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Newton, Singapore: Guide to living, eating and shopping in Orchard

 

Name: Merran Taylor

From: Melbourne, Australia                       

Occupation: Domestic engineer and part-time student

The Specifics:

What street do you live on?  

Anthony Road.

Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home?

Anthony Road please, yes Antony Road. Off Cairnhill Road, near Scotts Road, near Newton Food Centre.

What’s the name of your neighbourhood?

Orchard, I think.

Closest MRT station?

Newton.

How long have you lived here?

Since August 2012.

Why here?

It is close enough to Orchard Road to walk there, and so convenient for the MRT. Plus, our condo is great for kids; there is loads of space to ride their scooters and play.

The Scene:

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

White rocks with black blobs that are supposed to resemble a flock of sheep.

The closest store (of any type) to your front door is: 

7-Eleven at the MRT station.

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

Laziness. Seriously, how hard is it to open a rubbish chute and put the rubbish in it, instead of next to it?

The unofficial uniform of your street is:

Havaianas, despite them being so expensive here. 

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

Bruce Lee.

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

Go to one of the exhibitions at the ArtScience Museum. I love how most of the museums here give you discounted entry for being a resident.

If you’re missing home, you:

Spend a fortune on a packet of Villi’s party pies at Cold Storage. Followed by Tim Tams for dessert.

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

Newton Food Centre; most people are blown away by the variety of food and the atmosphere. They can’t believe it is only a five-minute walk from our condo.

You’d swap houses in a second with:

Someone living at Hamilton Scotts, just because you are able to drive your car in and get it (and you) taken up to your floor in the lift. Of course, we would also need a decent car, like a Ferrari.

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

My husband’s snoring.

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

At the community centre at the end of our street. The locals really love their line dancing. Not boot-scooting à la Billy Ray Cyrus, but dancing in a line to the love songs that all the taxis have on their radios.

The Superlatives:

 

Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joints are:

Wild Honey at Scotts Square for yummy brunch; the Teppanyaki Bar at Wisma Atria Food Republic for a cheap, entertaining meal the kids will eat; Skyve for nice food, a relaxing atmosphere and being able to walk there; Charley & Me at B4 in ION for a burger that tastes pretty good; and the bars on Emerald Hill. 

You won’t find better local food than at: 

The Thai place at Newton Food Centre. We really should try more stalls but it’s hard to go past their delicious $4.50 Thai green curry. It’s heaven on a stick.

The strangest thing you’ve ever seen on your street is:  

The man who delivers the newspapers every morning on his motorbike. They are usually piled higher than his head.

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

At the shoe shops in the basement of Far East Plaza; and the yoga classes at the community centre – under $10 for a 90-minute class.

The guiltiest pleasure in your area is:

The raspberry custard tart at Paul at Ngee Ann City, followed closely by their chocolate tart. Yum.

One thing you’d never change is:

Where we live. We love our condo, our neighbours and the location.

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

1. Provide a covered walkway to the MRT so you don’t have to wade through a lake in the inevitable downpours.

2. Install traffic lights at the pedestrian crossing so cars might actually stop.

3. Put in a Cold Storage to make my grocery shopping much easier!

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