Looking to move to a new neighbourhood? Nothing would be better than to hear from the residents themselves. We speak to Angela Maple about the ins and outs of living at Orange Grove Road.
Name: Angela Maple
From: The United Kingdom
Occupation: Latte-loving mother of two
What street do you live on?
Orange Grove Road.
Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home?
Orange Grove Road, the Orchard Hotel end.
What’s the name of your neighbourhood?
Closest MRT station?
How long have you lived here?
There’s no need for a car when buses, taxis and the MRT are within walking distance to take you anywhere on the island.
When you walk out of your place, the first thing you see is:
Queues of traffic.
The closest store (of any type) to your front door is:
Comme des Garçons POCKET.
Your street would make the perfect backdrop for a remake of:
Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, because of all the designer clothes, shoes and accessories.
Your neighbours are great, but you wouldn’t mind a little less:
Shyness. I only know one set of neighbours. Fortunately I’ve met many of my friends at my children’s school.
The unofficial uniform of your street is:
Earphones and an electronic device are definitely part of any attire.
If a celebrity moves in next door, it will most likely be:
Simon Cowell looking for the next “X factor” from one of the bands playing in the local bars or clubs.
When you’re in need of a dose of culture, you:
Visit Chijmes for a touch of history while enjoying an evening meal.
If you’re missing home, you:
Book tickets for the theatre to see a UK performance, be it a theatre production, a comedian or a musician.
A mandatory stop for out-of-town guests is:
A visit to Orchard Road at Christmas to see the fantastic street decorations and Christmas trees outside the shopping malls.
You’d swap houses in a second with:
A unit in ION Residences overlooking the city.
A common myth about your neighbourhood is:
That all the shops and restaurants are expensive.
If you’re ever woken up at night, it’s almost always due to:
The wind howling outside the condo before the inevitable thunder and lightning storm.
A massive late-night rager on your street is likely to be:
Sports car drivers testing out the loudness of the car’s engine.
Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joints are:
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to satisfy my coffee cravings. Sopra Cucina & Bar for one of the best pizzas in town. Harry’s @ Orchard for a great live band. Tony Roma’s for the tasty onion loaf.
You won’t find better local food than:
The noodles at Orchard Hotel.
The strangest thing you’ve ever seen on your street is:
A dragon coming down the road accompanied by drummers at Chinese New Year.
We love a good bargain. The best deals in your neighbourhood are:
Women’s dresses from Future State, noodles at the Orchard Hotel, and handbags and shoes from Charles and Keith.
The guiltiest pleasure in your area is:
Krispy Kreme Donuts at Tangs.
One thing you’d never change is:
The unobstructed view from my balcony; on a clear day I can see the west coast of the island.
But one thing you wouldn’t mind seeing go is:
The giant snails that appear when it rains; they are absolutely huge!
The city gives you $5 million to soup up your street. You use it to add:
More natural colour; wild tropical flowers and plants.