Moving to Bidadari Alkaff Oasis might be one of the best choices you’ll ever make in life.
A former cemetery grounds given new life, Bidadari is now one of Singapore’s prime property spots. Being close to great schools (think Maris Stella High and St Andrew’s) and MRT stations solidifies Bidadari as the perfect land to start a new family. Ongoing gentrification is also set to further raise home values in the area. So, consider yourself lucky if you managed to “chop” a unit in Alkaff Oasis.
At the moment, the nascent Bidadari has no distinguished landmarks or amenities to call her own. So if you ever feel bored living at Alkaff Oasis, here are some unique finds/spots nearby you can explore together with your family:
1. Appreciate the iconic “sloping roofs” at Potong Pasir
Potong Pasir is just a stone throw away from Alkaff Oasis. And the most prominent feature of Potong Pasir is the unique architecture of old HDB flats. Block 142, along with several other blocks in the neighbourhood, features a distinctive sloping roof.
But what’s the deal with these roofs? Back in the days, HDB wanted to incorporate “prominent features” into blocks within different estates. Eventually, they chose these ski-slope roofs to give Potong Pasir some flair. Sure enough, the sloping roofs of these blocks of flats have since become the recognisable icon of Potong Pasir. They are even visible even from the CTE!
2. Snack on crispy curry puffs at Baba Curry Puff Café
Heralded as “The Best Curry Puff in Town”, Richies Crispy Puff opened a Baba Curry Puff Café in 2015. Enjoy the signature crispy curry puffs, which are said to be “made from a secret Baba recipe passed down by ancestors”.
The traditional Peranakan-style café comes complete with old-school soda glasses, wooden stools and traditional patterned tiles. Besides puffs, you can order other Peranakan delights such as curry chicken, otak-otak and nasi lemak. Recently, the owners even brought in adorable (and popular) bear paw buns, inspired by the Taiwanese version!
3. Learn to be an archer at Potong Pasir CC
The Potong Pasir Community Club (CC) is a host to many interest groups including an Archery Club. It is one of of the few CCs in Singapore to have their indoor archery range. An elementary archery course, consisting of 4 sessions, costs S$45 for a Potong Pasir resident and S$100 for a non-resident.
Not into archery? The community club offers other recreational activities such as aikido, cheerleading and aero-modelling.
4. Eat mouth-watering Ngo Hiang at Lao Zhong Zhong Five Spice
Craving a sinfully-good meal? Make your way to Lao Zhong Zhong for some of the best ngo hiang you can find in Singapore.
Since the 80s, Lao Zhong Zhong has been the go-to place for Teochew ngo hiang. Their menu consists of 14 items, including Teochew pork sausage, prawn cracker with tofu, and ngo hiang roll. Prices remain very reasonable till today.
For the best Lao Zhong Zhong experience, dip the deep-fried goodness in the stall’s signature chilli sauce. The sauce is topped with crushed toasted peanuts and chopped onion. It has a savoury, spicy tangy taste with a hint of sweetness and nuttiness.
Location: 29 Tai Thong Crescent, Singapore 347858
Operating Hours: Tues – Sun: 10.00am to 12.00am
5. Hang out with your pet at Happenstance Café
Happenstance Café is the place to be seen with your fur-child on a lazy Sunday. It is situated about 15-min away (walking) from Potong Pasir Station.
A welcoming place where both pets and owners can enjoy a meal together, you could feel its hospitality charm even before stepping in. While you dive into the café’s delectables, your pet is free to mingle with other pets. There is even a dedicated play area equipped with cushions, toys, water bowls, and a pee tray. Hungry after playing? The café offers a pets’ menu – customisable pasta for your four-legged friend!
Need an outlet to flaunt your artistic skills? Every Friday, Happenstance Café offers a 2-hour watercolour workshop where you can paint your pets.
Location: 35 Opal Crescent, Singapore 328425
Operating Hours: Mon – Sun: 12.00pm to 9.00pm (Opens at 11.00am on weekends)
Tucked away in Woodleigh Park is a reclusive neighbourhood formed of black and white colonial houses. Set against the backdrop of rainforest foliage, these quaint, single-storey homes call to mind a time when Singapore is under the British Administration. So dense is the foliage of secondary deciduous trees in the area that many of them remain almost hidden from the main road.
As you walk or jog by some of these old colonial houses, reflect on how far Singapore has come since its colonial days. One could only imagine the multitude of heritage stories yet to be told!
7. Play football or join a sporting activity at The Arena
The Arena is a stylish new sports park housed within the refurbished Public Utilities Board (PUB) Recreation Club. This is the place to go for top-quality football pitches. Bend it like Beckham for as low as $50 per hour.
If football ain’t your thing, there are other sporting activities such as Muay Thai, aerial yoga, rock climbing, CrossFit and functional fitness you can participate with family and friends.
Peckish after a workout? You don’t have to go far for food. Café Football – the first football-themed café in Asia – serves “good, honest food” inspired by people’s love for football. The restaurant is partly-owned by Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.
Location: 48 Woodleigh Park, Singapore 357844
Operating Hours: Mon – Sun: 9.00am to 11.00pm (Opens at 8.30am on weekends)
8. Identify one of the largest roadside trees in Singapore
This large deciduous tree along Upper Serangoon Road is said to be more than 60 years of age and one of the largest roadside trees in the whole of Singapore. It was saved from axing through the joined efforts between agencies that wanted to realign a larger drainage channel under the road surface.
Location: Upper Serangoon Road, near Woodleigh Park
9. Take a stroll in Winnie the Pooh-inspired park (in the future)
Having a green landscape is important in many new BTO estates like Punggol and Tampines North. Sames goes for Bidadari. By 2021, you and your kids can spend hours immersed in adventures in a rustic woodland like Christoper Robin!
The 10-hectare Bidadari Park, inspired by the Hundred Acre Wood, is geared to be a key feature in Bidadari. Like Winnie’s home, Bidadari Park will feature undulating hills, lush greenery and a lake. It will also have 6-kilometres of nature appreciation trails.
For the keen wildlife observer, you can expect to see animals like the banded woodpeckers, yellow-rumped flycatchers, squirrels, dragonflies, painted jezebels and various migratory birds. There will be viewing shreds – inspired by bird’s nests – spread out across the park.
As for the children, they will have a playground – made of salvaged tree branches and logs – to look forward to. There’s even be a 5-metres high treehouse, nestled in a banyan tree. How exciting!
Bidadari Park is expected to be completed progressively by 2022.
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