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Ocean Drive, Singapore: Guide to living, eating and shopping in this Sentosa neighbourhood

 

Name: George Sakkalli

From: London

Occupation: I find jobs for amazing people – I run Elite Model Management Singapore

The Specifics:

What street do you live on? 

Ocean Drive on Sentosa.

 

Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home?

Please take me to Sentosa Cove – I’ll direct you from there (they rarely know where it is).

What’s the name of your neighbourhood? 

Sentosa Cove.

Closest MRT station?

HarbourFront.

How long have you lived here?

Three years.

Why here?

The sea, the sand, the views, the swanky condos. It’s good for kids, too.

 

The Scene:

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

The sea, the sky, palm trees and container ships on the right. On the left, there’s a marina full of multimillion-dollar yachts.

The closest store to your front door is: 

7-Eleven. It’s a five-minute walk away.

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

Skin.

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

Visit the Imbiah Point heritage exhibitions or drive 15 minutes down Keppel Road to the ArtScience Museum at MBS or the CBD’s heritage museum areas.

If you’re missing home, you:

Head for a pint at The Penny Black pub in Boat Quay, followed by fish and chips at Smiths, also in Boat Quay.

 

You’d swap houses in a second with:

The bloke who owns the sea-view mansion with a yacht moored at the end of his back garden and a Rolls Royce, Ferrari and Porsche Cayenne parked out front. This describes several houses in the area actually – just swap the cars with Lamborghinis, Maseratis and Bentleys.

 

A common myth about your neighbourhood is:

It’s too far. 

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

Fireworks at Resorts World Sentosa.

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

A One-Degree 15 Marina party.

The Superlatives:

Your favourite neighbourhood joints are:

Tanjong Beach Club – it’s like Ibiza on your doorstep. Laidback to start with, the party gets going as the evening goes on. It’s run by two great chaps, Christian and Julian Tan, who are always helpful and hospitable. Barrels is a bit further away in Pasir Panjang; it’s a cheap and cheerful sports bar. Hard Rock Café Resorts World is where we head for burgers, beers and a great band. Trapizza on Siloso Beach is good for pizzas, beach access and trapeze practice. Lastly, Coastes and Bikini Bar are fun beach restaurants for the kids with free fireworks displays from the Songs Of The Sea performances.

You won’t find better local food than at:

The Food Republic Beer Garden at St James Power Station. Plus, there are various Chinese and ethnic outlets at VivoCity.

 

The guiltiest pleasure in your area is:

Sundowners at Capella Hotel, overlooking the sea while listening to a live Latino band at Bob’s Bar Happy Hour.

One thing you’d never change is:

The views and the marina.

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

The toll charge to get onto the island, which means our friends and visitors have to pay to come for a cuppa.

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

Buy a party yacht for neighbourhood friends and family as a reward for those who pay the toll fee.

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