Wouldn't do credit to those nice pre-war shophouses at Balestier Road if I don't show them close up. So I will definitely take more pictures soon. But I thought this picture taken from a carpark which is on a little hillock near the popular Boon Tong Kee restaurant offers an alternative view. Notice that most of the shophouses actually still have an old-fashioned chimney (picture left). The very modern chimney in the fore of the picture above, belongs to the newly refurbished Balestier food centre. BTW, the carpark offers free parking in the evening, so there is really no need to park riskily on the main road or side lanes (double white lines) for your favourite bak kut teh or roast duck. Picture taken March 2014.