Food centres and wet markets have always been locations for residents and friends to catch up with each other. We can also make new friends and find out more about the latest gossips among the heartlanders. Today, we met 4 muskeeters who frequent Tanglin Halt Market.
Names From Left To Right ( Photo ) : William, Gabriel, Yang, Tan
Hi Do you live around the area?
William: Yeah, four of us live nearby. Tanglin Halt, as well as Commonwealth Drive area.
How do you find the newly upgraded hawker centre?
Gabriel: Beautifully done, airy and the seating arrangements are very well planned. Now, it is a complete positive transformation of the place!
So where do you guys hang out before the upgrades were complete?
Tan: Oh, we chill at the coffee shop opposite the police post.
Have you guys tried any of the food? What do you recommend?
Yang: Well, some stalls have been in business for many years and we are glad that they chose to carry on their business after the upgrades.
All: We would recommend the Western food stall, as well as the ‘You Tiao’ stall next to it. These 2 stall owners have been around for quite a number of years, and now their food still taste as nice!
What do you think of the prices?
Yang: It is a bit high, about 20% increase in price. But we guess it is necessary for a more conducive place to eat and hang out, especially for us old men. Haha!
How is the crowd like in the few weeks that it had been reopened?
Yang: Not many people are coming here yet, as there are still many stalls which have not been reopened. But as the days go by, increasingly more and more people are visiting the food centre.
You guys must be looking forward to more stalls resuming their businesses!
All: Of course! For food junkies like us we would always try out new food, and as long as there is a place for us to hang out, we are happy!
There may be massive changes in our estates in terms of infrastructures and educational facilities. However, there are some things in life that are intangible and will not change. We have always taken things for granted in life because we have never bothered to stop and reflect about our lives. Who would have notice these 4 friends chatting every evening in the market? Perhaps it's time for us to relax a bit and look around us. Then, our lives will be more fulfilling.
The all new Tanglin Halt Market
Spacious interior of the hawker centre