Preparing for the Lunar New Year at City Square Mall

The Lunar New Year signifies new beginnings and for many families it’s a tradition to start spring cleaning the house to welcome the new year by decorating the home and donning on new clothes. We’ve been busy on the cleaning and dusting front for the past few weekends and have not started on our new year shopping. So the invitation for a shopping experience at City Square Mall to get us prepared for the Chinese New Year couldn’t have been more timely.

Being a mom means that Sophie gets to go first on my shopping list. With a daughter, we’re are often spoilt for choice.

An all time household favorite – Metro

Chic peplum dress for your princess from In2Kids

Besides the kids speciality shops like In2Kids and Jarrons & Co, you can also find children’s apparel at Metro, Giordano and Hush Puppies.

It was hard to make up our mind given the variety of choices. In the end, we choose these two outfits from Metro.

The first dress is a cheongsam with a patchwork design.  The side red button detailed collar and color makes it an appropriate outfit for Chinese New Year yet versatile enough for special weekends. This dress retails at $33.00.

The second look is a cotton dress with a mandarin collar neckline in Sophie’s favorite color. With kids, comfort is the most important criteria, so this light and airy frock fitted the bill perfectly. And this was a bargain at $17.00. Also available in red and tangerine.


We didn’t forget the shoes to complete the look and here’s Sophie’s new pair of sparkly mary janes from Bubblegummers from Bata (level two). It’s purple, it’s shiny and all a little girl can asks for. Another great deal at just $22.95.

And last but not least, here’s her in a cool looking pair of shades (yes in purple again!) that we picked up from Toys R Us. Great for when she goes visiting.

Other shops worth checking out

In case you haven’t heard, Toys’R’Us and Babies’R’Us flagship store is right here in City Square Mall. Not only does it boast of a wide assortment of toys and games, it now includes baby essentials and clothings and even a Stride Right footwear section all under one roof.

Their section on home organization caught my eye as I saw these boxes which are perfect for organising your kids clothing and toys.

Need a hair cut for your child before the new year? Then head down to Junior League at basement 2 where your kids can get a professional haircuts without the tears, sticker treats and step out with stylish hair styles.

Best Denki has just opened at basement 2. Since Valentine’s Day round the corner, I decided to give myself a present and bought these lovely pair of pink heart-shaped ear phones with diamonds from Tiara.

You wouldn’t believe it but I snagged them at a great bargain at $8 when they are usually priced at $39.90!

Oh and I can’t wait for Diaso to open in February!


Don’t forget to also catch the Lunar New Year fair at level one, where there are stalls selling festive goodies and decoration items. You’ll also be treated to a host of exciting activities.

Chinese New Year performances, activities and promotions at City Square Mall:

1.Prosperous Paper Cutting Contest
Date: 19 Jan – 17 Feb 2013

Are you creative and have nifty hands? Submit your original paper handicrafts (max. A4-sized)* in line with the theme of Chinese New Year at the L2 Customer Service Counter and stand a chance to be one of 8 winners to walk away with a $100 City Square Mall voucher! In the spirit of going green, the handicrafts have to be fashioned out of recycled paper.
2.Legend of the Kungfu Snake Show
Date: 19 – 20 Jan, 26 – 27 Jan, 2 – 3 Feb
Time: 3pm & 7pm
Venue: L1 Atrium

Catch a dazzling showcase of Chinese Wushu and stunning B-Boy dance moves in this live show, which will entertain your whole family this festive New Year.

3.Roving Baby Lions
Date: 19 – 20 Jan, 26 – 27 Jan, 2 – 3 Feb
Time: 4pm & 8pm

Catch the adorable baby lions roving around City Square Mall as they spread the Lunar New Year cheer. You might even be lucky enough to catch them when they break into a modern dance routine.

4.Treats of the Orient Fair
Date: 25 Jan – 8 Feb
Time: 11am – 9pm
Venue: L1 Atrium

Enjoy great offers and savour all the delectable treats that the Lunar New Year brings at our fair and stock up on the necessary goodies!

For more details on the activities and promotions, visit or check out City Square Mall’s Facebook page


* This shopping experience was sponsored by City Square Mall. However I am not financially compensated for this post and all opinions expressed here are based on my own experience.

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  1. Regina January 29, 2013 at 11:18 am Reply

    Oooh!! Sophie looks absolutely New-year-ready with the finds! LOVE the silver sparkly shoes! 🙂

    • Susan January 29, 2013 at 2:37 pm Reply

      She’s all settled. Now it’s my turn to go shopping 🙂

  2. Adora January 29, 2013 at 11:32 am Reply

    I love the outfits you chose for sophie! I never thought of going to metro. Thank you for sharing this! I know where the girls will be getting their cheongsams this year!

    • Susan January 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm Reply

      When we were at the City Square Mall outlet, they had more options for Chinese New Year clothing at the fair than in their shop. So you may want to check out their fair if you’re looking for cheongsam. The red patchwork design probably looks something like what you can get from Elly but at half the price.

  3. Dominique Goh January 29, 2013 at 11:34 am Reply

    She looks so sweet.. love the outfits you selected for her.

    • Susan January 29, 2013 at 2:45 pm Reply

      Thanks Dominique!

  4. LuAnn Braley January 29, 2013 at 12:52 pm Reply

    Wow…if I were in Singapore and had at least $8, I would SO be walking out of the mall with a pair of those heart-shaped ear buds. As I am, oh, thousands of miles away, I had to settle for pinning it to my Valentine’s Board at Pinterest. :O)

    • Susan January 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm Reply

      Yes it was such a bargain that I even contemplated getting a few more as gifts.

  5. Corsage @ A Dollop Of Me January 29, 2013 at 3:38 pm Reply

    Sophie is so sweet! The shoes look great too.

    Bubbles has a very similar patchwork cheongsam that she wore last year. Love it. We got our dresses for the girls from this year!

    • Susan January 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm Reply

      Ooo they have many sweet designs too. Will keep them in mind the next time Sophie needs new dresses 🙂

  6. Madeline January 31, 2013 at 11:04 am Reply

    She looks so cute in her qi pao! My mum got some for my girl so I went and bought 2 too cos I wanted to be matchy matchy with her! Haha

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  8. Beverly! February 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm Reply

    I love the photos of Sophie!! She’s adorable 🙂

    • Susan February 8, 2013 at 7:33 am Reply

      Thanks Beverly 🙂

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