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Fashion Chinese New Year 2021: Daphne Wee and Edmund Santoso Reveal Their Shopping Tips at Raffles City

Chinese New Year 2021: Daphne Wee and Edmund Santoso Reveal Their Shopping Tips at Raffles City

Chinese New Year 2021: Daphne Wee and Edmund Santoso Reveal Their Shopping Tips at Raffles City
By Daphne Chen-Cordeiro
By Daphne Chen-Cordeiro
January 26, 2021
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The adorable new couple cosy up and share their favourite Lunar New Year traditions, from their drink of choice to why they will always wear red

Chinese New Year is always a highlight for many who celebrate the occasion, including Singapore-born Daphne Wee—whose father is veteran realtor Dennis Wee and uncle is Tatler's sartorial award winner Mervin Wee. In fact, pre-pandemic Chinese New Year is a huge annual affair for them: “My dad cooks his famous Hokkien mee once a year every Chinese New Year, and prior to this pandemic, it would take us three days to prepare. He cooks it for about 300 people who would come visit us.”

Her other half, Edmund Santoso is Indonesian-Chinese and shares how celebrations with his family tend to be rather traditional: “Chinese New Year is a big celebration at home. We start by having mee sua and eggs on the morning of the first day of the new year.”

While having mee sua (where the salted wheat flour noodles signify ‘longevity’) with hard-boiled eggs is a tradition that Wee isn’t familiar with, she has introduced Santoso to yusheng (a dish of shredded vegetables and raw fish) and the fun in tossing the salad as high as possible for good luck.

“My first yusheng was actually just four years ago!” Santoso chimes in. 

(Related: Everything You Need for Chinese New Year 2021

At Shanghai Tang
At Shanghai Tang

“We do enjoy immersing ourselves in Chinese culture and have gone for tea appreciation classes to further understand the intricate rituals of tea drinking. There is almost an undiscovered time-honoured art behind all of this, allowing one to slow down and appreciate the tea along with the present times,” explains Santoso.  

The pair share their favourite Lunar New Year traditions, as they shop at their favourite spots at Raffles City Singapore. 

 
Cashmere-silk cardigan and leather shorts, by Shanghai Tang
Cashmere-silk cardigan and leather shorts, by Shanghai Tang

Shanghai Tang

The first thing I would do to prep for Chinese New Year is to go shopping. It has to be red: be it a dress or pantsuit, I’m always in red on the first day. It represents good luck, but more importantly, it’s a sign of respect to your family and your elders. Cheongsams from Shanghai Tang are modern-yet-traditional and feel luxurious.

—Daphne Wee

Shanghai Tang | 01-27A/28

At Chanel. Daphne wears embossed floral jacquard qipao, by Shanghai Tang. Edmund wears mandarin collar five-button velvet jacket, cotton poplin shirt and cotton trousers, by Shanghai Tang
At Chanel. Daphne wears embossed floral jacquard qipao, by Shanghai Tang. Edmund wears mandarin collar five-button velvet jacket, cotton poplin shirt and cotton trousers, by Shanghai Tang

Chanel

Chanel is my playground! I’m quite a beauty junkie and I love experimenting with new colours and new products. It’s about carving some time out for myself and having a little piece of self-love time every day.

—Daphne Wee 

Chanel | 01-03

CNY Assorted Cookie Tin, by Janice Wong
CNY Assorted Cookie Tin, by Janice Wong

Janice Wong

I always look forward to Chinese New Year goodies. From pineapple tarts to bak kwa, I definitely indulge during the celebrations!

—Daphne Wee

Janice Wong | B1-48

At The Whisky Distillery
At The Whisky Distillery

The Whisky Distillery

We are huge whisky fans—in fact, we have spent many evenings just enjoying our favourite whiskies with friends. And that’s how we will be spending our late nights during the Chinese New Year period: we will bring out our favourite bottles and just hang out. In fact, when we were at The Whisky Distillery, we were eyeing the Glenfarclas 40!

—Edmund Santoso

The Whisky Distillery | 01-36C

At Ode To Art
At Ode To Art

Ode To Art

Edmund has a strong interest in art collecting, and it was hard to take our eyes off the art at Ode To Art! In the piece behind us, the painting featuring bulls charging against a red background is called On Fire by Indonesian artist Tjokorda Bagus Wiratmaja, and I felt such intense emotions from it. Then there is that adorable red panda sculpture by Japanese artist Hiro Ando which was a great conversation starter.

—Daphne Wee

Ode To Art | 01-36E

  • Content Direction Daphne Chen-Cordeiro
  • Videography Joel Lim
  • Producer Isabella Goh
  • Styling Joey Tan
  • Hair Grego Oh
  • Make-Up Cheryl Ow
  • Camera Crew Calibre Pictures & Ideas
  • Video Editor Joel Lim

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