The MRT series – Serangoon (NE12)

Ahhh…. this place brings back memories. You see, many moons ago Mel used to make the almost daily trek from home or the office here in the evenings or weekends… why? He was busy studying part-time to buy obtain a degree.

And how the place has changed since the days he’d have glutinous rice breakfast at a coffeeshop nearby where he had classes! These pictures surely does not give the right impression of how things were back in the day.

←Woodleigh (NE11)

→Kovan (NE13)

Part of the MRT series here.

Cool public housing pictures

Well, it seems that public housing in Hong Kong has in recent times become another aspect of attraction if you read this article. It is said that more than half of the special administrative region’s population lives in such housing. As you probably imagine, this is such a juxtapose from the glitzy skyscrapers and beautiful buildings in the business centre of the city.

Deja vu.

Now we in the little red dot too have public housing that supposedly house 80% of the population. Like those in Hong Kong, they were built to house the homeless masses in the 1960s that were living in squalid conditions. The difference though, is that the public housing in our little red dot is not only owned by their residents, but also maintained to such a standard that one might mistake them for privately built flats…

Ok, well not all of them. The older ones do resemble those in Hong Kong, but they are regularly spruced up with renovations or augments. All efforts made to ensure living conditions are not compromised and neighbourhoods degenerate into slums.

You might have seen that we are in the midst of the MRT series (here). Every week we post about the neighbourhoods around each of the stations. Invariably this will include glimpses of public housing clusters. Look out for them!

Have you visited the red dot’s public housing too when you were here?

The MRT series – Woodleigh (NE11)

An up and coming area of re-development, actually the most iconic place Mel can think of near the station is Mount Vernon. But because it is a columbarium, it would be dis-respectful to post pictures and disturb the peace of the deceased… sorry no photos.

On the other hand, the entire place is becoming a giant construction site as new government built apartments are literally springing up. Perhaps someday when this is all completed Mel can revisit again in one of his future walks.

←Potong Pasir (NE10)

→Serangoon (NE12)

Part of the MRT series here.

The MRT series – Potong Pasir (NE10)

This is the name of a long standing opposition ward, though geographically it isn’t exactly in the same area as the defined constituency… you know the boundaries are redrawn because of many ‘reasons’…

Did you see the picture above of the public housing apartment with its own ski slope? Who says it can only be the Jamaican team that fields a bobsleigh team? Heheh… with a little modification don’t you think our little red dot can send a ski jumper the winter Olympics?

←Boon Keng (NE9)

→Woodleigh (NE11)

Part of the MRT series here.

The MRT series – Boon Keng (NE9)

The area is said to be named after Mr Lim Boon Keng, a prominent physician banker who lived through the tumult of WWII. Today the entire area is home to a sprawling housing estate.

One of the thing we like about this place is the number of old hawker centres that offer a plethora of cheap yet wonderful eats. Hmmm…. publishing this already makes us want to go there.

←Farrer Park (NE8)

→Potong Pasir (NE10)

Part of the MRT series here.

The MRT series – Farrer Park (NE8)

Some people in our little red dot might remember that the area was the site of an old race course. Yep, the place where horses run and folks bet from the stands. Of course that was really long ago – as local lingo goes ‘when policemen wore shorts’. Literally true because it was THAT long ago.

Anyway. Today people come here to explore parts of Little India, well at least walk to the iconic site that is Mustafa. Open 24 hours, it is one hell of an experience to at least walk in the tiny aisles.

←Little India (NE7)

→Boon Keng (NE9)

Part of the MRT series here.