Looking to move to a new neighbourhood? Nothing would be better than to hear from the residents themselves. We speak to Jenilee Rawlins, about the ins and outs of living at Keppel Bay View.
Name: Jenilee Rawlins
From: Essex, England
Occupation: Professional singer, dancer, actress and teacher
What street do you live on?
Keppel Bay View, off Telok Blangah Road.
Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home?
I smile and try to get in before they ask where I want to go, as taxi drivers never seem to want to come out as far as here (even though it’s not that far). Then I say: “Keppel Bay, please – near HarbourFront.”
What’s the name of your neighbourhood?
Closest MRT station?
HarbourFront and Telok Blangah are both within walking distance.
How long have you lived here?
We moved here last July from River Valley; before that we lived in Novena.
It’s really close to my boyfriend’s workplace. Plus we love being by the water and boats, as it reminds us of growing up by the seaside.
When you walk out of your place, the first thing you see is:
The amazing super-yachts on the water, and palm trees!
The closest store to your front door is:
The minimart downstairs, which is super-handy, especially for a Mini Magnum run before we watch a movie at home.
Your street would make the perfect backdrop for a remake of:
A sci-fi movie, or I could imagine the next Bond movie being filmed here. The tall geometric towers look pretty futuristic.
Your neighbours are great, but you wouldn’t mind a little less:
Dragging furniture on the floor upstairs each mealtime.
The unofficial uniform of your street is:
Beachwear mainly, on the people on their way to Sentosa… or the pool.
If a celebrity moves in next door, it will most likely be:
Leonardo DiCaprio (here’s hoping!). He’d love it, and the yachts remind me of his character, Jordan Belfort, in The Wolf of Wall Street.
When you’re in need of a dose of culture, you:
Head to an art gallery or one of the exhibitions at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay, or go to the Esplanade Theatres to watch a show.
If you’re missing home, you:
Go to VivoCity, as it’s close by, and have a chai tea latte at Starbucks and a wander round the shops. When I’m working abroad I tend to find a Starbucks if I’m feeling homesick, as it reminds me of catching up with my best friends. If I feel down I try to remember the British weather, and the long commute to London in crowded trains.
A mandatory stop for out-of-town guests is:
Café Prive for dinner and drinks on Keppel Island, and taking the cable car from HarbourFront to Sentosa.
You’d swap houses in a second with:
The people living in the apartments on the top floor at the front of our condo; they have huge balconies overlooking the marina.
A common myth about your neighbourhood is:
That this area is really far from the city and that if you move here you never leave VivoCity. I’ll admit we go there fairly often, but we always make sure we venture somewhere else at the weekends, as it’s only a short MRT or cab ride away.
If you’re ever woken up at night, it’s almost always due to:
The air-conditioning making strange noises or a ship sounding its horn.
A massive late-night rager on your street is likely to be:
Me and my boyfriend! It’s really quiet in this area and you never hear any loud noise at night. (I’ve probably jinxed it now!)
Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joints are:
Café Prive, our favourite place for excellent food at brunch, lunch and dinner, plus Prive Bar next door for great cocktails and music to chill out and relax, day or night.
Moonstone Bar at Faber Peak, next to the cable car station, for great views – it’s romantic and peaceful. Paradise Dynasty for delicious Chinese food. Golden Village at Vivo to catch the latest movie. (And sometimes we go for the comfortable Gold Class option, with a foot rest, reclining chair and blanket!)
You won’t find better local food than at:
Food Republic: so much choice and extremely reasonable prices.
The strangest thing you’ve ever seen on your street is:
People returning home in the rain after watching Robbie Williams at the F1 in September, all covered in mud and wearing wet ponchos – including us!
We love a good bargain. The best deals in your neighbourhood are:
Giant; it’s amazing for everything you need at very reasonable prices, plus they deliver. And Daiso, the $2 shop, for random finds.
The guiltiest pleasure in your area is:
A tasty French waffle from Bakerzin, served with cream-cheese ice cream, berries and raspberry sauce. Yum!
One thing you’d never change is:
Waking up and seeing the swimming pool, the beautiful gardens and glistening water. It feels like we’re on holiday, and I have to pinch myself sometimes.
But one thing you wouldn’t mind seeing go is:
The construction work between our condo and HarbourFront MRT station.
The city gives you $5 million to soup up your street. You use it to:
Construct an undercover, air-conditioned walkway to VivoCity, HarbourFront MRT and Telok Blangah MRT for when it rains heavily or is just too humid, and all my makeup slides off en route to meet the girls for coffee.