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We are less than 1 week away from Chinese New Year and if you haven’t bought your Chinese New Year goodies yet, why not make some on your own?
Pineapple Tart Recipe

Ingredients

250 grams Plain Flour
150 grams Salted Butter
1/2 Teaspoon Sugar [Optional]
1 Egg Yolk + 1/2 Egg White
1 Egg for Glazing
500 grams Pineapple Paste

Methodology

1. Line the baking tray with greaseproof paper.
2. Measure 10g of pineapple paste, roll into balls, and put onto a plate. Leave it aside.
3. Cut butter into small pieces and rub into flour till fine crumbs form.
4. Mix egg yolk and egg white then add in to crumbs. Knead lightly till dough is formed.
5. If dough is unable to form into a tart, refrigerate to firm it up.
6. Measure 10g of dough, roll it into a ball, and flatten it.
7. Take 10g of pineapple paste and wrap it with the 10g of dough.
8. Place the dough that contains the pineapple paste onto the greaseproof paper.
9. Glaze the pineapple tarts.
10. Bake at 170 Degrees Celsius for 20 minutes or till light golden in colour.

Tip 1: You can purchase the pineapple paste from Phoon Huat, Bake King, or even NTUC. However, we prefer the ones from Sunlik Trading [located at Seah Street] as they are not so sweet.

Tip 2: Using a pastry blender is much more easier than rubbing in the butter into the flour using your hands.

Here’s a short video tutorial to show you the different processes involved in making the pineapple tart using the above recipe. As this is our very first time doing a video tutorial, please pardon us for the amateur video editing.

Enjoy and have fun baking this weekend!

First and foremost, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Josephine, Justin, and Cheryl for winning SGD$10 worth of ePhoenix Credits from our recent Blog Giveaway. We have one other piece of good news; tomorrow, we will be launching a new Blog Giveaway where we are giving away a 1KG Bottle of Huiji Honey worth SGD$7.50; hence, do check out our Blog tomorrow for the Blog Giveaway.
Anyways, this is one long overdue Blog Post but nevertheless, we would like to share with you about our experience at the Sentosa Flowers: Joys of Spring 2013 event that was held last month at Sentosa’s Palawan Beach.

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

For me personally, this was my first time attending a flower exhibition that showcases the wonders of creation with thousands of tropical and spring flowers in a myriad of species presented in a natural outdoor setting. Though it rained in the later part of the evening, we managed to finish the entire trail right before it started pouring cats and dogs.

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

In case you didn’t know, the annual flower exhibition was birthed in 2005 by Sentosa and every year, they have a different theme. The event also presents itself as a vibrant backdrop for visitors to capture their most memorable moments.

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013
From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013
From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

Along the trail, we took quite a number of photographs because the flowers were a sight to behold. Just take a look at some of the really beautiful and pretty flowers.

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013
From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013
From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

The trail itself was divided into different segments with sub-themes that were relevant to the types of plants and flowers on display.

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

For the young at heart, especially the little children; there were activities and mini playgrounds where they could play and have fun!

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013
From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

Was the event crowded? Yes, it sure was crowded!

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

Despite the crowd, we took a simple stroll around just to admire the beauty of nature and Baby happened to bump into her best friend at Sentosa! Sentosa’s definitely the place for fun, excitement, and bonding with family members and friends.

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

We also saw some rather interesting displays and props that caught our attention!

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013
From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013
From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

Guess what this is! It’s a Dragon Fruit! 🙂

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

Pictures with the Cheery Sunflowers!

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013
From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

Well, having said so much about the event, we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and we can’t wait to head back to Sentosa probably for our next Staycation. Meanwhile, we hope you enjoyed reading about the Sentosa Flowers: Joys of Spring event.

Till then~! 🙂

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

Stay tuned to more updates from us!

God bless!

Here’s the both of us [Jacqueline & Melvin] wishing all of you Winsomelifers a Happy Chinese New Year 2013!

From Chineses New Year 2013

Time really flies and in the blink of an eye, it is already the month of February and we are really very grateful for all the wonderful opportunities that have been offered to us time and time again. If any of you remember, we recently organised an Exclusive Blog Giveaway that was sponsored by Sticky Ties and we are really happy to announce the following Winsomelifers who have won themselves a set of 5 Sticky Ties.

They are:

Missy Shenny
Dallas Goh
Snow Snoopy
Shane Zachery Kok

If you have missed out on our previous blog giveaway, fret not as we are currently giving away ToastBox Vouchers that are worth SGD $5. By the way, the ToastBox Vouchers can be utilised at all ToastBox Outlets and with the voucher, you can get yourself a nice breakfast set to kick-off your morning! To stand a chance in winning those vouchers, check out the following link: http://awinsomelife.org/current-blog-giveaway/

Anyway, in January alone, we attended more than 5 events and we received tons of requests for sponsorship write-ups. Well, due to our busy schedule, we might not be able to accommodate all of the requests but nevertheless, we really would like to thank all of our partners for giving us the awesome opportunity to write for them.

Well, today is the first day of the Chinese New Year and I believe many of you should be visiting your relatives and friends and getting Ang Pows too. Therefore, we are also expecting our readership to fall this month as everyone should probably be spending quality time with their family and loved ones. Here’s a gentle reminder for all the guys out there, Valentine’s Day is just 4 days away so don’t forget to plan a really sweet surprise for your other half! 🙂

Anyways, a few weeks ago, Baby and I went to Chinatown and it was really packed with people! Since we didn’t want to visit Chinatown nearing Chinese New Year because of the expected heavy human traffic + road closures, we went earlier but there were still quite a number of people. Although the weather wasn’t fantastic [because it was raining rather heavily], we had quite a fruitful time at Chinatown because we bought a couple of things and discovered some new stuffs that might just interest you. Hence, the remainder of this blog entry would very much be about our recent experience in Chinatown.

While walking along Chinatown, we spotted a couple of stores selling Ang Pows [Red Packets] and some of them were sold for quite a good price. We daresay that the Ang Pows that are being sold now are way better and attractive than when I was a kid.

From Chineses New Year 2013

After purchasing some Ang Pows which we felt were quite cute, we spotted a store that was selling embossed metal plates. Well, we’ve been thinking of how we could “decorate” our car and we actually did considered having customised paint designs but because it was too expensive, we went to search for alternatives. So, when we spotted this particular store, we decided to customised a metal plate to put up at the back of our car because it was really affordable. If you happen to spot our customised metal plate on the roads or just about anywhere, you could snap a picture and post it up on our Facebook Page via the following link: http://www.facebook.com/awinsomelife and you can stand to win a GV Gift Card worth SGD $38! Happy Hunting!

From Chineses New Year 2013

We didn’t know that The Singapore Coins and Notes Museum was in Chinatown [Pagoda Street to be exact] and we popped by to see what they have to offer.

Presenting to you the World Largest Coin which requires two people to carry! The hole in the middle is for a pole to go through so that the coin can be carried on the shoulders of the people carrying it.

From Chineses New Year 2013

The Singapore Coins and Notes Museum also has a coin minting machine which you can try out for SGD $2. All you have to do is just head to the payment counter to purchase a “blank” coin and you will also be given a small gift pouch to put the coin in.

From Chineses New Year 2013

This is the minting machine.

From Chineses New Year 2013

And ta-dah, a newly minted coin which cannot be used for payment but can be kept as a keepsake souvenir.

From Chineses New Year 2013
From Chineses New Year 2013

After spending 15 minutes at the Singapore Coins and Notes Museum, we went on to get a customised Wooden Crafted Seal for me. The seal is done on the spot and takes about 10 minutes.

From Chineses New Year 2013

The Master Carver testing out the seal that he carved for me.

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and this is how the “end result” of my seal looks like.

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It so happened that on the day we visited Chinatown, it coincided with the Chinatown Lighting Up Ceremony. Well, it was nothing fantastic because the crowds were jostling with one another and the worst thing was, the event started extremely late!

From Chineses New Year 2013

Anyhows, this very much concluded our short day spent at Chinatown.

Once again, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone of you a Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year!

Stay tuned to more updates from us.

God bless!

So much has happened this week that we haven’t been able to blog much. Nevertheless, here is just an update as to what we have been up to!
In the earlier part of this week, we caught the movie, Hansel & Gretel 3D [courtesy of Club UIP] and it was indeed an awesome movie. Do check out our review about the movie at the following link: http://awinsomelife.org/2013/01/22/hansel-gretel-witch-hunters-3d-2013-movie-review/

On a separate note, our current giveaway of 1 Set of 5 Sticky Ties to 5 Lucky Winners will be ending today and after which, we will be announcing the winners shortly.

Anyways, Chinese New Year is just 14 days away and Valentine’s Day is 4 days after Chinese New Year! What a busy month of February it is going to be indeed! Have all of you bought your “New Year” clothing and thought about what to get for your other half on Valentine’s Day yet?

When we were looking at the “New Year” Goodies that were being sold at the various Bakeries and Stores, we were rather appalled that the prices were so unreasonably high! When we went across the Causeway to Johor Bahru, the “New Year” Goodies were priced somewhat similar to Singapore’s pricing but if you take the currency exchange rate into consideration, you are literally getting them at half the price. So, if you’re looking for a less expensive alternative to Singapore’s “New Year” Goodies, why not head over to Johor Bahru and get them because they are less expensive. If you’re heading over to Johor Bahru, we will strongly recommend you to get the “New Year” Goodies from Lavender. They have a wide range of “New Year” Goodies and their “New Year” Goodies are really awesome. Just look out for their booth at the Main Atrium of City Square.

As for Valentine’s Day, there’s a lot of things you can do with your other half. Well, some activities for Valentine’s Day could be spending time together by staying at home and cooking/baking together, going out to shop together, catching a movie together, having a romantic dinner together, and taking a stroll along East Coast Park or Gardens By The Bay. You don’t really need to spend a lot in order to achieve the objectives of spending a meaningful time together.

On a separate note, the Punggol East By-Election that took place yesterday ended victoriously for the Worker’s Party [WP] and we wish Lee Li Lian all the best in her role as an elected MP. As for the People’s Action Party, the tide is changing for them and there is definitely much work to be done on the ground if they want to win the hearts of the people. Seriously, there needs to be a review in the prices for Housing, COE, Healthcare, Transportation and Education. If these essential infrastructures are already cracking, surly there ought to be repair works and if these cracks are still not rectified, then I suppose we will most likely be able to predict the results of the next General Election [GE]. If the current infrastructure can’t even support Singapore’s current population of 5 million, wouldn’t a population of 7 million people make it worse?

Oh wells, we shall talk more about these issues in our upcoming blog entries.

Stay tuned to more updates from us!

God bless!