Street Talk:

AN IN­SIDER’S GUIDE TO LIFE IN THEIR ’HOOD

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Contents -

Life on Springleaf Av­enue

The Specifics

What’s the name of the street where you live? Springleaf Av­enue.

Clos­est MRT sta­tion? Khatib MRT (North South Line).

How long have you lived here? For a year.

Why here? The size of the prop­erty is value for money and much big­ger than sim­i­lar prop­er­ties that are more cen­tral. We re­ally en­joy ru­ral liv­ing and be­ing sur­rounded by na­ture, with no high-rise build­ings. We see wildlife on a daily ba­sis such as king­fish­ers, tur­tles, ot­ters and mon­i­tor lizards.

The Scene

When you walk out of your place, the first thing you see is: Green­ery and wildlife.

The clos­est store to your front door is: Wine Man­sion.

Your street would make the per­fect back­drop for a re­make of: The Jun­gle Book.

When you’re in need of a dose of cul­ture, you: Head to town to see the lat­est bands. We love go­ing to Haji Lane to en­joy live mu­sic by lo­cal bands and yummy food. We also like catch­ing tour­ing bands at the Na­tional Sta­dium and other venues.

If you’re miss­ing home, you: Go to Smiths Fish and Chips in Bukit Timah.

A manda­tory stop for out-of-town guests is: My kids would vote the Sky­line Luge on Sen­tosa!

A com­mon myth about your neigh­bour­hood is: It’s too far away. But in re­al­ity, the SLE is so close and there is a great pub­lic trans­port sys­tem.

A mas­sive late-night rager on your street is likely to be: A big deal is made of Hal­loween and Christ­mas par­ties in this neigh­bour­hood.

The Su­perla­tives

Your hands-down favourite neigh­bour­hood joints are: Wine Man­sion, Sher North In­dian Ca­sual Din­ing & Bar and the fa­mous Springleaf Prata Place.

You won’t find bet­ter lo­cal food than at: ORTO in Yishun – we love the food and at­mos­phere. It’s nicely busy and was a great venue to watch the World Cup!

The strangest thing you’ve ever seen on your street is: A fam­ily of five ot­ters in the canal.

We love a good bar­gain. The best deals in your neigh­bour­hood are: $10 pints at Wine Man­sion; it’s a five-minute walk from our home. It has an amaz­ing wine se­lec­tion plus lovely staff who make you feel re­ally wel­come.

One thing you’d never change is: The peace and quiet of the area.

But one thing you wouldn’t mind see­ing go is: Peo­ple on mo­torised scoot­ers.

The city gives you $5 mil­lion to soup up your street. You use it to: In­crease the num­ber of work­ers on the new MRT sta­tion that is be­ing built close by so it’ll be com­pleted more quickly!

Prawn­ing at ORTO ORTO

Springleaf Av­enue Play­ground

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