Celebrating Christmas during the Pandemic

This is a year where we have to stay put in Singapore during the December holidays. I honestly can’t remember when was the last time we did that. Well, because we normally take our longer vacations during December, we haven’t been taking out our Christmas tree because why bother when we aren’t around to admire it for half the time? The hassle of setting it up and keeping it just puts us off. #justbeinghonest

But this year is special. We can’t go anywhere and no large gatherings are allowed due to the pandemic. So to make it more Christmas-y at home, I decided to bring out the tree again. Just as I was about to do so, Forever Christmas asked if I would like to try out their hyper realistic Christmas tree. I know that this year’s trend is getting live Christmas trees but I’m really for the convenience of the fake ones and since it’s gonna be a really realistic one, why not?

I went ahead and chose the Shore Pine Hyper Realistic Christmas Tree. I was so smitten by its appearance, I honestly didn’t read about the tree too carefully. I saw it, fell in love and ordered it, the end.

I was so sold on the idea that I wouldn’t need to open up the branches that I didn’t read about the actual tree I wanted to get. So apparently I chose the densest of all the trees they have. That means this tree cannot use the automatic open hinges. Well, well.

I knew that the trees at Christmas Tree Singapore are manufactured with the German Patented FirTECT™ Technology which means each branch is hinged to the solid centre structure of the tree. When placed in an upright position, the branches automatically open, just like an umbrella. Super fuss-free and quick set up, AND it puts less stress on the branches — a win for everybody!

But honestly, the tree is really beautiful, and I think I’d have to say that despite the fact that it doesn’t come with the automatic open hinges, I have no regrets. Setting up didn’t take too long – we just had to pull out the plastic holding in the leaves. I’m just kinda worried now about how to keep it but one thing at a time. But the box it came in measures 25x25x100cm so I think it should be fine, what with the malleable branches and all.

I love how the tree looks even without any decorative baubles.

It is not the usual fake-looking Christmas tree with identical leaves – this one comes with split end style tips which really makes it stand out compared to other trees.

It’s so unique and glorious on its own, you could get away with minimal decorations. I did go a little crazy prior to getting the tree and got a tad too many ornaments but I guess I can just keep them for future use. We got some of our ornaments from Forever Christmas too!

Christmas trees from Forever Christmas are highly durable so this is going to last a long time. It’s also a perfect shade of green, and of higher density compared to other trees (392 tips for the 5ft, 670 tips for the 6ft, 888 tips for the 7ft, and 1258 tips for the 8ft). No one likes sparse-looking trees, right?

We got the intricate looking star tree topper but it turned out to be a bit too heavy for the top branch to support so we just hung the star at our door instead. Too pretty to just keep it away!

If you’d like to get a new tree this year, do consider the ones at Forever Christmas. The stocks run out pretty fast each time they restock so hopefully you’ll manage to get a tree of your choice with their German Patented FirTECT™ Technology.

Disclosure: We received some store credits to try out the tree and ornaments. No monetary compensation was received.

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Steamboat delivery with Steamboat King

We love having steamboat for dinner, especially on chilly evenings (well, who doesn’t?). Steamboat dinner is simple, comfort food that warms the stomach. But sometimes the effort to boil the umami soup and prepare the quality fresh ingredients can be quite a hassle so why not have that delivered? After all, since the Circuit Breaker, we’ve come to discover that almost anything can be delivered.

Best in Singapore has an article that recommends the Best 8 Steamboat Deliveries in Singapore, so we checked out the Steamboat King which is at the top of their list. Plus, during the CB, one of my friends also highly recommended them. So we went ahead and ordered the Steamboat King Bundle B for 3-4pax.

What it includes:

Here’s what we got, exactly as described:

You don’t even need to have a hot pot – you get a free portable stove set with purchase of any hotpot bundles. The stainless steel set includes an alcohol stove and a 14-cm hot pot. The given fuel will keep the hot pot going for about 1.5 hours. All you need is a lighter to start up the fuel.

We opted for the Pork Tonkotsu Soup (1.5L) and the Sichuan Mala Soup (1.5L).

For steamboat, the soup base is highly important. Each of the superior broth by Steamboat King is simmered on low fire for a minimum of 8 hours daily and uses only premium ingredients. This cooking process brings out the ultimate flavours of all herbs and ingredients while also retaining its natural nutrients. In fact, the head chefs who came up with the recipes for the broths have over 30 years of culinary experience.

I like that the soup comes in containers with spouts for easy pouring and minimal spill. The setup of the steamboat experience was fairly quick. We washed the hot pots, poured the soup in and lit the fuel. It took a few minutes before the soup came to a boil, so meanwhile, we checked out the ingredients.

The red dates and wolfberries came in small containers like the one above for the condiments. The vegetables were clean and fresh and we really like the way the food is packaged – tightly sealed, spill-free. Each order comes with the Signature Sauce Set. We used only 1 set and I saved the other for another day.

Toman Fish Slices 200g (photo credit: Expressphotography.com.sg)

The toman fish slices were fresh and the fish paste was also very tasty. So was the meat, especially if you do enjoy the fats on the pork belly.

Left: Brazil Pork Belly Shabu Right: Brazil Pork Collar Shabu
Photo Credit: Expressphotography.com.sg

Overall, we were super stuffed and we couldn’t finish everything that night. I kept some vegetables and the fried beancurd skin roll plus a packet of pork tonkotsu soup, which I cooked for the next dinner. Our kids really loved the pork broth. The Sichuan mala soup was delicious too, but not the super numbing kind.

So if ever you’re craving for steamboat and don’t really want the hassle of preparing for it, just order from Steamboat King! There’s even a 100% Guarantee Replacement if you find that the ingredients are not fresh. No need to slave over the stove to boil the broth or queue to buy the ingredients. Just a few simple clicks and wait for dinner! 😀 Thanks for another great recommendation, Best in Singapore!

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