For every nosy relative we have to endure at Chinese New Year it’s the little indulgences of the season make up for it. Be it the yummy snacks, a lucky charm or the excuse to shop for more clothes and makeup, there’s still much to love about this festive occasion.
Here, the herworldPLUS team shares our favourite finds for a happy Lunar New Year:
Depression xiao hei calf leather keychain
“The Horse is a ‘secret friend’ of my Chinese zodiac animal so I’m keeping my luck for 2014 close by me with this super cute, yet funky, leather unicorn charm from Singapore label Depression. It’s firmly attached to whichever bag I’m carrying — in this picture its on my new PartsParts neoprene convertible tote bag I recently bought from cult Hong Kong store Off The Wall. In a bit of serendipity, the guys who own Off The Wall, are also good friends with the Depression designers — how’s that for extra luck? 新年快乐!” Niki Bruce, Editor
Available in black and white for $69 each, at Depression, Cineleisure Orchard, #03-05A, Tel: 9889 2179.
Sisley phyto-lip twist chubby stick
“We’ve all heard of the possibly apocryphal seven pounds of lippie a woman eats in a lifetime. I’m pretty sure I’m getting there with Sisley’s lip-smackingly delicious Phyto-Lip Twist, a delightfully creamy chubby stick that glides on sheer. If you’re a fellow lippie addict, I challenge you to refrain from touching up too often between your Chinese New Year snacking!” Eugene Quek, Senior Writer
Available in six shades for $58 each, at all Sisley counters and the Sisley Paragon boutique in Singapore.
Galicier Pastry butter cookies
“I’m not a big fan of traditional Chinese New Year goodies but I do love my butter cookies. During the festive period, I have to ration my supply from Galicier Pastry because I am capable off polishing a tub of these crusty, butter-y cookies off in one sitting!” Shi Tianyun, Fashion Writer
Get it at $11 per bottle from Galicier Pastry, #01-39, 55 Tiong Barhu Road, Tel: 6324 1686.
Le Cafe pineapple tarts
“I always get a little obsessive about pineapple tarts come Lunar New Year. My current favourite: The famed crumbly, golf ball sized ones from Le Cafe. Generously packed with a fibrous, chewy yet not too sweet pineapple centre, these Le Cafe treats tend to sell out super fast. I’d only got a hold of them this year, thanks to a helpful fellow foodie friend.” Hong Xinying, Fashion Writer
Get it at $11 per bottle from Le Cafe, Elias Building, 264 Middle Road, Tel: 6337 2417.
“How much do I love these beehive biscuits? So much so that it’s an empty bottle you’re looking at now! Made from a coconut milk-based batter, these treats are then deep fried in hot oil for a crunchiness that I simply can’t resist. My mum bought me these and I’m already done with them long before the Lunar New Year has even begun.” Michelle Tham, Associate Art Director
“I really love mandarin oranges, which are truly my favourite Chinese New Year treat. They’re sweet, juicy and cheap. Best of all, they don’t have as many calories as all the other snacks, so I don’t have to worry about what’s going into my body and can just eat as many as I want!” Sara Jane Ong, Intern
What’s your favourite way to indulge come every Chinese New Year? Tell us in the comment box below.