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!