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Telok Blangah Road, Singapore: Guide to living, eating and shopping in Pasir Panjang

Name: Laura Hook

From: UK

Occupation: Carrie at CheapTickets.sg 

The Specifics:

What street do you live on?

Telok Blangah Road.

What does it mean?

Cooking pot bay, which is appropriate since I am totally obsessed with cooking.

Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home?

Reflections, Telok Blangah. The tall bendy buildings after VivoCity. After Caribbean – not in it!

What’s the name of your neighbourhood?

Telok Blangah or Pasir Panjang.

Closest MRT station?

Telok Blangah and Harbourfront are about the same distance away.

How long have you lived here?

One year.

Why here?

Good transport connections to our workplaces. My new bus route, the 145, drops me three metres from my office door. Being by the water makes it ever so much cooler in the evenings and we have a ground floor unit with a large patio – perfect for our adopted cat, Moochi.

The Scene:

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

The West Coast Highway out the front door. Out the back gate is the serene Marina at Keppel Bay Club with its multi-million-dollar yachts and calm waters.

The closest store to your front door is: 

A grocery in the basement of the clubhouse of Reflections @ Keppel Bay. It has everything from fresh and frozen goods to a dry cleaner.

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

Something very futuristic – with their silvery panelling, the buildings are like something out of a sci-fi movie.

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

Ignorance. I recently tripped while out running and broke my foot. Not one person helped me, but someone did take a picture.

The unofficial uniform of your street is:

Running attire. Sometimes I think there are organised runs along the promenade because there are so many people out running.

If a celebrity moves in next door, it will most likely be:

Someone very private. There are still three completely empty blocks, but maybe the celebrity has already moved in!

When you’re in need of a dose of culture, you:

Walk by the two beautiful temples, one Buddhist and one Hindu, which are located high on the hill beside Block 54 of Telok Blangah View. There are always elderly residents chilling out nearby who are intrigued to see us.

If you’re missing home, you:

Head to the cold air-conditioning of VivoCity, and Marks & Spencer where they have Costa Coffee now.

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

The cable-car ride up to Mount Faber. From the bistro we watch the sun go down over the city – it’s serenely quiet.

You’d swap houses in a second with:

The amazing black-and-white I can spot when walking along the boardwalk between the condo and Labrador Park – it must have the best sunset views.

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

Someone putting something down the bin chute. I’ve lived in Singapore long enough that I can now sleep through the wildest of lightning storms.

A massive late-night rager on your street is likely to be:

A crazy Halloween party on the seventh floor; fingers crossed we’ll be invited this year.

The Superlatives:

Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joints are:

1. Tamarind Hill restaurant, 30 Labrador Villa Road. Located in an old black-and-white house, it serves exquisite Thai food. Sitting at a table on the verandah with a massaman curry, it’s like taking a step back in time.

2. San Katong Laksa Steamboat Restaurant, 404 Telok Blangah Road. Expect to queue; it’s popular with the locals and serves an amazing laksa steamboat with your choice of fish, meat or vegetables.

3. Faber Bistro, The Jewel Box, Mount Faber Road. My favourite sunset spot with a great happy hour, but make a booking if you want a front row seat. Once all of the city lights are on, take the cable car down to Sentosa for a beach-side dinner.

4. 93 degreesC coffee shop, 16 Morse Road. This cute neighbourhood coffee shop is hidden behind the main road. The owner is passionate about coffee; he can whip up the perfect cup served with cheesecake or muffins. Only open Friday to Sunday.

You won’t find better local food than at:  

San Katong Laksa Steamboat Restaurant.

We love a good bargain. The best deals in your neighbourhood are:

The general stores in Telok Blangah Drive have the cheapest toiletries I’ve ever seen in Singapore.

The guiltiest pleasure in your area is:

A cocktail at Privé on Keppel Island, which is just a short walk across the bridge from the back of our condo.

One thing you’d never change is:

The beautiful sunset views from Labrador Park.

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

The factories in Jurong that are in the background of the sunsets. It looks a bit like Shanghai when they’re all lit up at night.

Why should your neighborhood be featured in a guidebook?

It has a 10km loop which is full of greenery and the noises of nature that I wish more residents and visitors could experience. From Reflections, head up Mount Faber, walk along Henderson Ridge to Alexandra Road, then down to Labrador Park and along the boardwalk that circles the Telok Blangah area. Reward yourself at the end with an ice cold beer at Keppel Bay Sailing Club.

Check out our EL Video on the area