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what do you think about Holland Village ?

Postby chris_pilgrim » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:40 pm

1st of all .. it's another 4ish months to end of 2014. (YaY!!, i've survived 8 months in sg :D)

my company has given me a choice to change my housing location or stay put at the current one which is Harbourfront for Yr 2015.

is Holland Village a nice place to venture?
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Postby x9200 » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 1:24 pm

It's entirely up to your preferences. Both places are comparable as of the basic infrastructure and its density with the main differences for HV:
- more eating/drinking places of better ambience (as of mine perception)
- closer to the downtown area if you like to be there frequently for some reason

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 1:59 pm

I stay as far away from HV as possible. Too many pretentious people there for my liking. But each to their own. Others swear by it.

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Postby JR8 » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 3:11 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:I stay as far away from HV as possible. Too many pretentious people there for my liking. But each to their own. Others swear by it.


Tend to agree. I wouldn't choose to go unless say I got a tip to something genuinely nice there (a new restaurant, or specialist food shop stocking things I like etc). That said, I haven't been for 1+ years.

@C-P. It sounds like HV doesn't offer enough to have tempted you to visit either. If that is so why would you want to pay 'the D10 premium' to live there?

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Postby x9200 » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 3:26 pm

Not sure about the pretentious people, I don't recall interacting with many of this sort and I lived there for 3 years. It is probably a different thing if you visit and a different if you live. HV is a conveniently located place with some nice dining spots, lots of greenery around, frankly, we liked it a lot. We lived a bit off HV, in the Holland Hill area.

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Postby JR8 » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 3:40 pm

Relative perceptions?

I live in the suburbs, and work from home. To me the 'scene' and people in HV are arguably pretentious. The 'shouty' displays of wealth, and so on...

Now, if I still lived in D9, and still worked on a bank's trading floor, well, I'd probably feel completely and most at home amongst that kind of crowd.

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--- even hooking up with you guys last time down at Boat Quay was quite a 'warp' for me in a similar respect. I'm quite unused to the crowds, the glitz/glam, the 'public displays of wealth and ego', AND also the hordes of tourists. This was amongst the crowds, NOT at our table! :)

In a way it was like 'Oh yeah, there are lots of white people in this country - and, ah the shouty expat-$ crowd that I used to be part of long ago (reminisce briefly)... and, oh look, lots of tourists looking lost and a bit kinda dazed in a :o :???: way... )

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Postby x9200 » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 5:41 pm

We used to live for 7y in CCK before moving to HV and now we live in Bukit Batok and I don't really feel it. I mean, Singapore for me is just full of pretentious people so maybe I chose to filter them out and am not bothered any longer? It's a background noise. Actually I found pretentious people more common in the "cheaper", higher end places. What varies is the ethnicity.

Also HV is not crowded at all. I mean the area, not the shopping mall. You cross Queensway and all the way down to the Orchard Rd is a sort of peaceful enclave. Dempsey used to be a very nice spot too but in recent years got overpopular.

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Postby Hannieroo » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 5:44 pm

It's handy for western groceries, socializing and every day chores like banking. I don't notice a pretentious thing but I'm not looking for one, it's not somewhere I go to people watch.

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Postby chris_pilgrim » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 7:00 pm

thanks for the heads-up :D

what draws me to HV is its quaint n quirky surroundings. (somehow it reminds me of notting hill in west london).
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Postby JR8 » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 7:55 pm

Hannieroo wrote: I don't notice a pretentious thing but I'm not looking for one, it's not somewhere I go to people watch.


I don't go to new/alt districts looking for other than a good night out, and F+B with wife +/or friends. But when I visit different areas I do notice the demographic and the vibe, and I think one naturally associates the two.

I don't go anywhere aiming to 'people watch', but the flipside is like suggesting you go to North Korea, and make no observations upon the people you encounter. [I think :)]

However...

chris_pilgrim wrote:thanks for the heads-up :D
what draws me to HV is its quaint n quirky surroundings. (somehow it reminds me of notting hill in west london).


... on the flipside...

Well Notting Hill is about as much a home I have as anywhere (my UK base has been there 20+ years now, yes, from way way way before that film was even a dream, and it was still a very rough area), and I partially follow the analogy.
I can go down Portobello Road, get my veg from the market, visit Mr. Christians the deli, get a sausage bun from Mr. Tasty, and just completely blank out the poseurs and tourists.

In/out to niche outlets I know and value, and who else is there doesn't matter. That said I would hate to live on Portobello Road! [Curiously that chick that starred in the X-files bought and tarted up a big flat right at the really hard-boiled end of PRd, AND lived there for some time - talk about brave/gritty!, esp. as she had a pre-teen daughter at the time... a bit like Hugh Grant buying a renovation job in the deep Bronx/Pelhams or something ... ??].
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Postby PNGMK » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 8:01 pm

chris_pilgrim wrote:thanks for the heads-up :D

what draws me to HV is its quaint n quirky surroundings. (somehow it reminds me of notting hill in west london).


I agree but I'd not live near either by choice.

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Postby JR8 » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 8:08 pm

PNGMK wrote:I agree but I'd not live near either by choice.


Know Notting Hill well do you ? :wink: :roll:

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Postby chris_pilgrim » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:33 pm

JR8 wrote:I can go down Portobello Road, get my veg from the market, visit Mr. Christians the deli, get a sausage bun from Mr. Tasty, and just completely blank out the poseurs and tourists.


you forgot Gail's !! don't you miss the mixed olive sourdough?! :D
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Postby Brah » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:43 pm

JR8 wrote:
PNGMK wrote:I agree but I'd not live near either by choice.


Know Notting Hill well do you ? :wink: :roll:

My ex-SO, who is not from the UK, has lived there since we broke up, so NH is not a fond memory for me

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Postby JR8 » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:59 pm

chris_pilgrim wrote:
JR8 wrote:I can go down Portobello Road, get my veg from the market, visit Mr. Christians the deli, get a sausage bun from Mr. Tasty, and just completely blank out the poseurs and tourists.


you forgot Gail's !! don't you miss the mixed olive sourdough?! :D


weird, that used to be some huge pop-art gallery... that must have failed in recent years.

As I recall there's a super-posh (so no need to be embarrassed, in an open, posh kinda way) sex shop a couple of doors along, Myla or something? selling posh hand made 'intruders'.... oh yah, I say, hand-sculpted Florentine glass you know, oh yah, oh yah, oh yah!!


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