Welcome 2018! We are all set for the journey…

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The Fresco & Avid Estates team would like to wish everyone a happy new year and welcome 2018! It has been a wonderful 2017 and a lot of stuff happened and done that year.  It’s a whole new year and it’s a good time to reflect and plan our next goal to achieve more. Love someone more especially ourselves, take ‘time’ more seriously and be always grateful and thankful for everything that we got.

For house-buyers, this may be a good year to start looking since the stamp duty cost remained the same and generally, home prices are not exactly escalating (so far). We have some really good bargain deals for those who are interested. For the would-be-tenants, we have really good and nice units to-let too. Head on to http://www.fresco.strikingly.com or https://kevinfoocy.iagent.my/default.aspx?p=Listings for more details!

Have a great and purposeful year ahead! Till next time, see ya.

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Nu Skin EcoSphere water purifier

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Hey, what’s this? It’s the new water purifier system from NuSkin – ‘Ecosphere’! Just got the news earlier last week and went for the briefing about this newest addition to the NuSkin product family hot on the trail of the AgeLOC LumiSpa™. It will be mde available to all in January 2018.

Many of us have or may think of getting a water filter/purifier at some point but what are the main reasons and what are the factors at play that we want one? Generally, based on claims from certain quarters, Malaysia’s tap water is safe for consumption. But I doubt neither of us would want to quench our thirst straight from the pipe right? Why? Personally, I have a simple water filter at home and has been using it for like a couple of years.

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We all know no matter how ‘clean’ the water is supplied to our homes, we would never want to consume it right away. Either we boil it or merely get a water filter to do the job efficiently. But do you know what is actually inside the water even after it is treated in the water-plant?

For starters we have these:

Heavy metals: Lead, Arsenic & Copper

Synthetic chemicals: Chlorine, Fluoride & Pesticides

Pollutants: Fuel, Sediment, Sewage & Rust

With the above substances inside our water, one would easily tell it’s not safe for consuming, well at least for long term. We all need something that works, cost-effective and also, something classy to work for us. Enter NuSkin EcoSphere Water Purifier! What is so special about this and what sets it apart?

The EcoSphere Water Purifier eliminates harmful toxins, chemicals, and other impurities from tap water to provide clean, safe drinking water for you and your family to drink healthy. Its i4 UltraPure Technology is representative of NuSkin’s commitment to superior water purification. It consists of intelligent 4-stage ultra purification technology that supports overall wellness and helps you avoid health risks by effectively eliminating 99.9999-percent of bacteria. This intelligent 4-stage ultra purification technology is superior to carbon block filters or even microfiltration. Hop over to https://www.nuskin.com/content/nuskin/en_SG/products/EcoSphere-Water-Purifier/about.html to read more about the product.

Ad-experienceFinally, if there’s something at home that I want and it’s efficient doing what it does, it has to be classy and minimalist. NuSkin never fail to offer its range of products that is not polished and elegant. The installation is simple and most of all, it wouldn’t look out of place anywhere in the kitchen or anywhere with  tap and power point.

At night, there’s even a luminous blue light emitting from the top and it is a most wonderful sight when you want to get a glass of total purified water in the dark. The faucet extension is also carefully and neatly designed for an uncomplicated look and use.

We can’t wait for the availability next year and while getting younger and healthier, we are also decorating our home with more and more stylish items from NuSkin. Offering someone we love the most there is to offer is the best gift we can bestow. Mom and Dad certainly need one of these!

Signing off. Until we owned one of these… cheers to a healthy and clean clear glass of water !


Images courtesy of Nuskin Enterprise and all related agents and parties involved.

Star Wars : The Last Jedi is delightful!

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Caught the movie on the opening night itself (14th Dec 2017) after feeling a little jaded from work earlier. The 3 of us caught the 10pm show as the little guy don’t have to go his holiday tuition the next day. And we didn’t know it’s a 2 1/2 hours show.  And what do we, or rather I think of the movie as a Star Wars fan? It was brilliant. But there’s a chapter where I think it’s a little unnecessary (or could be done in another way) which took the gas off a little. Mild spoilers ahead.

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The opening scene is something what all Star Wars fan wanted, a space battle with Star Destroyers, X-wings, Tie-Fighters and some Rebellion bombers (MG-100 StarFortress SF-17). There is a new ship called the ‘Dreadnought’ (Mandator IV-class Siege Dreadnought) which is simply beautiful and deadly, only the screen time dampens it’s classiness. A movie like this should have a fast-paced opening scene to settle the expectation and this didn’t fail. Wonderfully shot and a little emotions was thrown in by the end of the 1st act.

Although the Luke-Rey piece sort of slowed down the approach somewhat but it gives the impression that the new Star Wars franchise do really want to focus more on character development rather than pure good-evil battle scenes. I enjoyed how the relationship unfolds and what is in store for Rey as well as Luke Skywalker after the latter lost all interest in reigniting the Force and the continuing the Jedi reform.

As mentioned earlier, the part where it is a little cumbersome and could be done slightly different is where Finn and Rose went about looking for a codebreaker in the planet Canto Bight. I personally don’t see any continuation of that part to the rest of what is happening in space. The casino and the Fathiers (the cow horse animal) scenes are probably there just to satisfy the franchise’s tradition of having strange creatures and space inhabitants to grace the show. Another setting would be more appropriate I guess. But hey, that’s just me.

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The majestic throne room of Snoke

The part where the Rebellion is constantly pushing through various means of survival from the chasing First Order army and the tension that’s growing between Rey, Ren and Luke is one of the best approach to bring us to the final act. I was repeatedly asking when is the last frame of the movie and I was again and again brought to another setting and sequence to unravel the drama and it’s surprising and thrilling at the same time.

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The battle of Crait

By the time we get to the battle of Crait, there is a slight flashback of Empire Strikes Back – Battle of Hoth anyone?. With the incoming walkers and defending Rebellion troops in a tight area waiting to buy time, yeah this feels like it. Good scene though but not entirely captivating. And Luke’s galaxy-spanning representation is one of the most mind-blowing thing about this movie. Although it’s a refreshing take on Jedi powers, but one just feel the ending of Luke Skywalker (at least in physical form) felt rushed.

The ending is subtle and paved a good foundation to the (final chapter?) of Star Wars in Episode 9. Will the opening scene again have the First Order hot on the Millennium Falcon’s tail or it’ll be told a few good years after the latest events where the Rebels has gain back their momentum and support from the rest of the galaxy? We’ll find out soon in Dec 2019. I want to, do you?

It’s Christmas again… Ho ho ho..

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This year, it’s slightly more Christmas-y for everyone here in Avid Estates. We have the cutest decor around the office and we also had our early Christmas dinner last weekend since most of us will be away during the holidays.

This year, the dinner and gift exchange was done at Butaya Izakaya @ Sri Hartamas. This place serve really good Japanese food and cheap sake by the bottle. Strange it may sound celebrating a Christmas dinner in a Japanese restaurant, but it was fun nonetheless. It’s all about the people really. Unfortunately, Naz couldn’t join us this round though.

We had a a little real estate quiz to warm up the gift exchange moment and,  it shows how much we know about the arena. Well done to all the winners. It is also a way to celebrate our 2016 as we achieve a certain high on our targets. Go go 2018! Nice little gifts from the company too! I think there is an upgrade of gift from everyone this year. No dodgy stuff this time round.. hahaha.

This year, the missus made a surprise appearance and joined us at Suzie Wong afterwards.  We had great fun there as it was our first time after planning for some time and it was 11 years (wow) since me and the missus went full throttle in a place like this. The stamina may not be there but our anticipation and fun selves certainly weren’t lacking.

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Suzie Wong @ KL

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Oh, yeah, and we had 2 of these baby that night! Felt a little like James Bond there!

Till next year, have a Merry Christmas everyone! Cheers!

Visually stunning and good value rentals

When we search for a place to rent, we usually look for those with a good location, nice decor, great furnishing and of course, a really good price. How often do we get these? Not often enough I must say. The first impression is equally important and something nice doesn’t always come with a nice price tag. But in this case, we have 2 equally fantastic units to offer!

First, we have Ameera @ SS2. This is our first spotlight of this month’s ‘poetry in a room’ condominium. This close to 1,300 sqft home is an award-winning unit with the Gold Award at The Edge–Haven My Dream Home Awards in 2012.  It is tastefully designed and deliciously furnished to the highest standard. With a touch of artistic punch coupled with a contemporary nudge, this is truly a home for the modern urbanites. Let me know if you need more pictures to satisfy that curiosity.

Ameera Residences is the first phase of a mixed development built by SDB Properties (a subsidiary of Selangor Dredging Bhd). The condo’s name, Ameera simply means “princess” in Arabic. This condo is expected to be fully completed by end of 2009 and would be ready for occupancy by the first quarter of 2010.

Ameera Residences has two sections – a low rise block and a 29-storey tower block. The low rise block has an “L” shaped building where one side of the building is 4-storey high and another side is 12-storey high. The low rise block features 53 villas, including limited edition garden villas and penthouses. At the tower block, there will be 237 condo units including 5 penthouses.

Ameera Residences is located along Jalan SS2/72, within the SS2 neighborhood in Petaling Jaya. It is accessible via Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong (LDP), Jalan SS2/24, Jalan 17/47, Jalan Universiti, and Sprint Highway. It is within walking distance to schools and institutions (SK Taman Sea, SJKC Puay Chai, UTAR and The Otomotif College), food outlets, corporate offices, shopping malls (Tropicana City Mall, 1-Utama) and many others.

Next, we have the newly refurbished Pantai Panorama unit. The unit was off the market for a good couple of months and what a comeback this time around. The living hall is totally revamped and was given a contemporary look and with new furniture and additional items around the unit, it gives the potential tenant a good run for their money and add in a friendly owner/landlord, this is a must go to unit if you’re looking for something nice in Pantai Panorama. As of the time of writing this, we already have 2 offers coming from 2 expats!

Pantai Panorama is a freehold condominium located in Bukit Kerinchi (formerly known as Kampung Kerinchi) in Pantai, right above the new development of 60-acre Bangsar South.

Pantai Panorama comprises of five 18-storey towers that house a total of 708 units. It was developed by AMDB and completed in 1996. The condominium is complete with full condominium facilities including swimming pools, mini mart, playground, BBQ area, spa, gymnasium, restaurant and laundrette. It is secured by 24-hour security guard service and its security is enhanced by CCTV and lift access card.

Pantai Panorama is strategically located nearby amenities and prime areas. It is just mere minutes away from Mid Valley Megamall, The Gardens and Bangsar Village. You can easily access to the condominium from Federal Highway, Penchala Link and New Pantai Expressway.


Details of each property are courtesy of Propwall.

Happy Thanksgiving guys!

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It’s another year and it’s Thanksgiving (on the other side of the globe). We don’t really celebrate it here in Malaysia, so this is just a tribute to all my expats and foreign friends.  

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan.

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and around the same part of the year in other places. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well.

 


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