Should You Opt For Condominiums As Your Home?

There are loads of reasons why someone who opt for high-rise such as condominiums even when a condominium for sale usually come with a hefty price per square foot. When purchasing a condominium the buyer is agreeing to buy all the space within the walls. Everything outside the condo belongs to the building manager. Condos are a great buy, but to determine if they are right for you there are some pros and cons to consider.

The Many Advantages
Condominiums are usually conveniently located in places like downtown locations, or within walking distance of public transports, restaurants, shopping, schools, and medical facilities. It also gives a sense of security to many people who feel safer having close neighbors. This is especially true when some condos are heavily guarded with security guards, buzzers and gates with security codes. 


Low maintenance sounds like not the case when you need to pay more or less half a dollar per square foot but trust me, it is. You are paying a low maintenance price to get things like plumbing taken care of.  Moreover, you don’t have to worry about mowing your front law or backyard or taking care of the common area. The area under your own administration is just too limited which is a good thing.

Amenities are a good selling point for condos. Most places offer many types of amenities like a lifestyle gym, pool, playground and grocery stores. Not forgetting a close community goes by the name of condominium association. Each owner is a part of this association. The association has an elected board that is responsible for repairs and maintenance issues, along with enforcing policies or bylaws. They handle disputes between neighbors as well. 

Last but not least, you can pretty much lock the door and go whenever you feel like getting out of city for a vacation. Your condo is much less likely to get broken into because of the security condominium offer. More often than not, your condo will be located in the heart of the town or city or even close to great shopping center and restaurant allowing you to enjoy the life a little better.

You Can’t Have It All
Of course not everything can go in your favor especially when you as the unit owner never owns the land underneath them or around them. You will only own the space between the walls of your condo. Common areas are shared with others in the neighborhood. There is little storage space and bedroom does not typically exceed 3 per condo. The space is not too large either. Sometimes the rooms and restrooms are small. Consider how much space is needed in the home. Consider how much time will be spent in each room. 

Sometimes there is not a lot of privacy. Sharing a wall means hearing the neighbors’ next doors from time to time. Another thing to keep in mind is that condominium corporations can impose numerous monthly fees. Some of the fees may cater for electricity but more often than not, they will only include building insurance and property maintenance. The amount of the fees depend on the square footage of your condo so the bigger the unit, the higher the fees you will pay. In some instances, the fees can runs you an extra RM 500 per month. If moving from a home to a condo, the association might come across as weak. It is made up of homeowners not property-management professionals. At times they have been known to be inefficient. In addition, renovations of a personal unit might need the approval of the association. 

There you go on the many pros and cons of staying in a high rise like condominiums. When you are on the hunt for the perfect condominiums, consider everything involved from the location, security, parking spaces, layout of the unit and more. Fret not, I’m not asking you to go condo by condo to check all these out, you just need to visit property portal like PropertyGuru to look for condominiums for sale and you can get all the information hassle free.

 

My First Diamond Coral Gold Water Filter

H20 consists of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. This substance also known as water, is one of the most essential elements to our body and all living things in this planet.

Water makes up more than two thirds of human body weight, and without water, we would die in a few days. The human brain is made up of 95% water, blood is 82% and lungs 90%. A mere 2% drop in our body’s water supply can trigger signs of dehydration. This is why clean water is so vital for our body to stay healthy and to function optimally.

This week, one of my wishes finally came true!  I had long wanted to get a water filter for our wet kitchen so that we can wash and soak our veggies, rice, grains and raw meat using filtered water.  Currently, we only have one water filter (using electric) in the dry kitchen. We collect water for cooking and boiling from this water filter.  I have always wanted to wash and soak our veggies using filtered water but it’s really inconvenient to be doing all the washing in our dry kitchen, which is pretty cramped.  So with both eyes closed, we have been washing our meat and veggies with regular tap water.

I have lots of qualms over the quality of unfiltered water at the place where I live. Our toilet bowls often have mud-like stains though we wash them every day. Our white clothes turn yellowish over time. This is evidence that our unfiltered water is indeed adulterated with rust from old water pipes and other contaminants and dirt, which cannot be immediately seen by the naked eyes.

With many many thanks to Diamond, the world renowned experts in water filters, they have given me one of the best gifts this year by loaning me their latest water filter model – the Diamond Coral Gold!  The duration I get to use the Diamond Coral Gold water filter will be for 1 year, after which I can either return it to them OR take up their High Value Trade In offer. I shall explain more on the High Value Trade In campaign in my next post.

This is how my Diamond Coral Gold water filter looks like – full of elegance and efficient in filtering our drinking water.

 

 

Diamond Coral water filters use 100% natural purifying materials such as as diatomite, coral calcium, coconut shells and bamboo charcoal base activated carbon. This system can purify harmful elements over a hundred times and it can get rid of radioactive elements found in the water while keeping intact the minerals vital to the human bodies.

The filtered water can be consumed without boiling. However, if you have young kids with sensitive tummies, you can boil the water to have a peace of mind.

The Diamond technician who came to my place was a jovial chap who knew his stuff well.  I bombarded him with a long list of questions on the water filter and he patiently answered all my questions 😀  He was also very punctual on the appointment day and gave me ample notice (by calling me on my phone) before turning up at my place.

 

After slightly less than an hour, my Diamond Coral Gold water filter was finally installed!  Before Mr Diamond left, he snapped a few pictures of newly installed water filter and asked my mil to stand next to it. She was reluctant to be the model but finally gave in since Mr Diamond was such a nice chap LOL!  This is a requirement by the company as proof that the machine has been successfully installed at the client’s home.

With a water filter in our wet kitchen, cooking is now made easier. The mil and I don’t have to carry our pots and pans into the dry kitchen to fill them up with filtered water for boiling soups and cooking rice.

Diamond Coral water machine is the world’s few water filter machines that passed over 200 performance measurements and safety testing. They are awarded NSF42 and 53 Gold Seal by the USA Water Quality Association (WQA).

As I am typing this post, my MIL is busy whipping up a storm in the kitchen. Now she does not need to walk in and out of both the kitchens to get filtered water.

Water filters are not a want, they are a need, a necessity for better health. If you do not have one yet, well, you can consider Diamond.  Do hop over to Diamond website to check the models and the packages.

The New, 3rd Generation Electrolux Ergorapido Vacuum Cleaner

Did I tell you that ever since I took over the role of full-time slave  maid, I told the hubs that I desperately needed a cordless vacuum cleaner?  But the stingy hubs said NO, he ain’t going to buy a new cordless vacuum. He said that I could use his other Electrolux vacuum cleaner which is still good, which he bought a few years ago. But that has messy cords, for Pete’s sake!  The other day, I finally dug out the old Electrolux vacuum and gawd did I hated using it as it is dang heavy to lug it around!  After vacuuming just the living area, I gave up and assigned my daughter to keep it back in the store room.  Just when I had given up hope on ever owning a cordless vacuum cleaner, my guardian angel sent me a brand new, 3rd generation Electrolux Ergorapido vacuum cleaner that is C O R D L E S S!  WOOHOO!  In bright love red color some more 😀  My guardian angels must have heard me whining and decided to send me a cordless vacuum for my birthday! 😀

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The new 3rd generation Ergorapido vacuum was recently launched at Harvey Norman @ Ikano Power Center. In conjunction with the launch, Electrolux and selected Harvey Norman outlets will be running a special promotion from March 13 – May 15, 2014 under which, anyone who brings an old broom to the outlet will get a rebate of RM100 on the spot when purchasing an Ergorapido model of their choice! For the promotion-participating outlets, you can visit Electrolux Facebook page

The Ergorapido is so easy to use and so light to lug it around. Even my three daughters can help me to vacuum the floor now!

Check out the Ergorapido in love red, I think it matches my cushions too 😀   This stylo mylo gadget is now a permanent feature at the corner of our living room, sleekly attached to the wall socket for power charging.

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And the suction power is pretty ‘terror’ too.  In just 15 minutes, see the amount of dust, dirt and hair it has sucked!

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Cleaning the filter bag and container is also easy peasy.  First, I used a piece of tissue paper to wipe away the dust and dirt.  Then rinsed the dust cup/container with water and briefly washed the filter with water and air dried the parts in my balcony.  If you are lazy to wash, just use tissue paper or a piece of wet wipe to wipe off the dust and hair will suffice.

You can watch the video on the awesomeness of the Ergorapido vacuum…

I ♥ my love red Ergorapido vacuum!

Microfiber Mop From 100 Yen Shop

I love shopping at 100 Yen Shop.  After dropping off rascal #2 at the ballet school, I can spend over an hour at 100 Yen Shop browsing the range of amazing yet affordable products.  Last Saturday, I found this magic microfiber mop that I have been wanting to get ever since my role now includes housekeeping.  I saw a similar one from Scotch Brite (3M), where the mop head attaches to the stick with velcro. I was very tempted to buy it but could not find the refill on sale.  Moreover, it’s pretty costly. So I told myself to check out 100 Yen Shop and was so happy to find one last Saturday!

As the stick is lightweight, even my daughters can help me to mop the floor now. After moping, I can just rinse the mop head before dumping it into the washing machine for a wash every evening. Now that I am a full-time domestic maid, I am always on the look-out for household gadgets and accessories to make house cleaning an easier chore for me. The next gadget that I am targeting is the dishwasher. Already got the nod of approval from the boss and BODs at home, so next week we will charge the electrical shop to get one. The only reservation I have now is our kitchen — am very worried that extensive renovation will be needed to install the dishwasher.

Cheap and easy to use – the stick cost RM9.90 and the microfiber mop head only cost RM4.90.  So convenient and easy to wipe hard to reach places like under the bed, under the sofa, under the fridge and all the nooks and corners without even having to move these big furniture.

Will be visiting 100 Yen shop again soon to get the disposable wet wipes for my Kao Magic Mop Stick.

A Kitchen Full Of Suds

On the morning of the first day of this year, I had a rude surprise when my maid told me that ‘sabun keluar dari lubang’ (suds appearing from the hole). I ran to the kitchen and saw the floor of the kitchen where our washing machine is placed covered by suds.   The suds had made its way into our home from the hole of the drain cover. Someone from the upper unit of our condo must have been washing laundry in their washing machine and had used too much detergent, so much that the suds could not flow down the concealed piped drain and have seeped into our home.  We had to used several thick towels to cover the hole and my maid had a hard time cleaning up the washing machine and floor afterward.  In fact, that wasn’t the first time but the previous time, it wasn’t that serious.  The next time this happens,  maybe I should use play dough to seal up the hole.  When we stayed at a flood prone area several years ago, we used to stick play dough on door holes, bathroom drain covers and on every part of the house where there are holes for water to seep in.

Still Moving, Unpacking And Arranging Our Things

There were a few more truck loads of our stuff from our old home to our new home today. I could barely do anything but carry Baby C all the time. She has been purging again… till her diaper area is oh so red and sore and each time I wash the area, she’ll be yelling away. I hope it’s not another UTI 🙁

As for me, my sensitive nose and throat are allergic to the new paint and varnish in the new home and I am having sore throat, itchy throat and a runny and stuffy nose.

The darn 3G wireless internet is still moving at snail’s pace and horribly unstable. I feel so frustrated sitting at my PC waiting for the line to be connected. Have just called Streamyx to voice my complaint. Today is the 7th day my Streamyx has been disconnected and as expected, they were not even informed that they have to install Streamyx at my new place, unbelievable!

Anyway, I’ll leave you with some pix of the move taken at my old home.


Plastic boxes of things scattered in the living room floor, waiting to be moved to the new place.


The fridge being moved out of the house.


Our dining area devoid of table and chairs and my 2 brats eating on the floor. They found it fun and said it’s like a picnic!

Finally Packing My Stuff

We will be moving to our new condo in less than a week’s time and today I’ve finally moved by butt and started packing.  I first started to clear my wardrobe and when I realized that I have so many XS size clothes that I can’t possibly squeeze my new frame into (oh well, I don’t think I will ever be able to squeeze into them again, period), I half heartedly decided to give them away.  Most of them were bought from MNG, Elle, Zara and heaps of Edmund Ser office suits, jackets, pants and dresses bought during my corporate days. Gone are my XS size frame days, sob sob….. I am now officially an ‘aun-tee’ with an aun-tee figure too 🙁

I have also packed a bag of baby clothes for a blogger mom who said she doesn’t mind the hand-me-downs for her baby girl.  Some of the baby clothings are brand new.

3 bags of clothings to give away – 2 bags of office wear and my sexy, skimpy XS size tops and a bag of baby clothes.

3 more boxes of old clothes to give away but no time to sort them out yet. 

I will have lesser time to blog for the next few days as I will be busy packing my stuff.  It’s not easy to pack as Baby C is always whining and fussing as she hates to be ignored.  She wants to be carried or be placed on the floor to crawl but it’s quite impossible to do that if I want to pack my stuff.  Our official moving date will be next Friday and I will take a few days of blog break to move and unpack our stuff. 

Labeling Of Meat

When my former maid was around, I didn’t have to help her out or supervise her much when it comes to organizing the household and cooking. Whenever I bought meat back from the market or supermarket, she would know what to do. With this super blur maid, I have to label all the meat that I have bought like this :

If I don’t label the meat, she would not know what meat is inside each plastic bag as all the meat look alike when they are frozen. With the labeling, it is easy for her and for me to find the type of meat that we want to cook and we will know when the meat was bought coz it’s always first in first out.

My maid putting fresh fish paste into containers before labeling them and freezing them.

Do you label your meat too before freezing them?

Busy Busy And Really Tired

The past one week has been hectic for me.  Hubby has been really busy with his catering business lately, which is good for us but we see him lesser.  He will normally do the marketing of vegetables, fish and fruits for us at the pasar malam every Friday but last Friday, my maid, the 2 girls and I had to walk to the pasar malam to do the marketing ourselves….. which is really tiring for me as the pasar malam is located quite a distance from where I stay (15 mins walk one way). 

Today I had to walk to the nearby van that sells vegetables and meat to do marketing – bought pork ribs, minced pork meat, fish paste, vegetables. etc.  then walked back to the house with Sherilyn tagging along.   After that, I walked to a shop near my house to collect my green peas cookies.  I didn’t want my maid to follow as she’s already so slow with her work.  If she follows me out, work will be piling up and I will have to end up helping her with the chores.

At 11:30am, I walked to Alycia’s pre-school to bring her back as hubby was unable to fetch her back today.  This time I brought my maid along so that she can help carry Alycia’s school bag and carry Sherilyn when we cross the road.  As I was walking back from the school, I visualized myself holding Alycia and Sherilyn on both sides, with my newborn baby clinging on to me in my sling, a few months down the road. I would really look like a frumpy Ah Soh with 3 daughters.  I should really ask hubby to get me a car as it is quite inconvenient without one now.  That was really a lot of walk for me today.  I won’t really mind if I wasn’t pregnant and don’t have painful varicose veins on my legs.

My maid is now frying a huge wok of vermicelli that can last us till dinner.  These days, I plan meals that are very simple to cook and do not require much preparation coz my maid is really slow.  If I ask her to prepare a meal with 3 dishes, say a chicken dish, a fish dish and a fried vege dish, she would take forever to cook them and forever to wash up the dishes. Yesterday, there were 2 huge baskets of clean laundry for her to fold and she could not finish folding them. Each time we needed clothes, we had to fish them out from the laundry basket ourselves.  I have already been relieving my maid from many chores now and I am doing some of the chores myself.  I just hope my new permanent maid will be more efficient and faster than this slow coach.

Our Monday

Despite a rough start for Alycia and us this morning, the rest of the day was nevertheless quite fruitful. After her major temper tantrum in the morning followed by a real good lesson from daddy and mummy, Alycia turned out rather angelic for the rest of today. She did lots of coloring and letter tracing today and was very obedient. Sherilyn also did some letter tracing and she has made some really good improvements in her pencil grip and today, she wrote the letter ‘J’ really well – straight and got the order of the strokes correct. Just a moment ago, she traced the number ’15’. After guiding her hand to write the number, she could remember the order of the strokes and traced the number perfectly well. I’m so proud of her progress.

The gals also had a swell time at a new playground near our house in the evening. The play equipment were new and the slides were almost 1.5-storey high. My 2 samseng gals even had the guts to climb up the iron ladder bars to the top (together with daddy) and went down the winding slides. Every step that they took as they climbed up sent cold shivers down my spine and whilst they had a great time with daddy, I watched nervously on the ground, with my heart pounding away as they climbed each step up the iron bars to the 1.5-storey high slides.

For dinner, we had a piece of pan-fried sirloion steak, a slice of pan-fried fish, stir-fried spinach and lotus root soup. It was just another regular weekday for us but we had accomplished quite a bit.