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Why we are not Buying Mooncakes in Singapore This Year

Numerous hotels and bakeries have convened at Takashimaya Square at NgeeAnnCity to sell mooncakes from now till 4 October - the actual day where Mid-autumn festival is celebrated.
After surveying some of the more promising booths, we shortlisted mooncakes from two hotels - Conrad Centennial and Mandarin Oriental Singapore.
In terms of taste, the traditional lotus paste mooncakes did not taste of anything at all but were dry and chalky.
Disappointed by the flavour but piqued by the lovely packaging compared to most other bakeries and hotels that did not look like they put much effort into the design of these pricey annual treats, I decided to go with Mandarin Oriental as they had the prettiest design of all mooncake boxes. I also recalled their unforgettable campaign with Dame Helen Mirren in the Mandarin Oriental's Celebrity Fans campaign.

Over the Singapore F1 weekend of 16-17 September, I decided to purchase the  mooncake at the hotel itself as the experience and service at Takashim…

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