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Under the Block

Ben has been taking skateboarding lessons on Saturday mornings from a local Singaporean guy named Tobias.  It’s just Ben and Tobias (with Nicky, Dave and me looking on).  Tobais seems to be just right for Ben and Ben has been having fun.  This past Saturday the common outdoor area that they had gone to to practice was too wet so Tobias suggested they have the lesson “under the block”.  We didn’t know what he meant at first but quickly figured out that’s how a local person refers to the HDBs.  There is typically a big open area on the ground level of each HDB.  Sometimes markets develop in this area, sometimes you’ll see weddings or parties being held there, and usually they are just empty areas with few benches for hanging out.  So, we went under the block.  I thought I should take couple of pictures so we remember some of these every days sights of Singapore.

Ben and Tobias
Ben and Tobias
Practicing...
Practicing...
Here are the steps down to the area we were....
Here are the steps down to the area we were....
Here's the front of this HDB as we see it from the street.  Open area is down the steps and below
Here's the front of this HDB as we see it from the street. Open area is down the steps and below
that's our shopping area that we go to almost daily...it's walking distance from our house and that's how it looks from the HDB
that's our shopping area that we go to almost daily...it's walking distance from our house and that's how it looks from the HDB
Here's the back of the HDB with a semi usual car pictured and some laundry drying.
Here's the back of the HDB with a semi usual car pictured and some laundry drying.
The is the back of a gas truck which had pulled up to deliver a canister to a resident.  You can get a new tank of gas within 15 minutes any day of the week
The is the back of a gas truck which had pulled up to deliver a canister to a resident. You can get a new tank of gas within 15 minutes any day of the week
Nicky - teaching himself rollerblading.
Nicky - teaching himself rollerblading.
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