After many more days of looking in many different parts of town, all with their positive attributes, we are going to rent a lovely apartment on the 18th floor of The Metropolitan. It is close to the train (only a few stops from Gene’s office), close to wet markets (farmers markets) and Hawkers Center (prepared foods from vendors), and has a great view.
The wet markets and hawkers centers are not everywhere, at least not near where we are now, but in many neighborhoods; they are a big draw for us to live in a more traditional neighborhood. In addition to younger working people, we saw many elderly and young families here. This building has many Japanese and Indian residents living here, too. Since owning a car is so expensive, having these shopping areas near train stations or bus routes is quite common.
We need to get furniture and kitchen stuff. This should be fun, or frustrating, probably both. We have been looking online because we need to get most of it pretty quickly. I think we move in late July.