MY NEIGH­BOUR­HOOD My Home

To usher in our na­tion’s 49th birth­day, Sim­ply Her read­ers and the team share what they love best about our lo­cal dis­tricts.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Sl Clinic Special - BY CH­ERYL LEONG & MELISSA CHANG

“I was ini­tially scep­ti­cal about my old-school neigh­bour­hood bak­ery, Hock Ann Con­fec­tionery, in Com­mon­wealth Drive. But I was proven wrong when I bought a chif­fon cake for my son’s first birth­day – it was so de­li­cious! Since then, I’ve been tempted to try their other cre­ations like whipped but­ter­cream buns and cakes with retro flo­ral cream

de­signs.” – Nicco Lim, 33, free­lance graphic de­signer “There’s a fruit stall in Up­per Boon Keng Road Mar­ket and Food Cen­tre that brings in re­ally ex­otic items like yel­low dragon fruit, Brazil lon­gans – which look like chest­nuts – and yel­low Korean mel­ons. My mum and I en­joy pop­ping by ev­ery week to check out what’s new. The best part? The neigh­bourly stall un­cle al­ways saves the best picks for us!” – Ruby Tan, 26, free­lance writer “When I moved into my new neigh­bour­hood in Chinatown, the first thing that caught my eye was the Easy Wash Laun­dro­mat – a 24hour self-ser­vice laun­derette. I turn to it when I have to wash my win­ter cloth­ing, bed­sheets and quilts. It’s just below my block so I can pop my laun­dry into the wash and head back up­stairs to have a cup of tea while I wait.” – Ch­eryl Leong, fea­tures writer “Grub is a lovely cafe in Bis­han Park – I like the op­tion of dining al­fresco amid the green­ery. My fam­ily and I live just a 10-minute drive away, so it’s re­ally con­ve­nient to gather every­one on Sun­day morn­ings for a re­lax­ing, fam­ily bond­ing ses­sion over brunch.”

– Feli­cia Chang, 40some­thing, civil ser­vant “My boys and hubby visit our neigh­bour­hood bar­ber at Ma­rine Ter­race for de­signer hair­cuts at a steal – $8 for kids, from $12 for adults. The week­end queues are long, but we’re ready to wait. The young, skil­ful bar­ber al­ways gives them stylish hair­dos that make them

look a mil­lion bucks!” – Lim Tsiao Hui, con­sumer & life­style edi­tor

“One of the best things about liv­ing in Tan­jong Ka­tong is that it’s well linked by park con­nec­tors all the way to Ma­rina Bar­rage. I es­pe­cially en­joy long walks with my dog along the pedes­trian trails in the evening or mak­ing the hour-long jog there and back

ev­ery week.” – Shamala Tan, 45, holis­tic health coach “I’ve been a reg­u­lar at my neigh­bour­hood nail sa­lon, Nailz Lab, at Cle­menti Av­enue 3, for eight years and count­ing. Hand-drawn art there starts from a rea­son­able $2 a nail, and the man­i­curists are ex­tremely good with de­tailed work. I’ve had char­ac­ters from My Lit­tle Pony, The Lego Movie and in­tri­cate geo­met­ric shapes done. They never fail to draw com­pli­ments from my friends and col­leagues.” – Melissa Loo, 29, mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive “There’s a 24-hour eatery called For­mosa De­lights, a five-to-10-minute walk from my home in Pasir Pan­jang. It sells Tai­wanese por­ridge, and hand­made noo­dles and dumplings, which are al­ways chewy and cooked per­fectly. They come in an ar­ray of soups and sauces, like braised pork (my fave!) and tom yam, and are a great al­ter­na­tive for late-night sup­pers when lit­tle else is avail­able be­sides roti prata.” – Rachel Xie, con­sumer & life­style writer “Thom­son Plaza al­ways makes me nos­tal­gic about my child­hood – from the Swensen’s where I was re­warded with sun­daes for good grades and be­hav­iour to the Sylvia McCully School of Danc­ing where I made my first friends. The hair­dresser, in whose shop I used to sit im­pa­tiently wait­ing for my mum to get her hair done, is still there, although the Yao­han is long gone. But for all its changes, I’m glad the build­ing is still around.”

– Lin Yan­qin, 30, as­sis­tant edi­tor “The cir­cu­lar field op­po­site my block was turned into Bis­han Ac­tive Park a few years ago, and hav­ing an ex­er­cise space so close by is a huge in­cen­tive to work out. I jog, cy­cle or in­line skate there – it’s one of my favourite places to un­wind at the end of a long work day. On Tues­days, peo­ple can even join the free line danc­ing ses­sions!”

– Melissa Chang, in­tern

“I of­ten need to al­ter the length of my out­fits, but there’s no tailor or al­ter­ation ser­vice near my home. So I was very pleased to dis­cover a trusty seam­stress just a five-minute walk from my of­fice in Tan­jong Pa­gar – my ‘work neigh­bour­hood’, so to speak. My clothes fit re­ally well af­ter she’s done with them. She is ef­fi­cient, too – I al­most al­ways get my clothes back the fol­low­ing day.” – Regina Goh, 27, fi­nance man­ager “A com­mu­nity gar­den was re­cently launched below my block in Hougang. When­ever I see my neigh­bours work­ing on their plot, I make it a point to stop for a quick chat to ask about their day and what they’re grow­ing. It’s some­thing I of­ten see oth­ers do­ing, too, so I find it re­ally heart­en­ing that neigh­bourly re­la­tion­ships are form­ing be­cause of it.” – Ann Neo, se­nior de­signer “My neigh­bour­hood in Spot­tis­woode Park still has a ma­mak shop – a tra­di­tional con­ve­nience store – which sells a var­ied se­lec­tion of gro­ceries. Some­times, I can get what I need there, so I don’t have to dou­ble back to the su­per­mar­ket when I for­get to buy some­thing.” – Stephanie Tan, 29, cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions ex­ec­u­tive “I reg­u­larly buy prints and cards from on­line sites like Etsy and www.red­cap­cards.com, and frame them up to adorn my room. The neigh­bour­hood framer I went to pre­vi­ously has closed down, so I was happy to dis­cover Sin Yip Seng Art Craft & Frame, also in Yishun Cen­tral. It costs be­tween $20 and $30 to get an A5 print framed – al­most the same price as my old framer!”

– Corinne Ng, 26, arts man­ager “Since mov­ing to Queen­stown about six years ago, I have been vis­it­ing the Queen­stown Pub­lic Li­brary at least once ev­ery two months. I’m an avid reader, and hav­ing a li­brary in my back­yard is a real boon. Also, be­cause it’s in a quiet neigh­bour­hood, the books I want are al­ways avail­able.”

– Dawn Neo, 39, free­lance writer

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