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East Coast good to live or a nightmare?

Post by rjh73 » Sat, 17 Sep 2011 10:06 am

Hi

I am new to Singapore and have set my heart on living at The Bayshore on the East Coast and wondered if my choice is ok?

People at work are saying it is too quiet and commuting into town (work at the Maybank) is not good. I have bus plus and figured if I am out in the evening i will just get a taxi home.

I am not a huge party person and like to relax and chill out at the weekends and thought the East coast ticks those boxes but wondered if there is something I am missing in my thought process.

Any East Coast residence out there that can offer their thoughts?

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Post by BigSis » Sat, 17 Sep 2011 11:23 pm

I work in Orchard Rd and live just up the road from the Bayshore - the commute is OK, especially if you're using busplus. I get the 36 and it's still not too bad - at least you usually get a seat if you live further out ( and I think busplus will only take seated passengers)

If a person believed that the only place to go for a night out was the centre of town then they may find this area boring, but I'm happy with a few beers at the hawker and the occasional meal around Siglap way, so it suits me quite well and I like being near the sea and the East Coast Park too.

The longer I live on the East the less I feel the need to go into Orchard Rd etc for my entertainment and shopping and since I've lived here (10+ years), this area has grown and there really is no need to trek into town all the time now.

I think it's a nice area to live and while it would be great to get an extra hour in bed every morning by living closer to work, it does feel breezier and more open living on the East (and the supermarkets are cheaper!)

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Post by darpy » Tue, 20 Sep 2011 11:21 am

this probably wont make one ioata of difference to a western person, but there is a story among locals that some guy hung himself at the bayshore and the place is haunted.
When my wife and I were looking for a place to buy, my in laws were pretty adamant we dont buy there (alot of locals feel this way).


That said, I love the area. We stay in Siglap and I cant stand orchard. siglap is like a nice mix of foreign and local, where the foreigners are not pretentious prats like other parts of singapore (its kinda the place a foreign goes when they dont want to be lumped in with the stereotypical foreigners).
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Post by Saint » Tue, 20 Sep 2011 2:29 pm

darpy wrote:That said, I love the area. We stay in Siglap and I cant stand orchard. siglap is like a nice mix of foreign and local, where the foreigners are pretentious prats like other parts of singapore (its kinda the place a foreign goes when they dont want to be lumped in with the stereotypical foreigners).
I'm assuming you are classing yourself as one these pretentious East Coast prats?

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Post by darpy » Tue, 20 Sep 2011 2:45 pm

Saint wrote:
darpy wrote:That said, I love the area. We stay in Siglap and I cant stand orchard. siglap is like a nice mix of foreign and local, where the foreigners are pretentious prats like other parts of singapore (its kinda the place a foreign goes when they dont want to be lumped in with the stereotypical foreigners).
I'm assuming you are classing yourself as one these pretentious East Coast prats?
oops sorry, edited my post.

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Post by Saint » Tue, 20 Sep 2011 4:04 pm

darpy wrote:
Saint wrote:
darpy wrote:That said, I love the area. We stay in Siglap and I cant stand orchard. siglap is like a nice mix of foreign and local, where the foreigners are pretentious prats like other parts of singapore (its kinda the place a foreign goes when they dont want to be lumped in with the stereotypical foreigners).
I'm assuming you are classing yourself as one these pretentious East Coast prats?
oops sorry, edited my post.
It's amazing how missing out a single small word can completely change a whole posting

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 20 Sep 2011 4:09 pm

Ain't it the truth! Worst part is spell checker don't pick up those kinds of mistakes. And AI ain't what it's cracked up to be - yet.

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Post by darpy » Tue, 20 Sep 2011 4:57 pm

it must have been a serious slip because i re-read over the post before i clicked submit.

and just to clarify, those I was referring to are the sort you may find around clarke quay on a friday and saturday that unfortunately all the locals seem to base their stereotypes of foreigners on.

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Re: East Coast good to live or a nightmare?

Post by Saint » Tue, 20 Sep 2011 9:08 pm

rjh73 wrote:Hi

I am new to Singapore and have set my heart on living at The Bayshore on the East Coast and wondered if my choice is ok?

People at work are saying it is too quiet and commuting into town (work at the Maybank) is not good. I have bus plus and figured if I am out in the evening i will just get a taxi home.

I am not a huge party person and like to relax and chill out at the weekends and thought the East coast ticks those boxes but wondered if there is something I am missing in my thought process.

Any East Coast residence out there that can offer their thoughts?
I've been a long term Siglap resident staying literally in the shadow of The Bayshore and it is a great area to live. As mentioned there's a good mixture of locals and expats. You will find that most are what I call "local expats" as we've been here a few years and very much settled into Singapore life.

Don't worry about public transport getting to work as you have plenty of options from the bus plus, shuttle bus to MRT or you can slum on the normal buses with the locals and like I do.

Siglap its self has everything you will need, great bars (one in particular) an amazing variety of eating places ranging from your coffee shops, Italians, Japanese, Indian, Turkish and good ole pub grub.

There's a Cold Storage and Fairprice in Siglap for your everyday needs and Parkway Parade is just down the road for everything else. And obviously East Coast Park is within stones throw.

If you need any other info just give me a shout.

Posted while enjoying a cold one down the Dog n Bone bar

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Post by BigSis » Tue, 20 Sep 2011 10:12 pm

but there is a story among locals that some guy hung himself at the bayshore and the place is haunted.
I imagine that most older condos will have some sad tale to tell similar to that one. Where I live there's a shaft (airwell) in the centre of each lobby and two apartments from each floor back on to each airwell. The story goes that a guy tried to break into another apartment by climbing across the corner of the airwell (some of the backs of the apartments have a balcony there) and he fell and died. I haven't heard of any hauntings going on, but it wouldn't surprise me if some people wouldn't live in either of those apartments if they knew.

Fernwood Towers is supposed to be built on a graveyard from what I've heard - not sure if it's true but some people are convinced that it's haunted, although plenty of people still live there.

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Post by darpy » Wed, 21 Sep 2011 8:23 am

BigSis wrote:
but there is a story among locals that some guy hung himself at the bayshore and the place is haunted.
I imagine that most older condos will have some sad tale to tell similar to that one. Where I live there's a shaft (airwell) in the centre of each lobby and two apartments from each floor back on to each airwell.
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long shot, but you dont stay in finland gardens do you?

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Post by bgd » Wed, 21 Sep 2011 4:22 pm

I was going to ask exactly the same question :lol:

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Post by carteki » Wed, 21 Sep 2011 4:30 pm

Hi,
I lived in Marine Parade for my 1st 6 months of being in SG before moving to Little India. I enjoyed living on the east coast for the reasons you have - close to the park and easy to "get away from it", however I found (and this is Marine Parade, not Bayshore) it was too far away from town for me.
My friends were either in town, or on the West coast so going to visit was a LOOONG commute over weekends and if I stayed in town late on a Fri / other night, getting a cab to go home was a nightmare.
Yeah, I've missed being close to the ECP, but its not difficult to cycle down there and now I rarely go there as there are way nicer (more interesting, less people) outdoor areas in the central areas in SG.
Some people I know love it - it didn't work for me.
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Post by BigSis » Sun, 25 Sep 2011 12:01 am

darpy wrote:
BigSis wrote:
but there is a story among locals that some guy hung himself at the bayshore and the place is haunted.
I imagine that most older condos will have some sad tale to tell similar to that one. Where I live there's a shaft (airwell) in the centre of each lobby and two apartments from each floor back on to each airwell.
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long shot, but you dont stay in finland gardens do you?
No - quite like the look of them though - especially the ground floor ones which go straight out to the gardens.

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