Here in Singapore, unless you have quite a bit of money in your piggy bank, majority of the population stay in housing estates. These estates consists of tall blocks of flats, commonly about 20 to 40 storeys high(and the newest trend is 50 storeys, imagine if the life breaks down!).
I live in one such flat, and am glad my unit has a slightly larger kitchen. But still, the whole kitchen area is easily visible from the living room.
Below are my 'partners in crime': 1-my oven, 2-microwave, 3-small toaster oven, 4-Kitchenaid mixer
The kitchen also consists of a 'dry' area behind the sink - for laundry. You can see my dryer which is mounted on the wall. Peeking from the bottom right of the pic below is my movable trolley-cum-work surface. That's where I shape my breads, roll out pastries, do all the cutting and chopping etc.
On the right side of the kitchen is the fridge and a small dining table. We chose to place our table in the kitchen, so we have a larger area in the living room.