Street Talk:


Expat Living (Singapore) - - Contents - KATRINA LIM

Liv­ing in Be­dok North

From: South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, USA (10 min­utes from Dis­ney­land!) Occupation: English Teacher, Free­lance Scriptwriter

The Spec­i­fies What’s the name of the street where you live?

Be­dok North Drive.

Ex­act words you tell a taxi driver to get home?

“Be­dok Mall.”

Clos­est MRT sta­tion?

Be­dok MRT (green East-west Line).

How long have you lived here?

Thirteen years.

Why here?

It’s su­per con­ve­nient to ev­ery­thing: food, trans­port and shop­ping. I love Be­dok be­cause my rel­a­tives also live in the East. I left the neigh­bour­hood for Amer­ica when I was three years old, and now I’m back!

The Scene When you walk out of your place, the first thing you see is:


The clos­est store to your front door is:

Ya Kun Kaya Toast.

Your neigh­bours are great, but you wouldn’t mind a lit­tle less:

Noise. Also, my Korean neigh­bours like to cook with their front door open. I know it’s specif­i­cally to make me jeal­ous be­cause ev­ery­thing they cook smells so good! I’m still wait­ing for the din­ner in­vite…

The un­of­fi­cial uni­form of your street is:

An SBS Tran­sit uni­form. The bus in­ter­change is right be­low my home.

When you’re in need of a dose of cul­ture, you:

Go to Ka­tong. My mom grew up in Ka­tong and I love hang­ing out at all the cool eater­ies along East Coast Road.

If you’re miss­ing home, you:

Cook corned beef hash and poached eggs for break­fast.

A manda­tory stop for out-of-town guests is:

Chilli Padi Nonya Res­tau­rant in Joo Chiat. I’m Per­anakan and ayam buah keluak is my favourite food of all time. It’s a must try! If you like it, cool; if you don’t, even bet­ter – more for me!

A com­mon myth about your neigh­bour­hood is:

It’s haunted. Not sure if it’s just a myth or true, but some­times there are things that go bump in the night. I don’t mind at all, so long as there’s no snor­ing.

A mas­sive late-night rager on your street is likely to be:

Crazy old un­cles in taxis! The Su­perla­tives

Your hands-down favourite neigh­bour­hood joints are:

Be­dok Ch­wee Kueh and Springleaf Prata Place in Siglap. Cheese and mush­room prata FTW!

You won’t find bet­ter lo­cal food than at:

Block 216 (Be­dok North Street 1 Mar­ket and Food Cen­tre).

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

The kaya toast set for $2.80 and masala dosa for $1.50 at Block 216.

The guilti­est plea­sure in your area is:

Be­dok Ch­wee Kueh (steamed rice cakes with a pre­served radish top­ping called chai poh).

One thing you’d never change is:

All the mom-and-pop bak­eries in the neigh­bour­hood. I love to walk past them and just sniff. (No calo­ries in sniffs.)

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

The HDB con­struc­tion next door.

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

Build a gro­cery store of­fer­ing more im­ported prod­ucts from Amer­ica.

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