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Former residents happy with new flats

HOME SWEET HOME: Mr Pang, his wife and his mother-in-law, say they are happy in their new five-room flat across the street from the old estate where they lived at. - TNP PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

A former resident of Block 79 is baffled why Madam Foong Chea Tai would want to remain there when the new 40-storey blocks are nicer and newer.

The shopkeeper who wanted to be known only as Mr Pang said he used live in the floor above Madam Foong's, but did not know her well.

"I don't understand why she wants to continue living there because these blocks look nicer and are much newer. Our old estate was so rundown," he said.

Several other former residents of Blocks 74 to 80 at Commonwealth Drive approached by The New Paper also preferred their new homes, citing the views and spaciousness.

UPGRADE

Mr Pang said his family used to live in a three-room flat in the old estate, but decided to fork out about $200,000 to upgrade to a five-room flat because his wife loved the unit the moment she saw it.

The couple, who live with the wife's mother, said they enjoy the unobstructed view from the balcony of their living room on the 23rd storey.

Mr Pang said in Mandarin: "It's perpetually windy here and it's nice. I live on such a high floor now and the view is quite attractive."

Another resident on the 13th storey of Mr Pang's block said his new home is much more spacious than his old flat at Block 77.

The man in his early 20s who declined to be named said: "The layout here is more suitable for my family. We enjoy the peace and quiet of this new estate, especially at night.

"At least I know my mother, who is always busy with chores and the kids, can get a good night's rest as long as we live here."

"The layout here is more suitable for my family. We enjoy the peace and quiet of this new estate, especially at night."

- Mr Pang, a former resident in Madam Foong Chea Tai's block, who used to live in a three-room flat, but paid $200,000 to upgrade to a five-room unit