Just three stops from Orchard MRT is Toa Payoh.
This was the first neighbourhood that HDB flats were built. Over the years, buildings have changed and upgrading have rejuvenated the lively estate. With the MRT located in the basement and the air-conditioned bus interchange on the first level, travel and infrastructure is a breeze. The atrium next to the bus interchange, facing the NTUC Fairprice, is a commercial hub. Usually during weekends, stalls set up their items for sale.
This weekend, the NTUC Fairprice is holding a Chinese New Year sale.
With the giant billboard screen, the Toa Payoh atrium is a good place to mingle with friends and family. If tired, you can sit on the steps. I find Toa Payoh Central very compact and easy for walking. There are at least six shops selling shoes, three shops competing side by side selling toiletries, a factory outlet selling casual clothes ranging from S$2 and many food stalls where meals can be bought under S$5.
To get away from the crowd, there is the Library. There is also the Toa Payoh Park opposite the Bus Interchange.
So if feeling tired of the crowd in Orchard Road and tourist places, this is a good place to mingle with the locals and grab things on a bargain.
Till next post, travel safe wherever you are!