If you haven’t realized yet, Bear is quite an adventurous person and that’s pretty awesome cos I can come with for a ride at the same time and be exposed to new adventures and experiences too!
For this particular day, our adventures led us all the way to Woodlands Link/Terrace to check out the CNY Factory Warehouse Sales just for kicks!
Okay la, it’s also because I originally had some plans to head to Yishun for a nail appointment, which is the reason why Bear made these plans alll the way to the North side of Singapore (thanks for planning ☺️!). Unfortunately, plans always change but we decided to still go ahead with the original exploration (without the appointment) so it was cool ☺️
Anyways, there are quite a number of frozen/fresh food factories that are located at Woodlands Terrace/Link area – best accessed if you have a car because it’s damn ulu. This is both our first time here, and it’s a place where we have always wanted to visit in the first place (individually), so this is ticked off our to-visit list for now!
Would highly recommend that you reach around 12-2pm (latest), or even earlier because most of these factories will close up around 5.30pm. We were there around 3.45-4pm, so we missed out quite a few factories that closed earlier.
Nonetheless, we did have fun checking out the different factory outlets that were open to the public including – Fragrance, Fassler, DJ Bakery, William Koo Seafood, Boon Tong Kee and more!
I also suggest wearing light, comfortable clothes (and bring an umbrella!) as you’ll be doing quite abit of walking around and most of these factories have no air conditioning.
Also recommended – do your research on the prices first at the supermarket/retail outlets before coming down in order to see if it’s a good deal. We didn’t do so, hence we were left wondering if we could find X product or Y product at a cheaper price in the supermarkets or retail outlets. Sometimes, you might also see similar items at the different warehouses too.
Generally though, prices here SHOULD be cheaper than the retail pricing at the supermarkets or their retail stores (for most products), or at least the same price.
Examples include Bengawang Solo and DJ Bakery cos you definitely will get it cheaper here directly from the factory outlets verus their retail outlets.
Then the question to ask next is..isit worth it to make the drive ALL the way down just for that small amount of cost savings? This is because sometimes it’s only cheaper by 80c – $2 per item, thus it’s only recommended if you have bulk items to purchase in order to justify the drive, or even the trip down (especially if you stay far away).
For us however, this was a dating/exploring/recce opportunity rather than chionging for the sales so that’s a little different :p
You can then follow up on this dating itinerary by adding a visit to..
Sembawang Hot Springs Park
Unfortunately, we reached at closing time so we missed this out! It closes at 7pm fyi! No parking facilities, suggested to park at the nearest HDB and walk there.
Chong Pang Heartlands
If you’re an Eastie/or just don’t stay around Chong Pang, why not take this time to walk around the heartlands? Especially if you’re parking at the HDB to walk to Sembawang Hot Springs Park – you can spend the rest of the evening checking out the place.
Where you can visit:
– Vietnamese marts and many mom and pop stores
– Old school traditional bakeries
– Chong Pang Food Centre/Market
Note: ventilation here is extremely bad. Machiam like haze within the hawker centre, I’ve never seen anything like this before lol.
– Fruit / Vegetable Stalls
It’s also highly possible to walk down to the original Chong Pang Nasi Lemak stall down the road from the HDB estates (15-20 min walk) like what we did.
Our first time having the famous nasi lemak and it was just okay though.
Wasn’t too impressed with the rice (not very lemak), you have to really pair it with a copious amount of their sambal chilli (more sweet than spicy) to make the rice more flavorful.
The chicken wings however, were lovely and so were the other sides.
A meal like this costs around $10.50 or so for two.
Wouldn’t come back specially or specifically for the the nasi lemak unless I’m in the vicinity. Nonetheless, bucket list ticked off to try this nasi lemak place!
Bear says he will bring me to other better ones in the future – heh and yes, Coconut Club is on the list too! Otherwise, Penang Place also serves a pretty decent set!
One final place to visit around this area would be Sembawang Shopping Centre located a short drive away.
The famous Sembawang White Bee Hoon (original outlet) is located right opposite if you still have space for more food.
And yep, that’s the end of our exploration for this Sundate together!(:
Now who says Singapore is boring It’s not! Just like how we always have so many events happening every weekend – and all with FREE admission to boot! Read the weekly round up here on SG Lifestyle 🙂
More importantly, it’s not possible if we didn’t have a car to be able to ferry us around in comfort and conveniently, so here’s giving thanks to the car!
Heh, and yes, it’s taller than me – I was tiptoeing just for this photo cos Bear can only see the top of my head from his vantage point 😂
Thanks always for reading and see ya tomorrow for the usual weekday installation of #chroniclesofatypicalofficeladyinsingapore!
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