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McCallum Street, Singapore: Guide to living, eating and shopping in Tanjong Pagar


Name: Renato Ferreira da Silva

From: Brazil

Occupation: I work in human resources and I love it. We are all different people with different


The Specifics:

Which street do you live on?

McCallum Street, named after Major H.E. McCallum, a colonial engineer who worked here in the 1890s.

Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home?

Let’s go to Chinatown. Do you know Amoy Street Food Centre? I live in the building opposite.

What’s the name of your neighbourhood?


Closest MRT station?

Tanjong Pagar.


Why here?

It is close to the Shenton Way financial district and the building is very modern.

How long have you lived here?

Five months.

Condo, house, terraced home?

Condo, The Clift.

Number of places you viewed before picking this one?

Around eight.

Favourite things about your building?

I really like the two storeys of leisure facilities: a 25-metre resort-like swimming pool, lounge pool, whirlpool spa, sauna, barbecue pits, gym and massage pavilion.

Favourite things about your space?

I live on the 34th floor and have an amazing, unblocked view. The apartment is a one-bedroom loft unit and has clean lines; I especially love the upper storey and double-height ceiling.

The Scene:

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

The Amoy Street Food Centre.

The closest store to your front door is: 

A 7-Eleven.

Your street would make the perfect backdrop for a remake of:

A positive version of the financial flick Wall Street.

Your neighbours are great, but you wouldn’t mind fewer:

People on the street during weekday lunch hours. It is very calm at weekends, but on weekdays you do not feel alone at lunchtime at all!

The unofficial uniform of your street is:

Suits and other office attire.

If a celebrity moves in next door, it will most likely be:

David and Victoria Beckham. Young, modern couples enjoy The Clift.

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

Walk around Chinatown paying attention to the architecture of the old buildings.

If you’re missing home, you:

Walk around the neighbourhood listening to Brazilian music.

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

Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of the oldest temples in Singapore.

If you’re ever woken up at night, it’s almost always due to:

Nothing can wake me; I’m a deep sleeper.

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

Drunk and noisy people arriving home after a night out.

Why should your neighborhood be featured in a guidebook?

Because it is the best place to see how different cultures can live together. For example, a mosque is located close to a Buddhist temple.

The Superlatives:

Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joints are:

Moo Bar and Grill is conveniently located downstairs and offers one-for-one drinks daily. Lerk Thai in the basement of Tanjong Pagar MRT station serves food until 9pm on weekdays. Sawasdee Thai Food at Pagoda Street is a handy place to drink a cool Tiger or Singha beer with amazing food.

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

The $4 duck rice at Amoy Street Food Centre.

The guiltiest pleasure in your area is:

Buying a late-night chocolate ice cream at 7-Eleven.

One thing you’d never change is:

Being close to the MRT station.

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

Drivers who don’t stop for people at pedestrian crossings.

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

Build more parking lots so people have more space to park their cars and enjoy the neighbourhood.