Baker went to school here, did his NS here - now he works here too

Baker went to school here, did his NS here - now he works here too
Mr Leoh wanted to continue living in the area after his marriage, so he bought a flat near his old home.

WHO HE IS I'm a baker and I've lived in Marsiling Rise for decades. I grew up in Block 131, and I now live with my wife in Block 104, Woodlands Street 13, just seven minutes away from my childhood home.


I grew up here and studied at Woodlands Primary School.

I even did my National Service at the Yishun and Sembawang camps. These days, I work at a bakery nearby.

After spending nearly 30 years in this neighbourhood, I'm really attached to it. When I got married in 2006, I decided to buy a resale unit that's only a stone's throw from my old home, where my mum still lives.

It was a no-brainer - I didn't have to consider other estates because I'm so comfortable with this one.


When my family moved from a kampung in Kranji to our HDB flat here, I missed the fun of catching guppies in longkang (drains) and spiders in trees.

I learnt as a kampung boy that if the leaves of the coconut tree were sticky, a spider was probably hiding in between.

I played marbles with friends at the void deck of the new flat, but I still missed the wide open spaces I used to run around in.


Woodlands has come a long way since its rural days. There were few bus services then, and it was hard to get around. The feeder bus would take a very long time to come.

It's different now. The MRT station and bus interchange are nearby, so getting around is more convenient.


I'm familiar with the stallholders here - all the hawker uncles and aunties. I know the two neighbourhood doctors too. Sometimes, I stop by to chat after work. There is a strong sense of neighbourliness, and I would never think of living elsewhere.

This article was first published on August 2, 2014.
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