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Getting to know Malacca

Getting to know Malacca

Mar 13, 2017

Malaysia does not only offer accessibility and affordability to Singaporeans when every destination in Malaysia has its unique character and one particular upbeat destination would be Malacca. Getting to Malacca from Singapore is surprisingly easy when one can just make a booking online for the next 707 bus. Best known as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Malacca is among the unique and fascinating destinations in Malaysia. What’s more, the city is easy to navigate and therefore you will not encounter any problems finding the popular tourist attractions. Malacca boasts of numerous narrow passageways, and thus the best and more convenient way of exploring the wonderful city is by walking. A Walk Down the History Lane  Malacca rose from a humble fishing village to become the renowned trading port forming a vital link between the East and the West. Envy of many, the first of many foreign invasions took place when the Portuguese arrived and soon after falls on the hand of different nations. As rich as the history can be, the many historic events that took place in Malacca has successfully shaped Malacca into what it is today. Popular historical attractions in Melaka Fort A Famosa – Built by the Portuguese in 1511 which suffered severe structural damage during the Dutch invasion. John’s Fort – Remodelled by the Dutch in the third quarter of the 18th century. Peter’s Church– Constructed in 1710 under the Dutch administration, this church is the oldest Catholic Church in Malaysia. Paul’s Church– Built by the Portuguese captain, Duarte Coelho, this church was named “Our Lady of The Hill”, but was later revolved into a burial ground by the Dutch for their noble dead, and renamed “St. Paul’s Church”. Presently the church is part of the Malaccan Museums Complex. Christ Church– Constructed in 1753, the structure reflects original Dutch architecture. The building houses hand-crafted church benches, jointless ceiling skylights, a copper replica of the Bible, a headstone written in the Armenian language, and a replica of “The Last Supper”. Francis Xavier Church– This Gothic church was built to honour St. Francis Xavier who is also known as the “Apostle of the East”. Stadthuys – Built in 1650 as the residence...

Living in Malaysia: Five Tips on Renting Your Ideal House

Living in Malaysia: Five Tips on Renting Your Ideal House

Jan 16, 2017

Conventionally speaking, most people dislike the idea of renting a house over ownership. For one, renting is just a temporary stop along the process of owning a home. Nothing is more secure than having a house to live. This is what every homeowner dreams of: having a place that they can call their own. Recent changes in the perspective of homemakers paved way to renting a house as a more viable option for many especially when the real estate scene in Malaysia is looking at an incredible difficult trend to own a house. Also, according to iMoney, younger generations do not consider settling down on a permanent place just yet. They are still open to possibilities of transferring job or relocating to another area making renting more favorable compared to owning a new house. Over the past years, people in rural areas flock to highly urbanized areas for livelihood. The massive transfer of people causes congestion to urban cities like Kaula Lumpur. Despite being a huge city, land spaces may not be enough to address the demands for new homes. Renting a house seems to be the best option to choose for now. How to Find a Perfect Place to Rent Finding a perfect place to rent is a tedious task that needs your time and effort. It is not easy to look everywhere for a place that is suitable regarding what you want. For hassle-free ‘house for rent’ hunting, simply consider the following steps: Know Your Budget Before heading out on the busy streets of the city, try asking yourself how much can you afford. Surf the web for the latest trends in pricing so that you will have an idea of what to expect. As a rule of thumb, you must not spend more than 30 percent of your income for rent. Do bear in mind that aside from the rent, you will also have to allot a portion of your income for utilities like water, electricity, cable, and the internet. By knowing how much you want to spend, you can narrow down your options and avoid squandering time. Decide on Key Features Since you are already spending for a house that...

Home Buying Guide for Malaysian Property

Home Buying Guide for Malaysian Property

Apr 20, 2016

Wonderful sights, warm people and a relatively low-cost of living compared to Australia and Singapore makes Malaysia one of the best havens for retirees and expat families in the area looking to move. Whether for foreign or local buyers, though, properties across the country offer a lot of choices. And when it comes to price,the Global Property Guide says that one of the best qualities of Malaysia’s residential properties is the remarkable stability of its prices. Over the last few years, prices have either fallen by a few percent, or risen by 2 percent or 3 percent. The result? When the market booms or collapses, consumers aren’t in the least bit worried. They know the market will go right back up if it goes down. You can essentially take advantage of the same stable property market prices when you invest in a Malaysian home. Here are some essential tips you need to know as a homeowner: Property Types  Available housing options in the market include the following: Terraced Houses High-rise residential properties Detached houses Semi-detached houses  There’s also a difference between buying land property and a condominium unit. Landed property will cost you more, should you go with this option. However, while land property prices continue to appreciate, the value of apartments are dependent on local supply and demand changes in the market. Online Listings  If you’re looking for an apartment for sale, sites like PropertyGuru Malaysia provide a handy list of choices you can explore. This is going to help you tremendously since you no longer need to do an ocular inspection of an area’s potential homes before you can generate a list of all the prospective homes to check. Set Budget  When you’re buying a home, just like any other shopping experience out there, make sure you set a budget, says CNN Money—and stick to it. You really wouldn’t want to overspend at this point. A home comes with a ton of expenses. It doesn’t stop at your mortgage bill and down payment. You’ll have to sell out money for association dues, worry about insurance premiums, lose sleep over repair and remodeling costs, and more. Financing Options  There are also plenty of...

Factors to Consider a When Buying Home in a Neighborhood Country

Factors to Consider a When Buying Home in a Neighborhood Country

Apr 7, 2016

The time to buy is now, but you want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck when purchasing a home in Singapore. Consider the following factors when looking for your next home in Singapore: Landscaping It is obviously important that your new property itself looks well kept and aesthetically pleasing. However, it’s just as important that the landscaping and the area or neighborhood as a whole is well kept as well. If the landscaping of the property and surrounding neighborhood is well managed, it is a sign that the local council is proactive and will be helpful when it comes to other issues. Lack of unplanned vacant land A lack of vacant land in your new property’s surrounding area is a good thing when it comes to buying your new home. It means that there is no risk of future construction affecting your road access or your property’s good view. Investigate whether there are any vacant areas around your home that could affect the value of your property in the future. Gated community Gated communities are in high demand and properties within them are generally much pricier than non-gated homes. According to Iproperty.com, properties in Desa Park City that were originally priced at RM450,000 are now priced at RM1.2 million. Bungalows, on the other hand, are much less in demand and lower in price than they used to be, considering the rise in condominiums and gated communities. If you’re looking for a less pricey home, bungalows may be the way to go, but if you’re looking for a property that will likely grow in value over the years, a home within a gated community could be a great investment. Near high-performing schools According to The Malay Mail Online, having a high-performing Chinese school in a neighborhood could add tremendous value to your property. More and more non-Chinese families are looking to move closer to these high-performing schools, bringing up the value and demand of properties surrounding the schools. More people want to live close to these schools, not only to send their children to them but also to have an excellent support system of parents. Neighboring locations Consider buying a...

8 Places To Do While In South Korea

8 Places To Do While In South Korea

May 17, 2015

I love South Korea. There is something magnificent about the culture and the country. And oh, definitely the food! I’ll be sharing some of the info on how you can travel to South Korea and enjoy to 8 places to visit. Bukchon Hanok Village Sandwiched in the middle of Changdeok and Gyeongbok palaces sits this little bit of Korean history. Hanoks are old Korean style homes with a yard in the center and a few rooms encompassing it. Think wooden cross section and sliding paper entryways. It’s a pleasant spot in the midst of an overall solid city. A large portion of the structures work as shops or guesthouses now, so you can really get a look of the way individuals used to live.(Image by Kwong) Gyeongbok Palace Gyeongbokgung was initially manufactured path in 1395 as the principle royal residence for the King’s of the Joseon Dynasty. In the event that you need a genuine research Korea’s history, Gyeongbok Palace is the ideal spot to begin. There are guided visits in Korean, Japanese, Chinese and English at distinctive interims for the duration of the day where you can look into not just the King’s that called this spot home, yet around a ton of Korea’s history amid this time period. Jongmyo Shrine Korean individuals once accepted that the spot of entombment was the place an individual’s body stayed after death, however their soul went’s to its altar. Jongmyo Shrine is home to the soul of each King of the Joseon Dynasty period. Passage is accessible just through guided visits (with the exception of on Saturdays), leaving the recreation center totally tranquil for each one visit. It’s still an exceptionally otherworldly place and meandering the stone ways. Bukaksan Fortress Wall Simply north of the Blue House sits Bukak Mountain and Seoul’s stronghold divider. When it was manufactured back in the fourteenth century it joined the four noteworthy crests adound the city: Bukaksan, Naksan, Inwangsan and Namsan. Bring your travel permit and your strolling shoes. Cheonggyecheon Stream Bring a stroll down any of the steps that line this 5.8km stream and you’ll abruptly end up in a desert garden; a mystery little hideaway from a generally...

Things for Business Travelers to do in Bangkok

Things for Business Travelers to do in Bangkok

May 8, 2015

Even when on a business trip to Bangkok, you can always squeeze in some time in your schedule for several activities as well as sightseeing. The city is known for its notorious traffic jams and if you wish to do other thing other than business, it is advised that you get a hotel or apartments that are generally accessible. There are many attractions in Bangkok, the most popular being the Dusit Palace Park, the Grand Palace, shrines and even temples. There are also the famous floating markets located outside the city. However, you can lack enough time to go around this entire place when on a business trip. Some of the top things and places that you can manage to do and visit when on a business trip to Bangkok include: Golf courses and Sports Clubs In Bangkok, there are over 40 world class golf courses. For those who love golf, it is very important that you check the location of your hotel just to make sure that you are not stuck in traffic as you get to the golf courses. You can also go to the Royal Bangkok Sports Club which besides horseracing, it also offers a wide variety of other sports favorable for travelers on a business trip. These include sports such as martial arts, basketball, chess, soccer, tennis and swimming among many other sports.(Image by John) Bars and restaurants There are numerous renowned bars and restaurants in Bangkok. One of the most popular is the vertigo and Moon bar that is found on the 61st floor of the famous Banya tree building. The bar is well known as it was first Southeast Asia’s roof top bar and grills on any skyscraper. Besides curious tourists, the bar is also popular with business travelers as well as expatriates. The Dome at Iebua also has the Sirocco and Sky bar on its 63th floor. This is the highest open air restaurant in the whole world. The restaurant requires you to make reservations a week in advance if you wish to have dinner there. Note that both of these hotels are only open when the weather is fair. Shopping There are many shopping malls and...