MyTurf

Bound by food, friendships and familiarity

Madam Tan Gek Bee (far left, with her neighbour Soh Ah Tung) moved back to MacPherson Lane (above) in 2004 as she missed the area. The women now meet at Madam Tan's flat up to four times a week to chat.
Madam Tan Gek Bee moved back to MacPherson Lane (above) in 2004 as she missed the area. The women now meet at Madam Tan's flat up to four times a week to chat.ST PHOTOS: KHALID BABA
Madam Tan Gek Bee (far left, with her neighbour Soh Ah Tung) moved back to MacPherson Lane (above) in 2004 as she missed the area. The women now meet at Madam Tan's flat up to four times a week to chat.
Madam Tan Gek Bee (left, with her neighbour Soh Ah Tung) moved back to MacPherson Lane in 2004 as she missed the area. The women now meet at Madam Tan's flat up to four times a week to chat.ST PHOTOS: KHALID BABA

My Turf is a fortnightly series that aims to share untold stories of our neighbourhoods. In this instalment, we take a look at the three blocks in MacPherson Lane designated to be demolished under the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme.

For 20 years, MacPherson Lane was both home and a place of work for Madam Tan Gek Bee.

She lived in a two-room flat at Block 81 between 1968 and 1988.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2018, with the headline 'Bound by food, friendships and familiarity'. Print Edition | Subscribe