There’s something going on at Yio Chu Kang

If you haven’t been in Singapore for long, you probably don’t know about. Interestingly, there is a kind of hybrid housing in Singapore and it is called the Executive Condominium. You might ask, what is so special about this and isn’t there condominiums all over Singapore?

You should be familiar with the iconic HDB flats in Singapore. To the locals there, they only have the right of ownership for 99-years and that they are subjected to quite a handful of rules and restrictions on ownership and selling. Sounds absurd? That’s is absolutely true. For these Executive Condominiums, they are a hybrid form of housing which caters to the sandwich classes in Singapore. These properties are subjected to the public rules and restrictions on purchase and subsequently, these rules and restrictions are completely lifted after 10 years of the completed of the condominium development. Very interesting isn’t it?

These funny restrictions includes a prescribed monthly household income ceiling of S$14,000. Not only that, these buyers of the new Executive Condominiums projects will have to form a family nucleus, of which it must include two Singapore citizens, or a Singapore citizen and a Singapore permanent resident (PR). New EC buyers also have to adhere to a minimum occupation period (MOP) of five years before they can sell in the open market to Singapore citizens or PRs only. Only after 10 years will the EC be considered fully privatised and can be sold to foreigners.

Students of Rosyth School near to Hundred Palms

So what is happening at Yio Chu Kang?

According to many locals, there is a new Executive Condominium called Hundred Palms that is slated to open for sale later in 2017. It is said to be very attractive because of the location and its proximity to the renowned Rosyth School which many parents like to send their kids to. According to official sources, 70% of the residential units will be of 3 bedroom units. In addition to that, choice 4 and 5 bedroom units will also be available for keen home owners. Located amidst the peaceful environment of Yio Chu Kang, of district 19, lies the promising foundation of Hundred Palms Hoi Hup EC. A potential multi-million hot cake in the eyes of investors, since EC landed its feet in the areas of Hougang and Yio Chu Kang. The condo takes its pride by the close availability of Rosyth School – a name famous in the field of education. Numerous malls such as Hougang 1 and Greenwich V lie within its reach. Hougang MRT station & Hougang Central Bus Interchange connects the condominium.

Tampines – My favourite place to live in

I have been in Singapore for close to 5 years for now. Ever since my arrival in 2012, I have stayed across island from the Central Business District to the Eastern part of Singapore. Living near to the CBD was convenient but it was also very hectic. I had to deal with the endless crowd of the weekdays and it is only the weekends that I truly feel at ease.

At work, my colleagues have always recommended in to put up in the Eastern part like Pasir Ris or Tampines because of its quiet charm. Since 2014, I then shifted to Tampines and I’m now staying at The Santorini Condominium. According to my colleagues, they always say that it has virtually everything I want, or ask for, in a neighbourhood and here is why:

Living with the natural environment

People living in Singapore know that the country as a whole loves green, with the arrival to country full of trees! I heard that Tampines has got really fantastic green spaces that I won’t be able to find in any other neighbourhood. If you don’t know what I’m talking about – It’s the famous Tampines Eco Green Park. It is over 36-hectares large eco-friendly park encompassing hiking trails, bird lookouts, and vegetable swales. Unlike other parks in Singapore, it consists of many different habitats including open grasslands, marshes, freshwater ponds and even a secondary rainforest.

Another space that nature lovers have to check out is the Changkat Butterfly Garden, which is Singapore’s only butterfly garden within a housing estate. This consists of a raised observation deck where visitors can view the butterflies up close, as well as waterfall features. Sounds like a good way to momentarily escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life!

Super massive shopping malls in the area too!

People living in the East usually like to hang out at Tampines Retail Park. It has the largest malls in Singapore with IKEA, Giant – Supermarket and Courts – The ultimate electronic megastore. It’s a place where people go for food or simply just a chill hang out at IKEA. In fact, there’s other malls in Tampines Central will leave those in need of retail therapy spoilt for choice, they are Tampines 1, Tampines Mall and Century Square – all within walking distance of each other.

Foodies’ Favourite in the heartlands

There’s this restaurant called Brothers in Fine Food. It is situated at Tampines West Community Club, is owned by the same people behind Penny’s University. Check out their beautifully plated, Asian-inspired mains – and if you need a recommendation, our top pick goes to the scrumptious Iga Bakar. This is a delicious dish of beef rib braised for 48 hours, served with addictively crispy polenta fries and kecap manis reduction.

Like to have local delights in a Hawker Centre? Try this – Sarawak Kolo Mee at Tampines Round Market Food Centre. If you’re a fan of springy chinese noodles, you’ll love the Sarawak Kolo Mee from Tampines Round Market Food Centre. The dish also comes with a heaping of ingredients – dumplings, wanton, char siew and braised pork ribs – and the noodles are tossed with an extremely flavourful pork rib sauce. Trust us, you’ll be back for more!

Explore Pasir Ris – East of Singapore

To a lot of people, the eastern part of Singapore is usually related to activities on the beach, resorts or even shopping and dining at Changi Airport – Visit website here. I’ve recently been to Pasir Ris and was amazed by how it can actually be a good choice for home.

To start off, the Eastern part of Singapore is also where the world famous Changi Airport is – people staying in Pasir Ris have the airport at their doorstep. Residents in Pasir Ris also often flaunt about they can are able to board an empty the MRT Train to anywhere. I’ve also heard that Pasir Ris is also very popular with the expatriates because of its proximity to Changi Airport. It also has a direct train that goes to the City.

Certainly to a location to consider when you guys are hunting for condos to buy in Singapore. New condos such as Coco Palms at Pasir Ris MRT have been selling quite well. I think its probably a good place to consider.

Pasir Ris in recent years has also become a choice for good food and interesting activities. Some of these activities include:

  • Trip to the fish farm
  • Experience Thailand in Pasir Ris
  • Chill out at Pasir Ris Park
  • Award winning chinese wok style restaurant

Trip to Fish Farm

In urban Singapore, its almost unheard of when you ask people if there is such thing as a fish farm. I heard from the locals that grew up in the 1960s and 1970s that they used to fish in the drains (they call it – longkang) as past time. Today, fishing is an activity that not many would want to even do. Its hard to go fishing when you’re anticipating hours and hours of waiting beside your rod and the locals come here to do some longkang fishing instead. Certainly a good practice of your wrist and they also offer prawning activities and fish spa too! Check out Mainland Tropical Fish Farm

Experience Thailand in Pasir Ris

According to many, The Basil Inn restaurant offers the best taste of Thailand in a small neighbourhood of Pasir Ris. Some even say that for what it costs for a single Eggs Benedict dish at a cafe, you can enjoy a sumptuous Thai meal at The Basil Inn. It is located at 1 Pasir Ris Close, #02-335 Downtown East E-avenue.

Chill out at Pasir Ris Park

Want to go somewhere quiet? Yearn for a good session with your friends at the bar? Now you can have both! This amazing combination doesn’t break the bank or eat up your busy work days. Located at Pasir Ris Park is this place called the 5 Drunken Rabbits. This amazing little bistro offers an amazing range of alcoholic drinks and is often touted as the best place to hang out on Fridays! Their house specialties include the Oven Roasted Jumbo King Prawns and the Baby Back Ribs. Worth a shot!

Award-winning Chinese wok-style restaurant

Fancy some local Singaporean dish? This should be what you need to try. Locals visit this place – Yam’s Kitchen. It is located at Downtown East and this restaurant offers some really special chinese wok style cooking – owned by famous Chef Kelvin Yam with more than 30 years experience and competition awards. The week-day set meals are available from a mere Singapore Dollars of $7, which is really affordable!