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 Jasmine & Ivan Van Niekerk from Ireland and South Africa, about the ins and outs of living in Sentosa Cove.
What’s the name of the street where you live? Ocean Drive; yes, it reminds me of the Lighthouse Family song!
Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home? “Sentosa; we’ll show you where when you get there.”
What’s the name of your neighbourhood? Sentosa Cove.
Closest MRT station? HarbourFront MRT.
How long have you lived here? Seven-and-a-half years as of June 2017. We moved in while pregnant with our first little girl.
Why here? It’s pure joy: being surrounded by trees, the friendly neighbourhood peacocks, and the beach only a five-minute drive away! It’s a great safe place to bike, run, sail, play and golf. We’re always bumping into friends or making new ones while walking our dog or visiting the various restaurants or bars. It’s also far enough from the tourist side of Sentosa to be quiet and peaceful, but close enough to the theme parks (and VivoCity).
When you walk out of your place, the first thing you see is: Dogs, the sea and happy faces in exercise gear.
The closest store (of any type) to your front door is: Jasons The Gourmet Grocer.
Your street would make the perfect backdrop for a remake of: Neighbours.
The unofficial uniform of your street is: Lululemon running gear.
When you’re in need of a dose of culture, you: Head to the Sistic website and see what’s on.
If you’re missing home, you: We have lived in Singapore for over 11 and eight years respectively; our three kids were born here, so it’s home for us.
A mandatory stop for out-of-town guests is: If only one, it has to be a dinner of black pepper crab. What can I say? I’m half Singaporean when it comes to food!
A common myth about your neighbourhood is: It’s so far away. Really? We used to live at Ridley Park next to Dempsey Hill and it took us longer then to get to work in the CBD than it does now.
If you’re ever woken up at night, it’s almost always due to: A great bellowing thunderstorm.
A massive late-night rager on your street is likely to be: A Lamborghini Aventador hurtling down the road at 2am (a rare occurrence).
Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joints are: Joe & The Juice serves fab coffee; eM by the Marina is great for a rewarding beer or two after a hard workout or for watching rugby or other sports with your buddies; W Singapore has a ladies free-flow champagne night on Wednesday nights and it’s a good place to catch up with the girlfriends; Capella Singapore has a fabulous Sunday brunch, and you can also get a massage or dip in the pool overlooking the treetops.
You won’t find better local food than at: Our house when hubby is on the braai. I struggle to find a better steak, even at top steak restaurants. I source top quality grass-fed Angus tenderloin and he works his magic.
The strangest thing you’ve ever seen on your street is: A family of otters going for a stroll after eating fish from our neighbour’s ponds.
We love a good bargain. The best deals in your neighbourhood are: Joe & The Juice’s coffee card!
The guiltiest pleasure in your area is: Ladies’ night on Wednesdays at W Singapore, with free flow Veuve on offer when you buy a glass.
One thing you’d never change is: Living here and not having to leave the island during the weekend.
But one thing you wouldn’t mind seeing go is: The 40km speed limit on the bridge before the new tunnel, which used to be 50km.
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