Wednesday, January 6, 2010

There and back again... a SG-HK story...

I'm finally back in HK. Back since the 4th but been kept so busy ever since that I couldn't find the time to blog. A 6-day trip back to SG was supposed to re-energize me for the coming year of the Tiger. Unfortunately, due to some bedroom malfunction, sleeps at night were uncomfortable.

Highlights of the trip :
1) My new apartments are more or less completed. Keeping my fingers crossed for keys to the units before the Lunar New Year~

2) Actually seeing the Sky Garden at the new Marina Sands IR with my very own eyes. An impressive piece of concrete way up in the sky. Much of the city skyline has changed over the past 5 years...

3) Fireworks at the bay to welcome 2010. Not to mention the Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel, hundreds of peanuts and the floor full of nut shells~

4) Visited the showroom of a recently launched development. The penthouse of our dreams. Going to be a big gamble if we took it. Not going to fight against the Tiger... But the dream penthouse with a private jacuzzi on the top level, 3 rooms with good space and a practical layout. SGD1.47mil for a 1400+sqft freehold penthouse unit in Singapore will probably cost SGD3mil in HK (quoting a 2000sqft unit in HK, HK readers should know the reason). But I don't have the money...

5) Food, fooooood and more foooooooood! Had the best and cheapest salted egg crab and chilli crab somewhere in AMK. Something like SGD130(HKD720) for a meal that gave 5 person indigestion. Hawker food - cheaper in SG. Restaurants and sushi - stick to HK. And for a variety of Singapore local goodness I think visiting East Coast Lagoon Food Centre is a good bet.

Didn't even meet up with any of my friends... did I.... Nope~ Not a single friend. It's pretty tough to arrange for meet-ups with everyone having their own affairs and family matters to attend to. Did spend a decent amount of time with my mum though. And listen to her pains and sorrows with my siblings. It's ironic that I was the one who was given the least care and attention but eventually going to set her up nicely for old age. Life is kind of a weird thing aye...

No time for Sentosa this trip around but will probably try to book a room at the Sentosa IR on the next trip. So looking forward to the Universal Studios! I liked USJ more than Tokyo Disneyland/sea (and definitely more than Ocean Park or HK Disney). Hopefully I will like USS more than all of them...

Well here's to a good 2010~

4 comments:

Nomad said...

hey where is thise dream penthouse located? My last trip back to sg, I didnt see anything worthy because they are all built so close to highway or main road that gets rather noisy and dusty... care to share where is this find of yours?

WhiteDuskRed said...

It is along Tanjong Katong Road, a new development called Melrose Ville.

Not the ultimate dream home because of 2 things though:

1) Fengshui - The development is located at the top end of a T-junction. BAD!

2) Instead of the city skyline, seaview would have been better~

Nomad said...

thanks for sharing!!

ah..... Isnt TK road a little congested from memory...but u are right, i heard abt the fengshui thing abt at the top end of t junction but i wonder how true that is?

i havent been scouting for a long time... but there are ALOT of these smaller est isnt it?

I just reread your post, 1400 for penthouse, and at that price, its kinda expensive isnt it for the current going rate?

And another advice from a friend, they say best NOT to have jacuzzi installed at home because its a huge hassle to maintain/ clean the thing, Over thing limedeposits built up inside the mechanism and becomes very dirty....so it looks good but a while elephant eventually....so my friend had the whole thing "dug" up and replaced with a normal tub instead... :)

WhiteDuskRed said...

Jacuzzi definitely a hassle to maintain! And even worse if there are any leaks! But it will be a nice pool for my pups~ As long as they don't poo inside...

SGD1.4mil is definitely on the higher end. It worked out to nearly SGD1k/sqft. But the market's gone crazy recently with the upcoming IR opening. So its a really big gamble.

Tanjong Katong is convenient and not really congested. East Coast Road is another matter. Turning left you get to the PIE and right its the ECP. A 5-10minutes walk away to a station of the upcoming Circle Line.

Telok Kurau will have cheaper options but a real pain in the butt to access~

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