He told me to meet him at Chinatown this afternoon as he had a surprise for me. I have a (perhaps) love-hate relationship with ‘surprises’. For one, I was supposed to have gone for a floral jamming workshop from 1pm to 2.30pm today, but surprise surprise, when I reached the shop, the guy who’d liaised with me told me there had been a mistake and the workshop would only happen at 2.30pm. I left… more than a little peeved. So… when my man told me he had a surprise in store for me at Chinatown, my first thought was “oh boy… here we go again *cringe*” Thankfully, this stall on the third floor, above the hawker centre, had a few of my favorite snacks. The surprise? He’d bought a Groupon voucher allowing us to get $20 worth of snacks at 老街坊 (Lao Jie Fang) . SNACK ATTACK TIME!
I simply love biscuits out of those tins. My favorite ones are the iced jem biscuits and the ones with pineapple jam in between. 😀
We bought $21 worth of snacks, but spent only $11. Thank you, Groupon!
Yup, I’ve been feeding my face wayyyy too much lately. Boiled veggie diet starts tomorrow. And oh… have you visited the Thai Festival? If you have, drop me a comment over at my Facebook page. I’d love to know about your experience there.
I like supporting small businesses like this one. You can grab a pack of biscuits at $2 or $2.50 and because it’s in a small pack, you are unlikely to overeat, compared to, say, if you bought a big bag of chips from the supermarket. You’re usually tempted to get the biggest pack because it’s more value-for-money. Sometimes there’s a promotion, e.g. buy 2 packs and get free Old Chang Kee curry puffs (I’m serious… I actually spotted that promotion). Who can resist those?! So do yourself a favor and get snacks in small quantities…
Of course, I’m not the biggest fan of the location. I avoid going to the Chinatown hawker centre if I can. There are a couple of reasons for that. But the main one is an encounter with a tissue peddler who gave me a shock back then. He didn’t look old (probably in his late thirties) and he looked to be able-bodied. So when he came by to sell his tissue, I declined to buy any. He went down on his knees. Straightaway, I took $5 out of my wallet and gave it to him. He placed three packs of tissue on the table; I shifted them a little so they’re closer to the table’s edge and any other tissue peddler who came by would spot them (and not approach me). He actually took it as a sign that I didn’t want his tissues AND HE TOOK THEM BACK. I was flabbergasted! All I had wanted was a simple meal with a friend. This was totally unexpected. 😀 #IAmInAStorytellingMoodToday
Anyway, I won’t mind returning to Lao Jie Fang for more snacks next time. *If you’re keen, the Groupon vouchers are still on sale. Go ahead and buy one and get snacks at half price. That’s a really good discount!
Lao Jie Fang is located at Blk 32 New Market Road #03-1074 Singapore 050032.