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Happy Halloween~



One of the best amenities at Pandan Valley is the super market, Laurels. For a condo mart, it is really well-stocked and carries a wide range of products. The owner of the shop is this old couple and their son helps out with the business. Every year during Halloween, Laurels will actually give out special treats to all children in the estate free of charge! So nice of them eh!

I brought Aidan down to the supermarket at the stipulated time (6.30pm) and to my surprise,there was a long queue outside Laurels already. Met the mom of one of Aidan's classmate and she told me that it is always like that every year. We weren't around at Halloween last year so I wasn't aware. I can still remember last year, the son actually kept a bag of treats for Aidan because he realised that the boy didn't come by to collect it. Thought it was really sweet of them

check out the queue comprising of little ghouls & superheroes + their mummies!

One thing that impressed me was seeing the people coming together to help Laurels with their treats-giving.
Aidan's teachers at Berries were assisting in the giving out of the sweets and ice-cream. The teachers from Aidan's art school contributed a few of the children's specially drawn 'Halloween' art to decorate the place..I thought it was wonderful that everyone was chipping in and the sense of community was so strong!

Aidan with the young master of Laurels (I can't remember his name *arghhh*!)

The boy, who was really pleased with his haul..


3 groups of kids have already came by the apartment "trick or treating"! This never happened at our previous estate in Hougang. I guess it is because there are many expats in Pandan Valley and the kids are used to this tradition. Thankfully, we have heaps of sweets at home so the boy happily assisted me in giving out the sweets to them.

I can still recall when I was studying in Vancouver, my room-mates and I specially went out to buy sweets knowing that the children will come by. But we acted smart and thought that for their 'good', we should get them healthy treats and so we ended up buying those li' boxes of raisins. When we gave the raisins to them, their jolly faces actually turned black and I remember hearing one of them muttering "more trick than treat man!".


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tumbletot
Oct. 31st, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
yah.. i think the tradition of celebrating halloween hasn't quite caught on in sg yet. i remember when i was in HK last week, every where was decked out in halloween decor... it was really quite fun to have that festive mood!

glad that aidan enjoyed his halloween... he looks like one happy boy!
angeliatay
Oct. 31st, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, i think halloween is 'big' in japan too. Pple were already wearing those halloween costumes at Disneyland when I was there.

But the tradition of celebrating Halloween at places like Zouk and the other nite spots is very strong leh *grin*
chilli_jo
Oct. 31st, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
haha, the tradition at night spots are for people to dress up nia.. where got trick or treat de.. haha....
angeliatay
Oct. 31st, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
well, at least the halloween 'festive' mood was there with the folks all dressed up mah!
tumbletot
Oct. 31st, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
hmm... i've never been to halloween party before... very mountain tortoise of me.
angeliatay
Nov. 1st, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
actually, neither have i :P (if you discount those kiddy ones)
tumbletot
Nov. 1st, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
at least your neighbourhood is pretty happening... for the kids at least!
crapseahorse
Oct. 31st, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
the "more trick than treat man!" damn funny lah!!

and i think the "trick or treating" thing is damn cool... but poor me still livin in hougang... ha
angeliatay
Nov. 1st, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
well, you can try starting the tradition at hougang leh!!
peaelle
Oct. 31st, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
Okay every neighbourhood should be like yours!
And I can't believe you and your room-mates gave the kids raisins. HAHAHA.
Well on hindsight, maybe they'll be appreciative now
Just not then.. HAHA.

Happy halloweeeen!
angeliatay
Nov. 1st, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
but but i liked raisins when i was a kid what *grin* And it is supposedly healthy!

but yeah, i guess if i were the kids, i wouldn't have been pleased :P
tiffanyx
Oct. 31st, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
so interesting. happy halloween sweetie! mwaks!
angeliatay
Nov. 1st, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
i thought it was really sweet of the supermarket to give out treats :)
tiffanyx
Nov. 1st, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
ya lo! rare! =)

its the neighbourhood spirit!
mynthe
Oct. 31st, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
teehee.. we went to Sentosa yesterday and I saw the video with Aidan in it.

I remember some show I watched where raisins were consider bad treats for the kids.. LOL.
angeliatay
Nov. 1st, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
hee..i've actually not seen the video at sentosa yet? will be heading there next week. where can i see it??!

i'd always thought raisins were erm, healthy :P
burbur
Nov. 3rd, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
i sent you the bloody video what -_-
angeliatay
Nov. 3rd, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
ok..my engrish bad.
what i meant was i havent got to see the video being played at sentosa..:P
burbur
Nov. 5th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
oh hehe only at the screens at sentosa station at vivo. we don't show it anywhere else inside.
auntyadele
Nov. 1st, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
Haha so fun! I saw the sign for free treats on Tas' school door. And Aidan so handsome la.

His name is quite famous... usually found on Friends with the surname Bing... come on, come on, you know...

:D
angeliatay
Nov. 1st, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
huh..Chandler??! he told us his name before but it was so crowded and noisy and both hub and i couldn't hear it properly!
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angeliatay
Nov. 1st, 2007 11:11 am (UTC)
yeah! i think us parents will q for anything for our kids :P
shell_shush
Nov. 2nd, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
I think we should move to your area once we outgrow our current place. Halloween is cool!

We have been exposed so much to the western culture and festivities that I get quite irked when such fun doesn't happen in SG.

Maybe by the time I move there, the entire neighbourhood would have a habit of trick-treating door to door!! :)

What a nice thought...
wordaddicts
Nov. 3rd, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
So nice! I love the ambience in pandan valley too. Bf and I used to drive there very often for the fantastic ice cream palour (until they closed down).
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