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St Thomas Walk, Singapore: Guide to living, eating and shopping in River Valley

 

Name: Victoria Yim

From: Singapore (born and bred)

Occupation: Writer by day; gluten-free baking extraordinaire by night

What street do you live on?

St Thomas Walk

How do locals pronounce it? 

Send Thomas Walk

Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home?

River Valley Road, Send Thomas Walk, near Killiney Road (pronounced Klee-nee Road)

What’s the name of your neighbourhood?

River Valley

Closest MRT station?

Somerset

How long have you’ve lived there?

Since I was 7, so 15 years and counting.

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

A really big, old house, four storeys tall, with a very eclectic mix of folks living inside.

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

A bad horror movie could be filmed in some of the older, tattier houses … or the Brady Bunch, because there are plenty of cute kids and nice families around.

 

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

Drilling and elevator hogging caused by people renovating their homes.

The unofficial uniform of your street is:

Exercise gear – maybe because it’s near Robertson Quay, and people like to run by the river.

If you’re missing home, you:

Uh, I am home. But I lived in Melbourne for four years, and I miss it a lot! So, I go to the Cold Storage at Great World City and buy a pack of gluten-free cookies that taste like Tim Tams.

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

The awesome corner coffee shop on Killiney Road for great roti prata, rice rolls and ice-cold teh tarik.

A common myth about your neighbourhood is:

That we all have cash to spare. Not true, I know for a fact that the apartment next door is rented by a big group of people who split up the rent.

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

The crazy dog in the big house across the road. He’s a real barker.

Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joint is:

The minced pork noodle soup at the corner coffee shop. They make some mean noodles.

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

A man who takes morning walks with a cockatoo perched on his shoulder.

The guiltiest pleasure in your area is: being able to call Orchard Road my hood.

One thing you’d never change is: The view. I just wish they stopped building skyscrapers around me.

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

All the rain, which turns the roads into a mud-fest.

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