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Wikipedia needs help!

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Dear all my fellow friends and readers. Recently, Wikipedia is calling out to all its users/readers/contributors for some donation to their project which I personally think is pretty dire and deserve our highest of attention.

For the past 16 years, Wikipedia has been offering free online content (encyclopaedia) to everyone and have been the ‘go-to’ site for most of us in search of quick information. Although not entirely accurate for some ambiguous topics, most of the information by the public and anonymous writers are pretty close to its definition and would be a good enough source for anyone needing a quick understanding of the searched subject.

So, please do your part to contribute back to this wonderful project and more importantly, the society by giving a little spare change to keep this running.

The following link directs you to their donation page and its modes of payment:

Ways to Give

For the love of free information! God bless.


 

Feng shui and real estates

Feng shui, believe it or not, appears to be on many homeowners mind when purchasing their dream homes. Be it getting a bungalow, a terrace or simply a plot of land, feng shui play a big part in deciding whether the particular unit is suitable to the buyer in terms of liveability or prosperity it brings to the owners.

Most will not understand fully how it works when explained to them by the masters, yet tend to follow whatever that is thrown to them just to be sure that the opposite does not fall on them. Why do we believe in feng shui anyway?

What is feng shui (風水)?

Feng shui or fengshui (pinyin: fēngshuǐ, pronounced [fə́ŋ.ʂwèi] (About this sound listen)) is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. It is closely linked to Taoism. The term feng shui literally translates as “wind-water” in English.

Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations). The feng shui practice discusses architecture in metaphoric terms of “invisible forces” that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi.

There is no replicable scientific evidence that feng shui’s mystical claims are real, and it is considered by the scientific community to be pseudoscience.

Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings—often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of feng shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars, or a compass.

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House owners typically believe that a home is where they shall live and function throughout their tenure. Therefore, it has to be ‘spiritually’ compatible with their energies, making sure the house is free of bad ‘qi (氣)’ that could potentially inflict unwanted events to happen to the family. Hence, most of these home buyers would consult a master (feng shui sifus) to ‘feel’ the house and probably recommend certain adjustments before moving in.  Some would even suggest abandoning the purchase altogether. We will get to that later.

As mentioned earlier, most of us do not know much about feng shui. The rituals are passed on from generations and word of mouth. There could be certain coincidental cases where either a home owner suffered a sequence of bad events throughout or the exact opposite with the help of feng shui, and it became an omen to the rest that one should heed the belief against their ‘八字 – birth profile’.

There are many things revolving around feng shui and it is a complex representation of the Ying and Yang that one believes that would interconnect them with the forces of nature and relate them to one another.

A very basic understanding usually involve not having the toilet/washroom right opposite the stove/cooking area, placing bed(s) fronting the door or bathroom, having too many electrical items in the bedroom and so on..  But these are just the tip of what feng shui is all about. Even the cardinal directions of the house also play a part of good and bad feng shui for some. Really, as long as one believes in it, almost anything and everything poses a question to compliment its feng shui.

As a real estate agent, I don’t dwell too much on feng shui but sometimes, we do encounter stuff like this and mostly it doesn’t end up well for us (LOL). Some buyers or even tenants are particularly particular about whether the house is ‘harmonious’ with them and thus, a need to ‘feng-shui-lized’ the place before any transactions take place.

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For instance, recently we encounter a buyer who did a last-minute pull out from a purchase due to a bad review from his ‘reliable’ sifu. We also don’t really know why this was not performed before he placed the deposit for the house but in the end, the deal fell through. What actually happened u ask?

Well according to the sifu, the said house was not suitable for the buyer. That was the first hit. Why? The main entrance to the house is not perfect in feng shui sense. And it is not grand enough for incoming guests. Second, the kitchen is not spacious enough as it serves as an outlet for ‘food distribution’ around the house. Thirdly, the master bedroom ‘rest area’ (the bed area) is smaller than the ‘work area’ (wardrobe and shower area) which represents the owner toiling more than having his deserved rest.

Fourthly, the house is practically poor in its ‘qi’ distribution around the house. This is not a great ‘feature’ for wealthy businessmen – having bad ‘qis’ flowing around the house.

The final blow was that the house is facing a common pool. And according to calculations, the pool signify a potential ‘桃花運 – luck in love’ to the owner. Which again, does not bode well with the overall prosperity aura of the house to its wedded owners.

There you go. Deal off. Probably I may sound a little sour over the whole saga but say what you like. When negativity is uttered even in its slightest form bearing no solid proof that the house has no connection whatsoever with the potential owner,  it is also best said that our luck left us right there and then. It is cold and it is harsh, but when unseen forces come to play, we can only acknowledge the cruel end and be subdued by those who claim to foresee irrelative events, which also translates to their income with no remorse to their predictions, over other’s fortune.

Nevertheless, feng shui masters/sifus will always be in demand for some and they will strut their stuff when called upon.  And we agents, we can only do our part and to be as professional as we can and make sure our clients deserve the best home and the one that ‘complement’ them the most!

What is my 八字 again…? LOL


Feng shui quote courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_shui

Rhombus Bangsar – Luxurious defined

Was at Bangsar late Thursday evening for a viewing with a British expat. This time, it was the Rhombus, Bangsar. For those who are not familiar with this development, it is actually located along Jalan Penaga next to The Cascadium. It is one of Benéton Properties’ pride in Bangsar after their well received ‘Bangsar Peak’.

Do take a look: http://rhombusbangsar.com/

The building is one of the most contemporary and stylish ones you’ll see around the area. It is nothing short of looking imposing and the dark themed architecture made it looked almost like a modernised version of Barad-dûr tower from LotR : The Two Towers. The sharp and planate feature of the building also did enough to distinguish itself from the rest of the condominiums around it.

There are 25 units across 13 storeys. Yes, a PH on the 13th for the big boss. Rhombus is not one of those typical condominiums around Klang Valley where you can have multiple owners from the units. This is a not-for-sale establishment and the to-let can only be managed through Benéton Properties themselves. The rental starts at RM17,000 and goes up according to the level. Most of the units offer 180 degrees of KL view and it’s remarkably close to BSC (Bangsar Shopping Complex). A very good location for expats indeed.

Myself and the tenant were particularly impressed with the workmanship of the building and its finishing from each of the units we managed to view.  The lower level units are fitted with a more light-colored theme fittings and cabinets whereas the higher ones are with darker themed furnishing.  It also comes with an extra huge balcony, probably 10′ X 20′?. And oh, my tenant preferred the lower units.

She and the hubby would be back again soon to finalise the rental as they need to make an urgent trip back to the UK this weekend. Well, we will arrange the necessary and when they are back, we will be ready to conclude another rental for a satisfied tenant!

On a quick note, Rhombus also won itself the 2013 Malaysia Institute of Architects Gold Award (Multiple Residential, High Rise) and the 2014 FIABCI Malaysia Property Award for Building of the Year (Residential, High Rise).

 

Post Hari Raya celebration @ Avid office

Thank you Naz! We had a wonderful and *burp* sumptuous lunch yesterday and the day before, courtesy of Naz, our beloved snr. agent/lecturer/tutor/mommy/buddy/caterer.  It was supposed to be just a simple post, Hari Raya lunch date with the team but turned out the meal was more and extravagant than expected.

The meal started right off our monthly meeting around noon time all the way till late evening. Most of the Avidians turned up and had a blast. Obviously, the food was way over-ordered/prepared and everyone had more than what they ‘officially’ could.

There was biriyani rice with chicken and mutton, marvellous beef, mutton and chicken pies, nasi lemak with deliciously home-made prawn sambal, pavlova, baklava, eclairs, salted caramel apple pie, chocolate creme cake and of course, wine and sake to go with those!

The real estate market is still recovering but to make it through the difficult times, more often than not, we need to be with motivated and goal oriented individuals to push through. We don’t do this alone. Fill your daily labour with happiness and hope.  This is where you detached yourself from the negatives and the downside of the society.

Avid Estates may not be on the forefront in terms of real estate popularity and the deals it closes. But the togetherness and professionalism from the team more than make-up for it.  This is not a one man show nor it is a battle that needs to be victorious every time. It is about a war that needs to be won thru friendship and dedication.

Form is temporary, class is permanent.

Well done, well done.. Another villa off the grid! (“,)

For a while now this was on the market. It is officially a done deal last week after a prominent buyer from West Malaysia came with his family, viewed and purchased it outright. This was one of the very few units left of 338 U-Thant.

Personally, the one thing that struck out nicely of this development has to be its location. Sitting nicely right along Jalan U-Thant not too far from the main road, it spans over 1 acre+ of freehold land in the heart of KL city neighbouring the exclusive embassy belt. This development also boasts a limited number of villas with only 12 units for the privileged owners.

Access to either side of town is also a plus. To the left, you will reach the Tun Razak main road in less than 5mins (walking!) and to the right, you will get to MRR2 (Middle Ring Road 2) and Ampang Jaya in less than 5mins (driving).

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The price may be hefty for some, but for those who liked the idea of a suburban lifestyle in an ultra-modern concept home, this is a dream come true. The nearby area is matured and you can get almost anything just a couple of minutes of drive. Not to mention, you will be staying in an area filled with notable and prominent figures as your neighbours. The cost of the place immediately dwarfed into comparison.

The pool is filled with saltwater – a very good alternative to those of chlorine based pool. The interior finishing is top-notch and air ventilation is especially well – even when you’re a level down from the ground floor. It’s like having an air-conditioner on!

The rooms are fitted with anti-season fittings and furnishing, making it look modern even after 10 years down the road. The developer is thoughtful enough to include modernised jalousie window panes in certain areas of the house to promote ventilation and also a certain barricade to noise – not that it’s noisy out there. This villa also comes with 4 private parking bays. Talk about brimming with luxuries.

Well. That’s that. Another satisfied customer and agent. Look forward to coming back here and make a lucky strike. It’ll be tough in this market now, but if one never give up things will happen for those who persevere. Thanks for the opportunity (you know who you are) and may we all prosper when the market does a u-turn to its rightful state.

Enjoy the rest of the week y’all! Cheers!

 

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

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We are 2 days away from one of Malaysia’s biggest annual celebrations, the Hari Raya Aidilfitri. This is the day where most of our Malay and Muslim friends travel back to their hometowns and gather with their families to celebrate the end of the month of Ramadan and the start of the Eid.

Normally, they will host open houses for relatives and guests to feast on offerings such as curry, spiced rice, various type of meats (halal) and other local favourite delicacies. This is the time where everyone is looking forward to meeting their distant relatives or even friends they’ve not met for some time.  Some would even take the opportunity to tie the knot on this auspicious day.

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The colours green, blue, red and yellow usually dominates the settings for most.  There will be some firecrackers going on somewhere and if you’re lucky enough, you can catch some of those villagers playing with home made bamboo firecrackers (very dangerous but effectively efficient).

Generally, the Malays in Malaysia are a friendly lot and they would be the first to offer food and accommodation to their guests when it’s relevant. Malaysians celebrate the Hari Raya Aidilfitri this Sunday, 25th June 2017 which ends on Tuesday, 27th June 2017. Respect and act kindly to our Muslim friends of their tradition and culture, and you shall be treated likewise. For as long as I can remember, they stand by this proverb – HATI GAJAH SAMA DILAPAH, HATI KUMAN SAMA DICECAH. (Ask your Malay friends if you want to know the meaning) (“,)

Eid al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر‎‎ ʻĪd al-Fiṭr, IPA: [ʕiːd al fitˤr], “festival of breaking of the fast”) is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). The religious Eid is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on the observation of new moon by local religious authorities, so the exact day of celebration varies by locality.

Eid al-Fitr has a particular Salat (Islamic prayer) consisting of two Rakats (units) and generally offered in an open field or large hall. It may be performed only in congregation (Jama’at) and has an additional extra six Takbirs (raising of the hands to the ears while saying “Allāhu Akbar”, literally “God is great”), three of them in the beginning of the first raka’ah and three of them just before Ruku’ in the second raka’ah in the Hanafi school of Sunni Islam. Other Sunni schools usually have twelve Takbirs, seven in the first, and five at the beginning of the second raka’ah. This Eid al-Fitr salat is, depending on which juristic opinion is followed, Fard فرض (obligatory), Mustahabb مستحب (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory) or mandoob مندوب (preferable).

Muslims believe that they are commanded by God, as mentioned in the Quran, to continue their fast until the last day of Ramadan and pay the Zakat and fitra before offering the Eid prayers.

The Fresco and Avid team wish all our Malay and Muslim friends, a happy and joyous Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2017!


Definition of Eid al-Fitr taken from Wikipedia.