Whether you’re already living in Singapore and looking to move to a new neighbourhood or moving here from overseas, nothing beats hearing from the residents themselves! We speak to Vivian Twiss from Peru, about the ins and outs of living in Sentosa Cove.
Occupation: CEO & Founder of The VIVA Group (thevivagroup.com)
What’s the name of your street and, if it’s in another language, what does it mean? Ocean Drive. In Peru, we would call it “Paseo del Oceano”!
What’s a common myth or misconception about your neighbourhood? That it’s an inconvenient location; it’s actually pretty close to everywhere.
Closest MRT station? HarbourFront MRT.
How long have you lived here? Why here? We’ve been in Singapore for nine years, and for the past five years we’ve been in Sentosa. We love to be close to the sea and nature, and it doesn’t get better than this for us!
When you walk out of your place, what’s the first thing you see? The sea!
What’s the closest store to your front door? Jasons The Gourmet Grocer at Quayside Isle is a short walk away.
If your street was chosen for a remake of a film, which would it be? White Chicks! It would be amazing here.
We’re sure your neighbours are great, but is there anything you wouldn’t mind a little less of? Speeding cars!
What’s the unofficial uniform of your street? Activewear or flowy summer dresses
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen on your street? Otters in the pool – they’re so cute!
What are your three favourite places to eat or drink in the neighbourhood?
• Blue Lotus serves amazing Chinese food.
• Panamericano has good vibes, lovely views and great food.
• Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa’s brunch is great for gathering with friends on a weekend.
What are the best places to shop at in the neighbourhood? Cold Storage supermarket is located nearby. If I need more, a quick ride to VivoCity does the trick. I love a quick browse through Massimo Dutti, Zara for clothes and Tangs for home items.
What are some fun or interesting things to do in the neighbourhood? The neighbourhood is great for long bike rides. We also enjoy taking buggy rides to the beach with our daughter and two dogs. For a fun day out on a boat, head to ONE°15 Marina. Quayside Isle also has loads of shops, restaurants and activities to check out.
What’s one thing you’d never change? The community lifestyle, vibe and closeness to the sea.
How about one thing you would change? Perhaps bring some fashion boutiques and new restaurants to add variety to the offerings at Quayside Isle.
If the city gave you a million dollars to soup up your street, how would you use it? I’d make a big covered playground for kids of all ages. I’d also build some public tennis courts.
Beyond the ’Hood
What are your favourite Singapore spots for taking out-of-town guests? For a tourist vibe, head to Marina Bay Sands. While you’re in the area, pop by The Lantern at The Fullerton Bay Hotel for cocktails. I also like to bring visitors to Chinatown for the cultural input and to Orchard Road for shopping. The Singapore Zoo is a great spot, too. I’d also take them to The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia for Sunday brunch.
When you’re in need of a dose of culture, where do you go? Chinatown, for sure! I love to browse all the little shops close to the temple.
If you’re missing home, what do you do? Make a Peruvian meal and watch a telenovela.
Name: The Oceanfront @ Sentosa Cove
Facilities: Pools, gym, barbecue pits and function rooms
Size: 264 units
Age: 10 years
Community vibe: Friendly and helpful
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This article first appeared in the January 2021 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!