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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?

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!

Jacky Cheung Classic Tour | 学友 · 经典世界巡回演唱会 2018 Malaysia edition

Those who are close to me know I’m a huge Jacky Cheung fan. I’ve been to a couple of his concerts here in Malaysia and absolutely thrilled by the performances from the start to the very last second. Usually, his concerts are the highest of quality and his performances are immaculate. His Baritone and falsettos are what sets him apart from many old and new performers for the past 2 decades.

I’m particularly impressed with singers who sing without heavy breathing sound -especially from a recorded session. Listen to singers like Jacky Cheung, Sam Hui (許冠傑), Alan Tam (譚詠麟), Hacken Lee (李克勤) and to a certain extent, Leslie Cheung (張國榮), and you’ll notice that they have a very special skill of not letting their breathing sound entail their singing. Not that it matters to many, but once you realized the difference, you can’t help but feel amazed how they do it.

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Back to the concert. Yes, this could or would be his final multi-destination performance in the foreseeable future. At the age of 56 (born 1961), the quality of his voice has not really regressed, just a little more matured and heavy on the tenor style. He can still hit the high notes not many are able to do.  And, after a few concerts, I wish to take one last shot at this too!

Few tiny problems here. The price, the sessions and the availability. Starting at RM 258 and all the way to RM 988 per seat, this is definitely going to burn the wallet more than the previous sessions. And to make it worse, only 2 performances on the 26th and 27th. Not enough for the fans. And if I were to choose the higher range but still affordable seats, say the RM 488, I’ll be competing with the majority of ticket buyers since they’ll probably think like me. Ouch!

So, for my favourite artist with his could-be last mega show in Malaysia, why not all out? Nope. As much as I loved the singer himself, I’ll never fork out that much for a show. Can’t really say it’s because of the price, but just the fact that I’m not the one that is willing to pay that price for a 3-hour show. Yeap, final.

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For those who have not seen any of his concerts, liked him as a singer and have a huge spare of money to spend, well, do go ahead. You won;t regret it. The props and the acts for the 3-hour show more than justify the price actually. And he is a legend in Cantopop.

Since this is held at Axiata Arena @ Bukit Jalil, and with the above-illustrated layout, one can’t go wrong with any seating locations. This would be a 360-degree stage and you can witness the high-octane performance from every corner. Technically speaking, I would recommend the Green Zone for it is about the right distance be it visually (definitely not saying The Red Zone isn’t better hahaha) or auditory. If they have the high rise platform like how they did it 6 years ago, the better!

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On a side note, many of my friends asked me which is my favourite JC’s number. Not many know of this. In fact, no one does. Probably not the one you think though… and I would say…. (drum rolls please…) – ‘来来回回’ (back & forth in simple translation). Surprised?

I loved the fact that this song is simple, catchy and it captures Jacky’s flawless voice for his more romantic numbers during his peak somewhere around the mid-90s. The song is about a journey of a courtship where one faces love and separations – back & forth and eventually, a happy ending. There are no high vocals, excessive music pieces and falsettos, but the song is simply lovely and perfect for couples in love.

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So. There you go. Go watch Jacky Cheung live and you will know why he is the undisputed God of Song of Cantopop. There will be others setting a different path in this category in the near future, but Jacky Cheung has this aura and charismatic figure as an entertainer that is hard to replace or replicate. He is a performer of the highest order that is brimming with quality and ever improvements!


Pictures courtesy of Hype Malaysia, UnUsUaL Group of Companies and The Hive Asia

Malaysia 60th Independence Day

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This post is late! Gosh.. 1 more day to go. We are almost reaching the end of the month of August. And what does that bring us to..? Yes. It’s Merdeka time again! It is the 60th independence day for Malaysia since 1957. On the 31st of August every year, we Malaysian celebrates our ‘Merdeka Day (independence day) with a public holiday for all and usually a national parade of performances and activities in the central of Kuala Lumpur.

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On the night of 30 August 1957, crowds gathered at the Merdeka Square (Padang) in Kuala Lumpur to witness the handover of power from the British. Prime Minister-designate Tunku Abdul Rahman arrived at 11:58 p.m. and joined members of the Alliance Party’s youth divisions in observing two minutes of darkness.[2] On the stroke of midnight, the lights were switched back on, and the Union Flag in the square was lowered.[3] The new Flag of Malaya was raised as the national anthem Negaraku was played. This was followed by seven chants of “Merdeka” by the crowd.[2][3] Tunku Abdul Rahman later gave a speech hailing the ceremony as the “greatest moment in the life of the Malayan people”.[2] Before giving the address to the crowd, he was given a necklace by representatives of the Alliance Party youth in honour of this great occasion in history, with a map of Malaya inscribed on it. The event ended at one in the morning the next day.

On the morning of 31 August 1957, the festivities moved to the newly completed Merdeka Stadium. More than 20,000 people witnessed the ceremony, which began at 9:30 a.m. Those in attendance included rulers of the Malay states, foreign dignitaries, members of the federal cabinet, and citizens.[4] The Queen’s representative, the Duke of Gloucester presented Tunku Abdul Rahman with the instrument of independence.[4] Tunku then proceeded to read the Proclamation of Independence, which culminated in the chanting of “Merdeka!” seven times with the crowd joining in. The ceremony continued with the raising of the National Flag of Malaya accompanied by the national anthem being played by a military band and a 21-gun salute, followed by an azan call and a thanksgiving prayer in honour of this great occasion.[4]

The day followed with the solemn installation of the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan, at Jalan Ampang, and the first installation banquet in his honour in the evening followed by a beating retreat performance and a fireworks display. Sports events and other events marked the birth of the new nation.

I’m proud of my country Malaysia despite some of the ongoing frictions between the government and opposition and a certain fiasco that was blown out wide. But this country is well known for its peace and harmony and shall be forever seen that way for many years to come.

Why I liked Malaysia? The people of course! We are friends of friends of every race. The food! What you can’t find in Malaysia..? The places of interest – historic, sandy white beaches, highlands, Metropolitan, and forests… you name it! The culture – games, dance, food, performances and even the architectures. Finally… grateful that there aren’t any violent natural disasters (wishing all my fellow friends from Hong Kong a safe recovery from the recent typhoons Hato & Pakhar) to hit the country.

To those who are new to Malaysia or just arrived, we hope you’ll enjoy your stay and stay around for the celebration. There’s so much to do that’ll keep you busy the whole weekend! Avid Estates & The Fresco Apartment would like to wish Malaysia, A Happy Merdeka Day 2017!!

So, let us welcome 31st August 2017 with 3 cheers …. “Merdeka’… “Merdeka”…”Merdeka”!!


Merdeka details courtesy of Wikipedia