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Mad

I am staying in Menjalara and the area around this quiet township has been going through major development. Opposite my house, just across the road is Desa Park City and Sunway SPK - huge development projects, When Sunway SPK first launched a few years ago, a 2 storey house cost RM550k. The 2.5 storey house cost 690K. A 2.5 storey Southlake house in Desa Park City is selling for 880K. Gives you an idea of how property prices has boomed in this part of Kepong.

A few days ago, I saw what used to be a nice cluster of rubber trees being cleared. This huge piece of land is opposite the 7-block Menjalara condominium. It is also directly opposite Nadia houses of Desa Park City. On the signboard was a simple "Cadangan membina 196 unit rumah dua tingkat" (Plan to build 196 units of double storey houses). When I saw it, I was excited. A new housing development. Please let it be reasonably priced. The board did not say who is the developer. I am holding my breathe.. hoping to see some f…

BU12

Last week I went to Bandar Utama to look at a house. It is in BU12, a nice secluded area just opposite Sony, on the other side of the road. The house is huge – 22x75 with a built up of 2,200 sq ft. This is a big built up for a 22x75. The asking price? RM470K. It’s relatively cheap because BU houses are 500K and above. I am tempted to get the place. There is one reservation: the house is the 6th house from the corner. Opposite the end lot, is an empty clearing. Checking with the developer, this clearing is reserved for MPPJ to build a mosque. The land is already given to MPPJ since 1991. They have not built the mosque for the past 15 years. They will build a mosque.. just that we don’t know when. I am torn. What should I do? My friend PCS said that he’s love to stay in BU far exceed the bad points of having a mosque next door. So he does not mind. What about me? I do mind a mosque but I just cannot believe that I could stay in BU for RM450K!

Gerik

Last week I went with Anne and her family to Gerik, to visit her maternal grandfather. We left KL on Friday evening and spend the night in an aunt’s house in Simpang Pulai, Ipoh. Went for breakfast the next morning and left Ipoh at around 2.30pm. We reached Gerik at around 5pm and spent the night in her grandfather house in Gerik.

Gerik is a small town and like any other small towns in Malaysia, it is quiet and peaceful. There are a few rows of shophouses and recently, there’s a Fajar mall. I was surprised to see Fajar – it’s huge by a small town standard. I am not sure if it will survive.

Anne and I spent the evening wandering around the village. It was a really nice and cool evening walk. I notice that people don’t lock their houses here. It must be nice to feel so safe. Anyway, I heard from her grandfather that lately there has been a couple of break ins. There were some construction (they are building a new highway to Kota Bahru) so the townsfolk suspected the Indonesian immigrants …

123456

Wow.. When I reached home after Jim Brickman's concert, I looked at my speedometer and saw that my car has clocked 123,456 km! (well, it was 123,456 just at the mosque near my house but I was not able to stop the car to take a picture. I took the picture when I reached home, which is another km away).. nevertheless, it was a coincidence! 123,456km for a 7+ year old car. Not too bad, eh?

An Evening With Jim Brickman

Yesterday, Anne, my mother, sister and I went to Genting Highlands, to spend an evening with the American pianist, Jim Brickman. My sister has 3 free tickets courtesy of her friend. We bought one ticket from Genting.com so mom can go and I must say that we enjoyed ourselves tremendously. There were 3 guest singers: local "diva" Fauziah Latiff, Philippines singer, Phoebe and an American male artist, John Trones.

I'm ashamed to say that Fauziah pales in comparison to the Philippines and American artist. She sounded awkward, unable to bring the song alive and worst, she has to read the lyrics from a book, as though she was not prepared. During a duet, instead of staring into John Trones' eye, she was staring at the book. Shame on you, Fauziah! In one incident, Jim Brickman told the audience that she'll let Fauziah introduce the next song that she's going to sing. Fauziah said that the song she's singing is in her new album - this song is called Perjanjian and…