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Earlier on this blog I talked about Bandar Tasik Puteri, one of the booming townships in Rawang that should be in the radar screen especially for young adults who are looking for their first property.

Just to re-cap, the township is located at Rawang, with a entry/exit link to LATAR highway in construction, scheduled to complete by 2016. Bandar Tasik Puteri is some 40+ kilometers from the center of KL and houses many facilities and amenities, such as schools, park, golf course, polyclinics, mini markets, and more.

launching of Acacia at Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang
launching of Acacia at Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang

I went to the launch of Acacia Park Rawang on the 8th of November to take a closer look on this project for myself.

The project was launched by Lee Kok Wah – Project Director of Bandar Tasik Puteri, Tuan Mohd Azizi Bin Mohd Zain – Yang Dipertua (YDP), Majlis Perbandaran Selayang (MPS), Low Gee Teong – Group Managing Director of Low Yat Group, accompanied by Mr. Wee Beng Sang, Director – Group Property Development/ Management Services.

property talk conducted during the launch
property talk conducted during the launch

There was also a property talk conducted during the launch (interestingly the emcee was one of my diving buddies from Maldives last year).

The talk mentioned about population growth along the Klang Valley and how it affects property prices, the upcoming KL-Singapore high speed rail and its impact, importance of location vs access to KL city center, and the price potential of various types of properties.

What I got from it was that Acacia Park falls onto many of the plus points mentioned – being within the 20 km or so (as the crow flies) of the center of Klang Valley, with good access (via LATAR highway), and affordability of the selling price especially for a double storey terrace. So far, so good.

the show unit by the Sales Gallery, with a map of Acacia Park
(from left to right) 1: Acacia Park Phase 1, show unit; 2: Acacia Park Scale Model; 3: Acacia Park Phase 2, Site Plan; 4: Master scale model of Bandar Tasik Puteri

Phase 1 of Acacia Park comprises 224 units of 18′ x 80′ double storey terraced house each with a built up area from 2670 square feet priced from RM 447,100.00. All units in Phase 1 are sold out, but luckily we were also given a sneak preview of the upcoming Phase 2 of Acacia Park with a total of 4 phases planned.

location of Acacia Park within Bandar Tasik Puteri
location of Acacia Park within Bandar Tasik Puteri

Looking at the model of the township of Bandar Tasik Puteri, Acacia Park is located at the Southern side, which is also rather closer to the proposed LATAR interchange. Commuting in and out of the township should be a breeze in this case.

To be honest, the current access route via Rawang has a bottle neck around Jusco area near the interchange to PLUS highway, something that Acacia Park residents will not need to content with once LATAR interchange is completed.

Acacia Park Master Plan
Acacia Park Master Plan

As mentioned, Acacia Park phase 1 is completely sold out, so let’s look at Phase 2.

Phase 2 is located somewhat in the middle of the Acacia Master Plan, with access to two parks, one within Phase 2 itself and another just north of the area, which is next to a school. I personally prefer the location of Phase 2 over the Phase 1 mainly due to the access to those green lungs.

Picking a unit opposing the park will also give you a better view, and the opportunity to park your cars opposite your unit.

scaled model of Acacia double storey terraced houses
Scale model of Acacia double storey terraced houses

There are quite a few scale models of Acacia Park terraced houses at the sales gallery.

These models show the unit as they are in real life, some with cut-outs, and these include corner and intermediate units. I think they provide a very clear idea of what to expect of the development and how Phase 2 of Acacia Park looks like when it is completed.

show unit - living, dining, and kitchen on ground floor
Acacia Park, Phase 1 Show unit – living, dining, and kitchen on ground floor

Of course, visiting show unit is a must prior to making a purchase as important as a house. As good as scale models or even 3D renders are, I personally think that it can’t beat walking into a show unit to get the idea of how the house can be in its final form, completed with furniture and minor renovation.

There are two units constructed side by side just for this purpose, with one furnished and the other unfurnished (as is when delivered to buyer.)

While not fancy, I felt that the arrangement of the house is modern, and most importantly, very functional.

show unit - master bedroom, and two other rooms on first floor
Master bedroom, and two other rooms on first floor

The first thing that greets you entering the house is the living room, with the dining hall, then kitchen at the rear. There’s also a small bedroom (or if you like, storeroom) on the ground floor.

What I really like is the fact that the 80′ long land area also allows a backyard accessible via the kitchen, a feature that is missing in most newer development these days.

Acacia Park intermediate unit floor plan
Acacia Park intermediate unit floor plan

Going upstairs there’s the very spacious master bedroom with attached bathroom (a bit of clever furnishing will even allow a walk-in wardrobe). Then there’s two other bedrooms sharing another bathroom, completing the first floor.  I like the fact that they maximize the size of bedrooms instead of having a small, and often useless family hall upstairs.

Acacia Park - corner unit floor plan
Acacia Park – corner unit floor plan

For a double storey terraced unit, Acacia Park provides a good balance between affordability, distance, access, and design. If you’re in a market for a new home (possibly first home), this is definitely one to check out.

Find out more at www.acaciapark.com.my and http://www.bandartasikputeri.com.my/

Last year I was introduced to my first pair of prescription glasses with Transitions lenses, the adaptive lenses that can magically turn from clear to dark and back according to the lighting condition, more specifically, the presence of UV lights.

I really liked the lenses, it is really a pair of glasses you can take anywhere and it’ll just auto adjust to perfect tint outdoor and clarity indoor.

getting the frame for my Transition Signature lenses
getting the frame for my Transitions Signature lenses

Now Transitions has come up with an even better version of their already very successful lenses – the Transitions Signature Lenses.

The new lens comes with Chromea7 technology that promises a few key advantages over the previous version:

  • more reactive to indirect sunlight
  • more responsive in hotter climate
  • fade back to clear faster than previous generation
  • in  aesthetically pleasing colors

Transitions vs normal lens, with my brother at Legoland
Transitions lens vs normal lens, with my brother at Legoland, 2013

The photo above is of a previous generation Transitions lens glass that I was using last year, you can already see the difference of the tint compared with the normal lens my brother was wearing.

Transition Signature lenses outdoor test
Transition Signature lenses outdoor test

With the latest Transitions Signature lenses that is more reactive to indirect sunlight, the effect in changing tint happens very fast. Observe the above photo with my new pair of Transition lenses taken at about 5:30pm after a rainy afternoon. The glasses exhibit a partial tint that allows excellent visibility pretty much in an instant. The change is also very uniform.

360 degree virtual demo
360 degree virtual demo

If you’re not very familiar with Transitions lenses, hop over to http://www.transitions.com/en-my/virtual-viewer/ and check out the 360 degree virtual demo (works a little bit like Google Map Streetview).

Use your mouse to slide around and see a simulation on how the lens adapts to the changing lighting condition by changing from 0 to 100% tint, reducing glare when it is bright, while retaining clarity of clear glasses in darking areas.

quick demo with day/night slider
quick demo with day/night slider

Another quick demo at http://www.transitions.com/en-my/demo-modals/signature/ showcase the ability of the lens in a simpler way. Using the slider to change the scenary from day to night with a see-through-the-lens window in the center showcasing changing tint of Transitions lens.

With the new lens, Transitions also came up with the Life 360 methodology to measure the performance of their photochromic lens. The test involves over 200 real life conditions in 1000+ scenarios around the world with a more holistic approach, testing with real people in real scenarios to better reflect everyday conditions.

Some of the important findings are:

  • 86% of clear lens wearers were satisfied with their outdoor vision with Transitions Signature lenses.
  • 96% of clear lens wearers were satisfied with the indoor clarity of Transition Signature lenses.
  • 2:1 preference for Transition Signature lenses over the previous generation

Personally, I like the new Transition Signature because of the excellent clarity and the speed of change in the tint over previous generation. The improvement is surely noticeable.

indoor clarity test, night shot with my kitty Tembikai
indoor clarity test, night shot with my kitty Tembikai

Look at the above photo taken indoor through my prescribed Transitions Signature, there’s no UV at night with indoor lighting and thus the glasses act like any clear lens, allowing 100% clarity.

I’ll demonstrate how useful the glasses is in a cycling situation in the next blog post.

If you’re interested in Transitions lenses for your next pair of glasses, head to http://www.transitions.com/en-my/where-to-buy/ to find out where you can get them.

If I told you that I drive a car older than yours, 99% of the time I will be right, and if you’re born after 1991, my car is actually older than you. Yeap, my ride is a 1991 Toyota MR2 that I have owned for more than 9 years.

And I am ashamed to say that while I’ve washed the car myself and even taking it for car wash on occasions, I’ve never gotten it polished or detailed. Until I did that a few weeks ago at Summer Splash at Aman Suria, PJ.

Their FB page is at Summer Splash Pro & HD High Definition Malaysia

dirty car deserved a bath at Summer Splash, Aman Suria
dirty car deserved a bath at Summer Splash, Aman Suria

To be fair, I knew what waxing and polishing does, but was never really quite convinced how coating can benefit a car. So when Mimi (a friend) introduced me to this professional car wash & detailing shop operated by his sister, I had to give it a try.

After all, the Japanese mistress has just gotten a new paintjob and should be pampered a little after all these years.

wash, polish, clay bar decontaminate
wash, polish, clay bar decontaminate

The treatment done to my car:

  • Exterior Wash & Vacuum – Premium
  • Hd Paint correction
  • Nitro seal wax
  • Leather Protection
  • Dashboard protection
  • Anti bacteria Mist
  • Tyre dressing
  • Front Windscreen Repellent
  • Watermark remover on front windscreen for car

applying coating is a pretty delicate job
applying coating is a pretty delicate job

The entire process took about half a day, and it was actually quite a lot of work that was being done to the car. Masking tapes were used to cover the areas that were not supposed to be affected by the chemicals, and pretty strong strobes were used to ensure that every square inch of the car is covered. It was some real professional work.

all nice and shiny, Shah got his bike detailed too, looking awesome
all nice and shiny, Shah got his bike detailed too, looking awesome

The result is that my car has never looked as shiny, and I don’t think it’s ever as shiny even when it was new.

The coating also does a marvelous job of repelling water. When it rains, the body now accumulates water in small droplets and it is very easy to rinse away all the dirt. The windshield coating also does a great job to increase visibility when it is raining, expelling water droplets as with the case of the coating. As a bonus, car washing is now easier too with the car not attracted to dirt as much.

KY & Shah with our rides, all clean and super shiny
KY & Shah with our rides, all clean and super shiny

The coating lasts about 12 months and I was recommended to give it a touch up wax/polish every 3-6 months or so.

So if you want your car (or motorbike) to look as good as it should, check out this place.

One of the problems that plague this generation of working adults is the ability to own a home. Gone were the days when monthly payment for an apartment or landed properties within Klang Valley is the same or even lower than the average rental.

For some, this means accepting smaller units of condo/apartment, but luckily, there are now developments that are located within reasonable distance from KL which are affordable, Acacia Park at Bandar Tasik Puteri in Rawang is one of such places.

So if you’re a young adult looking for your first home, continue reading. In this article, we will look at the township of Bandar Tasik Puteri.

location of Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang
location of Acacia Park and Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang

Bandar Tasik Puteri is located in Rawang, about 40-50 kilometers away from KLCC depending on which route you take.

The traveling route and distance to Bandar Tasik Puteri is as follow:

  • from Jalan Duta toll via LATAR highway – 30 km
  • from Jalan Duta via Batu Arang – 44 km
  • from Templer Park – 26.7 km
  • from Ijok – 24.6 km
  • from MRT Sungai Buloh Station – 28 km
  • from Subang SkyPark – 37.5 km
  • from Guthrie highway via LATAR highway – 27 km
  • from Shah Alam via LATAR highway – 36 km

Acacia Park Rawang township model
Bandar Tasik Puteri township model

The good news is, the interchange of Bandar Tasik Puteri to LATAR highway is being constructed now and expected to be completed by 2016, making the journey to KL possible in 18 minutes.

While physical distance may seem a little far, traveling time is actually rather reasonable. Everyone has a friend who stays in Puchong that takes almost 2 hours to travel to KL, don’t we? So physical distance itself doesn’t always tell the whole story.

nearby attractions of Bandar Tasik Puteri
Kuala Selangor, Sekinchan, Batang Kali waterfall, FIRM

Perhaps another lesser looked into areas of the location is the proximity to a lot of eco-friendly attractions.

For example, a 35 km drive is all it takes to see the fire flies and enjoy the seafood at Kuala Selangor, Sekinchan is just another short drive away from there. Forest Research Institute of Malaysia too is some 30 odd km away without having to go through Klang Valley’s congestion areas, and then there are gems up north such as the waterfall at Batang Kali.

Well, if you are the shopping type, 1 Utama is only half an hour away as well. Either way, you’re covered.

Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Club
Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Club Club House

Bandar Tasik Puteri spans some 2,670 acres and is surrounded by established neighbourhoods of Kuang, Kundang, Batu Arang and Rawang Town, collectively known as part of North Klang Valley.

On top of the nearby attractions, Bandar Tasik Puteri is also a well-equipped township with facilities and amenities that serves residents from different age group.

The township consists of these following facilities & amenities:

  • 2 primary schools
  • 1 secondary school
  • 1 Islamic school
  • 3 polyclinics including 2 specialists
  • 8 mini-marts
  • 1 mosque
  • A 27-hole golf course
  • daily night & wet markets
  • automobile service centres
  • restaurants/cafes/dobi/bakery
  • furniture retailers
  • central park
  • bank
  • petrol stations

Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Club
The 27 hole Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Club

It is a booming community with a population of about 60,000 strong (2013) and expected to grow to 100,000 in the near future.

Bandar Tasik Puteri is now basically a self sustaining township that covers your everyday needs, be it your children’s education, doing grocery, medical consultation, or even recreational needs, the township has them. I think it’s a rather vibrant city away from the hustle and bustle of KL without sacrificing the convenience.

Acacia Park brochure

The good news is, if you’re looking for a first home, Acacia Park at Bandar Tasik Puteri is open for sale. Do check it out:

  • Date: 8th and 9th Nov 2014 (Sat & Sun)
  • Time: 11am to 7pm
  • Venue: Bandar Tasik Puteri Sales Gallery
  • GPS: 3.296563, 101.485187

For more information, head to bandartasikputeri.com.my

During the event, Ishmael Ho from Ho Chin Soon Research will be giving a property talk to the public on 8th November, 3pm. Be sure to catch it if you are interested in property. There will also be games and activities for kids and a free buffet for the public! So come join me at the event at this coming weekend!

We Malaysian are very passionate about our food, and undoubtedly many of us has the romantic dream of perhaps owning a restaurant/cafe some day. The problem is, we often envision the romantic part of the business, with very little preparation on the real world side of things.

Well, for those of you are an aspiring restaurant owner or a relatively new restaurateur, I would like to draw your attention to A Food Biz Workshop on the 22-23rd Nov, 2014 at Bangsar South.

a food biz workshop
click to view bigger version of the flyer

The 2-day workshop is organized by Ink On Paper Media, the publisher of “Mise En Place“, a dedicated channel for commercial kitchen equipment as well as a guide for F&B owners. There are four speakers from the industry who will share their experience and techniques in food business.

The speakers are:

  • Mr Carl Kjellqvist – Managing Partner for Focus Hospitality Incorporated
  • Mr Rick Chee – Managing Director of F & B Facilities Sdn Bhd
  • Mr Christophe Chatron-Michaud – Founder of Yeast Bistronomy Sdn Bhd
  • Michele Kwok, SOUL Society

Additionally, yours truly will be a guest speaker for a short segment on the second day to share my experiences and expectations as someone who dines out often, with some tips on what I deem as the right & wrong things restaurants do.

Charges for the workshop:

  • Published Rate: RM1,600.00 for 2 days
    Early Bird Price: RM1,280.00 for 2 days

For more information on Ink On Paper Media, go to their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/inkonpapermedia 

Event information and registration can be found on https://www.facebook.com/events/530880577045526/

See you there.