Neighbourhood

4 Mar 2010 – Marine Parade MP/马林百列…

in SIN is a town and an urban planning area east of the central business district. The public housing/HDB comprises 58 blocks here and over 85% of SIN 4.99million population live in HDBs including me. MP is served by MP Town Centre, which consists of several neighbourhood shops and a major commercial complex Parkway Parade  that houses offices and a shopping centre. A popular seaside weekend getaway for leisure, East Coast Park is well-known to locals and about 5mins walk from my place.

MP Community Building was completed in 2000 where MP Community Club & Library are located. Other facilities within the three-storey complex include a 263-seater theatrette, gym, basketball court and sports hall. Politics of MP is also a component division in the much larger MP Group Representation Constituency, a group representation constituency which elects six members to the Parliament of SIN. Senior Minister and former Prime Minister GOH Chok Tong  is a Member of Parliament for MP.

This area is in demand due to all the reasons above including good schools and private condos with a view. Bought my HDB 10 years ago and it has doubled its value since, not that I have any plans to sell! The only missing element for a movie buff is a cinema in the neighbourhood!! There used to be one by Parkway Parade many years ago. If there is no traffic jam, it will take about 10mims by car to the airport and 20mins to the center of town, add 5/10mins if by bus or heavy traffic. Now that I am a senior citizen, the bus ride cost 69cents from one end of the island to the other and watching a movie on the big screen for S$4 is rather enjoyable and affordable 🙂

Every man is surrounded by a neighbourhood of voluntary spies – Jane Austin