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Avoid Magna Prima

Friday, June 28, 2013
12:02 PM

Recently, I visited their website and found out that Magna Prima has two new housing projects underway, One Sierra and Seri Jalil. I'm not sure at what point these projects are presently, but if you are one of the many who have or are planning to purchase these properties, then please take some time to visit their recently completed project, Alam d'16 in Shah Alam. It'll definitely change your mind.

My wife and I thought that we were one of the lucky ones to discover Alam d'16 when the project was opened for purchase about 2 years ago. We were even more excited when we managed to secure the end-lot although the extra land costs us a bit more money. But after getting the keys earlier this year, we realized that we are no where close to being lucky. Instead, we felt cheated and betrayed.

Here's why.

They irresponsibly changed the details of the project without prior notice to the homebuyers. For example, they promised brick perimeter walls, but instead installed steel wire fences 6 months before the completion date and had the nerve to tell the homebuyers that this was preferred by MBSA.

They promised a 325-square-foot land for end-lot owners, but dastardly used up 5 square feet of this land to erect TNB's feeder pillars with huge "DANGER" sign on them.

They promised exclusive gardens and landscaped streets and sidewalks, but you can instantly tell from this picture that none of these has been delivered. And they dared to call it "Alam"! Another lie.

Poor finishing of the house, both internally and externally. Just look at how the timber floors were installed. And don't even get me started on the cracks and electric wirings! Materials used are cheap and I bet they didn't even hire professionals to survey the houses before declaring completion. Else, these defects would not have come unnoticed.

Magna Prima hires a bunch of unprofessional and dishonest (read: Prima Awan) folks. I called their office a number of times to express my discontentment, but never get to talk to the Project Manager because he's always conveniently "out and not available". I just think he's afraid to talk to me.

And trust me when I say that it doesn't stop there. Feel free to contact me if you wish to find out more and I'd be glad to show you more of Magna Prima's flaws, lies, and dishonesties.

Do not trust the pictures on the brochures! They're 99% misleading.

All In One

Saturday, May 04, 2013
10:28 PM

I've been so busy living my life I forgot to stop and write about it. So, here's a summary of things that are going on presently.

Baby On The Way
On the 21st of January, we discovered that we are going to have another baby. Praise be to Allah! We are now 19 weeks pregnant and EDD is in late September. This time, the pregnancy is quite subtly different. During the first trimester, the morning sickness was quite terrible. Lin lost her appetite to eat and was throwing up day and night. Alhamdulillah, the morning sickness is all gone now. With this, we appreciate your du'as for the wellbeing, health, and safety of both baby and mummy :)

New House
I wrote about how we ended up purchasing a house in Shah Alam more than a year ago. Guess what? We officially got the keys to it recently. I've been procrastinating on finishing the defects list because there are more than a hundred items that need fixing, which tells you how bad Magna Prima is at building houses. I plan to write more on this later on because I can't just sit still and let this incompetent developer manipulate other people's money and ruin their hopes for good homes.

Wife's New Job
Lin finally had enough of Maxis. She's now a proud employee of PETRONAS. The movement is quite lateral with a modest salary increase, but she accepted the offer anyway in the spirit of wanting to try something new. Now that she's in the oil and gas sector, it'll open up a lot of new doors for her career development. Her first day is on the 16th of May.

My New Job
Maybe I'll keep this to myself for a bit more. I will do a post on it soon once everything is in order.

3rd Anniversary

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
3:39 PM

Island of Legends

Monday, December 10, 2012
11:27 PM

3 days went by so quickly!

Since Lin's sister and her husband are vacationing in Malaysia this month, we've decided to treat my parents in-law to a 4-day-3-night getaway in Langkawi, all expenses paid. We flew Firefly from the Subang Airport last Friday and flew back home today at 3 PM.

We splurged a little on the hotel and stayed at The Andaman. Since my father in-law is a government retiree, we were entitled to the government rate, which was very affordable. Trust me, we won't be staying there if we had to pay the full rate!

We spent most of our times between the pool, the beach, and the restaurant. (Daily breakfast was complimentary.) The weather, fortunately was on our side because it didn't rain the whole time we were there. Daanish thoroughly enjoyed himself going on the slide, it was so hard to get him to stop. The beach was just lovely as the water was clean, clear, and at the right temperature.

Back home, we were told that the seafood in Langkawi don't just taste nice, they're cheap too! So, with that in mind, we ventured to look for the described, but were left disappointed because only the seafood we had on the first night at a place called Shin Mi Seafood Village Restaurant was up to par. And don't even get me started on the prices! Think we may have been to all the wrong places.

I remembered going to the Underwater World Langkawi 17 years ago and it fascinated me for many years after that. I went there again this time and felt like the place should be shut down immediately. It was completely under-maintained! An utter waste of money and time.

We also went on a boat tour to the eagle feeding area. I wasn't impressed much because we didn't really get to feed the eagles. The boatman said that not every boat get to throw chicken pieces in the water, else the eagles would be happily stuffed in the morning and won't come back in the afternoon. And I didn't even get to snap any good, closeup photos of the eagles because we were just too far away from the floating food.

A visit to Langkawi isn't complete without bringing home a couple of hundred ringgits of tax-free imported chocolates. Initially, we were thinking of getting some pots and pans too, but the hassles of packing and handling them just weren't worth it.

Would I go to Langkawi again? Yes, but just for the nice resorts, sun, and sea. And for the cable car because we missed it this time around.

Caversham Wildlife Park

Monday, December 03, 2012
10:05 PM

Like last year, my family and I were again invited to attend the company's Christmas party in Perth last week. This time, we didn't spend the entire week there because I had to entertain a colleague of mine in KL before flying off to Perth.

On the day we arrived, the weather was very weird. Apparently, damaging winds had hit the Perth metropolitan area just before lunctime on Wednesday, but the severe weather warning was called off the next day. We were too lucky! Else, we would've been spending our days in Perth locked in our hotel room.

This time, we decided to stay somewhere closer to the office. So, we ended up spending the 4 nights at Assured Ascot Quays Apartment Hotel. The apartment was fine and decent in size, but the view was terrible because our room was at the corner and overlooked the Great Eastern Highway, which was being worked on extensively. The hotel didn't have a nice surrounding, unlike the one we stayed at last year. Oh well, you win some, you lose some!

As usual, I had to work for the 2 days we were there. It was unfortunate that we couldn't do anything after work because (1) in Perth, all the shops and malls close at 5.30 PM every weekday, and (2) I had to work late on both days. We didn't even go out for dinner. So, we cooked.

The highlight of our trip this time was the Caversham Wildlife Park. We got to feed the kangaroos, touch the koalas, hold a python, pat the goats, and take pictures with a wombat. Daanish wasn't afraid of any of the animals. It was so much fun watching him feed the kangaroos.

We did a bit of shopping in the morning before leaving for KL on Sunday afternoon.

I just realized that that was Daanish's second overseas trip this year and fourth overall. When I was his age, I don't think I even travelled out of the state!

Two of A Kind

Friday, October 05, 2012
2:22 PM

A scary thing happened to me yesterday.

As I was leaving the plane, I realized that my backpack felt lighter than before we took off. So, I paused, bent down, put the backpack on the floor and unzipped it. Instantly, I saw a pack of cigarette in it and knew that I've taken someone else's backpack!

Luckily, I was only a few feet away from the plane's exit. I rushed back and waited for my backpack to appear, hoping that this person hasn't left before me. A minute passed and I couldn't be happier seeing my backpack being carried by some guy I don't know.

We exchanged backpacks, making small talks about what a huge coincidence this has been; Two guys having identical backpacks traveling on the same plane to the same destination on the same day and time, sitting a couple of seats away from each other!

If I didn't stop and check, I could be MacBook-less today...

Chocolate Muffins with Ganache Filling

Thursday, October 04, 2012
6:05 PM

After the rave (rave la sangat!) reviews I got for my Banana Nut muffins last week, I just couldn't help the urge to bake--and eat them myself--some more.

Have you ever had dr.CAFE's double chocolate muffins before? That's what I envision my chocolate muffins would be like, moist and rich.

So, I tried this recipe last weekend. It turned out well aside from the ugly looking ganache oozing out of the surface and the extra-coffee taste. I'm planning to give this recipe another shot, but I'll be sure to use less coffee and put the ganache in the center this time.

Here's the recipe after revision.

For the ganache, you'll need:
100 g Hershey's dark cocoa bars, chopped fine
40 ml full cream milk
20 g unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp icing sugar

Using double-boiler method, melt the chopped cocoa bars together with the milk and butter. Add in the icing sugar. Stir until the mixture thickens. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

For the muffins, you'll need:
90 g Hershey's dark cocoa bars, chopped fine
30 g cocoa powder
180 ml hot coffee (I used 1 tsp coffee powder mixed with hot water)
120 g all-purpose flour
120 g sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
90 ml vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 tsp white vinegar (or 2 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 180°C and arrange the muffin cups in a baking pan.

Place the chopped cocoa bars and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Pour hot coffee over mixture and whisk until smooth. Set in the refrigerator to cool completely, about 20 minutes. Whisk the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda together in a medium bowl, set aside.

Whisk oil, eggs, vinegar (or lemon juice) and vanilla extract and mix into the chocolate/coffee mixture. Mix until smooth. Add flour mixture and whisk until smooth.

Spoon the batter into each of the muffin cup and fill about 1/2 way. Place one slightly rounded tbsp of the ganache and top it with more batter. Bake until cupcakes are set and just firm to touch, 17-19 minutes.
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