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THE SPECIFICS What street do you live on?

Ri­d­ley Park.

Where does it get its name?

It’s as English as a cup of tea! The name comes from Henry Ni­cholas Ri­d­ley who was the first sci­en­tific di­rec­tor of the Botanic Gar­dens and who in­tro­duced rub­ber plants to the Malay Penin­sula.

Ex­act words you tell a taxi driver to get home?

“Ri­d­ley Park, please – now, let’s turn up that 80s bal­lad and get all Ce­line Dion on the ride home!”

Clos­est MRT sta­tion?

Botanic Gar­dens (Cir­cle Line/ Down­town Line).

How long have you lived here?

Just a few short months.

Why here?

The com­bi­na­tion of his­tory, ar­chi­tec­ture and lo­ca­tion, cou­pled with peace and quiet.

THE SU­PERLA­TIVES

Your hands-down favourite neigh­bour­hood joints are:

Green Door for a thirst-quench­ing drink out­doors, Open Farm Com­mu­nity for a cof­fee on the deck, Blu for a re­laxed mid­week date and La For­ketta for a pizza with the kids on a Sun­day night. Then there’s Strip for a lit­tle de-fuzzing, and Af­ford­able Style files for some home­wares heaven.

You won’t find bet­ter lo­cal food than at:

Long Beach Seafood.

The strangest thing you’ve ever seen on your street is:

A rooster.

We love a good bar­gain. The best deals in your neigh­bour­hood are:

Surely it’s got to be Samy’s curry.

One thing you’d never change is:

The jun­gle and all the birdlife.

But one thing you wouldn’t mind see­ing go is:

The snakes.

The city gives you $5 mil­lion to soup up your street; you use it to:

Make sure no one changes a thing.

Why should your neigh­bour­hood be fea­tured in a guide­book?

Be­cause of its his­tory and pic­turesque set­ting.

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