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Pricey!!!


Those of you in my MSN contact list would have noticed my nick the previous week, where I proclaimed my excitement at going to the showroom of The Premiere @ Tampines. I must say any decent person would be interested in getting a unit there. Well, for starters, it’s right smack in the middle of the town, with the swimming complex and Darul Ghufran Mosque just across the road, Tampines Mall, Century Square, the bus interchange and MRT station within walking distance and also the new Giant, Ikea and Courts mega complexes within 3 minutes of driving. With such amenities and the units to be built well furnished, it is no wonder that the price is quite steep. To be developed by a private developer, the condominium-like units come at a high price compared to normal HDB units.

My family and in-laws set off to the showroom as early as 10am in the morning. We considered ourselves fortunate to have arrive that early even though it was already crowded when we arrived. It was even worse when we left the showroom as the crowd had risen and the queue had stretched to the pavements outside. The showflats reminded me of hotel rooms, yes, it is definitely worth buying, but only if you have the cash to pay upfront. The modes of payment was a big turn-off. Imagine, if I were to take the biggest 5-room unit which costs $450,000. I need to pay 5% in cash / cheque during the first payment, which comes to a cool $22,500!!! Subsequently we need to pay every time they complete the building in stages. Appalling if you were to ask me and definitely not worth it when I think back that my old house, a HUDC unit which is bigger at 165 square metres is still there for me to move back in at $350,000 minus renovations. So for now, The Premiere @ Tampines is just a dream for me…

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For those of you who have Multiply accounts, you would have noticed that I’ve been quite busy for the past 2-3 weeks adding you guys into my list of contacts. I’ve never actually been a fan of Multiply initially as I feel that Friendster and Blogger are already sufficient enough. Hence I apologise if anyone of you who have tried to add me in Hi5 or what not, did not receive my reply to accept your request. I’ve had this account for quite some time, just that I have not added on to the 3 people in my contact list nor done anything to spice it up. The good news is that this blog can also be cross-posted to Blogger so for those of you who are visiting this blog via my Blogspot account, you can also read the same thing in Multiply (please click on this link). Another advantage is the usage of photos and videos which you guys can see, watch and comment on them. I don’t have the time yet to upload more pics nor videos but in time to come, I would add on to it, Insya Allah.

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I finally got my festive lights last Saturday after I’ve asked around without success over the past two weeks. And where did I find them??? Where else but Geylang Serai. Remember I said in my last entry that I could not find them when I went there 3 Saturdays ago??? Well what do you expect??? It was only the first weekend of Ramadhan and not many stalls were opened, especially at the time that I went then, which was about 3 in the afternoon. When my colleague said he saw quite a few stalls in Geylang selling them, I took into consideration to go last Saturday as I would be very busy with the Hari Raya preparations from this coming week onwards.

I actually went to Suria Raya Karnival in Bugis prior to going to Geylang. I managed to catch my good friend Fadhilah doing her “Ra-Ra Bazar” filming with her co-host Suffian but did not manage to talk to her as she had to rush off to change her costume. The place was not buzzing with people just yet as it was only 2 plus in the afternoon. But like the first time I came during its opening, the place was still not as enticing as they made it out to be. The festive lights sold by “Juta World“, the flower-themed ones which are the new fads these days were nice but made the lights dimmed, hence killing its beauty to illuminate our homes.
I actually went home first to park my car and went to Geylang with my brother-in-law on motorbike just to beat the traffic jam associated to the place during this period. Anyway we wanted to break our fast at home so taking the bike was a logical choice. After a quick reconnaissance around the place, we finally settled on the stall just opposite the “Prata Tumbuk” stall. There were quite a few varieties to choose from and we bought for our in-laws as well as for my parents’ home. I refrained from buying the money packets on sale as I just feel that they would bring the price down on Hari Raya‘s eve, so that can wait.

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I think it was extremely timely for Berita Minggu to publish a two-page spread on the protocols to observe whilst visiting the cemetery during this festive period yesterday. I have nothing but agreeing every word being said. While visiting it on the first day of Hari Raya is not encouraged, I think it is extremely alright for those who have recently lost their loved ones and have no mood to celebrate. After experiencing a few uncomfortable encounters in the past and also through learning about the significance of visiting the place on the first day, my family have refrained from going there after our Hari Raya prayers. Another thing I learnt, putting on the essence sticks that resemble joss sticks on the graves, is an absolute no-no as it is not part of our Islamic practice.

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I’m kinda giving up on this Cryptic Trax competition on radio. Everytime I got the right answers, someone else beat me to the phone line and to the prize money on offer. I’m not being bitter, just that I feel that luck’s not on my side. It was amusing that some people thought I was purposely raising the prize money on offer when I called in and gave all my answers wrong last Friday. Who would be silly and dumb enough to do that???
Speaking of radio, I’m kinda sick of the Hari Raya songs that have been playing since the 14th day of Ramadhan. In an ideal world, it would have been nice to listen to them during this last week cos really it kills the essence and mood once you’ve had a little too much dosage of it so early, no thanks of course to some of the overzealous listeners who have been clamouring for them since day one. I don’t blame the people in radio for leaning back so soon but it does however make me ponder what is more important to us Muslims nowadays (most notably the listeners tuning in and begging the deejays to play those songs as soon as possible), respecting the fasting period or enjoying the celebrations after that.

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Well, we’re only left a week before fasting ends. Last year, I lost about 6-7kg during Ramadhan. That was because I went to the gym five times a week and intensified my routines and I had started my fitness regime about two months before the fasting month. This year, I am using the month to kickstart my routine all over again (been lazy for the past 10 months… Heh!!!) so the start has been slow and steady. Have lost about 4kg so far which is still not a bad return. Why I am going slow this time round is because of my fear for the “plateau period“.

This “plateau period” is what a lot of people fear whenever they want to lose weight, the period where no matter how much you do in the gym, your weight stays the same and will only go down again after you’ve changed your routine or intensify them. I have always succumbed to the “plateau period” for God-knows-how-many-times before and am confident I’ve learnt from the past for my current quest this time round. I just hope the amount of sinful food I’m gonna consume during this festive period will not spoil the good work I’ve been doing this past month.

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And speaking of this last week, I hope we can all put to good use whatever time we have to do things that could make us closer to Him. I know that “Lailatul Bazar” is very enticing for most of us but I’m sure through good time management, we can change our daily routines to chase after “Lailatul Qadar” instead.

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Lastly, for those who are wondering how my wife is getting on, she is doing well Alhamdulillah and we’re just weeks away from welcoming a new addition to the family, Insya Allah. I really hope I can welcome my daughter to this world cos right now, things are quite touch and go at the moment. Aida had her scan last Friday and things did not look too good as the scan showed that the umbilical cord is entangled round her neck. From the scan, we could see our daughter’s hands on her neck, perhaps holding on to the cord to avoid feeling discomfort. We can only hope and pray she can pull through and I hope whoever is reading this would pray for us too.

My heart sank big time when the gynae told us about it and I must say the past weekend hasn’t been good in my mind as I only had negative thoughts going through my head. It still does and I kinda lost my appetite during break fast time just thinking about it. I know now how much it means to be a father even if the child is still unborn. We could see she has Aida’s eyes and my nose so she’s gonna grow up to be a beautiful girl, Insya Allah. She’s been very active inside her mother’s tummy, moving and kicking all the time. I can only hope she’s doing that to unentangle the cord. Me and Aida are so looking forward to bringing her up and we are praying hard we could welcome her, perhaps as early as end of next month…

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3 responses

  1. Silent Mode

    hello. im tagging u all the way from sydney!! *waves at u and ur fam*.. the last part of ur entry really caught my attention. i really really really hope ur wife and the baby will be fine… ok? i was a bit sad when i read that part la.. but.. apa pun.. me percaya Tuhan tak akan menguji seseorang manusia tanpa sebab. mungkin ada terselit hikmah. me ucapkan selamat hari raya.. maaf lahir batin jika ada sebarang kesilapan atau kekasaran di sepanjang persahabatan ini.

    Tuesday, 24 October 2006 at 17:09

  2. GaDeeZ`86

    selamat hari raya aidilfitri. maaf zahir & batin.

    hopefully ur wife n ur baby will be fine. insya-allah.

    Wednesday, 25 October 2006 at 00:45

  3. Crab

    Selamat Hari Raya
    Maaf Zahir Batin

    Saturday, 28 October 2006 at 20:41

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