Monday, 9 May 2016

Smart Casual Looks for Men Demystified

A lot of things have happened since my last post back in February. If you are following me closely on Facebook/Instagram, I’ve bought a new car, sat for an actuarial paper CA1 (Actuarial Risk Management) and started to get active in Quora. More on those later in next post, but today I am going to write about something interesting that has been baffling me for some time, until I finally said “Great! I shall do some homework on that and see where it leads me to!”

As the title suggests, whenever an event requires me to wear smart casual, I will be quite puzzled and stressed out for not knowing what to wear. Eventually I came to realise in life, everything is just an experiment, and that includes fashion. It’s bizarre for me to talk about fashion, I am probably one of the last persons someone will ask me about fashion. But hey, it’s an interesting topic and I do love shopping! Who says guys don’t shop? I do.

Really, it’s not all about shopping though. People do love to dress up to look good, not to impress others (okay that’s one reason), but to boost their confidence level too! Looking good definitely boost my self-confidence, plus some heads turning particularly from ladies haha! Don’t get me started on talking about how being confident can do magic to your relationship, well-being and even career development. Similarly with going to gym and living a healthy lifestyle.

So, smart casual! Here are three smart casual look ideas which I’ve found out:

1) Blazer Tee

By putting on a blazer, you instantly convert a plain outfit into a smart casual. Magic much? Not at all. Now that explains why people tend to have their blazers ready, almost all the time. Who knows there’s an impromptu event they can attend to but demanding a smart casual outfit? There’s no more excuse for having to skip your favourite event because of you being underdressed.



2) The Sweater Look

This may not suit our sizzling weather in Malaysia, but hey this looks good too! A nice long sleeve sweater will surely give you a simple boost of confidence. With a simple pair of loafers and jeans, it’s pretty easy to match with too!


3) Jacket Power 

If the two previous smart casual don’t appeal much to you, a jacket will definitely do the job. I had personally worn a denim jacket when I visited Cambridge a few years back. Needless to say, the number of likes received in Facebook jumped overnight LOL! Like blazer tee, jackets can take your casual look to a whole new level with ease.


Now that you have learnt how easy it is to put on smart casual attire, go and rock the world as you like! 


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

My Solo Trip to Vietnam v2 (Mui Ne)


Day 3: Mui Ne, 23 December 2015. 

I arrived Mui Ne at 4:10am on Futa Bus. I was promised by the bus company officer that I will be dropped right in front of my hostel in Mui Ne, so I was expecting it. As I seen some of the passengers being dropped in front of their respective hostels, I was pretty confident the bus driver will do the same. But after about 10 minutes, a few other passengers and I were dropped in front of the Futa Bus regional office. Almost instantly a guy approached me and asked about my hostel.

I remained wishful, hoping the bus driver will somehow remember the promise made. So I was expecting it, and this guy seemed to be working for the bus company. Perhaps the bus driver had forgotten to drop me in front of my hostel, and he asked this guy to fetch me there. At least that was what I thought. The guy immediately recognized the hostel and said he can bring me there. He asked me to hop onto his motorbike and we rode off.

Almost instantly after I hopped onto his bike, I realised he might not be working for the bus company. My inner mind told me I will need to pay this guy. Along the way, with his broken English he proceeded to introduce me this sand dunes tour, repeatedly said: “It’s good x 10,000 times” and “Maybe… we can go now to the sand dunes for sunrise”. *Check his phone with a bikini girl as the phone background, showing the time 4:20am*

“Everybody goes there NOW,” he said.

Seriously though, his marketing skill was so horrible it immediately rang a bell in my head. Indeed, when we arrived in front of my hostel after 5 minutes of riding along the straight long Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, he was still asking if we want to go now. I tried my best effort not to laugh.

He then proceeded to say he is actually working for a motorbike company not the bus company, and asked if I can pay for his petrol which he has just spent for the past 5 minutes. GOTCHA! He asked for 60k VND (~RM12) for that short 5 minutes ride but since I only had 50k VND (~RM10) in my wallet, I gave him that. When he was about to leave, he was still asking if we can go now since I won’t be able to check in until that afternoon. He could drop me back at my hostel at 10am. No way will I get squeezed for the second time.

But it only got better.

I waited next to the swimming pool in my hostel with a book on my hand for 6 hours until 12:30pm and checked in. Then I joined the famous Sand Dunes tour booked with my hostel for only USD4. I wouldn’t want to imagine how much the “it’s good x 10,000 times” guy would have charged me if I followed him gullibly that morning.

Me, along with a 3 Australian guys and 1 girl, hopped onto a jeep and went to Fairy Stream, a long walkable stream apparently rumored to have fairies walking at night. Overall the stream was easy to walk but at some parts there were little rocks. Still manageable. Then we bumped into this ostrich riding site and they quoted us 100k VND for a short ride of ostrich riding. Total rip off! I thought to myself, but one of the Australian tour-mates proceeded anyway. All of us can’t hold our laughter when we saw him riding the ostrich because it was too funny!

  


After 45-minute walk along Fairy Streams, we then proceeded to the next stop – White Sand Dunes! Never in my life had I witnessed such beautiful desert like sand dunes. I was in awe. Then I met this Chinese guy and he became my companion for the rest of the tour. We helped each other take pictures. Then I played Chinese chess with him, and beat him comfortably (haha!) even with my extremely rusty skills! Little did I know, Vietnamese actually play Chinese chess quite frequently! Even the jeep driver tried to make his mark on our game by trying to influence the subsequent moves! And he wasn’t a random chess player but rather a pretty skillful one.





Red Sand Dunes.

Finally we ended the tour with a sunset watching at Red Sand Dunes! Yes they had both White Sand Dunes and Red Sand Dunes, albeit not located next to each other. Both were equally magnificent and amazing although I personally prefer the Red Sand Dunes! Coupled with the sunset watching, it was a money well spent. That night ended with me walking 1.6km away from the hostel just to end up eating at a mediocre seafood restaurant to try their fried noodles seafood. A little pricey though.
Sunset in the making @ Red Sand Dunes. 



Spectacular sunset to further enrich this already awesome travelling experience. 
Fried noodles seafood with Passion Fruit juice. 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

My Solo Trip to Vietnam v1 (Ho Chi Minh)

I’ve been back from my Vietnam trip for two weeks now but the memory I had in Vietnam was still vivid. Each time my friends asked me how was Vietnam, I found it difficult to put my two-week experiences in words. There are so many things I have gone through, from overcoming my fear of crossing the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh with motorcycles coming from literally all directions, to riding a crazy taxi in Hanoi rushing back to my hostel to catch my sleeper bus ride to Sapa rice terrace. I watched my new found Australian mate riding an ostrich in Mui Ne for VND100k (~RM20), and I myself dived into the freezing water of Halong Bay twice with a rather less gracious posture compared to my friend working for a startup at Silicon Valley (my first dives after all).

The memories put into the back of my mind was simply priceless. I know I will remember this trip for an extended period of time.

Over the course of two weeks travelling alone, I had penned down a detailed record of my adventure and thoughts at some points of travelling. Please bear with me, of course what I have written down during the trip was rather unrefined as most of them were written late at night with a tired mode after a long day of exploring around. But you can be rest assured the following 12-day adventure that I am about to write would be much better. Because the stories can be quite lengthy, I’ve decided to separate them into a few series. So, here comes the first series…

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh, 21 December 2015. 


It was pretty chaotic with all the motorcycles roaming the streets from all directions. With this kind of traffic accidents are pretty common, but I have yet to witness one. Immediately I was slammed with a challenge I must overcome: crossing the road. Sound easy? Not as you first thought. We have cars traffic jam in Malaysia, but in Ho Chi Minh there was motorcycles traffic jam. Having stood at the road side for 5 minutes and observed how the locals did it (crossing the roads), I decided to just close one eye and cross anyway. Beep beep! Okay they honked at everyone and anything that moved! But ultimately nothing happened! I survived, and my first achievement unlocked! 




I walked to the War Remnants Museum and spent VND15k only to discover the depressing and sorrowful history of Vietnam War including Orange Agent and Napalm + Chemical war. Downright hideous. My heart ached further when I saw a picture depicting a girl teaching her younger sister to GIVE THANKS despite all the unfortunate destructions happening around. They had probably lost their parents and their lives were at stake. Who am I then to complain over little petty things when I can give thanks for all the things I have? I was ashamed to admit but I could have done better by being extra grateful.


Then I went to Cho Ben Thanh market for some Vietnamese food because I had yet to have my lunch. I had my first bowl of Pho Nga (beef noodles soup) and Che Thap Cham (a kind of dessert with fantastic mixture of jelly, beans and nuts). Sweet! After that I went back to my hostel located at the tourist hotspot (Pham Ngu Lao Street), and I met Doris, a Vietnamese girl working with the hostel who also loved travelling! She introduced me with loads of Vietnamese food, and I was really grateful for her sharing.

Then I decided to get my hands dirty by trying two shots of Vietnamese coffee. I first went to Highland Coffee, but I felt cheated! “Iced Vietnamese coffee with milk” here basically means a shot of Vietnamese coffee with a little portion of condensed milk, then throw in a ton of ice into the cup. That was my first shot of Vietnamese coffee and I got instantly hitched! So I decided to walk to Trung Nguyen coffee chain nearby for my second shot of coffee. Pure satisfaction!


But I had to bear the consequences that night and had a hard time sleeping. Maybe it was the coffee effect, or perhaps I was still settling in to the fact that I was now in a foreign land all by myself. Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-1 that night, I’m happy. =) 


Day 2: Ho Chi Minh, 22 December 2015.

Today was the day for Mekong Delta tour. Just yesterday night I wrote I had yet to witness an accident occurring despite the chaotic traffic condition, and I saw one this morning around a roundabout. Two motorcycles collided and one fell down. Ouch! On the bus, I met Ray, a Canadian guy around my dad’s age hailed from Alberta. We talked about many things and inevitably discussed about several life lessons. Ray was also a Christian so we talked about God and how God has touched our lives so immensely. Sometimes I can’t help but ponder how amazing God really is.

                                      



When I saw Mekong River for the second time in my life, it was still as humongous as the first time I had seen it almost 12 years ago. About 50% of the people in the Mekong Delta tour were Koreans, so I was left talking to Ray most of the time throughout the journey. We hopped onto a boat and went to My Kho, where there were sellers selling delicate handcrafted souvenirs, some of which were pretty tempting! We also got to try a freshly baked thin crispy pancake (like kuih kapit back home) but it was just okay.

Our lunch included spring rolls, rice paper wrapped with fried fish, vegetables; plus rice, pork and caramelized clay pot fish. Tasted scrumptious! One thing about Vietnamese food was that they were always served with an excessive portion of fresh vegetables! Unlike back home where the vegetables are normally served in stir fried style. Up to a point where I felt weird when I don’t eat fresh vegetables. Yes it happened and I myself couldn’t believe it because I have been pretty much carnivorous my whole life!

After lunch, we proceed to our next stop – local breed honey. The tour guide was brave and experienced enough to show us the honey collector filled with bees. After having a taster of the sweet honey drink, we went back to the boat and hopped onto gondola sized boat with punter skillfully maneuvering the boat. Reminded me so much of punters in Cambridge.

             



We ended the tour with a short ride on a pony cart and a taster of the local coconut candies, rice wine and some typical tropical fruits such as papaya, jackfruit, pineapple and dragon fruits. Our fruit tasting session was accompanied with a traditional folklore performance with unique Vietnamese musical instruments being played as the backdrop.

 


I went back to my hostel and had my first Bun Cha for dinner at Bun Cha 145 nearby! I wished I had tried this earlier because it was really delicious yet reasonably cheap! Nevertheless it was not too late and my stomach was happy! I was glad my visit to Ho Chi Minh ended with such pleasant meal. 



           


Goodbye Ho Chi Minh! 
That night I took Futa Bus (my first ever sleeper bus) from Ho Chi Minh at 11:30pm to Mui Ne. I was amazed by the sleeper bus’s creative and smart design, where passengers can lie down and sleep fairly comfortably throughout the journey to other cities. Apparently this design was not new and has been around for at least 10 years or more. The bus ride was, as I said, fairly comfortable as long as you are not too tall (perfect for an Asian male of 5 feet 7 inch like myself), albeit can be a little noisy with honks everywhere (Hint: Wear earplugs and you shall have a good night rest). 


 

Monday, 11 January 2016

Here We Go, 2016!



One full month! It’s been a month since my last post so you might be wondering where I have been.

Just before the year 2015 ended, I have made the ONE decision that I never regretted making –booked the flight ticket to Vietnam for my first ever solo trip. I was having so much dilemma whether I should go out of my comfort zone and go for some exciting adventure. After two weeks spending time alone in Vietnam, it’s pretty safe to say there was never a moment I regretted making this bold decision, but rather I was filled with so much gladness and joy. I will leave that for the next post. Stay tuned!

I spent my New Year’s Eve and New Year in Sapa (Vietnam), at one of the local farmer’s house. And then I remember making wishful New Year resolutions that most people will forget about after two months entering into the New Year. I don’t think I had written any New Year resolutions for 2014 and 2015, but along the way I still developed myself into a different person in relative to myself in 2013. Thank God, a better me!

Warren Buffett once said about thinking of 25 things-to-do but only focusing on the top 5 tasks as main priorities. Similarly, there’s no point writing so many New Year Resolutions but barely able to follow up on 3 of them by the end of February. So again I won’t unnecessarily list out 10 or 20 New Year resolutions but only my top 5 priorities.

1. Keep changing for betterment!
This is vague, but this applies to every area of my life. Never stop improving! Improve 1% every day! Improvement requires change. The moment I feel I am too comfortable with something, it’s time to change, to challenge myself to go an unconventional route, even some radical ones. Improve my relationship with friends and family, spend more time with them and put them as one of my top priorities.

Often we are so caught up with our own busy schedule and never realised the value of quality time spent with our family members and friends, until we lose it. By then only we start regretting why we never spent enough time with our family members in the first place, especially parents. It’s always dangerous when we start taking things or people for granted. Our parents never owed us anything, so maybe it’s a good idea to cherish every moment left we get to spend together.

Being extra thankful should be made a daily mantra.

2. Take care of my finances.
If you don’t put much effort into maintaining something, it will fade and eventually be self-destructive. Again it applies to everything, including finance. I am glad I have put in efforts in managing my finances. Managing own finances, especially amidst rising cost of living in Malaysia, is not easy nowadays but not impossible. Develop a habit of keeping budget and consistently accurate record of your cash flow will do.

Making wise financial decisions is also essential, considering the temptations to buy new flashy gadgets, new cars and new house are ubiquitous. Something we have to face every day and if we are not careful, might fall into the trap of buying something we don’t really need. I am currently facing that right now – buying a second hand performance car.

Yesterday I went for a short test drive of this car – Proton Satria Neo CPS 1.6, with bolt-on turbo. My friend is buying a new second hand Golf GTi, which led him to selling this precious gem. Coupled with low mileage (60k) in 5 years, this car has been maintained pretty well, except that it has been modified heavily at the same time. About 50% of the car has been modified and are aftermarket products. So far this car is clocking 228hp @7000rpm and 240Nm @4500rpm, excellent figures for a local made car. RM25k for this car is a fair value, considering the market price of this car of similar mileage and year made (according to Mudah.my and Carlist) is about RM27k. Good buy?

Which led me to the most fundamental question: Do I need it? No I don’t. So this is a ‘want’ rather than a ‘need’. If you had known me long enough, you will know I am a massive fan of turbocharged performance cars! Yesterday was the first time I got my hand on a turbocharged car and as expected, it was so much fun (although I got the engine stalled for multiple times because I haven’t driven a manual car since the day I got my driving license about 6 years ago). I would never be able to justify why I would buy this car, except for pure pleasure and adrenaline rushing excitement.

I would like to think I am buying the experience, not a need. There are times we can pamper ourselves, so I suppose this is mine. Maybe it’s time to save money and eat bread for the next 6 months.


3. Treat other people better, show genuine kindness!
A little kindness every day acts as a ripple effect in other people’s life. When you are being kind to someone, that same person would be inspired to be kind to people around him/her. People around him/her would in turn be inspired and act the same way. The world we live in can be a little better if everyone does this. Not everything has to be motivated by hidden agendas, as we would so often be led to think.

Maybe give some food to the homeless will help. Apparently I heard giving money to them would only encourage them to beg more, so we can perhaps show love via other mean such as food and unwanted (but still of good condition) clothes. This would help them more than you have possibly thought. At the very least, this will put a smile on their faces.

4. Treat MYSELF better!
Eat better, sleep better and live better! Treating other people better is necessary, but first and foremost we must treat ourselves better! Nobody will take care of you more than yourself. Sometimes we are so caught up with work and study that we barely give ourselves time to relax and enjoy the many little things in life. Ultimately this will only lead to stress.

For me, I hated stress so much that I vow to myself I must emphasise leisure hours. To strive an optimum balance of leisure hours and working hours. I heard actuary is one of the few jobs in the world that can attain that. Mentally and intellectually challenging but stimulating at the same time. It would be more than sufficient for me to pass at least two papers this year.

5. Travel more and see more of the world!
After my exciting two-week solo trip to Vietnam and met more than 20 friends, I can safely attest I am addicted to travelling! If you are not comfortable with the notion of travelling alone, you can always get a best friend to travel with you. See more of the world, look at how the locals live and carry out their daily life. Listen to exciting stories other travelers got to say. If you seldom get out of your comfort zone, travelling alone will definitely force you to do so. Explore yourself and get lost in a foreign land (a map or Google map will be useful). I guarantee you will not regret.

My next trip: Siem Reap, Cambodia (June 2016).


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What about you? What is your view of making a list of New Year resolutions? Do you make it just because everyone else does? What is your plan of following up if you are not? Let me know at the comment below! =) 

Friday, 11 December 2015

Choose Yourself, Choose Happiness



Okay I lied. The first part of the title is not exactly my headline, but a term I casually adopted from a venerable author James Altucher. He wrote the book Choose Yourself and albeit I have yet to get my hand on it, I reckon it’s going to be mind-blowing. I definitely can’t wait to get one!

Imagine ourselves lying on the floor, barely able to lift our heads, unsure of where and when to turn. James has thrived in the past by starting up so many companies, but hit rock bottom multiple times too. Every year is challenging for him, but he still continued to live each day clasping his Daily Practices (reading, writing, doing podcasts and inspiring others with his unique experience and brutally honest and creative ideas, BEING THANKFUL). 

Just this week alone I have been pondering on the idea of happiness. Even during Sunday Service in church 5 days ago, my pastor talked about choosing happiness. How much more coincident can it get because I have been pondering the same thought for the past few days prior to the service.

I honestly admit I am not exactly a happy-go-lucky person, in fact I am quite the opposite. I always find myself struggling in the dark space of depression. Maybe you will think I am exaggerating. Anyone who knows me personally will never think this is the case. So you are safe, you are not alone. There were countless times I thought of ending my life, and it was awfully easy. I chickened out. Also, I hate seeing people who love me crying, worse still because of me.

But how come?! I thought you are a Christian! You have your God with you and if you do everything He asks you to do faithfully, you will never find yourself having to struggle with all these, right? Well yeah, that’s why prayer is important to keep me in sanity. Maybe you can keep me in prayer.

In life, everything can pull you down. Jean-Paul Sartre said “Hell is other people”. Imagine you are having a nice day thus far, then on the way driving home, you find yourself almost crashing into a reckless insensible motorcyclist. Then you started cursing and your day is no longer nice. I am 99% sure I am not the only one who get irritated easily at little things like this, but really if we let others dictate our day, it’s not surprising our happiness can be robbed from us in a split second.

What about people you love and people who love you dearly? They too can bring us down. When you form a relationship or friendship with someone, you subconsciously put a price tag on that person. You set an expectation. The painful truth is that everyone wants something from you, including your parents.

The sooner you are able to figure out what is the something that everyone wants from you, the quicker you are able to realign the expectation set earlier on and save yourself from unforeseen disappointment risk. It can be love, career progression, business deal, or plain platonic relationship.

Maybe this is when we can choose to be happy, meeting optimum expectation others placed in you and in turn meeting others’ expectation. Now this sounds like a bad idea, but it’s true! Life is full with meeting expectations. Whether from parents, bosses, friends, lover, children etc. The key word here is optimum. Optimum always work the best.

Firstly, it can prevent ourselves from burning out. Secondly, it can help us not to be lackluster.

Even if nobody chooses you, the only person who can choose you is YOU yourself. Quit your 9-5 job if you failed to find any meaning in your work. You yourself have the ultimate power and capability to rise up to be the person you want to be, by exercising your own customized Daily Practices. I am no expert in this as I am still learning. But you know who to learn it from.

Choosing yourself would inevitably bring happiness into your life. That is when you realised the purpose of your life – why you are doing what you are doing. Doing what you love, at the same time satisfying your inner desires.

Maybe you would like to change the world. Maybe you would like to add values to your network, by connecting people within your network who don’t already know each other but would immensely blessed by one another had they known one another. Are you giving your dream a chance?

Moving forward one step at a time means you are not stopping and you are on track on achieving your dreams. 

Another vital key is to be thankful. Whenever I find myself not happy and have nothing significant to cheer on, I often forget about being thankful. It’s easier said than done. But to practice it religiously daily is not a mammoth task neither. If you have not already been doing this daily, be thankful the moment you open your eyes can start your day right.

To be honest, every morning when I wake up I will ask myself these few questions:

- Did I sleep enough? Am I energized sufficiently?
(If I didn’t sleep enough, I will feel like crap the whole day. There goes my day. Can’t even start it right.)
- Is there anything I can be thankful of?
(Hint: Of course there are plenty of them. The very fact you are awake now and reading this are themselves two blessings already.)
- How’s my schedule like today? And how can I improve it to make it better? 

Come out with your own questions. I am pretty sure you can do way better than me.

Start your day right and you will be delightedly surprised that happiness comes knocking your door.

Lastly, don’t let happiness stand outside your door. Let happiness soak into your heart chambers.

Happy people attract more people. It is not always the case that we can become happy on our own, so being able to happy innately is an enviable gift.


I'm choosing happiness. Are you up for it? 

Friday, 4 December 2015

Why I Think Kepong 5 (UOA) Might NOT Work Out


I almost did it again. Bought into the sweet words of a property agent and book a unit at Kepong V Residences. I’m glad I did not. As you all know I have been looking around for a property. My main intention for this purchase is for INVESTMENT. And then this popped up. Kepong 5 / Kepong V / Kepong Square, by UOA.

Yes UOA! UOA is quite a reputable property developer that has been building projects after projects even before I was born. So I have no doubt about the quality of the project. If you haven’t heard of UOA because you are just a newbie like me or you haven’t been actively looking around for property, the entire Bangsar South is the masterpiece of UOA.

So far so good. Now here’s the deal: Currently it is still at the soft launch period, or pre-launch mode if you like. For a soft launch project initiated by such a reputable developer, nothing can go wrong, right? Let’s delve into it further, shall we?

Here’s the background: The project site is located at Jalan Lang Emas, next to Taman Segambut Aman. It smacked right in between Kepong and Segambut, and it is only 8 minutes off Mont Kiara and Desa Park City. There will also be a KTM station right behind the condo, which is fantastic! In addition, the construction of Duke2 Highway is already on-going, right in front of the project site.

The best part of it? It would be a MIXED DEVELOPMENT, i.e. a shopping mall with Cineplax embedded within, food and beverages, entertainments etc. Just like Publika, Tropicana, Paradigm, Mid Valley and so on. You get the idea.

There are 3 layouts and the one I chose was the middle one with 962 sqf, and its costs range from RM556k to RM620k, depending on the floor level of your choice. Through a simple calculation, you will arrive at RM578 per square feet. Not bad at all, right? Riggghhhttt?! Maybe..

OMG WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?!

I was ready to be sold. Seriously the moment I stepped out from the UOA showroom at Bangsar South last Saturday, I was so convinced this was the best deal I had ever came across. I was merely a lazy bloke ready to be sweet-talked into making a 6-figure purchase. Costly and foolishly.

But the thing is this, it is just okay, nothing too great to shout about. I’m extremely thankful for my seniors who kept asking me to reconsider my choice. Which leads me to…


5 Reasons NOT to Buy Kepong 5 Residences

1) Mixed Development. “How can this even be a reason for you not to buy this property?! I can’t believe you just said it.” Yes, I just said it. This should have been one of the biggest, if not the first, reasons why I should not buy into this project. Is there anything wrong with having a mixed development just below your condo? Let’s see. The targeted segment was high income earners from Mont Kiara and Desa Park City, but seriously when you come to think of it, Mont Kiara has their own shopping malls (1 Mont Kiara and Plaza Damas), while Desa Park City has 1 Utama and The Curve nearby. Why should they come to your shopping mall then? No reason? So again, this project would attract mainly middle income group. Think in the perspective of the potential crime rate.

2) The current state of Kepong and Segambut. I may be a little myopic on this, but despite the close proximity to Mont Kiara and Desa Park City, I don’t see the Segambut and Kepong areas growing fast enough to become high-end locations any time soon. It would take at least a few more decades, if ever, for Segambut and Kepong areas to be pulled up to the luxury standard. Plus the current residents are mostly middle income people who stay in landed properties. Again this are just my two cents, feel free to take it with a pinch of salt.

3) KTM service 100m behind the condo. This is a good thing right? I mean, seriously?! Not necessarily. If you look at the existing quality KTM offers, it has not been up to the satisfactory standard. Not only the timing is awfully inaccurate, the KTM users mainly comprise low to middle income groups, and even low-skilled foreigners. I’m not trying to offend anyone here, especially if you are a frequent KTM user. But I am speaking objectively. Of course there is always a chance of KTM management to significantly improve their services by say increasing frequency and improving timing of the train services. Again, this is merely a chance.

4) Duke2 Highway smacked right in front of the condo. Great? Maybe not. Think again. Currently the Jalan Lang Emas is already congested. Would it be a blessing for this Duke2 Highway to come in at this point of time? Or would it be a curse to the existing traffic? Again, it remains a possibility for the latter to happen. Imagine the 3-lane Duke2 Highway converging into the small Jalan Lang Emas in future. The sight is not going to be pretty, isn’t it? Think of yourself enduring this every day for the next 20-30 years, if you bought it for your own stay.

5) OXIDATION POND is just 1km away. For those who don’t know what an oxidation pond is, Google is just at your fingertips. Basically it is used for simple secondary treatment of SEWAGE effluents. Imagine the bacteria that could potentially spread to your property. 



So there you go, my reasons for not buying this project.

And because of this project, it has changed the way I viewed property investment. The next time similar opportunity arises, I would definitely ask myself this one golden question:

“Why shouldn’t I buy this property?” 


Always make it a point that if you managed to find even one flaw you are not happy about, you shall not proceed. Ignore that flaw and you risk it coming back to haunt you in future. 

Because every agent would want to tell you only the good things, but not the downsides of it. Always, I mean ALWAYS, remember that agents would ultimately prioritise self-interest. Their earnings are based on commission and that would only come through when the deal is sealed, that is when the SPA is signed by you and you paid the 10% downpayment. 

NOBODY TAKES CARE OF YOUR MONEY MORE THAN YOU DO. 

Think for yourself to avoid making all the costly mistakes! You wouldn't want to regret for the next 30 years just because of your impulsive decision.

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