CNY is not CNY without the goodies…

… and that’s why despite my recent attempts to shave off some pounds post-holiday, I went ahead and agreed when Poon Confectionery asked if I could review their homemade CNY goodies.

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I received their pork floss roll snack, almond cookies, pineapple tarts and green pea cookies.

The CNY goodies were all nice, but the unanimous vote for the favourite of the four snacks was the pork floss one. The kids loved that most – it was crunchy and the pork floss gave a savoury sweet finish.

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The pineapple tart pastry was not overly flaky and yet was melt-in-the-mouth delicious. The pineapple paste was not too sweet too, so that was a winning point. And so that got our vote for second best. The kids weren’t very fond of the other two snacks, but my hubby and I were ok with it. There was the distinct taste and aroma of the nut/ green pea with crunchy bits amidst the sweetness.

Unlike mass-produced CNY goodies, Poon Confectionery goodies are all handmade with love and there are no preservatives or artificial flavours.

If you’re interested to try out their goodies for free, you can go to 502 Macpherson where there are more than 3o types of goodies to savour!

Poon Confectionery

502 Macpherson Road

S368204 (Opposite Caltex)

Opening Hours: 1pm – 10pm Daily

Open on Weekends too.

Contact Number: 9762 6523 (Whatsapp 10am-10pm daily) / 9663 4314 

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. All opinions are mine.

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Spark Joy – A story of flowers and plants

My newest score from Little Flower Hut sits prettily on my coffee table now. Since we’ve moved last December, I’ve been wanting to get something for the coffee table but I couldn’t find anything suitable. And now it’s finally done!:

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Up till 2016, I didn’t like flowers in particular, and plants even less so. It was not until I got my hands on Marie Kondo’s books that changed my opinion. 

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In fact, reading her books changed my life, transformed the way that I arranged things in my home and what I decided to keep in my home. Although some people don’t find that the books have a lasting impact on them, I have, however, been able to maintain the KonMarie way of life till now. My husband used to have a good laugh about it because I tidied up the entire house and changed my life because I read two books.

Her books are nothing about flowers or plants, in case you have never read them. It’s more about tidying and organising, keeping only what sparks joy in you.

Somehow after I cleared the clutter, and in particular, the kitchen counter top, I found that it was so spick and span that I found myself wanting some flowers or something to spruce up the place. The moment that I bought and placed my first flowers in the kitchen, I knew that I needed to have more of them in my home. Not just the kitchen.

And so gerberas, sunflowers and orchids quickly found their way to my home.

Occasionally, I opt for something more special – my favourite hydrangeas.

abetterfloristI even attended a flower arrangement course with my Skills Future credit!

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When I moved, my mum’s gift for us was plants in my house because my new place had more sunlight and I could finally have a proper place for them.

I don’t have green fingers, so I’m sad to say that some of the original plants have not survived me. But after some rescue work by my aunt, we managed to salvage two. Now with a full planter again of plants, I’ve cast my sights on plants or flower arrangements that can survive with little or no care.

That’s why I’ve started to get preserved flowers (seriously, we don’t earn enough to have fresh flowers in the house all year long!) and flower arrangements that can last longer.


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One of the reasons I chose that new flower arrangement for my coffee table is because I believe that it should be able to last quite a while.

And well, I’ve finally documented how I fell in love with flowers on the blog, something I’ve been meaning to do since 2016. I have, actually, in storage, photos of how I changed various aspects of my life after KonMarie, but I think I’ll leave that for another day, another post. Hopefully, it won’t take me another year.

 

Disclosure: I received a flower arrangement for the post. No monetary compensation was received.

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