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Neighbourhood guide to Marine Parade, Singapore: What’s it like living on St Patrick’s Road?

Name: Emma Hilton 

From: United Kingdom 

Occupation: A preschool teacher who’s a big kid herself 


The Specifics:

What street do you live on?

St Patrick’s Road. 


Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home?

Uncle, Marine Parade exit on the ECP, la!


What’s the name of your neighbourhood?

Marine Parade or Siglap.


Closest MRT station?



How long have you lived here?

Two years. 


Why here?

We love the East Coast Park and we’re only 20 minutes from the centre of the city.


The Scene:

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

My security guard who always has a big smile on his face.


The closest store to your front door is:

A petrol station that sells Häagen-Dazs. (This is very dangerous when you are eight months pregnant and craving ice cream!)


Your neighbours are great, but you wouldn’t mind a little less:

Thumping from upstairs. I do wonder what they are up to sometimes!


The unofficial uniform of your street is:

St Patrick’s boys’ school uniform.


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

Visit Chinatown and look at all the market stalls.


If you’re missing home, you:

Go and get fish and chips from Smiths on Tanjong Katong Road.


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

Mad Nest, a bar and restaurant on East Coast Road.


A common myth about your neighbourhood is:

That it’s miles away from go-to places such as Orchard Road and River Valley. It’s not.


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

Thunder and lightning.


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

The dogs barking.


The Superlatives:  

Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joints are:


* Mad Nest, a bar and restaurant with good food and wine and great staff

* Pet Lovers Centre in Siglap; my toy poodle loves it in there as it’s full of treats 

* Mad Thai, a reasonable, quick and easy dinner

* Al Forno, our local Italian restaurant and favourite cuisine


You won’t find better local food than at:

The massive hawker centre at Old Airport Road, with every stall imaginable.


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

The local shops under HDB buildings. Full of junk, but I love them!


The guiltiest pleasure in your area is:

A Mocha Frappe at McCafe. I say no more.


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

Finish all the condos under construction in just a week!