Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

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We are 2 days away from one of Malaysia’s biggest annual celebrations, the Hari Raya Aidilfitri. This is the day where most of our Malay and Muslim friends travel back to their hometowns and gather with their families to celebrate the end of the month of Ramadan and the start of the Eid.

Normally, they will host open houses for relatives and guests to feast on offerings such as curry, spiced rice, various type of meats (halal) and other local favourite delicacies. This is the time where everyone is looking forward to meeting their distant relatives or even friends they’ve not met for some time.  Some would even take the opportunity to tie the knot on this auspicious day.

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The colours green, blue, red and yellow usually dominates the settings for most.  There will be some firecrackers going on somewhere and if you’re lucky enough, you can catch some of those villagers playing with home made bamboo firecrackers (very dangerous but effectively efficient).

Generally, the Malays in Malaysia are a friendly lot and they would be the first to offer food and accommodation to their guests when it’s relevant. Malaysians celebrate the Hari Raya Aidilfitri this Sunday, 25th June 2017 which ends on Tuesday, 27th June 2017. Respect and act kindly to our Muslim friends of their tradition and culture, and you shall be treated likewise. For as long as I can remember, they stand by this proverb – HATI GAJAH SAMA DILAPAH, HATI KUMAN SAMA DICECAH. (Ask your Malay friends if you want to know the meaning) (“,)

Eid al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر‎‎ ʻĪd al-Fiṭr, IPA: [ʕiːd al fitˤr], “festival of breaking of the fast”) is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). The religious Eid is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on the observation of new moon by local religious authorities, so the exact day of celebration varies by locality.

Eid al-Fitr has a particular Salat (Islamic prayer) consisting of two Rakats (units) and generally offered in an open field or large hall. It may be performed only in congregation (Jama’at) and has an additional extra six Takbirs (raising of the hands to the ears while saying “Allāhu Akbar”, literally “God is great”), three of them in the beginning of the first raka’ah and three of them just before Ruku’ in the second raka’ah in the Hanafi school of Sunni Islam. Other Sunni schools usually have twelve Takbirs, seven in the first, and five at the beginning of the second raka’ah. This Eid al-Fitr salat is, depending on which juristic opinion is followed, Fard فرض (obligatory), Mustahabb مستحب (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory) or mandoob مندوب (preferable).

Muslims believe that they are commanded by God, as mentioned in the Quran, to continue their fast until the last day of Ramadan and pay the Zakat and fitra before offering the Eid prayers.

The Fresco and Avid team wish all our Malay and Muslim friends, a happy and joyous Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2017!


Definition of Eid al-Fitr taken from Wikipedia.

Father’s Day 2017

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My father once said to me. “When you become a father, you have the responsibility to look after your family and provide them with the best you could”.

Those words now mean more to me than ever. After 11 years having my own family, my responsibilities grew many folds throughout and naturally, providing them with the best is the least we can do. If there’s one thing that I’ve learnt about being a father, it is the value of respect and keeping a cool head dealing with everyday challenges in front of your family.

My dad is no multi-millionaire nor he is a celebrated individual in his field. He is an ordinary person with a family that he cared for very much. We don’t have fancy meals and pricey toys to satiate our childhood. We certainly don’t travel much let alone visiting countries after countries. But what we have was a pretty good family life with a lot of love and care.

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We never question our father’s ability to raise us in the most lavish ways. But God knows how much he must’ve tried and wish that he could. When you have a responsive father and a role model that you could look up to, he is worth more than anyone who could buy you everything in the world.

He earns our respect with the way he conducts himself and if I remembered clearly, there were not once he fell short of providing us with what he was supposed to.  My dad was never the one who speaks a lot, but he is the person who looks after the family with all his might and capacity.

Dad, if you could recall, there was once I threw a tantrum when I couldn’t get some Star Wars activity books from a book fair (equivalent to Big Bad Wolf now) and you went all the way back to the crowded place the day after to buy me a few. I still remember. I  probably wouldn’t have done it for Adrian. I don’t see this as an act of pampering. I see this as your way of showing me how much you loved me and not wanting to disappoint me even for such trivial matter.

To have you as my dad is truly a blessing. You have done so much to raise me up and given me countless advice and wisdom that the only way to repay you is to care for you and not have you worry about me. Happy Father’s Day dad, and I love you!

Adrian made me a Father’s Day card this round. He did so to last year but the work was a little shoddy. This time, it’s a better one. I guess my boy loved and respect me like how I did to my dad. The card was filled with words and scribbles of how much he loved me and thanking me for taking real good care of him.  He even bought a book marker for me with his own lunch money. ♥♥♥

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The Fresco & Avid team wishes all the fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day! May you be forever blessed with the most wonderful gift a father could have- the deserved love and care from your children and loved ones!

Wedding reaffirmation

11th June 2017 was a momentous date for both of us as it was our wedding reaffirmation day @ RLC (Renewal Lutheran Church). After 11 years of tying the knot in 2006, we finally come full circle and guess it’s time to renew our vows once again. Caroline always wanted to do an English and walking down the aisle wedding procession. The last one we had was a simple ROM and a 40-tables wedding feast.

With the help of RLC and of course our good buddies, Albert & Kah Ling, and the selected guests who turned out that day, we made that possible. There were 9 couples participating in the event. We were the 6th couple in terms of wedded days.

Albert helped us with the nice placard for guests signatures and gifts were ready the night before by Caroline and my MIL. Helen helped out with the wedding gown and make-ups. Thank you, guys!

The session starts at 7pm but most of us were there by 5pm. There was a light cocktail prepared by RLC before the main event. All the guests were on time (not the usual Chinese dinner timing.. ahem) and the session starts with each of the couples walking down the aisle following the order of marriage days, ascendingly.

Adrian leads the way and the cheeky boy almost danced his way to the front. And he was so handsome with his white-greyed coat. The rest of the couples also have their children as the flower girls and page boys. They all looked so wonderful!

The couples exchanged vows and rings and by the time the last couple did theirs, everyone was so happy and look forward to their fabulous dinner. The Big Rajah, a premium full services Malaysian food catering and events planning company, is RLC’s favourite caterer. And this time, it’s no different. Their Indian food was super duper delicious. Mutton curry, biryani rice, roti canai, pappadam, dahl… there were even some great ‘kuih-muih’ prepared by some of the RLC members.

Everything went really well as we catch up with friends and family members throughout the night and taking loads of pictures.  *Sorry if the pictures didn’t get to show some of our other guests. We have them in our hearts already though!

Capping off a memorable night, just want to say I love you Caroline Goh. Thank you for having me as your husband and have us the most wonderful boy one could wish for in Adrian.

 

 

Another case study… for agents (Part 2)

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  1. The pic of the agent is no other than – the buyer’s girlfriend!
  2. Both Agent A and B was shocked nonetheless.
  3. Agent A called up the owner and told him what has happened.
  4. However, the owner didn’t want anything to do with these agents’ issues. He just wants to make sure the deal goes thru although he was made aware that he is potentially selling at a lower price (hence the 2% agent fee) to this particular buyer if the agent is indeed someone attached to him.
  5. That is expected though.
  6. As also expected, when the agents tried to get hold of the buyer, he couldn’t be reached. And so does everyone.

Moral of the story for agents out there:

Make sure you try your best to get exclusivity. Always get your agency appointment letter signed by the owner. Without that, you are just another ‘person’ helping another person to market his/her property. Not until you have the appointment/exclusivity in black and white, the above would likely happen.

To the lady agent, all I can say is… karma strikes quick sometimes… (“.)

Another case study… for agents (Part 1)

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In general,  in real estate, there is a lot of weird and dirty tricks being deployed to come out on top. This happened recently to our fellow agents.

Scenario:

  1. Agent A and Agent B co-broking on an RM 530k apartment
  2. Agent B brought a potential buyer for viewing
  3. Buyer came but insist on bringing the girlfriend for a second viewing
  4. Both came a week later and was satisfied with the unit but needed to renovate the unit extensively. The buyer said he needs to get his contractor relative to do a site visit to estimate the cost.
  5. This happens the following week. However, Agent A couldn’t make it (it was a weekend and with things to follow up) and told Agent B to take care of it during the visit and try to close the deal.
  6. Buyer finally decides to make an offer and both him and the owner came to an agreeable price.
  7. However, while waiting for the buyer to come out with a cheque (earnest deposit), the owner called up Agent A and told him that a lady agent by the name of C****tine from M****City called him and says she will drop by to hand over the cheque for the purchase.
  8. Agent A was dumbfounded. Nevertheless, still get the owner to entertain the lady and see if this was indeed true as he nor Agent B could make it to the unit.
  9. The owner called back not long after saying this offer and cheque came from the same buyer Agent A and Agent B is working on.
  10. Both the agents tried calling the buyer and the lady agent to confirm the whole fiasco.
  11. As expected, none picked up their calls.
  12. Moments later, the buyer texted both agents and mentioned that he has not made up his mind buying the unit.
  13. Agent A felt something amiss and did a search on the lady agent. Her name, number and face popped up in one of the property portals.
  14. He sent the pic to Agent B.
  15. To be continued….

Happy Mother’s Day from the Fresco & Avid team

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner. There is no one more deserving of a day of reckoning than mothers around the world. Be it for her child, her man or the people that surround them. They are the pillar of strength to those who need their support, a fountain of love to those who needed affection and the galaxy of sacrifice to those who require her time and effort.

There are no words enough to describe a mother’s purpose in one’s life. If I could choose a single word to describe my mum..it would be ‘heart’. She does everything wholeheartedly and never cease to take a step back when things got tough. From her care of her 2 children and a breadwinner to her cookings, never once she shied away from her duty. Though not educated extensively, she fills her world with unending learning and teaches us not only the fundamentals of growing up but also the path to becoming a purposeful being.

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Here, we would like to wish all the mothers everywhere a Happy Mother’s Day and may you be blessed with eternal respect and perpetual good health until your final breath.

To my mum, I love you Mummy and may I have your love and care for as long as time permits.

To my wife, I love you darling and may you be showered with lots of love and care from everyone dear to you.. especially me.


Life doesn’t come with a manual – it comes with a Mother.

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