Saturday in Bishan

On Saturday June 7th, we had a free day to do whatever we pleased.  I took a few hours to visit the neighborhood of Bishan, which is the neighborhood of a vlogger whom I studied for my research paper on youth mobility in Singapore.  Bonny and I arrived in the neighborhood around 4PM.  The weather reached the high 80’s (or 32 degrees Celsius) and the sun shined bright.

Almost right next to the Bishan MRT hub, the amount of shop thieves being arrested is displayed in order to deter others from committing similar crimes.  The sign also encourages others to keep an eye out for crime.

Almost right next to the Bishan MRT hub, the amount of shop thieves being arrested is displayed in order to deter others from committing similar crimes. The sign also encourages others to keep an eye out for crime.

"My Bishan, My Home"  A banner for a community block party coming up on June 21st, scheduled from 8AM to 11AM.

“My Bishan, My Home”
A banner for a community block party coming up on June 21st, scheduled from 8AM to 11AM.

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A courtyard between businesses and residences. This space looked like an amphitheater and was right next to a playground for children.

 

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A birthday party was happening underneath one of the Bishan residence buildings.

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This advertisement on a taxi cab parked in the neighborhood was for a show called “Ah Boys to Men: The Musical.” Is this a reference to America’s popular 90’s boy band “Boyz II Men” or a reference to the transformation of boys to men through participation in Singapore’s National Service, I did not know.

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Clothes hang outside the Bishan homes to dry on permanent clothes lines. Parking spots were all along the residences.

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A woman with a rolling brief case and a young man on a bicycle wait to cross the street in Bishan.

 

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Two young men sit at a table and have a conversation under a Bishan residence. On the left side of the residence, three young boys played soccer (not shown in photo).

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The curving pathway along this hill led to a public park in the neighborhood.

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We could see the Bishan Skate Park from the top of the hill.

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The Bishan Harmony Park sign, seen upon entry to the park from the sidewalk. I talked to one of the skateboarders and he said he didn’t live in the neighborhood, but he came there to skate.

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Some of the residences of Bishan as we headed back to the MRT station.

From Bonny and I’s short visit to the Bishan neighborhood, the formation of a strong community was apparent.  People sat and talked or played in public spaces, even though it was a hot day; a birthday party with a chocolate fountain was in full swing; and a block party was happening soon.  I think the Bishan neighborhood would be a wonderful place to live.  It is centrally located, so the MRT is easily accessible.  There was also a shopping center and a park.  It seemed that I could easily get or do whatever I wanted without having to drive or even leave the neighborhood!

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