Looking to move to a new neighbourhood? Nothing would be better than to hear from the residents themselves. We speak to Justice about the ins and outs of living at Sunset Way.
Name: Justice Francisco-Schaffer
From: Manila, Philippines
Occupation: Practice Manager at Dental Essence
What street do you live on?
Sunset Way, at Clementi Park condominium.
Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home?
Sunset Way in Clementi. (Every taxi driver seems to know it.)
What’s the name of your neighbourhood?
Sunset Way Estate.
Closest MRT station?
How long have you lived here?
I like the residential yet resort feel of the estate. The greenery and the absence of main-road traffic was a real plus because we moved from Sixth Avenue. Last but not least, it’s an older development so it is spacious.
When you walk out of your place, the first thing you see is:
A hill where residents jog, walk their dogs or spend quiet time in nature.
The closest stores to your front door are:
Clementi Arcade with a Cold Storage supermarket, and there are many HDB stores at the beginning of Sunset Way which I can bike to.
Your street would make the perfect backdrop for a remake of:
101 Dalmatians (or any movie with canines) – there are dogs everywhere.
Your neighbours are great, but you wouldn’t mind a little less:
Noise from the PIE, though it only bothers me every now and then. Because of the angle of our place, we hear some traffic, but you get used to it.
The unofficial uniform of your street is:
Sports attire on health-conscious joggers and swimwear on sun-worshippers heading to the clubhouse pool.
When you’re in need of a dose of culture, you:
Take the funky condo shuttle bus to bustling Clementi Mall. Just behind it is Clementi wet market, where I take my children occasionally.
If you’re missing home, you:
Fly home! Thank goodness for budget airlines. Or I roam around Lucky Plaza and get a good dose of Filipino cuisine and smiles.
Mandatory stops for out-of-town guests are:
Chinatown, Little India, Arab Street and popular Sentosa.
You’d swap houses in a second with:
The landed houses on Goodman Road.
A common myth about your neighbourhood is:
That it’s expensive. It’s one of the most reasonably priced residential areas to live in Singapore.
If you’re ever woken up at night, it’s almost always due to:
The lightning and terrifying, booming thunder.
A massive late-night rager on your street is likely to be:
The young dudes and dudettes who think laughing loudly is cool.
Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joints are:
The Daily Scoop ice cream parlour at Clementi Arcade, which stays open late and is just five minutes away by bike. E-Sarn at Ridgewood Close for authentic, reasonably priced Thai food – it does a great miang kham (herb salad).The restaurants in the HDB blocks of Sunset Way have a variety of cuisines and are also worth trying.
You won’t find better local food than at:
Red House at Robertson Quay – the black pepper crab gets my vote. Be ready for messy but yummy eating.
We love a good bargain. The best deals in your neighbourhood are:
Nearby ad hoc flea markets, garage sales and moving-out sales. Or I go to IMM Mall at Jurong East (one MRT stop away) for outlet prices.
The guiltiest pleasure in your area is:
Healthstep Massage at Holland Village just above the 7-Eleven. Book in advance because they are popular.
One thing you’d never change is:
The condo’s relaxed ambience and security.
But one thing you wouldn’t mind seeing go is:
The noise from the PIE!
The city gives you $5 million to soup up your street. What do you do with it?
Add more playground equipment, build a small soccer area and build a dog run facility.