Together with A LOT OF senior citizens, I visited the World Food Fair this morning. 😀 I bought so many things that I truly regretted not bringing a trolley, unlike so many smart aunties I saw today. But it also meant that I booked a Ryde home and got to meet a very inspiring driver. I did a post about him on my Facebook page but I’ll share it here too, at the end of this blogpost. 🙂 In this blogpost, I’ll share with you some of the good offers I spotted and also, what I bought! Didn’t have time to queue up for the SPH lucky draw though as the queue of seniors was SO long. I guess I’ll just have to come back again. Today I did not have my lunch at the Fair, nor did I tabao something home. Just steamed some Kong Guan pau that I bought there, and that was it. 😀
Apart from the SPH lucky draw, there’s also one from the organizer:
$12 for a whole roasted duck seems like a good deal:
And there’s $2 Braised Duck Rice too:
Another stall was selling Braised Duck at $16:
As I already have dinner plans for this evening, I didn’t buy any of the roasted delights. Now I really have to return to the Fair before it ends on Sunday! 😀
One of my favorite booths! Win2, or should it be pronounced as ‘Win Win’? You can pick 7 items for just $10. PLUS you get a freebie (a box of biscuits) and 1 free spin (to win some candy). REALLY worth visiting this booth. It’s F09, if you’re keen:
Next to it, I bought some MD2 pineapples from Ananas Republic. It’s $3 each. The large ones on display are going at $8. But you can buy the small $3 ones to ‘test’ first. I followed an auntie’s lead and requested for ripe pineapples and these 2 look pretty good:
Another booth I came to the Fair for: BUZZ
The usual price for a pack of these noodles is around $14(?) and now when you purchase two, it’s $9 per pack. I got 4 actually. I’d thought the free tote with every $25 purchase would be a large one. It turned out to be a teeny weeny one probably only big enough to store one of these noodle packs. LOL. And I got some bottled drinks here too. 3 for $1 only!
And here’s the PAU I mentioned… from a brand I really like. The Gourmet Pork buns are going at 1 for $3.50, 2 for $6.50. I really should have bought just 1 pack ‘cos it’s not as good as Nam Kee’s and cost savings = 50 cents only. (@_@) However, the Salted Egg Custard ones are good! Comparable to what you get in dimsum restaurants! $6 for 1, $11 for 2 packs.
In Mandarin, we call this ‘big bag small bag’. Would not have been able to get home via train / bus.
SO I booked a Ryde and met this guy I shared about on FB:
“Just met a Ryde/Grab/Gojek/Tada driver who clocks $400/day and I feel a bit shaken…
He was so so so friendly. Apologised for keeping me waiting, which was fine as I wasn’t in a hurry and I already knew the ETA from the app.
Asked me if the aircon temp was OK. First time I’ve had a driver ask me that!
And when I shared that the Expo has a food fair, which I visited, and there probably will be a lot more visitors he can ferry later, he was so grateful and thanked me for the info 😅
In the course of our conversation, I found out he is 30 years old (but he looks more like a 20yo as he’s so smiley and cheery), has 2 very young children (6mths and 3yo) and his wife is a SAHM.
He says he has a target set for himself: to stop only when he clocks $400 per day. I did the math and told him WOW that’s over 10K a month, no?! And he says that May was the best month, with $12.2K after deducting comms. But that’s when he had to go to a hospital… as he had suffered a mild stroke from working so hard.
He revealed that he works so hard because he’s the sole breadwinner and he doesn’t want his wife and kids to feel that they don’t have what other people have.
I really didn’t know what to say to him except to please take some time for lunch and rest, maybe a little exercise too, to stretch.
And I gave him some of what I’ve gotten at the food fair, for his older kid and himself.
I really hope his two kids are extra filial and take very good care of their father in future. Because he’s pushing himself so hard for the family now.
Somehow learning about his story makes my eyes water.
But I quickly hopped out of his rented vehicle as I know he has another passenger to pick up nearby. 2 phones, 4 ride-hailing apps, 1 amazing driver and father. 👍”
If you’re going to the World Food Fair, it’s at Expo Hall 6. 12 to 15 Sept, 11am to 10pm daily. 🙂 Have fun and bon appetit!