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Guide to Watten View near the Botanic Gardens

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Name: Jane Clayton
From: Sydney, Australia
Occupation: Medical practitioner

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The Specifics:
What street do you live on?
Watten View.

Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home?
Go up Bukit Timah Road, do a U-turn near Namly Avenue and turn left past the bus stop.

What’s the name of your neighbourhood?
Watten Estate.

Closest MRT station?
Botanic Gardens.

How long have you lived here?
Two years.

Why here?
We love the greenery, the sense of community, the children’s playgrounds nearby and the short walk to the Greenwood shops and restaurants.

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

Children riding bikes or scooters.

The closest store to your front door is:
Baker & Cook on Greenwood Avenue.

Your street would make the perfect backdrop for an episode of:
Neighbours. We have families and children dropping in all the time, and there are plenty of Australians.

Your neighbours are great, but you wouldn’t mind a little less:
“Creative” parking that blocks traffic.

The unofficial uniform of your street is:
Running gear.

If a celebrity moves in next door, it will most likely be:
Gérard Depardieu. The tax laws in Singapore would probably suit, and it’s a short stroll to a great French Bistro (Shelter in the Woods) and a good baguette (Baker & Cook).

When you’re in need of a dose of culture, you:
Get together with the neighbours. We’re lucky to have a diverse group and there are celebrations planned for most of the public holidays.

If you’re missing home, you:
Put on some of our favourite Australian music and host a barbecue around the pool.

A mandatory stop for out-of-town guests is:
Adam Road Food Centre.

You’d swap houses in a second with:
Ng’s Mansion at 2 Watten Estate Road.

A common myth about your neighbourhood is:
That the area is mainly populated by foreigners. There’s a good mix of locals and expats.

If you’re ever woken up at night, it’s almost always due to:
One of our children. It’s a very quiet place otherwise!

The Superlatives:
Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joints are:

Bar Bar Black Sheep at Cluny Court,  a great place for casual, child-friendly eating. Thai Noodle House on Coronation Road for spicy home-style Thai food with exceptionally friendly staff. Relish at Cluny Court for burgers. Greenwood Fish Market for fish and chips.

You won’t find better local food than at:
My Cosy Corner in Coronation Plaza – the popiah is excellent.

The strangest thing you’ve ever seen on your street is:
A lady in bathers doing backward star jumps before dawn.

We love a good bargain. The best deals in your neighbourhood are:
The toyshops in the Serene Centre and Coronation Plaza, a godsend for last-minute birthday presents. There is reasonably priced swimwear and resort wear on the first floor of Cluny Court.

The guiltiest pleasure in your area is:
A lamington or chocolate éclair from Baker & Cook.

One thing you’d never change is:
The lovely rain trees that line most of the streets.

But one thing you wouldn’t mind seeing go is:
The constant road-works on Watten Estate Road.

The city gives you $5 million to soup up your street. You use it to:
Provide some more off-street parking.

Why should your neighbourhood be featured in a guidebook?
It’s one of the oldest residential estates in Singapore that has retained a village-style atmosphere.

 

This article first featured in the March 2014 issue of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy for the full article, or Subscribe now so you never miss an issue!

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