My kampong

Like most of the Singapore population (84%, according to the latest official statistics data), I live in an HDB flat. Because these tall apartment blocks loom over most of our little island, we spend a lot of time looking up at them — and not a whole lotta time looking down.

View from the top

Of course, when the 50-storey Pinnacle@Duxton (is the “@” in the name supposed to convey some modicum of hip modernity, as opposed to casting it as a remnant of dotcom diction?) is ready, the only people looking down on it will be those in the Shenton Way skyscrapers.

But HDB living is not just about cement shoeboxes. There’s also the unmistakable covered walkways that link one apartment block to another to the multi-storey carpark to the nearest bus stop or train station — until the entire neighbourhood’s a veritable rabbit warren of wall-less tunnels.

To the end

They’re handy, these walkways, as shelter from the sun and/or the rain (the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive). Now if only they weren’t such a blot on the urban landscape…

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