Name: Laura Hook and Julia Mittelhamm
From: UK and Germany
Occupation: Online marketer at Cheaptickets.sg and jewellery designer for Pearls & Rebels
Mount Emily Road.
How do locals pronounce it?
They don’t know it!
Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home?
Parc Emily? No? Niven Road? No? Okay – Peace Centre, Mount Sophia. Take a right to Niven Road and pull up in the spare parking space.
What’s the name of your neighbourhood?
Mount Sophia, behind the Istana.
Closest MRT station?
How long have you lived here?
One and a half and two years respectively.
Gorgeous, bright, new apartments, a 50-metre pool and a beautiful adjoining park. Anywhere in the city is quickly accessible.
When you walk out of your place, the first thing you see is:
An Indian convenience store that sells silks – the same man is always sitting outside. From the back gate, you enter a street of old shophouses.
The closest store to your front door is:
A boutique dress shop called Time to Make a Dress. We are always peeking in through the shophouse windows to see their latest creation and dream of being their next customers.
Your street would make the perfect backdrop for a remake of:
Melrose Place. There is a multitude of young couples lounging by the pool on the weekends, sipping coffee or cocktails… we love it!
Your neighbours are great, but you wouldn’t mind fewer:
Door alarms. Super-tight security can be very noisy when the computer says no!
The unofficial uniform of your street is:
For the locals – turbans and saris. For the many expats – Havaianas.
If a celebrity moves in next door, it will most likely be:
Michael Phelps. He can come and swim in our pool any day!
When you’re in need of a dose of culture, you:
Go to the Sikh mosque to meet the monks and to have lunch with them. They are very welcoming.
If you’re missing home, you:
Bake my mother’s chocolate cake. It’s a secret recipe, and afterwards I distribute it to the condo gang. It’s the best to see their smiling faces and a good cure against homesickness. – Julia
A mandatory stop for out-of-town guests is:
The wet market at Tekka Market – we are both regulars there. We stop by to see Mr Chia for vegetables, Mr Bean for fish, David for meat and finally our favourite smiling chicken uncle – he knows we like it skinned and deboned.
You’d swap houses in a second with:
One of the renovated three-level shophouses on the street!
A massive late-night rager on your street is likely to be:
Us! We love to chill by the barbecue pits with our latest duty-free haul until we finally get told to move on. Then we usually head to Emerald Hill.