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Payment is Confirmation

WELCOME TO EDITION 840 of GRAPEVINE PAYMENT IS CONFIRMATION We have started promoting ICCCW Masterclasses. All six will take place Saturday 26 November 2022 at the Tudor Ballroom, Goodwood Park. International Congress of Chinese Cuisine was founded in 2008 – the inaugural edition took place in Beijing – and then had lapsed for a few …

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Our Best-Seller

WELCOME TO EDITION 839 of GRAPEVINE Two years ago during Covid lockdown, a handful of distributors got in touch. “Could you help sell our wine?” As I write about wine, I replied I should not be involved in also selling it. There was a conflict of interest. They then informed their business …

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New Rating System

WELCOME TO EDITION 838 of GRAPEVINE You may have noticed – this past week – a new Rating System. There are several reasons for the change. I love samurai movies – particularly the classics – and ninjas. Another reason is because we tend to light-heartedness when we have a glass of …

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My Apologies

WELCOME TO EDITION 837 of GRAPEVINE When travelling, I neglect the website. But post on Instagram and Facebook daily, and weekdays, on China’s Xiao Hong Shu or Little Red Book (translated for me by our Business & Marketing Manager YU Kayan). I apologise for the neglect. When travelling on assignment, the schedule is relentless.  Driving and darting from one chateau/winery to …

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Blown Away

WELCOME TO EDITION 836 of GRAPEVINE Greetings from Lorgues in the south of France.  Last Saturday, I bought a new coffee machine – €99 – at Carrefour. I decided on the model not just because it was the cheapest but because I don’t need all those other options and silly buttons. After all, …

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Easy Peasy

WELCOME TO EDITION 835 of GRAPEVINE  My last three flights on SQ336 to Paris in the last six months, every flight has taken off late resulting in arriving to CDG Airport 45 to 60 minutes late Travel to France for Singaporeans and residents is now practically like in pre-Covid days. Departing on …

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No Water Point at Somerset Skate Park

WELCOME TO EDITION 834 of GRAPEVINE The Draguignan Skatepark Next week, I am back to France where since last Monday, except on public transport, masking is no longer required in- or outdoor. France walks the talk when they said they will live with Covid. Here in Singapore, gridlock seems to have set …

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Back to Normality 

WELCOME TO EDITION 833 of GRAPEVINE Greetings from just back this morning from France where I had visited for six weeks. Life is back to normal at the Singapore Airlines check-in at Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport Paris. Returning last November from the previous trip — when the VTL between France and Singapore was established the month before — …

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Attacks on Singapore Banking System

WELCOME TO EDITION 832 of GRAPEVINE   Customers have been cheated of more than S$8.5 million in the last three weeks I hope 2022 has gotten off to a good start for you. Unless, of course, you are one of the nearly 500 OCBC – Oversea Chinese Banking Corporation – customers who were cheated out of more …

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Last Chance

WELCOME TO EDITION 831 of GRAPEVINE Singapore returns to five vaccinated people on the same dining table today. As a result Min Jiang Restaurant Goodwood Park is enjoying an increase in demand for this Friday’s Champagne & Wine Dinner Extravaganza 26 November 2021. To ensure you don’t miss out, we recommend you book soonest at https://www.goodwoodparkhotel.com/promotions/min-jiang-wine-champagne-dinner-extravaganza. …

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