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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?

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.

 


Read more from www.wikipedia.com for more Thanksgiving information. Also, please do our part and donate to keep the site alive!

Mummy’s birthday!

A little late with this post as I’ve been running around lately. Nevertheless, it was 5th November, mum’s birthday! Happy birthday again mummy!

As usual, we had a simple dinner that night itself at our favourite restaurant in Sri Petaling  – Restoran Makanan Laut Soon Fatt. This place serves its food fast, big portioned and it’s delicious. Price wise, very reasonable indeed.  We had the sambal belacan kangkung (water spinach), pineapple pork ribs, spicy & sour banana leaf tilapia and the deep fried egg-fused cuttlefish. The whole meal cost less than RM100.

Once we’re done with the dinner, we headed straight home to do the cake cutting and our family photo (very simple and casual ones). We had the fruit and cream sponge butter cake. Adrian suggested we have a slightly different pose this round. The ‘dabbing’. It is pretty funny to see all of us doing that – but it turned out well and serve a good memory.

Mum had a surprise gift from us and Adrian did the wrapping and the deco. Wasn’t that shabby too. Look at the stick figures. Complete with initials. Since mum and dad go for morning walks, we decided to get her a nice Adidas Cloudfoam Galaxy 3 trainers.  We hope she liked it.

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Just want to say that my mum hold a very special place in my life and we are equally happy and grateful to have celebrated another birthday with her. We love you, mum!

Thor: Ragnarok with my bosses

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This is a hilarious show. To be honest, we weren’t expecting to have so many jokes (regular & slightly dirty ones too) in a Marvel movie. There’s one with Dr.Banner (Mark Ruffalo) which is my favourite. I’ll share it at the end of the post later.

The show is about 2 1/2 hours long but didn’t feel like it as there were enough going-on along the plot to keep it entertaining throughout. The movie warmed up quickly from the get-go where Thor fights Surtur (giant fire demon), his legion of demons and also his fire dragon. I think this is the best way to start any superhero based movie because this is what we… want… to… see!

The intensity subsides a little when Thor and Loki found Odin who then told them about an impending apocalypse in the form of Hela (Asgardian goddess of death). Another Marvel character made his appearance here. Watch to find out who it is. The moment Hela is brought to Asgard, the kill count increases and the theme gets a little darker. But to me, she is an amazing villain and they made the headgear look so cool! For a dark character, Hela did make a few jokes here and there while delivering her pre-Ragnarok executions throughout the movie.

The real fun starts when Thor is thrown into a barren world called Sakaar. This place pretty reminds me of all those space-themed movies especially Fifth Element and Star Wars – to a certain degree. It has that epic yet well-designed surroundings and interesting inhabitants. Sometimes, with the colourful settings, it does feel a little like Candy Crush too. And this where they introduced us the alcoholic Valkyrie, the Grandmaster, Korg and the much-beloved Hulk.

I have to say the gladiatorial fight between Thor and Hulk is one of the best after Iron Man’s Hulkbuster scene. But I do notice that they rendered the Hulk differently from time to time, especially during his more mellow look. Not that it matters but a little inconsistent. And he is funnier when transformed back to Dr.Banner. The Valkyrie backstory is one of the coolest and I thought they would play that Hela battle scene a little longer. Adrian loved the pegasuses…

Once the group got back to Asgard, things get messy and as usual, the heroes battle hordes of baddies and finally the big baddie herself. As mentioned, there are few funny scenes here and there but the one that stuck out most for me is the scene where they were mentioning about forming a team call Revengers and how they wanted revenge. Then when Dr.Banner was asked the same, he said – ‘err, actually I’ve not decided yet’. The scene is almost spontaneous and so close to an NG shot. Hilarious.

The flow of the story is pretty neat and tidy. Not shifting here and there too much. The introduction of Hela’s Fenris Wolf felt a little rush though. Probably not too important a character here, hence the quick resurrection scene and a minute’s fight with the Hulk. In the end, everything is settled and Thor regained his rightful place on the throne and the movie ends with a post-credit scene #1 when their spaceship was stopped in the middle of space by a gigantic space vessel. My guess it’s this guy –

thanos1We loved the movie and thought the Thor franchise is getting better and ready to rival the others if it keeps going like this. Sometimes, it would be good to inject more humour in these kinds of shows rather than just plain fighting with serious undertones all the way. Let’s see if DC is any better with the upcoming Justice League. Ciao!

Nieyko the birthday girl!

It’s another year and another birthday surprise for our birthday girl, Nieyko! This round, we did a little more where we reserved a nice little room in HK Hot Pot @ Bangsar 香港热锅 (special thanks to Jean for getting us a place). It was a steamboat cum karaoke dinner party with the Avidians last Monday 16th October 2017.

As usual, the surprise effect wasn’t that convincing and most of the guys were late and Stephanie (our new support) has to slow her down while we prepared the room an wait for the rest to arrive. Well, can’t say Steph didn’t pull it off but that’s as much she can do. When they came in, only 4 of us is in the room! Hahaha…

Nevertheless, the rest came and finally we started the steamboat dinner immediately. The food was awesome as we know it (we came here once before) and those who like to sing got off to an early start while we waited for the rest of the food to arrive.

As you can see, the birthday girl is happy and the cake (also thanks to Jean) is absolutely marvellous. Macadamia & cheese if I remember correctly? It’ll be on my order list for sure. There is also enough liquor to satisfy all of us..

12924482_492796990915700_9209471990642873412_nI guess we were the noisiest bunch in the shop and lucky for us, it was in a well-insulated room. For those who are not familiar with this place, it is located at Lot 9 & 10, Level 2, Telawi Square, no.39 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They now occupy the ground floor too. The restaurant opens at 4:00pm and closes at midnight. But we went past all the way till 1:30am that night.

We really hoped Nieyko enjoyed the dinner and the not-so-surprise party.

Well, the surprised didn’t end there. Since my darling wife was still in the US during that week, we got her to get us a ladies handbag as a gift for the birthday girl.  And today, while she was leisurely working in the office, we surprised her again with the gift! Hah. Nothing really fancy but a nice solid little Michael Kors Selma Stud Satchel Medium Black.  And of course, something from NuSkin is always nice!!

So, another year, we pulled it off and she is definitely looking forward to her next one. We just want to wish her all the best in everything she does and stay happy and healthy always!  Stay cool and crazy as always!


Hong Kong Hot Pot @ Bangsar 香港热锅

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