Iskandar investors to face problems

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I was wondering when would something like this happen…though the move might be rather late to rein in the crazy prices.

“The common mistake that most Singaporean investors have made in Iskandar is buying property that is too expensive for locals – though cheap for Singaporeans – and yet not in a prime enough location, not a good enough design, and not in a good enough environment where there will be enough foreign buyers to take up these properties in the future.”

So please,  do your homework before you buy.

Rain is all good but check your windows!

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So the rain FINALLY arrived yday after a 2 week dry spell which turned nearly everything brown.

And boy, did it rain! In fact it rained all day, stopped in the evening and restarted somewhere in the middle of the night. There was ALOT of water!

Anyway, I realized yesterday that my windows/walls were leaking! I found wet patches on the wall that continued on as damp spots on the floor. :(

Figure the sealant or whatever water proof thing they use at the window joints must have contracted during the hot and dry season and cannot hold up during a torrential thunder storm.

This happened previously as well but the guys from HH management fixed it for me. Or should I say, temporarily fixed it for me. My house is currently still under the warranty period so I can still get the management to do something about it but I have this sneaky feeling that this is going to be a recurring problem. And my warranty period is ending in a couple of months! :( Any one with any ideas on how I can resolve this issue once and for all? I don’t see my mom’s 30+ year old hdb flat leaking after a rain so im sure there must be a better solution than just using sealant at the window joints! :(

So anyway, you guys might want to go check on your windows and walls soon. I find that the best time to inspect the finishing of a house is after a big rain! Don’t delay because once the wet patches dry, the faulty areas will be harder to spot!

It’s garbage!

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Even though I have lived in Malaysia for 1 year, some things still never cease to amaze me. Perhaps I am just too used to the efficiency in Singapore where everything is fast, clean and done correctly.

The garbage collectors came by today. And they did the most AMAZING thing. They drove by my house in their truck with 3 or 4 people, pull the rubbish bins onto the road (why they do that instead of just leaving the bins where they are, I can’t understand), take out some of the trash, put the trash on the floor and then…………..FREAKING DRIVE OFF!!! O_o
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Like, seriously. They just left the rubbish half done and left it there.  And the best part is…they took my neighbours trash. WHY?????!!!??!?!?!?!!

So I ended up calling the waste company, which is outsourced, btw.
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Sigh. Malaysia really boleh!

Annual pond cleaning

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Today, we got our pond clean. Finally, after living here for slightly over a year.

It was very dirty. Actually, that’s an understatement. It was EXTREMELY dirty, with algae everywhere and worms (?!) buried in the algae.

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Don’t understand where the worms came from though..maybe the filters were so choked that it was impossible for dirt to drain out and the pile up eventually created a nesting ground for worms!!! Yeech.

But I guess for a once a year clean, it’s cool. They didn’t even have to take out the fish or turtle while they worked on the pond. :)

For RM200, i’m not sure if it’s considered cheap or expensive..but I personally find it quite worth it to have have to muck around with worms and other gross, stinky stuff in the cleaning tank. :p

Any dog lover willing to do a good deed this Xmas to provide a forever home for 乐乐?

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Received this email from Nicole last week and I just had to share this. I really hope this little doggy can find a home by Xmas time. Stray dogs have it so hard in Malaysia….I really wish more people would start adopting rather than buying dogs. So here’s the story from Nicole:

A female mongrel appeared on my street few wks back (I live at Taman Perling by the way) and she’s very friendly, too friendly that she sent malay neighbours running. I was very worried someone would complain and have her removed (you know how it is with stray dogs in Msia…). I had taken her for a vet check, vaccination, deworm and now scheduling a Dr’s visit for neutering. I’m doing all these in the hopes that her chances for adoption can be higher.

She’s really a sweetheart, I would keep her myself, but my current dog refuses to accept :(
Her name is 乐乐, about 7-8mths old, she’s not as big size as usual street dogs, her legs are shorter.

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And oh I thought I might just add 2 pics of 乐乐 which I’m very proud of… because she’s a streetdog, she does have some streetdog habits which I’m trying to teach her to unlearn for eg Overly excited when she sees food…but after 2 days of training, she now knows sit & wait command.

 

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What a smart dog, I must say! I am still struggling to teach my dogs to stay after months and this dog got it in just 2 days! AMAZING.

Please, if anyone is interested, please either leave a comment or drop me an email. Or, if you know anyone who might be interested, please share this with them too. Thank you.

Friday and Saturday is Johor’s new weekend come 2014

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Okay, this should be old news by now, but come January 2014, Friday and Saturday will be Johor’s new weekend!

I find it really amazing that the Sultan of Johor can change the weekend just like that! I’m not very familiar with Malaysian politics, but I always thought that the sultan was more of a figurehead (like the British monarchy) than anything else. I mean the Sultan and the Royal Family are completely separate entities from the government, so how come the Sultan can make a decision that will affect the businesses (and therefore the economy) just like that without consulting anyone else?

Oh wait, I forgot. The Sultan is the King, so he really doesn’t need to get permission to do anything from anyone else.

And you know what is the best part of it all? 15 years ago, the Johor weekend was Friday and Saturday….but somehow, it got changed to Saturday and Sunday (like the rest of the world), and now, it’s reverting back! Talk about indecision!

I’m not too sure how this change will affect the people – So they give muslims more time to pray on Friday but at the cost of a family day for Johorians who send their kids to study in Singapore. I wonder how will this affect the jams on the Causeway during the weekends?

It’s precisely this kind of thing that makes people lose confidence in investing in Malaysia. Once a decision is made, stick with it! It’s hard to have faith when things can get changed at the drop of a hat.