Ways to be Good Neighbours

Ways to be Good Neighbours
Madam Iris Chua, a 61-year-old retiree, with her neighbourhood-grown bittergourds and ladyfingers as part of a showcase of Good Neighbours Projects which promote neighbourliness in Singapore, at Toa Payoh HDB Hub Atrium on 24 May 2014.

SINGAPORE - This year's HDB Community Week, held at HDB Hub Mall in Toa Payoh, showcases 35 Good Neighbours Projects by students and residents. Here's a look at some of the ideas to promote neighbourliness.

Cooking for closer ties

What better way for Singaporeans to bond than over food? Last year, a team of pupils from Huamin Primary School saw this in action when they helped to hold a block party with food from coffeeshop stalls in Yishun.

This year, the pupils - now in Primary 6 - came up with a sequel. They held a competition for residents to share their home-cooked meals at another block party.

The chefs and their neighbours got to know one another better, and so did the girls. Said Wyna Ooi, 11: "When they cook, we try their food - and also interact with them."

Old games and new perspectives

Old-school games such as capteh are not just for the old, as Secondary 2 students from Siglap Secondary School found out.

"We wanted to help residents to bond by using their traditional games," said Nurmira Zanitra, 14. "We thought it can help to bring back old memories."

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