush.  This was when the guys could work really fast covering wall after wall within few hours.  They took their lunch rest after covering the entire house with first layer of top coat and resumed work to apply the second and final layer when the first coat of paint was dry enough.

The following few photos will show the different colours of the completed paint job.

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Nippon Odour-less Easy Wash in Lilac White (1138) for my Master Bedroom.  The high gloss is the result of freshly-painted first layer.  When it dries, it becomes a low sheen that allows great washability for families with kids.

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Nippon Odour-less Easy Wash in Mint Scent (NP OW1066P) for the kids’ study area and library.  Experts say green is good for the eyes and I need to keep cool with the minty colour when I guide them on learning!

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Completion done for Study Room by mid afternoon.  Isn’t this colour so soothing for the eyes?

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Nippon Odour-less Easy Wash in Blue Swirl (NP OW1068P) for walls and Winning Streak (NP BGG1566P) as feature colour for windows.  The happy didi was proud to have his own room (but not sleeping on his own) in his chosen colours here.

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Nippon Odour-less Easy Wash in Blue Swirl (NP OW1068P) for walls and Green Rhythm (NP BGG1060P) as feature colour for windows for Jiejie’s bedroom.  Our whole family is loving it.  And this colour combi works well with either green or blue bedsheets ❤

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Nippon Odour-less Easy Wash in Remembrance (NP OW1053P) for the bedroom walkway and living/dining area.

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Nippon Weatherbond in Linen White (BS10B15) is used for my balcony that is so exposed to outdoor rain and shine because there is no provision for windows.

True to product specifications, the Nippon Odour-less Easy Wash has totally no paint smell.  Throughout the day, I did not detect any odour.  As you can see from some of the photos, I felt safe to bring didi along for inspection works after school hours.  With it’s anti-stain formula for twice the washability over the classic original “Easy Wash with Teflon”, it is great for homes with children.  This works for homes which are still being lived in while doing repainting works because it does not inconvenient home owners and there is no need to avoid the home for days just for the paint smell to be fully gone.

I heard from a new neighbour who DIY-ed that it took them 2 days just to complete the ceiling.  After 4 days of painting, the couple could not take it any more and roped in their friends for help to complete the work.  Comparatively, all it took for Nippon to complete their job was only 6 hours for base coat and 1 day for top coat (2 layers) for my 4-bedder unit.  3 painters were deployed for each appointment.  With my hubby busy at work and myself going solo on the defects and renovation coordination, I was glad to have Nippon coming on board to help with the neck-breaking painting works.  With the painting done, I could arrange for the move-in of furniture together with the start of serious packing up at my old house.  It was nightmare part 3 *sniff*.

Many many weeks later, my family shifted over to the new house with 46 boxes (by the mover) and probably 10-15(?) by myself before we decided to let the mover take them.  We originally thought that we could manage the non-bulky items on our own especially I come to the new house on a daily basis.  It turned out to be too much for us and for just an additional of $150 on top of the fees for bulky items, I happily let them have my money!

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We took a week to unbox 90% of our stuffs within a week.  However now that we are into the 2nd week of stay, we are still taking things out from where they were and putting them into another cabinet again.  The study room is in a mess and totally not ready for the new school year and it looks like I have to throw away one of the cabinets I brought over from the old house because the room gave me a feeling of claustrophobia.  Can’t imagine how the kids would study in that room so tightly packed with books and shelves 😦

Here’s a glimpse into my pretty decent showroom-condition home before the live-in mess kicks in >.<

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Nippon Weatherbond in Linen White (BS10B15) – View into my house from the main door.

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Nippon Weatherbond in Linen White (BS10B15) for balcony and Nippon Odour-less Easy Wash in Remembrance (NP OW1053P) for Living/Dining.

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View from my beloved sofa

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Nippon Odour-less Easy Wash in Remembrance (NP OW1053P) for my living area.  I love how the light grey complemented very well with the overall colour scheme in the house and that sometimes when it is very bright, the grey actually appears to have a bluish effect! ❤

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There it is, my beloved sofa with Remembrance (NP OW1053P) in the background.  I’m waiting for a good time to take out a nice piece of my kiddos’ canvas art work to hang on that wall.  The dining chairs are bespoke pieces from Taobao at a fraction of the original price. ❤

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Nippon Odour-less Anti Mould Ceiling White for the ceiling in my mini wet kitchen and yard (not shown) that hardly allows for 2 pax to work in it smoothly.

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Nippon Odour-less Anti-Mould Ceiling White for all 3 bathrooms.

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Nippon Odour-less Easy Wash in Lilac White (1138) for Master Bedroom.  I’m loving the new mattress bought from King Koil warehouse sale that gave me the much-needed rest at night.

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Nippon Odour-less Easy Wash in Mint Scent (NP OW1066P) in the very-not-ready Study Room.  Boxes are still everywhere with books waiting to be sold off or to have a space found for them.

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Study room view from the windows with the kiddos’ wall of books.  I’m surprised these IKEA Billy bookcases survived the movers’ handling!  No need to throw any of them away after the shift. ❤

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Nippon Odour-less Easy Wash in Blue Swirl (NP OW1068P) for walls and Winning Streak (NP BGG1566P) as feature colour for windows for didi’s room.  We sold off the Single-sized mattress and left the room as a play room for the kids at the moment while we took the time to decide on a new storage bed in either Queen or Super Single.

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Nippon Odour-less Easy Wash Blue Swirl (NP OW1068P) for walls and Green Rhythm (NP BGG1060P) as feature colour for windows.  This room with Queen-sized bed is right now functioning as the bedroom for both kids until we can decide on the use of didi’s room.

I provided the respective colour code for references purposes.  However due to different lighting condition and screen setting, actual colours will appear slightly different from the photos I posted.  It is best that you request for a copy of catalogue sent to your preferred address via normal post.  I received my copy in the letterbox within a week.  Alternatively, you can request for a free colour consultation and quotation from the Nippon Paint Professionals by calling 6319 7222.

PROMOTION ALERT

Nippon is currently running a very special promotion right now for painting packages signed on or before 27 Jan 2017.  With free gifts, free additional colour, free upgrade for ceiling paint and discounted sealer coat packges, they even allow payment by 0% interest free instalment now.  Not only these, stand to win RWS staycation packages (5 winners) with every painting package signed up too!

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If you have been procrastinating, there is no better time to give the home a fresh new look than now.  As for the labourious task of shifting and doing protection to the furniture, let the professionals do it!

Thank you for reading this post and joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you enjoy reading our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

~ SAys! Shirley 🙂

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to experience the Nippon Professional Painting Services package.  This post concludes the 3-part feature review in the collaboration with Nippon Paint Singapore.  We were not remunerated monetarily for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone.  Photographs unless otherwise stated are copyright of  Nippon Paint Singapore.  All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.

Mandarin Orchard X’Mas 2016

Mandarin Orchard Christmas 2016

What comes to mind for you when it is Christmas season?  We visualise smokey-grilled steak, roasted turkey, honey-baked ham together with images of exquisitely-made confectionaries and sweet pastries.  And not to forget that ohhh-so-pretty yule log cakes too!

Mandarin Orchard Christmas 2016

It’s the time of the year filled with joyous mood along Orchard Road where everyone tries to make the most fun out of the year end festive celebrations.  Let’s see what Mandarin Orchard has geared up for the yuletide season with their exciting line-up of festive dining promotions and Christmas goodies for everyone!

We were most privileged to attend the year-end Christmas party held at Mandarin Orchard and had the opportunity to sample first-hand some of the most gastronomically delightful Christmas Goodies at the party.

Filled with dizzying array of mouth-watering Christmas roasts and sweet pastries fit for the season, you can expect to feast into sweet and savoury culinary delights at the various restaurants at Mandarin Orchard and festive takeaway booth between 23 November to 31 December 2016.

Coffee & Crust (Level 5) and/or Festive Takeaway Booth (Level 1 Lobby)

New creations such as Baked Norwegian Salmon Fillet with Watercress Crust, Roasted London Duck with Chinese Herbs, and Red Velvet Yule Log; and signature comebacks such as Premium Honey-Glazed Gammon Ham, and Valrhona Delicious Dulcey Yule Log will be available for a party with friends at Coffee & Crust, Level 5 or takeaway from Festive Booth, Level 1 Lobby.

Credit Card discounts ranging from 15-20% off for EARLY BIRDS is valid for orders made/purchased from 23 Nov to 14 Dec 2016.  Thereafter, normal discounts apply with 10-15% off.  Look out for special offers for Citibank and DBS/POSB cardholders!

For the full Christmas Takeaway Goodies form, please download at: http://tinyurl.com/MandarinGoodies2016.

For order and enquiries: Tel: (65) 6831 6272/6320 or email: festivedesk.orchard@meritushotels.com.

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Baked Norwegian Salmon Fillet with Watercress Crust (1.5kg, $135)

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Roasted London Duck with Chinese Herbs (2.8kg, $85)

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Red Velvet Yule Log (1kg, $80)

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Valrhona Delicious Dulcey Yule Log (1kg, $80)

Triple Three

Happening yearly at Triple Three, their lavish Christmas and New Year buffet spreads aim for the utmost in gastronomical delight.  For quality meat cuts and exceptional dessert and pastries, we’re always satisfied after all the indulgence.  Triple Three has prepared their Signature Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham, Roasted Stuffed Turkey with Cranberry Sauce, Mentaiyaki Lobster, and luscious festive desserts such as log cakes, stollen and fruit cakes for this season’s celebrations.

Dates: 24 to 26 December 2016 and 31 December 2016 to 1 January 2017
Price: Lunch – From $98++ (Adult), $33++ (Child 6 to 12yrs) | Dinner – From $128++ (Adult), $48++ (Child 6 to 12yrs)
Discount: Ranging from 1-for-1 for lunch and 50% off every second diner (dinner) for early bird pre-paid bookings made before 16 December 2016 for Christmas and 28 December 2016 for New Year’s Buffet.  Please call to enquire.

For reservations and enquiries:
Online Reservation: www.meritushotels.com/diningorchard
Tel: (65) 6831 6288/6271 or email: dine.orchard@meritushotels.com

Mandarin Orchard Christmas 2016

Mandarin Orchard’s Cherry & Hokkaido Cream Fairy Tale Log is a must-try this year!  Both visually appealing and yummilicious at the same time, this will be the perfect adornment for the party table this year.

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Cherry & Hokkaido Cream Fairy Tale Log (Also available at Festive Takeaway Booth, 1kg, $80)

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Christmas Stollen (Also available at Festive Takeaway Booth, 500g, $38)

Dusted with Matcha powder over a tiramisu log cake, this is another exceptional creation with complementing flavours to delight.

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Green Tea Tiramisu Yule Log

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Christmas Mini Mince Pie (Also available at Festive Takeaway Booth, 5 pcs, $16)

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Gingerbread House (Also available at Festive Takeaway Booth, $38 each)

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Surprisingly not tough to the bite, the roasted turkey was in fact juicy and succulent.  I went straight for the thigh meat.  Kids would love it the tender meat too!

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Roasted USA Turkey (Also available at Festive Takeaway Booth, 6kg Medium $218 / 8kg Large $238)

Never made to disappoint, the roasted Black Angus Rib Eye has always been a delight to dig into.  Don’t miss this at the Triple Three buffet too!

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Roasted US Black Angus Beef Rib Eye with Green Peppers (Also available at Festive Takeaway Booth, 3kg)

Another roasted dish that we love is the Beckshire Pork Rack with Yuzu-Himalayan Salt Crust.  A uniquely sweet and savoury mix of flavours from every bite, the pork rack is a sure crowd-pleaser. Don’t say we never jio!

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Oven Roasted Beckshire Pork Rack with Yuzu-Himalayan Salt Crust (Also available at Festive Takeaway Booth, $3kg $230)

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Gingerbread House (Also available at Festive Takeaway Booth, $38 each)

Mandarin Orchard Christmas 2016

Mandarin Orchard Christmas 2016

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~ SAys! Shirley 🙂 

We are grateful for the opportunity to attend Mandarin Orchard’s Christmas Party for the purposes of this review. We were not remunerated for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone. All photos unless otherwise mentioned are copyright of Mandarin Orchard and were provided for the purposes of this review. All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.