Month: December 2016

A new year ahead! Best wishes from Avid Estates and the Fresco team!

The Fresco Apartment is celebrating the incoming 2017 now! From all of us here from the Avid & Fresco team, we wish everyone a happy new year and may 2017 brings out the best in you and your family! Also, all the best wishes to your new endeavour and resolutions for the new year.

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Do visit our website thefrescoapartment for recent updates on property news and listing around Klang Valley that may interest you. Cheers!

Our first ride of the new MRT

We went for our first MRT ride today. Since the stations were not fully operational, we got on at Semantan station and took a trip to TTDI station and got down for our lunch nearby. The first impression of the stations is that it’s pretty awesome and definitely an upgrade from the LRT stations that we are so used to.

Since it’s newly launched, we were given free rides all the way till 16th January 2017. And this includes the feeder buses along Phase One of the Sg Buloh-Kajang (SBK) MRT Line. However, since the line was not opened in its entirety, we would just have to make do with Semantan to Sungai Buloh for now.

The entrance and payment counters looked polished and of higher grades. But we noticed that the ‘check-in counters’ gates opened and closed rather sluggishly. There were times the gates don’t operate correctly too. Think about the rush hour and the people jamming the place trying to reach office or home quickly! Need improvements here. Oh yah, Malaysians can use their ICs (with the Touch N’ Go system obviously) to check-in!

The stairs/escalators leading to the waiting platform is pretty high and it took us awhile to get there. The platform itself is not too shabby. Probably it’s still new and everything looked shiny. The directions and signages are well placed for sure.

Once we got in the coach, it really freezes us out. As there are not many passengers today, with the air cond in full blast.. we felt really really cold! Good job! Haha. The time from one stop to another takes roughly about a minute or so.

We can see that most of the stations are still having their’make-ups’ and probably need another couple of months to have a true end product.

After our lunch, we head back to Semantan station to get our cars and head back to office. Overall, the experience is good but of course, minus the traffic and potential glitches. One may wonder if the government really did all the homework to make this a successful project. But as it stands, still one of the more desired projects to make its bow in Malaysia!

That’s all from me here. Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried the MRT and what is/are the things you felt… could be better? Happy commuting and a great weekend ahead. Cheers!

Merry Christmas from The Fresco Apartment!!

Hey guys and girls! it’s that time of year again where red and white is coming to town! Just 2 more days to Christmas!! Wishing everyone will having a good Christmas this year, with food abundance and a warm place to celebrate! Signing off, once again The Fresco Apartment and all of us here at Avid Estates wishes everyone, happy holidays and a wonderful X’Mas!!

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Happy Winter Solstice everyone!

For my fellow non-chinese friends, the following is picked from Wikipedia so you’ll understand more about celebrating Winter Solstice as much as I do. (“o)


Dongzhi Festival

The Dōngzhì Festival or Winter Solstice Festival (Chinese: 冬至; pinyin: Dōngzhì; literally: “the arrival of winter”) is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians during the Dongzhi solar term (winter solstice) on or around December 22 (according to East Asia time).[1][2]

The origins of this festival can be traced back to the yin and yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos.[3] After this celebration, there will be days with longer daylight hours and therefore an increase in positive energy flowing in. The philosophical significance of this is symbolized by the I Ching hexagram (復, “Returning”).

Traditionally, the Dongzhi Festival is also a time for the family to get together. One activity that occurs during these get-togethers (especially in the southern parts of China and in Chinese communities overseas) is the making and eating of tangyuan (湯圓) or balls of glutinous rice, which symbolize reunion.[4] Tangyuan are made of glutinous rice flour and sometimes brightly coloured. Each family member receives at least one large tangyuan in addition to several small ones. The flour balls may be plain or stuffed. They are cooked in a sweet soup or savory broth with both the ball and the soup/broth served in one bowl. It is also often served with a mildly alcoholic unfiltered rice wine containing whole grains of glutinous rice (and often also Sweet Osmanthus flowers), called jiuniang.[5]

In northern China, people typically eat dumplings on Dongzhi. It is said to have originated from Zhang Zhongjing in the Han Dynasty. On one cold winter day, he saw the poor suffering from chilblains on their ears. Feeling sympathetic, he ordered his apprentices to make dumplings with lamb and other ingredients, and distribute them among the poor to keep them warm, to keep their ears from getting chilblains. Since the dumplings were shaped like ears, Zhang named the dish “qùhán jiāoěr tāng” (祛寒嬌耳湯) or dumpling soup that expels the cold. From that time on, it has been a tradition to eat dumplings on the day of Dongzhi.

Old traditions also require people with the same surname or from the same clan to gather at their ancestral temples to worship on this day. There is always a grand reunion dinner following the sacrificial ceremony.

The festive food is also a reminder that celebrators are now a year older and should behave better in the coming year. Even today, many Chinese around the world, especially the elderly, still insist that one is “a year older” right after the Dongzhi celebration instead of waiting for the lunar new year.

www.fresco.strikingly.com officially online now!

Hey guys! As you all know that we launched the unofficial Avid Estates intro video earlier today, I’m pleased to announce that The Fresco Apartment’s @ Avid Estates website  www.fresco.strikingly is officially launched too! This would establish the beginning of TFA’s private corner as a Klang Valley real estate info hub for homebuyers and sellers alike.

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There will be some introduction and the main section would obviously be the exclusive listing of my very own estate units and the update of the website’s blog on real estate news.

There is also a link back to this blog via ‘the fresco blog’.

Do hope, with the site, clients and the public will have more ‘on the fingertips’ update of Klang Valley’s most sought after properties and projects.

Take a tour and leave a comment for me! Thanks! Cheers!