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A Super Lucky 7-Eleven

Feeling lucky? Head down to this spot, touted as one of the most auspicious Singapore Pools counters in town. This 7-Eleven has produced nine Group 1 and 28 Group 2 Toto winners since 2014. The outlet should be easy to spot, as you’ll find snaking queues wrapped around it most days. But if you're planning a date with Lady Luck, do it soon as the convenience store located at Block 102 will be demolished by the end of 2022 to make way for a new community space called Chill@Chong Pang. In the meantime, though, gamble within means and huat ah!

AMK Town Garden East

If you seek a moment of Zen, head down to this scenic spot. Sitting just behind the MRT station is a green slice of heavenly calm: Ang Mo Kio Town Garden East. It is built on the site of a former rubber estate and kampong called "Cheng Sua Lai", which means "green hills interior" in Hokkien. These days, you'll still find rubber, cacao, and cinnamon trees around the park, with statues of rubber seeds and nutmegs scattered amongst them. And even though it’s smaller than the nearby Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West, the five-hectare open space is nonetheless a great place for a gentle jog and a deep breath of fresh air.

AMK Town Garden West

We’re calling it – AMK Town Garden West is the most underrated green space in Singapore. Spread out over a 22-hectare hill, the park feels like a mini Botanic Gardens, minus the crowds. The most iconic feature here is the pair of 120-step staircases, which are majestically lined with palm trees and make for a great spot for Instagrammers and fitness aficionados alike. The lotus pond used to be a key attraction for photography enthusiasts but our residents share that it has been filled in recent years. That said, there are still plenty of scenic spots for spreading out a picnic mat, strolling through the forested area to admire flowering trees, or letting the kids have a field day at the adventure playground. 

Ang Mo Kio Joint Temple

When Chinese migrants moved to Singapore, some of them settled in an area close to where Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 is located today. The village was called Kow Tiow Kio, which means "Nine Bridges" in Hokkien, and its inhabitants were mostly Hokkien or Hakka farmers. They had brought their religions with them, and various wooden temples were established in the vicinity. When the government began developing the Ang Mo Kio precinct in the 1970s, the villagers were resettled, and some of the temples combined to form a single site of worship. The joint temple that stands here today was refurbished in 2011, and comprises Kim Eang Tong, Kong Lim Kong, and Leng San Giam.

ANNAGEE

The name of this tea shop is actually a play on three Chinese characters which pronunciation is similar to “energy”, and mean "serenely and safely offering energy". The guiding principle behind the brand is to elevate the simple pleasures of life through a good cuppa, and as such the tea leaves sold here all hail from some of the finest estates in China. The three varieties available include pu’erh, tieguanyin, and da hong pao. For something more experiential, book a session at the atelier with co-founder and tea master Ms Vivian Ng. She makes for a delightful host and loves sharing her knowledge about brewing methods, tips around mindful living, and stories behind the leaves with tea lovers.

You also stand to win awesome prizes in our Jalanhuat giveaway here! From 15 March to 25 April, we have loads of prizes up for grabs in our weekly draws: think $150 Tuck Shop app credit that may be redeemed for purchases at Yishun Park Hawker Centre; $30 voucher from Chong Pang Nasi Lemak and Tan’s Tu Tu Coconut Cake. For the grand draw open to all participants for the duration of the campaign period, three participants will receive an Apple Watch Series 3, a $188 Grab voucher and a staycation at Wanderlust hotel respectively. Excited? Simply head down and scan the Jalanjalan QR code displayed at the stall to win big!

 

 

Art Mural

Ang Mo Kio scores an “A” in our books when it comes to integrating art into the heartlands. Those going for a jalan jalan session around the neighbourhood will spot murals dotted all over the estate. An old favourite is “Reminiscing Old Ang Mo Kio” by Mr Yip Yew Chong, located behind the Teck Ghee Court Market & Food Centre, which was created as part of the Arts in Your Neighbourhood initiative in 2018 by the National Arts Council. For something more current, check out Mr Lee Kow Fong’s (aka Ah Guo) murals near Central Stage, which were painted in July 2020. Featuring adorable mask-wearing and flag-waving families and animals, the works are a celebration of the resilience of the community despite the challenges of the year, and a reminder to find joy in everyday life.

Ban Soon Sewing Machine

This is for the crafty ones: Ban Soon, one of the most popular shops for sewing equipment in Singapore. Mr Ong Ban Soon was a door-to-door salesman of sewing machines since 1976 and finally picked Clementi to lay down his roots. The unassuming store stocks an extensive range of sewing machines, and conducts classes for novice hobbyists who purchase from them. The real charm of the store though, lies in the community of sewers it has nurtured. If you ever need advice for any project you are currently working on, or simply tips on how to perfect your craft, pop by and you might find the answers you need.

Bedok Black Book - Seeking Recommendations

Can't find your favourite Bedok hangout on our list? Be it a super under-the-radar hawker gem, a heritage business in its sunset days, or a mamak shop that has been your go-to for a retro snack-fix since you were a wee kid, as long as it is special to you, we want to hear about it. 
Jalanjalan.me is a project made for the community, by the community. So spread the love for your favourite small businesses in the heartlands and share your insider recommendations. Simply
fill a form and take us on a Jalan Jalan tour of your personal neighbourhood hotspots!

 

Bedok Heritage Trail

While much of Bedok has been redeveloped to cater to modern lifestyle demands, Bedok and the East Coast is steeped in history of life by the beach—think fishing, beach parties, and even pirates on the high seas. While the Bedok we know today is a mix of HDB heartland, small but intimate condos, hidden sprawling properties and a reclaimed beachfront, you can still explore the Bedok of old through the Bedok Heritage Trail. The trail, curated by the National Heritage Board, includes 10 points that cover the architecture and lifestyle of old Bedok. While the area is undergoing redevelopment again, in preparation for the Thomson-East Coast MRT line, you can still explore each point on foot or bicycle.

 

Chong Pang To-Do List Wanted!

Can't find your favourite Chong Pang hangout on our list? Be it a super under-the-radar hawker gem, a heritage business in its sunset days, or a mamak shop that has been your go-to for a retro snack-fix since you were a wee kid, as long as it is special to you, we want to hear about it. 
Jalanjalan.me is a project made for the community, by the community. So spread the love for your favourite small businesses in the heartlands and share your insider recommendations. Simply fill a form
and take us on a Jalan Jalan tour of your personal neighbourhood hotspots!