My Neighbourhood

Some of the travel bloggers I follow include Southeast Asia a part of their trip. Though I must say ‘Singapore’ isn’t mentioned as much as the other countries (and I can come up with hundreds of reasons why this is so), I’d love to share a little about this tiny island of mine.

Google Singapore and you’ll see things like ‘globalised country’, ‘no chewing gum’, ‘expensive city’, blah blah blah. Sometimes I wonder, why would people visit this country. Sure, Singapore is a shopping paradise, we have the tallest observation wheel, biggest man-made fountain, tallest man-made waterfall etc but there are other countries in Southeast Asia which offer deeper insights to culture, nature, etc. Why would people come here?

Don’t get me wrong, I love this country, I really do. The political and economic stability, low crime rates, prohibited demonstrations/protests, efficient transportation, etc… I’m writing this post not to attract visitors or otherwise. I’m doing this because I want people to know what it feels like to be here.

I believe visitors stay in town and know little of the residential area. No, we don’t have any countrysides, sadly. So here I am giving insights of what a new town in Singapore is like. Sengkang is a new town built in the late 90s. I moved here in 1999. My area was the first to be built. It was ghost town then. Currently, more and more land are cleared to make way for residential areas.

I was out for a jog the other day and decided to take pictures for you, my dear followers and visitors. So this is what living in an ‘expensive’, ‘urban’, or whatever-you-want-to-call-it city looks like.

It’s a concrete jungle out here. Our residential apartment goes all the way up to 17th floor. Each house consists of bedrooms (2 or 3), a living room, kitchen, and 2 bathrooms. Some have balcony (though this means the living room is smaller as the balcony eats into it).

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Those are temples, Buddhist and Sikh’s. Yup, we are living in harmony despite the differences in language, race or religion. The only racial riots that broke out were in 1964.

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A closer look at the Sikh temple.

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There are playgrounds to foster and maintain good relationships among neighbours. There are fitness areas for the young and old, to encourage a healthy lifestyle. The older estates in Singapore are going through upgrading, to include more interactive features like the ones in my area.

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Years ago, there was an article submitted by a Singaporean to our local newspaper, talking about the notices/posters/reminders everywhere. There were questions such as ‘Are we a forgetful society?’ and ‘Are we a reckless society that we need constant reminders as such?’ Well, I’d like to think that these reminders are for non-Singaporeans residing here, who aren’t familiar with our local practices.

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Okay so here I am, starting my journey to shedding some pounds. This is the first time I’m here, at Serangoon Park Connector.

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And that’s my brother at the fitness corner.

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There are little huts like these to shelter people from the storm or sun, for people to chat with friends, for annoying teenagers to romance, etc.

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On the way home from a 4km jog/walk/photo-taking session, the Buddhist temple was brightly-lit!

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So there you have it! A short trip around a small part of my area. Thanks for jogging/walking with me ;)

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