Thursday, 3 September 2015

6 Things I will Miss About Tiong Bahru

I thought I would have time to finish this post before I moved but it turns out I didn't have any time at all (it was quite naive of me actually to think that I would have time to blog when I have to pack for so many people and TWO kids)!

After going at full speed ahead with packing and working at the same time, my body finally decided enough was enough so here I am at home resting and catching up with my blogging.

It's timely too, as I can literally feel the impact of not living in Tiong Bahru. I miss my Tiong Bahru so much *sob*

6 Things I Miss about Tiong Bahru

1) The Food, the Food, the Food!

My favourite bowl of fish soup noodles

There's no lack of funky cafes and value-for-money hawker food in Tiong Bahru.

2) Old School Feel

Strolling in the neighbourhood
(left is my girl and right is my boy, in the same tricycle!)

Can never get the same feeling of nostalgia anywhere else.

3) CNY Atmosphere

View of the action from our house
Lion dance stunt (left) and a photo with one of the "lions" (right)

Although it was super noisy, it was still exciting to be able to watch the lion and dragon dance from my room window every year without fail. The kids love it! They can sit and watch for hours! It has become our family's annual tradition of sorts.

As Chinatown is also within walking distance, we would sometimes walk over to catch the fireworks and fire crackers!

"So noisy mummy!"

It can be very dusty, noisy and scary for kids though! My girl had fun.

We always complain that it is noisy but you really can't help but feel a sense of sadness now that we won't be able to be in the heat of the action anymore.

4) Our Family's General Physician

Our family clinic 

It is probably not possible for us to travel all the way to Tiong Bahru just to see our family doctor (Dr Ranjan), especially not when we are already not feeling well. Sadly, for convenience, we would have to find another good doctor in our new neighbourhood. Makes me sad every time I think about it =(

5) No Need to Pay ERP

Because Tiong Bahru is right in the heart of town (yet not within the CBD zone), we hardly ever need to pay ERP to get anywhere (unless we are going into the CBD area, which unfortunately is difficult to avoid). Nowadays I pay ERP every morning to get to work (thankfully it's only $2). Luckily I don't have to pay for carpark at our current residence so it's not so bad. Ah well. I guess ERP is part and parcel of being a Singaporean and owning a car =(

And finally, the thing that I miss the most...

6) Tiong Bahru is Only 5 Minutes to Orchard!

I have 4 buses to Orchard Road from Tiong Bahru! And each bus journey only takes me 15 minutes! If we drive, it's only 5 minutes!

Nowadays we need to take at 20 minutes by car to Orchard Road. I know, I know, it's still not that far but in comparison to Tiong Bahru, it's like Journey from the West, literally =(


This post is part of I Love My Tiong Bahru series, which is my way of bidding farewell to my favourite neighbourhood that I had called my home for the last 14 years. As I move to another neighbourhood, join me in celebrating Tiong Bahru! =)

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