The latest issue of "The Real Deals" featured the up and coming estate of Punggol.
According to an entry in Wikipedia, Punggol, also spelt as Ponggol, means "hurling sticks at the branches of fruit trees to bring them down to the ground" in Malay. It could also refer to a place where fruits and forest produce are offered wholesale and carried away. These possible names indicate that Punggol was a fruit growing district. The place is said to take its name from the river Sungei Ponggol.
Punggol used to be called a "ghost town" due to the large number of built but unoccupied HDB flats. It was unpopular with potential home buyers then, given its distance from the city and lack of malls and recreational facilities. But what a difference a couple of years make!
The Real Deals (22-12-2011)