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Oxford Road, Singapore: Guide to living, eating and shopping in the Rangoon Road neighbourhood

 

Name: Ferania Therry            

From: Surabaya, Indonesia

Occupation: Undergraduate student and young entrepreneur

The Specifics:

What street do you live on?

Oxford Road.

 

Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home?

Uncle, you know where is the famous Ng Ah Sio bak kut teh? You know where is Pek Kio Market and Food Centre?

What’s the name of your neighbourhood?

Rangoon Road.          

Closest MRT station? 

Farrer Park MRT is an eight-minute walk and Novena MRT is two bus stops away.

How long have you lived here?

Two years.

Why here?

My father bought it in 2000, and I always tell him that it’s the best investment he ever made. It’s so convenient and so accessible to any part of Singapore.

The Scene:

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

An openpatch of grass.

The closest store to your front door is: 

A centre with bak kut tehout front, and Pek Kio Market and Food Centre at the back. I will never go hungry at any time of the day.

Your street would make the perfect backdrop for a remake of:

Gossip Girl.

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

Throwing outof bulky itemswith casual abandon.

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

Taylor Swift. There are 75 units in my condominiumand it’s greatfor singles and yuppies.

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

Just walk 10minutes to the 24-hour Mustafa Shopping Centre and thenon-stop activity in Little India. Or take the MRT four stops to Chinatown.

 

If you’re missing home, you:

Go to Ayam Penyet Ria – a totally authentic Indonesian in Lucky Plaza –and have a plate of ayam penyet.

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

Bugis Village for cheap clothes and souvenirs.

 

You’d swap houses in a second with:

The people on the top floor.

A common myth about your neighbourhood is:

That it’s too crowded with foreign workers, but it’s not true;it is always quiet at night. The crowds are 10 minutes away.

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

People talking outside my bedroom window, but I rarely experience that.

The Superlatives:

Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joints are:

 

Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup (208 Rangoon Road) forfantastic spare ribs that are easy to eat and soup that’s refillable; great to have on a rainy day.

I eat at Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles (Stall #01-15 Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, 41A Cambridge Road) so often that the aunty and uncle know me very well and give me extra prawns!

Swee Choon Dim Sum (191 Jalan Besar) – the prices are reasonable, it’s busy even at 2am and service is quick and efficient.

You won’t find better local food than at: 

Chomp Chomp Food Centre at Serangoon Garden Way. I love the BBQ chicken wings and fried carrot cake stalls.

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

At Mustafa Centre! You can find anything and everything, even at 2am.

The guiltiest pleasure in your area is:

The prataonthe streets in Little India. It is difficult to resist the temptation of prata and a glass of icedteh tarikfor supper on a hot and humid night. 

One thing you’d never change is:

The easy access to good food, because I always eat out.

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

The construction noise. Lots of old buildings on Rangoon Road are being upgraded to loft apartments.

 

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