After spending a month with Nabil Mustafiz and Steven Yuen, the Citreon DS3 is still raring for adventure and this time it's A-Lister Pern Choo who gets to steer this zippy ride for the next four weeks. Being the good steed that it is, the car has been driven to snazzy boutiques
, travelled cross-country in search of good pies
and even taken to the humble kopitiam
, all without a single complaint. But on its first day with Pern, it's immediately put to the test with some heavy lifting. Yep, Pern is moving house and the car hasn't come at a better time. Read on to find out more about Pern's new 'hood, a sleepy enclave that's fast becoming the hippest spot in Singapore.
August man. Expat man. The life of the ever transient man. I'm referring to myself, of course. Thankfully, the winning of the Citroen Challenge only happened to coincide with the completion of my rental lease. As many a reader would know, the trials and tribulations of relocating within Singapore are fraught with ever burgeoning forms, agreements, LOI’s, “cans” and “cannots” . Fortunately, for this man (and wife) the transition between venues is appearing seamless and further helped by the use of the ever competent, ever functional andever stylish DS3. From the Pinnacle in Duxton, a modern architectural bastion of HDB vernacular, we're now homeward bound to a pre-renovated walk-up in the up-and-coming, hip-to-be-square, “egg packing district” otherwise known as Tiong Bahru. Interestingly, Tiong Bahru was built in the 1930’s and it is one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore. All of its streets are named after Chinese pioneers of the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was also once the choice place for the upper class and also the place where the rich and powerful kept their mistresses. As a result, the estate used to be known as Mei Ren Wuo
, which means ‘a den of beauties' in Chinese. After some quick measurements of our new abode, we were off to a little gem of a place that my sleuth of a wife had found in the back streets of Aljunied. Cheekily named as Hock Siong & Co. warehouse (an unintentional play on the word “hock, as in the “state of being pawned”’ not the “tarsal joint of the hind leg.”), this diamond in the rough contains the unwanted furniture of international hotels that had gone through a renovation and thus had no need for their outdated wares. Outdated? Pah! Some may say vintage, old school, pre-loved... either way, bargain are sure to be found for those looking to furnish their homes. Just look past the rows and rows of linen, toasters and kettles and you will find hidden gems such as arm chairs, Chinese pots, desks and the like. Bring your best bargaining skills too, we managed to get our total bill down from $650 to $400. And I didn’t even need to line up. So with our “wasted” bits and pieces, we headed to the Tiong Bahru markets for an amazing array of fresh flowers to enliven any space. This market is abound with any fresh produce you desire. Who said moving was a chore?