The Thompson team not long ago held a Chinese New Year Garden Party for the residents, bankers and press agents, bringing together the people living in the completed bungalows for a few hours of fun, food, conversation and live band performance.
The aim was to introduce the residents to each other and create a sense of camaraderie between neighbours. It is beneficial to have neighbours looking out for one another and for residents to know each other.
The Garden Party was well attended by 120 people comprising mainly residents with some Taiko staff. A fireworks show was the highlight of the evening and a relaxing time was had by all at the party which was held at the Clubhouse and Open Space and sponsored by contractors and suppliers of the development.
Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir initiated the groundbreaking ceremony of The Octagon recently. Together with Zambry on this auspicious occasion was State Exco for Local Government Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon and Perak Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI) President Dato’ Lim Kok Cheong.
According to Dato’ Lim (above pic) the project is being undertaken by One Octagon Sdn Bhd, a company formed by PCCCI specifically to implement the project and to commemorate the contributions of towkay Yau Tet Shin, the developer who initiated the development of Ipoh New Town in 1908. The development then “consisted of 350 houses, a new market, theatre and a Mandarin school, as anchor attractions”.
Located on the site of the former Yau Tet Shin Bazaar at the junction of Jalan Raja Ekram and Jalan Theatre, the project named The Octagon, will be a 21-storey building project with three floors for a cultural mall, 14 floors of service apartments and four floors for parking lots. It is scheduled to be completed in three years time and will cost RM65 million.
Zambry, in his speech, mentioned that the State is considering gazetting the area surrounding The Octagon to become a cultural and tourism district of Ipoh.
Incidentally, the former Yau Tet Shin Market was a popular rendezvous for tourists to purchase traditional Ipoh favourites such as pomelos and groundnuts. Additionally, in the surrounding areas are located several Chinese clan houses such as the Qiong Hai Association of the Hainan community.
It is good to note that MBI’s initiative in January 2009, at a forum to redevelop the former Bazaar to inject life in the area, has finally come to fruition. With this kind of determination and perseverance there can only be one way for Ipoh to go and that is forward.
Twelve awards winner, The Haven, recently held an event to celebrate the completion of its first of three Lakeside Residency Towers, the Acacia, together with its other completed support amenities which include the clubhouse, swimming pool and jogging track.
The event was royally graced by the presence of their Highnesses the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Nazrin Shah and Raja Puan Besar of Perak Tuanku Zara Salim. Also present was State Exco for Local Government Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, State Secretary Dato’ Abdul Puhat and Ipoh Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim.
The Haven CEO, Mr Peter Chan, in his address, thanked the local authorities for their continuous support extended throughout the development of the project. Chan also acknowledged his appreciation to the purchasers of the units for displaying their “discerning perception, love of nature and trust” in their purchase.
The Haven was officially launched in 2011 as a world-class luxury condominium amid much scepticism of the development’s desirability and viability for Ipoh. Nevertheless, Chan pushed forward promoting the project together with Ipoh as “The Best Vacation and Retirement Location”.
Additionally, The Haven’s location amidst a pristine green location with its own millions-year-old limestone hill, a 140-foot karst formation rising from the crystal clear lake (since named Rockhaven), was a strong marketing point.
Combined with Chan’s insistence on quality, The Haven has garnered 12 local and international prestigious awards, the latest being “Best Condo Malaysia”.
Chan’s attention to detail also extended to the night’s event as guests were ushered to their seats by ‘Angels’ and Raja Nazrin was presented the key to light up the completed Acacia block by a ‘Mermaid in the Lake” and officiate its completion. Three of the early buyers of the units were then presented the keys to their apartments.
As the guests went about their dinner, they were serenaded by the Perak Philharmonic Orchestra led by conductor Eugene Pook. After dinner, guests were seen strolling around the lake on the completed walkway.
Based on the night’s activities, all of Chan’s efforts and vision were realised. Eighty five per cent of the three towers have been sold while the remaining two towers Banyan and Cycas are expected to be completed by August this year, six months ahead of schedule.
Even though only one block is completed, it is fair to state that The Haven has arrived.
As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to help the less privileged in the community, leading property player, Setia Awan Holdings Sdn Bhd, recently hosted a trip to Ipoh Tambun Lost World for 40 underprivileged children of different ethnic backgrounds and ages in conjunction with Chinese New Year.
The children and their caregivers from the Diamond Home, Air Tawar and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Harapan Baru Sri Manjung were treated to a delightful afternoon of laughter, cheer and fun at the water theme park as they splashed about in the pools and shared fun moments together.
“It was indeed a privilege for us at Setia Awan to see the delight in the children’s eyes as they immersed themselves in the day’s activities,” said Dato’ Jimmy Doh, Executive Director of Setia Awan.
Besides the children from the homes, the trip also included several single mothers and their children. They expressed their gratitude to have been given the opportunity to have a day of fun with their children and also to engage with children from other homes. “It’s been a wonderful experience and I would like to thank Uncle Jimmy for the opportunity. My favourite part of the theme park is the water slide rides,” commented Jacob Andrew, one of the boys from Diamond Home, Air Tawar.
For La Lee Hoon, a single mother with a 5-year-old son, it was an unforgettable treat. “My son was delirious about the trip and I am also thrilled to have been able to see him so happy. I wish to thank Setia Awan for showing us the love and care and we truly appreciate their generous gesture from the bottom of our hearts,” she said.
There was further cheer when Setia Awan distributed ang pows to the children and mothers in conjunction with Chinese New Year. Setia Awan will continue to reach out to communities in need by extending support. This is in keeping with their tagline, For Quality Lifestyles.
Realising the needs of students in Kampar, Kinta Saujana Properties Sdn Bhd recently embarked on a project to build a custom-made hostel for their use. The hostel, aptly named MH Unilodge to denote its affinity with students, is modelled after a university hostel in Australia. It comes complete with individual parking bays for the benefit of those with cars. The plus point is that the units are free-hold entities thus owning one has its merits. One other major consideration is the 3-year guaranteed return on offer by Kinta Saujana Properties Sdn Bhd plus a tempting 2-year maintenance fee exemption.
Built on a 5-acre site and located slightly over a kilometre from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), MH Unilodge has public facilities such as a hypermarket, a hospital and related government departments within reach, thus enhancing its marketability.
MH Unilodge comprises three blocks with five design choices covering a floor space measuring between 568.7 sq ft to 855.4 sq. ft. The 22 shop lots and 198 fully furnished apartments come with a gym, infinity pool, library, laundry, indoor and outdoor cafes, discussion room and a BBQ area built with the convenience of students in mind. The area is under constant surveillance provided by CCTV, security guards and a functional electronic locking system.
Kampar has caught the attention of investors with the establishment of additional institutes of higher learning besides the TAR campus. Westlake International School and Tunku Abdul Rahman College are the latest to join a long list of institutions making a beeline to Kampar. Thus investing in properties in this former tin-mining town is well worth the effort.
For details on MH Unilodge Kampar, call 05-254 3482 or 012-538 1055.
Demand for business suites in Ipoh is on the rise. Since the launch of Majestic Tower in November 2012 almost 80 per cent of such units have been booked. Buoyed by this development, Majestic Ipoh Sdn Bhd launched its second block, Imperial Tower, on Sunday, January 13.
The project, known as “The Majestic”, consists of two 21-storey towers, with a total of 333 units of business suites and 703 parking bays over six levels. There will also be 12 commercial lots on the ground floor reserved for food and beverage businesses. Located along Jalan Dato’ Tahwil Azar, The Majestic is now the focal point of Ipoh city.
The objective is to provide modern-concept living to Ipohites with a wide range of amenities, facilities and services such as Jacuzzi, infinity pool and gymnasium for the convenience of residents. Closed-circuit TV monitoring is provided as an added security measure. The management of the buildings will be handed over to a professional firm, to be appointed in due time.
Mindful of sentiments attached to the Majestic Theatre, the site where this project partially sits, the name “Majestic” is retained. The developer had commissioned Atelier Alan Teh Architect from Penang to incorporate the art déco of the theatre in The Majestic.
Dato’ Poo Tak Kiau, Managing Director of Majestic Ipoh Sdn Bhd, feels that Ipohites have to accept the fact that development brings changes. “We’ve to move with time,” he remarked.
The Majestic will bring life to the heart of Ipoh, a reality many are waiting for.
For more information on The Majestic, log on to www.majesticipoh.com.
Kinta EcoCity, the pioneer developer in Ipoh, marked its 10th Anniversary in 2012 by organising an open concert as an act of reciprocation for constant support from buyers and cultivating future prospects.
Kinta EcoCity’s success on trusted customer service and reliability with its promise of “Building Homes, Developing Communities” will be further enhanced in 2013 with more emphasis not only on building homes but also be the agent in developing communities despite different cultures and values in Malaysia.
An estimated 2000 people turned up for the concert event. The drum troupe, from Menglembu High School Ipoh, started off the event, followed by a Chinese classical singer, YouDi. Both performances gave a warm opening that kept audience attention engaged.
Later, the popular Astro pair singers, Geraldine Gan and Chou Jie Ying, intensified the crowd enthusiasm even more. Some took the opportunity to hand them flowers as tokens of appreciation. The event reached its climax when Amy, the legendary rock singer from the band Search, performed. His performance was coupled with light humour keeping the audience responsive throughout. The crowd sang along especially during his songs ‘Tiada Lagi’ and ‘Isabella’.