About this listing
I have two excellent listings, Woodsville Urban. It's a brand new building furnished with exquisite quality furnishing and all the modern amenities and facilities. There is an Infinity pool, gym, BBQ pit, kids playground conveniently located 200 meters or 0.12 miles Potong Pasir MRT. Please check it out for more alternatives.
First thing first... Only your studio is an ANNEX PRIVATE ROOM with your own ENSUITE BATHROOM and your own PRIVATE ENTERANCE. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THIS IDEA, PLEASE DO NOT BOOK IT. The rest of the places like kitchen and living rooms are shared spaces.
Getting this disclaimer out of the way, you might continue reading the rest of the description if you are still interested.
Smack in the middle a tropical jungle is this quaint little 3-level, 75 year old colonial apartment building. Despite the wild setting, inhabited with hornbills, king fishers, parrots and squirrels in the day turning to the nocturnal sounds of wildlife and owls at night - there is hardly a mosquito to ruin your stay!
The design of this beautiful colonial building is an open concept, and since it is situated on one of the highest plateaus with no obstructions around the area, it enjoys strong cooling breezes all year round. Every guest who has graced this dwelling has told me that this apartment is a breath of cool air in this tropical island.
After my description above, one might think that I live in seclusion. In fact far from it. According to the map, we are more central than the entire down town area of Singapore. We are literally 10-20 minutes away from anywhere by cab – the main shopping district of Orchard Road, the historic Chinatown, Clarke and Boat Quays or the restaurant oasis of Club Street. The Central Express Way aka CTE is at our next junction. You can’t get any more convenient than that.
Unlike my other room, this room is a completely private studio with your own bathroom and private access to your room. I won't even know if you come or go. But you want to have anything, all you need to do is knock on my door and I'll attend to you. But if you are bored in your own studio, just pop by and enjoy my living room and kitchen, which is shared with me, and guests are more than welcome to enjoy a glass of wine at my balcony too.
As a guest, you will be very much welcome in my home. So let me take this opportunity to introduce myself. I used to be an entertainer, starting out as a model in San Francisco when I was sixteen, followed by being a MTV and Channel V VJ before I got myself a talk show spot in Taipei, Taiwan. I have now traded glitz and glamor for a Ph.D. I’m quite open on (website hidden); please do check it out if you want to know more about who Rick Tan, (website hidden) really is. I do believe that wisdom is knowledge through one’s experience, so let’s trade stories about our life experience.
I also feel that everything is possible - all you need to do is ask. I’ll make your stay in Singapore an amazing experience that you will brag about it to your friends for years to come. I have been told time and again that I’m a great ambassador for Singapore, so rest assured you will go back with plenty of knowledge, insights and wonderful moments.
You might want to do the touristy thing, but if you are looking forward to a true local Singapore experience, then I’ll show you around whenever I want to catch a breather from my Ph.D. research, I’ll let you know so that you can plan in advance. I look forward to seeing you in Singapore. Rick.
Kids 5 year-old and below stays for free, otherwise they count as an adult.
Laundry is SGD$20 per load inclusive of ironing.
To make sure that my guests are comfortable, I will not accept more than 2 adults and an infant of less than 3 years old.
And last but not least, please be aware that pre-approved does mean that it's confirmed. It's all first come first serve. Please do not wait till the last moment because others might have booked it already and I won't be able to do anything about it.
And also I do price my place very competitively, hence I would not give any further discounts.
I'm sorry I have to put this disclaimer down for there were many incidences where people have asked me why they can't book it after they have been pre-approved and that's the reason why.
Thanks for checking my dwelling out.
1) Common area
1) Smoking is only allowed on the balcony.
2) Help save the environment by not wasting water and electricity.
3) Close the windows and turn off all electricity if you leave the apartment for a substantial period of time.
4) Most importantly relax and communicate with me to make your stay much more comfortable.
5) And also I do price my place very competitively, hence I don't give any further discounts.
Rick is a great host. He took the time to show us around the country and welcome us into his home. His family was very friendly and the room was quite comfortable for two people. I am sure a person could try to find another place place to stay in Singapore, but I don't know why you would bother. Stay with Rick, get some delicious dining tips, and enjoy the lovely country of Singapore.
One of the best trips in a loong time. Although Rick was not in town, he had made all the required arrangements. The house is such a lovely place and the people were a pleasure to interact with. The house help was very kind and polite. The whole experience has been wonderful and if you are staying in Singapore for short periods, do not miss this!
Rick's place was very airy and comfortable. We were glad that it was as mentioned, a quiet, serene place. Rick is an incredible host. He invited us to his side of his home and to relax in his lounge even before meeting us on our arrival. We spent time on his lovely veranda relaxing and listening to the birds amidst a softly warm breeze until he got back. Rick is warm, loquacious and conscientious and politically aware about the world we live in. He is after all a doctoral Scholar! My partner and I had such long and enthusiastic conversations about so many things and in the process also getting to know a bit about Rick and his very interesting multi-talented background and experience.
Later Rick drove us to a wonderful restaurant and invited us to dinner. A great gesture after an already wonderful evening. Thank you Rick once more for being a remarkable host and a truly great stay!
Although Rick was out of the country, his housekeeper was very responsive and helped me up the three flights of the stairs to the room. The room was as pictured but I think I misunderstood the description of "entire home/flat" and was a bit shocked to see that while I had the private use of the room, there were other people staying in the apartment. I felt very uncomfortable since I had expected to have the whole place to myself.
The apartment is located in a very green and quiet area about 12 minutes walk from the nearest MRT station and 6 minutes from the nearest bus station.
Rick was the best host ever! Stay here for a true Singapore experience. Rick took us to a local hawker center and we got to try chili crab, egg tofu and other tasty delights. He even drove us downtown so we could catch the light show at the Marina Bay Sands. We were in Singapore to attend a wedding and he arranged to have our clothes washed and arranged to have my suit dewrinkled.
The room is cute, convenient, and comfortable. A private asian styled shower/toilet is attached. Any needs I had and even ones I didn't know I had were met beyond reasonable expectations. I hope to stay again in the future.
Get your SIM card in the airport before you get a taxi! Rick warned us, but we didn't listen. It is cheaper and easier that way.
Rick is a friendly and considerate host who met us a the airport on arrival in Singapore. The room and bathroom were clean and tidy and the apartment is set in a quiet, well-treed area. Each morning we enjoyed coffee and toast on the veranda while watching the squirrel-like animals busy in the trees. The room is air-conditioned and has a ceiling fan. The apartment is an easy walk to Woodleigh MRT station and a slightly longer walk into Serangoon. On our last day we were able to have a late checkout and shower and Rick organised a taxi to the airport for us. We'd happily stay at Rick's again and recommend it to other travellers looking for something more than the usual Singapore accommodation experience.
Staying at Rick's place was the BEST CHOICE I could have ever made! A place like his is VERY hard to find in Singapore, and a host like Rick you probably find NOWHERE. If you are going to Singapore, you want to be central but still have a little bit of the rain forest / park atmosphere, the Quaint Resort Studio is THE PLACE TO BE. Thank you Rick for your hospitality, and see you next time!
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About the Host, Rick
i currently residing in forested area while I'm working on my Ph.D. in Chinese international relations history at NTU.
I love hanging out at home and having friends around. My favorite things to do are; keeping up with some of my favorite TV series such as the Daily Show, Jeopardy. I listen to KQED while i fall asleep, KQED is also great to wake up to. Love a NPR quiz show, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.