As a proud eastie, the Katong-Joo Chiat area is one of my favourite hangout spots on the island. From countless hip cafes and bars to historical shophouses and eclectic retail stores, not forgetting good ol’ i12 Katong, it’s a charming neighbourhood that never fails to keep me hooked.
Regardless of where you enjoy spending your time, you’ve probably been hearing the all-too-familiar tunes being played in malls and supermarkets (ever since Boxing Day last year) that can only mean one thing — Chinese New Year is approaching.
If you’ve yet to recover from all that Christmas and New Year’s Eve feasting and shopping, I hate to break it to you, but January and February will get even more hectic.
In fact, why not make the most of it by ringing in the festivities and scoring deals at the same time from now till February 2024 at i12 Katong?
Firstly, you’re better off getting started on all your CNY shopping, so those seeking new clothes and bedsheets can hit up brands like The Kin Thread, Bochechas, and Sunday Bedding. Out with the old, in with the new, amiright?
You can also look forward to an exciting line-up of CNY activities for the entire family, like Zodiac Readings that’ll let you discover your prospects for the year ahead, alongside enthralling performances like traditional stage plays, pipa performances, and poetry recitals on 17, 18, 24, and 25 February.
The highly-anticipated Lion Dance Performance will be taking place for one day only on 16 February, 12pm, so save the date if you want to be treated to something truly spectacular!
There will also be a Festive Market showcasing an array of delightful snacks, decorations, and flowers held till 8 February – two days before the first day of CNY — so you have plenty of time to get your home spruced up and ready.
If you’ve been shopping at i12 Katong all this while but have yet to download KLIK By Keppel, the rewards programme available via Google Play and the Apple Store that lets you earn points when you shop, this is the best time to do so, because KLIK members will get tons of exclusive festive rewards.
For instance, you can present any same-day receipt to redeem a Kids’ CNY Craft Workshop pass (limited to the first 20 redemptions per workshop per day) on 20, 21, 27, and 28 January.
Those visiting i12 Katong for the abovementioned CNY performances can also present a same-day receipt of S$20 to redeem an auspicious handwritten Chinese calligraphy decoration.
That’s not all — from now till 9 February, simply spend a minimum of S$100 (S$120 for supermarkets and enrichment centres) to redeem a set of exclusive i12 Katong red packets and S$2 parking credits.
If you’re visiting on a weekday, you might even snag a pair of i12 Katong Lou Hei chopsticks. Do note that both festive freebies are limited to the first 2,000 redemptions each!
Those who manage to spend a minimum of S$250 (S$300 for supermarkets and enrichment centres) can get an additional S$10 Dulcet & Studio voucher, limited to the first 500 redemptions only.
The patisserie is best known for Japanese-inspired bakes like Pandan Chiffon Cake, Custard Cream Puffs, and Strawberry Shortcake, so you’re in for a real sweet treat.
Still feeling peckish after all that? Head on down to Bistro Bytes, which features popular F&B merchants like Ishiro, Mytampopo, and Rollie Olie, and get 20% off with a minimum spend of S$10 all the way till 29 February — yes, 2024 is a leap year!
Last but not definitely not least, you can huat your way into the new year by spending S$100 for a chance to win big in the Prosperous Lucky Draw. With 10 chances per day, you might just walk away with one of the following prizes:
- 1st Prize: TEMPUR OSTUNI CHAIR AND OTTOMAN (worth S$4,698)
- 2nd Prize: Cuisinart AirFryer Steam Oven (worth S$1,057)
- 3rd and 4th Prizes: Cuisinart Digital Airfryer Toaster Oven (worth S$816.50 each)
- 5th Prize: Cuisinart Precision Master Stand Mixer (worth S$790.25)
- 6th Prize: S$200 CouCou Hotpot. Brew Tea voucher
- 7th and 8th Prizes: S$100 Liang Yi voucher
TBH, I’d be happy to start 2024 on a high with any of these prizes (especially the airfryer steam oven), so don’t miss out.
Once again, all these redemptions and discounts are exclusive to KLIK members only, so we highly recommend you download the app and sign up ASAP.
It’s never too early to start preparing for CNY, so head on down to i12 Katong for a fun time with friends and family!
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Photos by Christabel Tan