I find it funny every time I hear people say "East Side, Best Side". It's just funny. Unlike "West", east doesn't even rhyme with "Best". But then again, whatever rocks your boat.
I spent about 17 years in the east. Long enough to know how the place is like. I first spent my time there in the mid 1990s. Back when there were no smartphones, no accessible internet and only 2 MRT lines. At that time I have already realised that the east is different from where I was from.
What is the difference? It is hot. It was already hot then. It is even hotter now.
I remember telling the people around me when I said that the east is hot. Hotter than other parts of Singapore. But they always say that Singapore is too small to have any climate difference. But I noticed. Even the natural vegetation is different. I didn't understand why no one noticed the difference in the vegetation. And since there were no internet to back me up, no one believed me.
But yes, I have always realise that the east is hot. Now that I am away from the area, I really do not mind not going there again. Actually, I avoid the east as much as I can.
You can say that the east is the best side, but I have to say that the west is "cooler". Literally.
I knew that the there is a hilly range in the west and I believed that could be the reason. Obviously the natural vegetation is different too.
"Generally, there is much more rainfall on the western side of the island than on the eastern portion of Singapore, owing to a rain shadow effect.
Thus, the eastern side of Singapore is much drier and slightly hotter than western Singapore. This can cause slight weather disparities from one side of the island to the other. This is significant to note because even a small hill such as Bukit Timah Hill can cause this phenomenon. Despite Singapore's small size, there may be sunshine on one side while there is rain on the other. "
So yes, the west side is cooler.
But I will not stop here. I will still not go to the west. Every time I ride home, I will always notice the difference in temperature. And here is what I can find to back me up.
"Coolest – Northern region
We’ve always believed that the West side is the coolest side in Singapore because of the constant East-West comparisons.
But little did we know that folks up in the North have the last laugh because their region is the one holding this unofficial title."
So easterners and westerners, you all can debate all you want in deciding which side is the best side.
East side best side? Ok.....
West side best side? Cool....
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