Resident’s View: Balestier

You know what they say about location. Data research co-ordinator Angela Luay, who lives with her mother in Whampoa Drive, tells us what she likes about living in a neighbourhood where everything’s just a walk away.

(For residents, the food in nearby Whampoa market is a real draw to Balestier)

What are the pros and cons of living here?

I like living in Whampoa Drive because it’s such a central location. It’s near amenities such as the food centre and wet market, schools, supermarkets, convenience stores, post office and police station. It is also well served by buses as it is close to the interchange and bus stop. And there’s so much to do here: you’re never far from the cinema, community centre, church, or fitness centre.
It’s also near places like Novena, Newton, Orchard, Bugis and Toa Payoh, which is great as I usually shop in Orchard Road, Bugis Junction and Suntec City. Best of all, it’s just two bus stops away from my office!

Can you tell us a bit about the property you live in? 
I live in a three-room flat that’s next to the food center. There’s also a three-star hotel located just opposite from where I live and a cinema five minutes away.

Who do you think this area would be best suited for?
It’s suitable for working professionals as well as families because this area is so central and everything you need is within walking distance.

What is your favourite place for dinner in the area?
For food that’s cheap and delicious, I go to Whampoa Market. There’s a lot of variety to suit all tastes.

Do you have a local bar or pub you like?
The Piano Lounge at Quality Hotel. It’s a good place to chill out after a hard day’s work, and they have a live band too. It’s also great for football fans as the lounge plays live sports matches on the LCD TV. The Garden Terrace Cafe is a good dining option. They serve local delights and BBQ, and it also has a nice al-fresco courtyard setting. Get the laksa – it costs just $3 and comes with a free drink.