Case studies, Family, Malaysia, News, References

May I present to you, Malaysia’s 7th Prime Minister – Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad

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How do you pull a country deep in turmoil, smash the corrupted government and bring  it back to the summit? Bring back the ‘Tunminator’ of course! LOL!

Yes, that’s what us Malaysian did on the 9th May 2018 General Election. We literally pulled ourselves together, stronger than before, even better than in 2013 to make our voices and votes count. With emotions and intention running high to replace the then current government, the ‘rakyat’ – the Malaysians made an unanimous decision to vote them out!

After 5 years of feeling aggrieved and cheated during the 2013 election (the well known blackout strategy), the people just could not wait to cast their vote this time round knowing exactly only the strongest support from everyone everywhere is able to bring down this tyranny of a despicable government to their demise. And that’s exactly what happened.

Yesterday, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was officially sworn in as Malaysia 7th Prime Minister after several delays, which is still quite a mystery to all why it is so. Nevertheless, the nation waited and when it’s finally over, the whole of Malaysia released one of it’s greatest sigh of relief after years of injustice and sorrow under the Barisan Nasional regime.

Although it still remain unclear whether the new ruling government is able to carry out whatever they’ve preached leading to it’s victory, but what we know, or felt now, things already feeling fresher and the black veil lifted from the peoples head. It will take time for things to change and taking into consideration the damages done previously, it is not as easy as it seems. But we trust that our new and pretty ‘aged’ Prime Minister (yeah, he is 93 in two months time) and it’s heroes will do all they can to at least stabilize the country and revert it to be the Tiger of SEA once again!

For one, I am especially proud of this achievements like many of us and eagerly anticipating the changes that will be brought forward to the nation. Its a fresh dawn and new beninging to everyone.

Hidup Malaysia! Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka! is once again relevant as the people of Malaysia is given a new lease of freedom and chance to move forward. We have shown the world what patience, perseverance, fighting spirit and relentless effort can do to salvage back our beloved country without violence and chaos.

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Family, Malaysia, News, Uncategorized

Voting time!!

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It’s the 14th Malaysia General Election (GE14 or PRU14) tomorrow 9th May 2018. This is the moment where all us Malaysian stand up and do our part for a better future for generations to come!

Malaysia has had a fair share of criticism and jokes coming from all corners of the world for the past few years due to some major flailing in terms of administration and scandals involving high-ranked officials.

As a true Malaysian, I would love to see my beloved country returned to its former glory and be envied thru its success and achievements, not else-ways. I am sure most of us know what had happened and what is happening to the country. If you want to make a change for the better, there no time like this time!

Vote with intelligence, not by convenience!

Cast your vote. Make the change. Live with hope!

Saya anak Malaysia! A MALAYSIAN!

Entertainment, Family, References

Ready Player One… ‘Virtually’, it’s a blast!

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We expect nothing short of a thrilling and nostalgic offering from Ready Player One and true enough, we have everything from family entertainment value to pleasing the nerds and geeks of the gaming world! This movie is not brilliant only for it’s CGI prowess, but it’s storytelling and charm thru it’s characters and point of views.

We thought it would be a good time-out for the family, especially before the  term exam for Adrian the coming week. Knowing the premise form the trailers and reading some details from the web, we know it’ll be fun and nothing too serious and mind-numbing a show to drown us.

Hardly I’ve been to a show in the cinema (I’ve watched quite a number of movies) where the audience applauded, sighed, cheered and  shrieked with ooohhss and aahhss throughout. This one really made them sound like kids and being themselves with the slightest care in the world they’re in a cinema filled with strangers, young and matured.

The only downside of it for me personally would be the selection of music scores. Other than that, it is pretty memorable and one may even want to do several viewings to satisfy the ‘easter eggs” (items, trivia or surprises buried in movies that can only be spotted by audiences with a particularly well-honed set of skills) treasure hunt. (*a little spoilers ahead).

The main attraction of the movie is definitely it’s nostalgic premise and from the celebrated master of movie making – Mr.Spielberg. But the marketing team does a great deal on the ‘easter egg’ search for the cinema goers. I’ve spotted a few here and there but there are too many references from games and movies from the 80s/90s that sometimes a little overwhelming.

The ones we know and spotted were of course, the Iron Giant, Minecraft, Delorean, A-Team van, Akira bike, Blanka, Gundam, Mechagodzilla, Chun Li, Mortal Kombatants, Chucky, The Shining, Jason, Freddy, the Halo guys, Joker, Harlequin, Ninja Turtles, King Kong, T-Rex, Ryu, Batman, Deathstroke, Beetlejuice, Clark Kent, The Greatest American Hero, Star Wars, Krull, Hello Kitty and gang, Gandalf, Battletoads, Robocop, Star Trek, Str Craft, Speed Racer, Lara Croft, Battlestar Galactica, Aliens, Buck Rogers, Overwatch, and Terminator. Wow… let me know if you spotted others!

The movie don’t dwell too much on the characters back story though. We are thrown to the 1st act almost immediately. Finding the 3 keys in the virtual world ‘Oasis’ to win a huge sum of money and also a chance to take over the ownership of the virtual world by it’s deceased owner Mr.Haliday – or was he. Along the way, our heroes would need to fend off the evil corporate – IOI for the throne and this is where it leads to the final act of  a great battle of all the games’ avatars against the evil Mr.Sorento and his gang.

We were told in the original book by Ernest Cline, that the momentous battle between Mechagodzilla would be against Ultraman and not RX-78. How would that turn out, is anyone’s guess but THAT battle alone is worth the ticket price! The audience loved it so much that they clapped… yeah, clapped. However, both these characters will only be available for 3 minutes to do their stuff. So, I guess it’s either a laser sabre or a specium ray.

Overall, we enjoyed the movie so much that I don’t remember having seen anything that is so much fun and worthy for a long time. The closest is The Dark Knight Rises and The Last Jedi. One will leave the cinema with loads to talk about. We did.

Hope you will enjoy the show as much as we did. A simple but fun show to ease away the stresses of the week ahead. Sit back and ready to play!


Image courtesy of  http://www.space.ca

Case studies, Family, Houses, how to, Infographics, Marketing, Real estate, References

Factors that may affect the sale of your house

1 Undesirable surroundings

Property prices will be considerably lower if the house is located in a seedy neighbourhood with a bad reputation. Worse still if the house has weeds growing all over the lawn, rubbish is left uncollected, and the area has bad security ratings.

2 Lower prices of nearby houses

While sellers are free to set any asking price they want, property agents and valuers will often base the value of a house on the surrounding property prices. Buyers will do the same. If neighbouring houses fetch a lower price on average, the estimated worth of your house in the market will be affected.

3 Losing out from bad location

Connectivity, traffic, infrastructure and facilities in the area are important keys to unlocking the potential of your house as a potential good buy. For example, a house that is located too close to noise sources or far from a good educational institution will look less appealing to buyers.

4 Optimise the living spaces

While local buyers are slowly coming to terms with smaller living areas, space optimisation is still a big consideration. Bad space arrangement will turn away buyers while limited lighting will always be a minus.

 5 Bad structural integrity

If there’s a problem with the foundation of your house, having the best marble or stainless steel will not help you. Cautious buyers are weary of houses that need structural fixing because the cost is hard to measure.

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The article was first published in Chinese in Property Trends e-mag.

Entertainment, Family, holidays, References

Happy Chinese New Year!! Year of the Doggy..

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Hey, it’s almost 16th Feb 2018, which is the date of this year’s Chinese New Year! And this year, it’s the year of the Dog (one of the 12 zodiac animals in Chinese astrology).  All of us here in Aid Estates and Fresco team would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Chinese clients, partners, family & friends a very happy, joyous and healthy Chinese New Year 2018!

The Dog (狗) is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Dog is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol 戌. The character 狗 refers to the actual animal while 戌 refers to the zodiac animal. – Wikipedia

This year, I’ll be travelling back to my hometown Ipoh with my family and will be around for a few days. It is a good time to catch up with family members and relatives over dinner and drinks. Probably a surprise visit to a friend’s home also on the cards.

Usually there’s nothing much for me to do during CNY. I’ll stick around with wifey and the boy and we’ll wander around Ipoh for food and probably catch a movie if there’s nothing on for us.

For those who are travelling up North or down South, do drive safe and keep your eyes on the road all the time. Sometimes, it is really better late than never.

As usual, many will look for good signs as well as bad ones to avoid this year and horoscopes for each zodiac animals will be a hit again. Head on to this fun site:  Chinese Horoscope 2018 – Lunar New Year of the Earth Dog for a quick check on your sign and look at others for compatibility.

Take care ya’ll! See you soon!

 

Entertainment, Family, holidays, References

Happy Thaipusam to my friends!

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Very soon we will reach 31st January and it’s none other than the celebration of Thaipusam for all my Indians friends! This year, the front image of the website shows 2 arm chair with a coffee table with coconut and a diya. It represents a peaceful and traditional celebration for everyone an may it brings prosperity along. Avid Estates & Fresco would like to wish them a happy Thaipusam 2018!

I’ve written a small article about the celebration a year ago. You can read it here:

https://wordpress.com/post/thefrescoapartment.wordpress.com/2863

 

 

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Our maiden 19 Perdana show unit open house

Just wrapped up our first show unit open house for 19 Perdana last weekend and it is quite a showcase. We had visitors and buyers from nearby mostly and despite some morning and afternoon showers, a good bunch did turned up to see what this is all about and they left with good impression! A couple of them came twice across the 2 days too. Now, just a little follow up should do the job!

Would like to thank the whole team to make this happen. Thanks to Steph, Glenn, Ray and Caroline for taking their weekend off to help out. Can’t imagine myself taking on a few clients at the same time. And also thanks to Nieyko for preparing most of the pre-open day stuff from the marketing perspective.

Did a few selfies as I kept forgetting about having some shots with those nice people. Also, thanks to the man behind the houses, Mr.Tang for giving us this opportunity and stayed with us most of the time during the event to discreetly help us monitor the progress of the sessions.

We’ll be having another round soon and we hope to seal some deals in the coming days and complete the 12 units and call it a day soon! See you guys then. Watch this space..

Entertainment, Family, holidays, Houses, Luxury condominiums, Marketing, Real estate, References

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.

Entertainment, Family, Food & Reviews, News, References

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.