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Everitt Road #katonghomes

Located in Katong-Joo Chiat area, it has the most famous landmark in Joo Chiat: Fei-Fei Wanton Mee at the junction of Everitt Road and Joo Chiat Place. The long stretch of road extending from Duku Road in the south to Joo Chiat Terrace in the north, consists mainly of landed properties and boutique condos/apartments. Also along the street is the venerable Haig Girl’s school. The residences here are mainly landed terraces (including some nice conservation shophouses), low-rise condos and apartments.

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Lucky Shophouse awarded Unesco jury for innovation

Lucky Shophouse, a residential home in Joo Chiat that was formerly Lucky Bookstore, was also awarded the Unesco jury commendation for innovation.

The Unesco panel – comprising international conservation experts – noted that the shophouse project, transformed by Chang Architects, played up historic textures and colours while celebrating functionalism inherent in early 21st century design.

The awards programme recognises the efforts of private individuals and organisations that have successfully restored and conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the region.

– See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/restored-teochew-temple-garners-unesco-award#sthash.0MRsljBd.dpuf

Joo Chiat/Katong Trail — The Peranakan Heritage

Sitting adjacent to the Geylang district is the Joo Chiat/Katong enclave, which traditionally has been the preserve of the Peranakans, middle class locals and the wealthy merchant class. The Peranakans are descendants of 17th century Chinese and Indian immigrants who married non-Muslim natives from the Malay Archipelago.

They settled in several parts throughout Singapore, but their legacy is best showcased in the the Joo Chiat district. Named after wealthy Chinese landowner Chew Joo Chiat, this area is dotted by colourful shophouses and homes that are adorned by sculpted facades of animal reliefs and hand-crafted ceramic tiles. In fact, back in the day, Chew himself built houses and grew plantations in this district as well.
Katong shophouse
The junction of East Coast Road and Joo Chiat Road can be suitably described as the heart of Katong. Here you’ll find coffeshops selling local delicacies like tau kwa pau (minced pork in fried tofu), ba chang (rice dumplings) and the famous Katong Laksa, which are white rice noodles in a spicy coconut milk broth. Katong is a culinary wonderland with its main road (East Coast Road) dotted with a healthy variety of excellent local and international cuisine.

The olden day opulence and charm of the place remains intact with traditionally Peranakan houses like Katong Antique House and Rumah Bebe. Both are great places to pick up a Peranakan outfit, snacks and homeware, and are must-visit establishments that help you learn more about Peranakan culture.

For accommodation around the area, visit Le Peranankan, a boutique hotel housed in a row of conserved shophouses. Located at 400 East Coast Road, it features authentic Peranakan design, with rooms crafted in Nyonya and Baba styles.
Katong also has numerous cafés and old-world coffeeshops like Chin Mee Chin and excellent culinary fixtures such as Sin Hoi Sai coffeeshop and Five Star Hainanese Chicken Rice, all within a short walking distance of one another. Immerse yourself in Peranakan culture on your visit to Katong and Joo Chiat, and also enjoy its wealth of good food and cultural heritage.

Geylang Serai Still Going Strong

Pasar Geylang Serai

It began life as a simple wet market under a zinc roof in 1964, a tumultuous year marked by racial riots. But Geylang Serai Market, which celebrated its 50th birthday recently, has prospered along with Singapore’s growth and continues to thrive despite competition from supermarkets.

Never quiet even on weekdays, it hosts a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd on weekends, which see 10,000 visitors a day on average, when people from across Singapore visit to get anything from spices to herbs or a good meal.

When The Straits Times visited one recent weekday, the two-storey market, which has around 360 stalls, was a bustle of activity as early as 7am.

Chinese fishmongers, displaying stingray, selar and other seafood freshly transported from the Jurong Fishery Port, speak fluent Malay as they serve customers.

At the vegetable section, bright green strings of petai, a Malay bean, hang from the stall fronts. Sitting in boxes are bakawali – a herb resembling a rope with thorns used to treat diabetes and high blood pressure.

Madam Azizah Hashim, 59, a nurse, comes fortnightly from Hougang to buy ulam rajah, a Malay herb eaten with sambal belacan, a spicy sauce made with chilli and shrimp paste.

“I tried looking for it in Chinese wet markets in Hougang, but the sellers didn’t know what it was. This is one of the few places where I can get it,” she said.

After shopping for groceries, she wanders up to the second storey, where a multitude of baju kurung and headscarves lie in wait.

She rounds off her trip with breakfast in one of the 60-plus Malay food stalls in the market, offering some of the best nasi padang and lontong in town.

“From clothes to food, there’s everything I need,” she said.

That is why Singapore’s only pork-free market is still a crowd-puller. It has everything under one roof.

Madam Wati Ridduan, 40, says it is one of the few markets where peeled and blended tapioca for making kueh can be bought. She, like many others, was introduced to Pasar Geylang Serai, as it is known in Malay, by her mother when she was young.

The place has turned into something of a meeting point. “I’ve even bumped into primary school friends who come from Jurong to buy stuff here,” said the data entry specialist.

But Pasar Geylang Serai got off to a tough start in 1964.

Two riots in the area meant that curfews were imposed and the prices of food skyrocketed, according to anecdotes collected in Pasar Geylang Serai: 50 Years Of Continuity Amidst Change, a book recently published by the Pasar Geylang Serai Merchants’ Association (PGSMA).

But Pasar Geylang Serai’s growing popularity saw it outlive the neighbouring Joo Chiat and Changi markets, which closed down in the 70s due to fires.

Former Geylang Serai resident Abdul Rahman Suradi, 59, remembers how Hari Raya – calculated based on sightings of the moon – arrived earlier than expected in the 1970s. “We heard the announcement on the radio and shopkeepers were shocked. They rushed back to open their stalls. Housewives bought what they could; it was a mad rush to prepare for the Hari Raya feast the next day,” said the owner of a food stall in Marine Parade.

As the Geylang Serai area further developed, the market was rebuilt in 2006 to cater to the growing neighbourhood. Its current premises, completed just five years ago, is aptly shaped like a Malay kampung house.

“It’s much cleaner compared to the old market,” said vegetable seller Ina Pakwan, 56. “There are partitions between our stalls so we don’t have to squeeze.”

While shoppers who come to do their daily marketing are mostly aged above 40, young people also visit the market and its surrounding area at least once a year for the massive Hari Raya bazaar.

“It’s just so colourful. You see festive lighting, baju kurung and food everywhere,” said 22-year-old student Jaffar Hussain. “There are other bazaars in Woodlands and Jurong but it doesn’t feel like Hari Raya if you don’t go to Geylang Serai.”

In recent years, the market has had its share of setbacks, in particular, the mass food poisoning case in 2009. Two people died and more than 150 fell ill after eating contaminated Indian rojak from the market.

That occurred when the market was housed in a temporary site as its new premises were being built. Three months later, Pasar Geylang Serai moved into its current $18.2 million building, helping business to bounce back.

“People wanted to see the building. We have been providing reliable services for years – so our business recovered quickly,” said PGSMA honorary treasurer Anwardeen Sulaiman, 57, a vegetable stall owner in the market.

Now, the future looks brighter with upgrading in its vicinity.

On the cards is a new civic centre – Wisma Geylang Serai – which will house a community club and Malay cultural activities. It will be completed in 2017 and built in place of the Malay Village, which closed down in 2011 due to bad business. New walkways will also link Pasar Geylang Serai to the new civic centre and Paya Lebar MRT station.

Many welcomed the changes.

As Mr Anwardeen said: “The gotong royong (kampung) spirit is strong in Pasar Geylang Serai. It’s been 50 years but I hope this cultural gem doesn’t fade away.”

– See more at: http://www.soshiok.com/content/geylang-serai-market-still-going-strong#sthash.YJjwyZ6s.dpuf

Former Joo Chiat Police Station may house F&B concept-based Hotel

86 East Coast Road2

There is an article in today’s BT, that the new hotel in katong will be runned by a famous hotel chain. In January, a joint venture between Master Contract Services and Keong Hong Construction clinched the 99-year leasehold site at an Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) tender, for $352.8 million or $1,326.11 per square foot of potential gross floor area (GFA). Located next to the 112 Katong mall, the 88,678 sq ft site can have maximum GFA of about 266,041 sq ft. This includes around 13,132 sq ft in the former Joo Chiat Police Station at 86 East Coast Road, a two-storey building constructed in the 1920s and gazetted for conservation in 1993.

Global hotel chain InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is said to have signed a memorandum of understanding to manage the two hotels that will spring up on the former Joo Chiat Police Station site at East Coast Road. One tower will be branded Holiday Inn Express and the other, Hotel Indigo, a boutique hotel concept aligned with the local neighbourhood story.

The site is near the East Coast-Joo Chiat road junction.


Katong Shophouses

Katong shophouseA shophouse is a vernacular architectural building type that is commonly seen in areas such as urban Southeast Asia. Shophouses are mostly two or three stories high, with a shop on the ground floor for mercantile activity and a residence above the shop. This hybrid building form characterises the historical centres of most towns and cities in the Southeast Asia region.

An interesting article on Singapore shophouses can be found in http://www.postcolonialweb.org/singapore/arts/architecture/shophouse/intro.html.

Though many of the iconic shophouses are found in the city centre, there are also quite a number of peranankan themed shophouses in the east, especially in Katong and Joo Chiat area. The early development of Katong was as a seaside resort, with holiday homes and beachfront bungalows built along the east coast beaches. The style in Katong shophouses was known as Rococo, and they built during the 1930s.

Everitt Road Terrace for Rent

Located in serene environment of Katong-Joo Chiat area, this house is available for rent at only $4.999K. Size is 1700 sqft land and 2500 sqft built-in, consists of 4 rooms with ensuite baths. Nicely renovated, spacious and comfortable. Suitable for families as well as group tenants.
Call King @ 94772121 for viewing.



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