Singapore: Around Our Block

15 June 2014

I'm taking a page out of Expat Living magazine for this post. They have have a section called Street Talk where people describe the area in which they live. Let's start, shall we?


What street do you live on? Petain Road.

What does it mean? It's named after World War I French hero, Henry Philippe Petain. But due to the questionable decisions he made as Prime Minister in World War II, the French community has been campaigning to change the name of the road.

What's the name of your neighbourhood? Little India.

How long have you lived here? Almost two years.

Why here? Out of the six apartments we looked at, this was the only one that had an oven aside from being an extremely short walk to the mall, MRT station, AND the bus stop. It's so nice to have a movie theater just a few steps away.


When you walk out of your place, the first thing you see is: Somme Road Playground.

The closest store (of any type) to your front door is: A coffee shop.

When you’re in need of a dose of culture, you: Walk around the block or go to Tekka Market.

If you’re missing home, you: Call Mom!

A mandatory stop for out-of-town guests is: Chinatown which is just seven minutes away via the MRT.

You’d swap houses in a second with: Nah, we really like this place.

A common myth about your neighborhood is: That the entire area is chaotic. This is true of the nearby Serangoon Road, but our side is pretty quiet.

If you’re ever woken up at an ungodly hour, it’s almost always due to: The birds during mating season - they are so much louder and earlier than our alarm clock...


Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joint is: City Square Mall

You won’t find better local food than at: Hmmm... There are quite a few places that have been written about extensively - Swee Choon Dim Sum, Kok Kee Wanton Mee, and Sungei Road Laksa. Sadly, I've only tried the wanton mee (and it was good) which is ironic considering they are all walking distance from the apartment. Then again, I think it's precisely because they are near that I have yet to get around to them. Am I making sense?

We love a good bargain. The best deals in your neighbourhood are: Mustafa - the 24 hour department store, supermarket, bakery, pharmacy, money changer, electronics - you name it, they have it.

The most convenient thing about your building is: Aside from the location, the shops on the ground floor. I like knowing that I can easily grab dessert downstairs (great for unexpected guests).

One thing you’d never change is: The park in front of our building.

But one thing you wouldn’t mind seeing go is: The construction site two doors down.

Why should your neighbourhood be featured in a guidebook? It already is =) Also, there are tons of interesting caf├ęs in the area and the Hindu festival Thaipusam starts here.

What's your neighbourhood like?


Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

Your neighborhood is so much more interesting than mine. Love all the colors!

Nicole said...

Yes, it is very colorful =)

MontgomeryFest said...

this is such a great idea for a post!! love your blog ;)

Nicole said...

Thanks Anne!

mrs.panda said...

interesting neighborhood! :) just moved to SG and from the city life in Manila to provinciated life in SG! Aacckkk! your blog is very helpful :)

Nicole said...

Thanks! We'll be moving out of the city soon though =)