Exploring nighttime Ang Mo Kio West, and childhood memories.
In this new series, I’d be exploring local neighbourhoods of Singapore i.e. being a “home tourist.” I wouldn’t be featuring must-eats, must-buys, or must-visits, though. Instead, pictures in this essay and all to come will strictly feature only Singaporean daily living sights.
As for the reasons behind this series, well, a couple of weeks ago, I was feeling OH SO SLUGGISH. I had a pile of work to attend to but I just couldn’t get down to it. Neither did I feel like heading to town, or watching a movie, or playing any video game.
In the end, I dragged myself to Bishan Junction 8. After dinner, I walked all the way from Junction 8 to Toa Payoh Central, meandering through the oldest parts of TPY before reaching the town centre. I would never have guessed it but that 90-minute sweaty walk was surprisingly enjoyable. It was in a subdued way, also nostalgic, mellow, and even sentimental.
Ever since, I’ve been doing these HDB estate walks every Friday. (It’s good exercise, btw). Naturally, it didn’t take long for me to decide that I ought to squeeze a few blog posts out of these excursions. After all, aren’t our residential estates one of the architectural highlights of the country?
Ang Mo Kio West (Friday Evening, 7pm to 9pm)
Two things before I begin.
Firstly, I think the name “Ang Mo Kio West” is seldom used nowadays. Most Singaporeans just call the area by its full name or by the constituency designations. For this walk, I kept to the parts of the estate “west” of the North-South MRT line. My primary route was along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, Ang Mo Kio Street 22, and finally, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4.
Secondly, I used to live here. Yeah … I lived in AMK for eight years between ages 4 and 12. I also attended kindergarten and primary school here. My route correspondingly sliced through the precinct where I used to live before ending near where my primary school formerly was.
In a way, I was tracing my daily route to school from all those years ago with this walk. It’s intentional too, if you’re wondering. I haven’t returned for over ten years and I was curious to see whether the old shops back then are still in business.
All pictures were shot with my LG V40. The V40 is not the best camera phone for 2019, according to many. But for me, it more than good enough.