Anna Ishak, Germany
Anna lives and works in Hilden, Germany, but regularly visits Singapore — nowadays with her fiancé, Oliver Nolte.
Where did you live when you first came to Singapore?
When my parents first came to Singapore in 1999, they stayed at a serviced apartment on Orange Grove Road. After looking at different places in various locations, they chose Le Grove Serviced Apartments on the same street. They have been living there for ten years now. Although I don’t live in Singapore, I have spent many holidays here with my family and regard it as my second home.
Why this area?
It’s within walking distance of Orchard Road, which is great for my grandma because she can get to various places in just a few minutes’ time. It’s really easy to catch a cab from here, and there is a bus stop about six minutes’ walk away.
Best thing about living in this neighbourhood?
You live right in the city, but are still close to beautiful places like the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Any drawbacks to living in this area?
Why this specific home?
We have an hourly shuttle bus to Suntec City, which is very convenient. Additionally, breakfast is offered on weekdays and the pool and tennis court are fantastic. When I’m in Singapore visiting my parents, I use the pool almost every day.
Which facilities were important to you?
Even though my parents do not use it, they knew that my sister and I would love a pool so that we can take a dip or just lie in the sun. It’s never crowded there, even during the weekends.
Preferred local leisure area?
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is one of my favourite places. You can walk or jog through it, or stop by at one of the various restaurants that are located here. It’s an especially great place to come to on the weekend for brunch. (Halia Restaurant; 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden.)
Preferred local shopping centre?
I love Ngee Ann City as you can buy everything you need there. I also think that Orchard Central (across from Centrepoint) is great. It opened just a couple of months ago and the view from the top of the building (you have to take the escalator from the outside) is spectacular! The world’s tallest indoor Via Ferrata climbing wall can also be found here. (BorderX; 181 Orchard Road, #04-22 Orchard Central.)
Bubble tea. It’s nothing special for Singaporeans, but I love the taste of honey milk bubble tea! At around two dollars a drink, the price can’t be beat. (Each-a-cup at Lido Cineplex; 350 Orchard Road, #05-06 Shaw House.)
Favourite restaurants for a night out?
• The Line Buffet (Shangri-La Hotel; 22 Orange Grove Road)
A huge selection of food from various countries is served at live cooking-stations, and the dessert spread is to die for! Crêpes are made to order and so is the fresh pasta.
• Esmirada (442 Orchard Road; #01-29 Orchard Hotel)
Mediterranean food at two locations. While the Chijmes outlet is more romantic, the food is delicious at both.
• Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ (30 Victoria Street; #01-01/03 Chijmes)
Meat, seafood and vegetables are grilled at your table. The milk pudding is a must!
• Morton’s The Steak House (Mandarin Oriental Hotel; 5 Raffles Avenue)
The portions are gigantic; you should go there with an empty stomach. The cocktails are also very tasty (especially the lychee martini). Go there during happy hour and you’ll get free steak sandwiches.
• Crystal Jade Kitchen (Isetan Scotts #04-00)
Tasty Cantonese food at various outlets across Singapore.
• Sushi Tei (Paragon; 290 Orchard Road #05-04/05)
One of the best sushi places on the island. Order from a large menu or pick your favourites from the conveyor belt.
• Sun with Moon Japanese Dining & Café (Wheelock Place; 501 Orchard Road, #03-15)
We have been going there since it opened at Wheelock Place a couple of years ago. Good Japanese food and cute little desserts that will tickle your taste buds.
• Brewerkz (Riverside Point; 30 Merchant Road #01-05/06)
If you are in the mood for a burger, this is just the place!
Favourite “cheap and cheerful” restaurant?
• Cedele (Wheelock Place; 501 Orchard Road #03-14)
Cedele serves a big selection of healthy food made from scratch. They even offer organic cola. Try the sandwiches!
• Newton Circus Hawker Centre
Probably the most famous hawker centre in Singapore. Great for if you’re craving some local food in the middle of the night or want a cheap beer. Delicious satay and carrot cake.
• What You Do Prata (Food Republic at Wisma Atria)
The chicken murtabak here is perfect. Ask for cheese to be added.
• Yami Yogurt (ION Orchard 2 Orchard Turn #B4-72)
Four different flavours of soft frozen yogurt plus a variety of toppings. It’s a delicious snack on a hot day, which gives you a great excuse to go there every day.