Resident’s View: Ang Mo Kio

Three residents, Jared Chua, a business development analyst; Michael Ong, an IT project manager; and Kenneth Yeap, sales acount manager talk about living in the heartland of Ang Mo Kio.

(Image courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board.) What are the pros and cons of living in Ang Mo Kio?
Jared Chua: It’s a pretty central and it’s got good transport links. I drive, but there’s lots of public transport links to travel around the island.
Micahel Ong: There are also a lot of amenities close by, such as Ang Mo Kio Hub. I also like that it’s not close to industrial areas, and yet is close to town.
Kenneth Yeap: It’s a great location, since it’s pretty much the centre of the country, which means nothing is far away. The HDB flats here have a distinct design and are reputed to be more spacious than flats in other areas. My unit has a ‘private’ lift, which is an additional plus point. However, the neighbourhood I live in is very bustling with lots of shops and eateries. Some people might like the accessibility, but I prefer a quieter and more serene area.

IP: What would your advice be to people looking to relocate to this area?
JC: I think that families would enjoy the convenience of Ang Mok Kio, as there are lots of eateries and many good schools in the vicinity. It’s also only a 30-minute train ride to town.
MO: It’s good for new families, as it is a mature estate, but my favourite thing about the district is that there are a lot of old trees that provide shade. I think Ang Mo Kio has a generally well-designed grid system of roads and avenues, which in turn means that traffic is quite good, with many access roads.
KY: Ang Mo Kio is home to great schools, including a few junior colleges as well as Nanyang Polytechnic. The district’s location and proximity to schools, transportation makes it ideal for families to want to move here to give their kids convenience.

IP: What are your recommendations for food in Ang Mo Kio?
MO:  Ang Mo Kio Hub has the usual fast food and cafes you get in most malls, as well as an NTUC supermarket if you’re cooking at home. There’s quite a variety of food stalls in the hawker centres around too. If you love crabs though, then Ang Mo Kio is the place for you! Melben seafood andn Ban Leong Wah Hoe seafood are both nearby. There’s also fantastic rojak at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 market.
KY: I love eating at Sembawang Hill, which is like 5 minutes away,  and Causurina Road eateries is awesome as well.

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