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5 Chinese New Year Traditions You Need to Know

Chinese New Year, or spring festival, is a celebration of the start of the lunar new year. The Chinese believe that what you do during this period can affect your luck for the rest of the year. Here are some things to note if you want to enjoy a year filled with abundance and wealth.1. Buy new clothesThe Chinese believe that clearing your home and getting rid of unwanted stuff is considered ridding your home of bad luck. That is why our parents used to bring us out to buy new clothes before the start of the lunar new year. Your clothes should preferably be in lucky colours like red or yellow. Worried about looking like a walking ang pow? Choose a shade of red that suits your skintone best, or go bold by pairing a vibrant scarlet with contrasting colours like yellow or green.Shop your new dresses at 6IXTY 8IGHT and shoes at Charles & Keith.2. Stock upThe Chinese believe that stocking up on food at home will bring in surplus and abundance in the coming year. Look for foods with symbolic meanings - here are 8 foods you have to eat for a prosperous year.Stock up on groceries at Fairprice ON.3. Brighten upSpruce up your place with fresh and vibrant flowers and plants, especially if you’re expecting visitors! Lucky plants include chrysanthemums, lucky bamboo, phalaenopsis orchids and tangerine trees.Get some fresh flowers at Flower Advisor. 4. Refresh your homeThere is nothing like home, and refreshing the looks of your home from time to time can do wonders for you. Update your living area this new year with stylish frames, quirky welcome mats, cushions, and aromatic candles. After all they are affordable options that can make a world of difference to your living area.5. Plan a holidayAs the Chinese saying goes "A rest is only the first step of a longer journey ahead". Recharge your batteries with a well-deserved trip abroad before you go full steam ahead this new year. Start planning your getaway around these 7 long weekends in 2023!The team at meREWARDS would like to wish all our readers a prosperous and abundant year ahead! Happy New Year!

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7 of the Best Things to Do in Seoul on a Budget

This article is brought to you by Klook. Experience Seoul to the fullest while still staying on budget with this list of things to do!If you’re flying to Seoul soon, then you’ve come to the right place! Seoul is best known for its delicious and spicy food, laid-back and aesthetic fashion sense, and the amazing world of K-pop and K-dramas. It’s a thriving city and exploring it can be quite pricey. But, as your travel buddy, we have just the solution to that! Are you up for an adventure to Seoul’s top attractions like aquariums, theme parks, and museums without draining your wallet? It’s a big city that’s ready to be explored so to kickstart your upcoming trip, read on to discover seven of the best things to do in Seoul while staying on budget!1. Have a fun-filled day at Seoul’s top theme park, Lotte World!Your trip to South Korea will never be complete without spending a day at Lotte World! Lotte World is one of the country’s top theme parks packed with rides like The Conquistador which is your usual pirate ship that will swing you through thrill and suspense as it goes higher and closer to the park’s ceiling, the World Monorail which is a sky train that will take you around Lotte World, and the French Revolution that will give you a thrill that you won’t forget as the ride takes you 360 or even up to 540 degrees at full speed — all these rides can be found in the Lotte World Adventure area! They also have Bungee, Gyro Spin, Gyro Drop, VR SPace, Flume Ride, Gyro Swing, and Comet Express in the Magic Island and Lotte World Adventure areas that are worth a try too.If you want to shop for souvenirs inside the theme park, just drop by Toy Plus, Castle Cart, Fantasy Gift Shop, or STAR SHOP Caricature. They also have a good selection of restaurants like Steff Hotdog for European hotdogs, Twosome Place for coffee and pastries, Ice Factory for refreshing popsicles, and Jumak for traditional Korean food!Kickstart your Seoul adventure at Lotte World!2. Marvel at breathtaking views of the city at N Seoul Tower!Feel like you’re on top of Seoul while standing inside N Seoul Tower! This is the place to be if you want to get a good view of the entire city. You won’t just get breathtaking views of the city, but also of Namsan Hill. N Seoul Tower is known to be a great spot to take Instagram-worthy photos of Seoul, so make sure to snap those photos for added beauty to your Instagram feed! Another activity that you can’t miss during your visit to N Seoul Tower is sealing your padlock onto the padlock-covered trees where you can make a wish! This can be done alone or with your loved ones.Enjoy spectacular views of Seoul at N Seoul Tower!3. Meet thousands of sea creatures at the Coex Aquarium!Welcome to the largest aquarium in Seoul! Coex Aquarium houses about 40,000 sea creatures in 183 tanks and some of them include sharks, stingrays, turtles, piranhas, octopus, eels, and jellyfish! Inside Coex Aquarium are 16 themed zones and some that you must visit are The Inca Empire, Amazonian World, Seven Seas, Ocean Kingdom, Marine Touch, and Undersea Tunnel. They also have crowd-favorite exhibits like the mermaid performance and penguin feeding. Drop by Coex Aquarium for a fun and educational experience!Fun fact: Aside from being the largest aquarium in Seoul, Coex Aquarium also has the most number of sharks in all of South Korea!Book your tickets to Coex Aquarium on Klook!4. Wear cute Korean school uniforms for a day, or 2!Feel like you’re in a K-drama with this Ehwa Korean School Uniform rental experience! Walk the streets of Seoul and take as many photos as you want while wearing a traditional Korean school uniform. You can even go to nearby attractions like Lotte World and Seokchon Lake while rocking the outfit for more fun and cultural experience. Before going around Seoul, make sure to take photos in Ehwa Gyobok’s studio first!Rent a Korean school uniform for up to 3 days via Klook!5. Pump up your adrenaline at Everland!Feeling energized and craving some thrill? Then head on over to South Korea’s largest theme park, Everland! Inside the theme park are five themed zones — Global Fair, American Adventure, Magic Land, European Adventure, and Zootopia. Some rides that you simply can’t miss are Thunder Falls, Amazon Express, Rolling X-Train, Raptor Ranger, and the iconic T-Express! If you’re a thrill-seeker, then the T-Express is one that you must take on! It’s a wooden roller coaster standing 200 feet tall from the ground and is recognized as the World’s Top 10 fastest wooden roller coaster at 104 km/h.Once you’re all thrilled out, visit the animal safari in Everland to take a breather and spend some time with the friendliest animals like pandas, elephants, giraffes, and tigers. You won’t only watch them, you’ll also get a chance to feed them! Remember to be gentle and keep your camera flashes off.Have a thrilling adventure at Everland!6. Travel back in time with this Hanbok experience!If you know a bit about Korean history, then you probably know that they used to wear hanboks back in the olden times. Hanbok is the traditional attire of Koreans that they still wear today for Korean holidays or on special occasions. With this hanbok rental, you'll get to experience South Korea's culture and history through clothing. Choose from over 500 beautifully-made hanboks and feel free to rent accessories as well to get the full look! This hanbok rental also comes with Korean hairstyling so make sure to take as many photos as you can in the studios or while roaming around the temples.Know more about South Korea's culture with this hanbok rental experience!7. Get artsy at the Alive Museum or pick your brain at the Dynamic Maze!This list won’t be complete without at least one museum. Ready to see some illusionistic and interactive art? At the Alive Museum, the art pieces will only be complete with a subject in them — you! There are several themed spots inside the museum but some spots that you can’t miss are Game Village where you can act as if your part of different games, Toy Village where you can rekindle your childhood with giant toys, and the hanok (Korean-style house) where you can experience what it’s like to live in a Korean home during the olden times. Make sure to strike your best poses because every corner inside the museum is Instagram-worthy!Do you have what it takes to escape? The Dynamic Maze will pick your brains during your attempt to unlock their escape rooms. It’s not your typical escape room where you simply look for clues and piece it all together. Dynamic Maze’s version of an escape room will require you to shoot some guns, throw some balls, walk through tight spaces, and even climb some ropes! They’ve taken escape rooms to the next level and it takes a lot of guts, energy, and brains to get to the exit! If you think that you and your group are up for this challenge, then ready your game faces and make sure to wear something comfortable.Interact with art at Alive Museum or take on the challenge at Dynamic Maze today by booking your tickets via Klook!Save more with a special pass from Klook!If you want to try some of the activities mentioned in this list but you’re on a budget, worry not! Klook offers a special Seoul Pass that will allow you to visit up to four attractions of your choice. This is your way to experience more of Seoul without breaking the bank!How does the pass work?1. Choose and purchase your ideal pass.2. Activate your pass by reserving activities in your bookings.3. Use your pass on any date at any activity included within the validity period. 4. Check the package details for specific inclusions.Now that you have an idea or two on how you can experience more and spend less on your next trip to Seoul, book the Seoul Pass now before flying out! Happy travels!Save more on your Seoul trip with Klook's Seoul Pass!Heading to South Korea for a holiday soon? Did you know that you can get up to 3.5% cashback on your bookings on Klook? Click here and start planning your holidays with Klook now!Information correct as of 28 November 2022.

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8 Foods You Have to Eat for a Prosperous and Abundant Year of the Rabbit

Chinese New Year is a time for gathering with friends and family and with all gatherings come feasting - lots of it.Have you ever wondered why do we eat certain foods during Chinese New Year? Why can't we gorge on fried chicken and fried rice instead? Join us as we learn the meaning and symbolism behind 8 popular Chinese New Year traditional foods.1. DumplingsThe more the merrier. Image credit: UnsplashJiao zi, or dumplings, are traditionally prepared on Chinese New Year's Eve and then eaten on the stroke of midnight. The main reason why the Chinese eat dumplings on Chinese New Year is because they resemble a silver or gold ingot, and hence are believed to bring in wealth and prosperity for the coming new year. The Chinese also believed the more dumplings you eat, the more luck you will have for the new year!But remember, getting admitted to the A&E for choking is not a lucky start to the new year, so take it easy on the gorging.2. Spring RollsNo gold bars no problem. Image credit: UnsplashSpring rolls, or chun juan, are named as such because of their origins as a spring festival food. Chinese New Year is also called 'Spring Festival' in Mandarin, as the new year marks the start of the spring season on the lunar calendar.Spring rolls resemble gold bars when stacked and are believed to bring wealth and prosperity to those who eat it.Just don't bring the wrong 'gold bars' to the bank!3. Whole FishNo fish, no partyA Chinese New Year feast without fish is well, just too fishy. Fish, or yu in Mandarin, sounds like the Mandarin pronunciation of abundance, and are hence believed to symbolise a year of abundance. Did you know? The head of the fish should be pointed toward the elders of the family as a sign of respect. Now that makes it harder to reach for the tender meat at the cheeks..4. NoodlesLet the slurping begin. Image credit: UnsplashWhat is long, tasty, and enjoyed by many? Noodles, of course. Long and uncut noodles symbolise a wish for longevity. You must be careful not to break the noodles while slurping though, as it's considered bad luck.Some things are just better long.5. HotpotDelicious and easy to prepare. Image credit: UnsplashThe quintessential Chinese New Year food, especially in northern China. Eating hotpot requires everyone to gather around the table and creates a warm environment. The boiling broth also symbolises a prosperous new year.Maybe that's why Hai Di Lao has been opening outlet after outlet..6. Mandarin OrangesLucky fruits. Image credit: UnsplashMandarin oranges have a glossy outer skin which makes them glamourous and gold-like, and anything remotely resembling gold is certainly going to be a hot item during Chinese New Year. Jokes aside, the main reason why mandarin oranges are seen as the representative food of Chinese New Year is down to wordplay - the Cantonese word for mandarin orange 桔 (gat) is the same as the word for auspiciousness 吉 (gat). Mandarin oranges are thus seen as bringers of auspiciousness and wealth. 7. Nian Gao (Chinese New Year Cake)It's not CNY without some nian gaoAgain, another wordplay - nian gao sounds like 'getting higher year on year' in Mandarin and is thus believed to bring health and wealth for the new year. This sticky rice flour cake was originally used as an offering during ritual ceremonies. It is now enjoyed by Chinese worldwide, especially those with a sweet tooth.8. Fa Gao (Prosperity Cake)Usually white or pinkFa gao, or prosperity cake, is a traditional Chinese cupcake-like steamed pastry made from rice flour, yeast, and sugar. It is characterised by its split top consisting of 3 to 4 segments. Besides Chinese New Year, it is also common to see fa gao during Chinese ceremonial events and weddings. Just be sure to get the pronunciation accurate.Chinese New Year in Singapore has traditionally been a celebration of family and friends. From the entire team at meREWARDS, we would like to wish all readers an abundant and prosperous Year of the Rabbit! Happy Tu-gether!Feast on more with 1-for-1 deals at Chinese restaurants here!

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The Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022 - Prized Original Drawings' First Appearance Abroad

Doraemon fans can now catch the prized original drawings and sketches of Doraemon by the late Fujiko F Fujio at the National Museum of Singapore from 5 November 2022 to 5 February 2023.This is the very first public showcase outside of Japan, after exhibitions in Tokyo, Takaoka, Nagoya, Osaka, Niigata, Sapporo, Kyoto, Fukushima, Okayama.The one and only such drawing in the worldOriginal artworks by contemporary Japanese artistsThe exhibition consists of 2 parts - the first part features artworks and creations by 28 leading contemporary Japanese artists and arts groups who were invited to design and create their own version of Doraemon based on their own memories of Doraemon. Artworks by two Singaporean artists are also exclusively presented as part of this showcase.Sebastian Masuda, ‘Final Weapon’ (2017)Artwork by local artist Jahan LohThe second part of the exhibition showcases the original manga drawings by the creator of Doraemon, the late Fujiko F Fujio. Immerse yourself in Mr Fujiko's world through these original scribblings and drawings and discover the intricate details behind every of his creation.The intricacies and attention to detail in Mr Fujiko's works can be observed hereThere is even a reproduction of Mr Fujiko's work desk, where visitors are encouraged to interact and pose for pictures with! Replica of Fujiko F. Fujio’s study deskBesides the two exhibitions, visitors can also look forward to a Doraemon cafe, where you can try dorayakis, a traditional red bean confection made by Japanese chefs who flew in specially for this exhibition.Did you know, Doraemon's wish was once revealed to be "eating a mountain of dorayakis". Come on down and try Doraemon's favourite food for yourself!Head to the second floor of the museum and you can even pose for a picture with the The Dokodemo Door, also known as The Anywhere Door, which Doraemon uses to move instantaneously between places.Unlike The Dokodemo Door, this door can only move you between reality and your imaginationThat's not all. Doraemon fans can look forward to laying their hands on exclusive and original Doraemon merchandise, which have been specially brought in just for this exhibition. Look out for the Doraemon plushies, tote bag, jigsaw puzzles and mugs which are adorned with Doraemon and friends.The Doraemon merchandise pop-up boothAn assortment of Doraemon merchandiseSmall and big Doraemon ($25.50, $71.50)We realised the Doraemon jigsaw puzzle was a bit hit with visitors. Even our colleague ended up with one in her bag.Jigsaw Puzzle Takashi Murakami ($61)The tote bag is on the large side and should fit most laptop sizes in the market. We can't help but feel this tote bag will be the centre of attention wherever it goes.Tote Bag Takashi Murakami ($57.50)Pouch ($21.40), Mascot ($55.50), Passcase ($50)Now for the good part.meREWARDS Deal - 10% OFF All Merchandise (no min. spend)Fancy getting your hands on all the adorable Doraemon merchandise? meREWARDS users are entitled to a 10% discount off all merchandise with no minimum spend required! Simply present the coupon below to event staff to redeem.The Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022 runs till 5 February 2022, but the Doraemon merchandise pop-up booth will be around a little longer, till 28 February 2023. Be sure not to miss this rare opportunity to catch original Doraemon works, especially if you are a fan! It pays to be a meREWARDS user!Click here for 10% OFF all merchandise (no min. spend)Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022Event Period: 5 November 2022 - 5 February 2023Address: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm daily (Last admission at 6.30pm)Nearest MRT Station: Bencoolen Station / Bras Basah Station / Dhoby Ghaut Station / City Hall StationWebsite: https://www.nhb.gov.sg/nationalmuseum/our-exhibitions/exhibition-list/the-doraemon-exhibition-singapore-2022Information correct at time of writing.

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5 Chinese New Year Traditions You Need to Know

Chinese New Year, or spring festival, is a celebration of the start of the lunar new year. The Chinese believe that what you do during this period can affect your luck for the rest of the year. Here are some things to note if you want to enjoy a year filled with abundance and wealth.1. Buy new clothesThe Chinese believe that clearing your home and getting rid of unwanted stuff is considered ridding your home of bad luck. That is why our parents used to bring us out to buy new clothes before the start of the lunar new year. Your clothes should preferably be in lucky colours like red or yellow. Worried about looking like a walking ang pow? Choose a shade of red that suits your skintone best, or go bold by pairing a vibrant scarlet with contrasting colours like yellow or green.Shop your new dresses at 6IXTY 8IGHT and shoes at Charles & Keith.2. Stock upThe Chinese believe that stocking up on food at home will bring in surplus and abundance in the coming year. Look for foods with symbolic meanings - here are 8 foods you have to eat for a prosperous year.Stock up on groceries at Fairprice ON.3. Brighten upSpruce up your place with fresh and vibrant flowers and plants, especially if you’re expecting visitors! Lucky plants include chrysanthemums, lucky bamboo, phalaenopsis orchids and tangerine trees.Get some fresh flowers at Flower Advisor. 4. Refresh your homeThere is nothing like home, and refreshing the looks of your home from time to time can do wonders for you. Update your living area this new year with stylish frames, quirky welcome mats, cushions, and aromatic candles. After all they are affordable options that can make a world of difference to your living area.5. Plan a holidayAs the Chinese saying goes "A rest is only the first step of a longer journey ahead". Recharge your batteries with a well-deserved trip abroad before you go full steam ahead this new year. Start planning your getaway around these 7 long weekends in 2023!The team at meREWARDS would like to wish all our readers a prosperous and abundant year ahead! Happy New Year!

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