XT Huai Khwang is located within 2 minutes walk to Huai Khwang MRT. This is 1 of the stations along the Blue Line operated by Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand.
Let us take a look at how convenient staying at Huai Khwang is.
To Asoke – 4 MRT Stops
To Rama 9, Bangkok’s 2nd CBD – 2 MRT Stops
To Chatukchak Weekend Market – 6 MRT Stops
To Bang Sue, upcoming transport hub, and highspeed rail terminal – 7 MRT Stops
Right at the doorstep of XT Huai Khwang, a community mall called M9 is being constructed. I think all your basic needs can be met here.
And if that is not enough to satisfy the shopaholic in you, there are more choices.
Esplanade Mall, next to Thailand Cultural Center MRT.
The famous Rot Fai night market located right behind Esplanade Mall.
Central Plaza Grand Rama 9. This is a big one. Located 2 stations away at Rama 9.
Or just simply head to Terminal 21 at Asoke. It’s only 4 stations away.
It is not just the shopping. Rama 9 is being developed into the 2nd CBD of Bangkok. It is already taking shape as the Stock Exchange of Thailand and Unilever have made their home at Rama 9.
And not forgetting the Super Tower. The tallest building in Bangkok, which will change the entire Bangkok skyline.
The Embassy of China is also located in this area. That is the reason you can find a high number of Chinese choosing to stay in Rama 9 – Huai Khwang area. There are more and more shops and restaurants being helmed by Chinese who have made Bangkok their home.
Also nearby are the Embassy of South Korea as well as Embassy of Turkey. You can also find numerous government agencies in this area.
Not forgetting the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market. It’s only a quick 6 MRT stations away.
And 7 MRT stops away, we will have the Bang Sue Grand Station ready in the near future. Bang Sue will be the transportation hub for Bangkok. This is also where the high-speed rail from China will end.
I will be doing another article to provide a detailed overview of XT Huai Khwang as a development.
Huai Khwang is a location that is far enough from the city center to provide cost savings for tenants and would-be owners but near enough to access what city living has to offer.
Due to increasing demand, rental rates have also crept up over the years.
By itself, Huai Khwang is developing as a residential area. With existing shops and upcoming ones to service the residents in the area.
XT Huai Khwang also has the benefit of being next to an underground MRT. Commuting is a breeze.
XT Huai Khwang will be launching globally on the 21st of July. Pre-Sales will be starting real soon. If you are keen to find out more, do register at XT Huai Khwang Offical Developer Sales Website to be informed of the latest updates.
– Ekkamai International School
– The American School Of Bangkok
– Bangkok Prep International School
And that is really the reason why so many people love staying in Ekkamai.
The distance from XT Ekkamai to Ekkamai BTS is about 1.7km.
If you refer to the map above again, you will see not too far away from XT Ekkamai, there is a pin drop for Donki Mall. Yes, this is the famous Japan discount chain store.
We have 2 Donki outlets here in Singapore as well and it is super crowded every weekend.
The Donki mall is already under construction. It will be an impressive 6-storey retail mall in Ekkamai 5 when completed.
Xt Ekkamai by Sansiri is a freehold development. Standing at 38 levels high, it will consist of a total of 537 residential units and 1 retail shop.
The units mix consist of 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units.
For 1 bedroom, sizes range from 29.75sqm to 38sqm.
For 2 bedroom, sizes range from 45.50sqm to 57sqm.
XT Ekkamai is expected to be completed by December 2020.
270-degree sky pool. Enjoy the lovely Bangkok’s night scene.
Pushing the limitations with facilities that are truly out of the ordinary.
Sky lap pool with jacuzzi and poolside theatre. Awesomeness defined. No description required.
Courtyard Garden for you to have your moments of solitude.
This is no normal gym. It is equipped with Virtual Reality technology to enhance your workout sessions.
Look at that pool table.
Bar and Lounge on 38th. The perfect space for an after-party.
Proximity to social network and city resources, open floor plans, luxury kitchens, minimalist design, spa-like bathrooms, statement appliances, smart home technology, green building sustainability and bold use of colors. The Millenials have huge purchasing powers and the design world is taking notice of their preferences.
Sansiri and Tokyu have moved first to capture this market with their launch of XT Ekkamai.
June 2018, SINGAPORE – It is always challenging to pair the right wine with food, and it can be expensive to experiment with a selection of wines. What’s more, different wines also work well at different points in your meal. This July, let Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant elevate the art of wine appreciation to new heights as our maestros delve into the synergies of Cantonese cuisine and Californian wines to present the perfect food and wine pairing for your ultimate dining pleasure.
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant East-Meets-West 6-Course Wine Dinner Date: Friday, 20 July 2018 Time: 7 pm Price: $98++ per person
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant is consistently listed as one of the best Cantonese restaurants in Singapore, and its stellar gourmet masterpieces have garnered the restaurant a strong and loyal following. Kendall-Jackson Estate in California has also clinched the highly coveted title “Winery of the Year” with wines that boast a rich palette of aromas and flavors to handcrafted wines of exceptional depth and complexity; La Crema, a top producer in California for Burgundian varieties, is also renowned for its traditional wine-making techniques which produce consistently high-quality wines that are true to both the variety and the terroir. With three powerhouses working hand-in-hand, this is truly a wine dinner not to be missed.
Curating a special menu comprising the top 6 of Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant’s finest culinary creations, impeccably paired with premium Californian wines from Le Crema and Kendall Jackson estates, diners will be able to witness how the flavors of the delicacies and tastes of wines are magically enhanced. Highlights include Irish Peking Duck with Chinese Crepe; Deep-fried Prawn with Black Truffle Mayonnaise, BBQ Honey Iberico Pork and Pan-fried Hokkaido Scallop with Sea Urchin Sauce; 30-head South African Dried Abalone with Fish Maw and Seasonal Greens in Superior Stock; Braised Lobster with Fish Paste Noodles in XO Sauce, and more.
30-head South African Dried Abalone with Fish Maw in Superior Stock and Seasonal Greens
Braised Lobster with Fish Paste Noodles in XO Sauce
Irish Peking Duck with Chinese Crepe
Wines to look forward to including La Crema Sonoma Pinot Noir 2016; Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014; Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Zinfandel 2014, and more.
AXN’s top-rated series Asia’s Got Talent is coming back for season 3! Asia’s Got Talent judges must have seen thousands of acts in the last two seasons but who really left a lasting impression? Singapore did, that’s for sure.
The Sisters from Singapore, 10-year-old Anne-Sophie and 12-year-old Ariane, wowed the judges with their version of Leo Delibes’ “The Flower Duet”. Aiming to impress David Foster, the girls did more than that, receiving a standing ovation from the audience.
“I love that, it was beautiful. You really moved me,” Anggun said, praising the girls.
“Where did that come from? The fact that you guys are kids just went out of my mind, and that was beautiful,” said Jay Park.
“Girls, I really loved it. This is why we’re here, to see talent like that,” David Foster said. “They were so good, they were like one person.”
Is annoying a talent? Well, it definitely was for The Annoying Brothers from Singapore, as they brought The Annoying Show onto the world’s greatest stage…
And boy, they were annoying alright….in a good way! The brothers got the crowd cheering (and praying) as they juggled dangerously sharp knives above our dear unwilling thrill-seeker, show host Alan Wong.
“You made it really funny. It was really entertaining,” said Anggun
The genuine ability behind the act was praised by David Foster himself. “The real talent of what you do, you probably spent ten thousand hours doing that and you are unique.”
To everyone’s joy…. maybe except Alan’s, The Annoying Brothers got all ‘yeses’. Who knows, perhaps they might get Justin in the act with them next time!
It’s never too late to chase your dreams, just ask The Makchicks from Singapore! These housewives showed Asia that even aunties can chase their dreams of singing on the big stage.
“You guys looked very comfortable on stage. Your sassiness and the attitude. I loved it. It was dope”, said Jay Park, clearly enjoying the performance.
Anggun went even deeper, woman-to-woman, “Ladies, when you arrived on stage, and I thought please, please make this good. And, you were good.”
These young tappers from Asia’s Got Talent Season 1, Dance Trilogy, displayed serious professionalism and expert precision for their young age. The crowd went crazy after watching their dance performance, giving the young girls a standing ovation.
“I was really impressed!” David Foster said.
Meet the very talented 12-year-old Syah Riszuan, who sang the classic “It’s a Man’s World”, much to the delight of the audience and judges.
“Of all the singers on Asia’s Got Talent so far, you’re my favorite one,” Jay Park proudly declared.
“You have that smooth voice and it makes me want to hear more, and more, and more!” Anggun said.
“You are smooth. I think you have the gift, man. I was impressed.” David Foster added.
Syah grew up listening to soul music. He started singing when he was four years old, even before he could properly pronounce the words. Driven by his talent, his mother wanted Syah to pursue his dreams and passion for Asia’s Got Talent.
If you have any hidden (or not-so-hidden) talent, there’s still time to get your act together! The open auditions in Singapore will be held at Blackbox Theatre, Goodman Arts Centre on Saturday, June 23, 2018!
Doors will open from 12nn and you will have your shot at international fame and a life-changing grand prize of USD100,000!
A highlight of the audition day will be a special appearance by popular Asia’s Got Talent hosts, Alan Wong and Justin Bratton, who will report live via AXN’s Facebook (@axnasia) page at 1 pm on June 23. Alan and Justin will interview acts on the day while providing a glimpse into the exciting audition experience.
Due to the expected turn-out and exceptionally high demand on audition day, performers are encouraged to pre-apply online to expedite the registration process on the day (www.AXN-Asia.com/AsiasGotTalent).
Goodman Arts Centre is located on Goodman Road, Singapore 439053 and registration will be held at the Blackbox Theatre, Block M #01-53.
Information including the Goodman Arts Centre location map, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and the terms and conditions of participation are available at www.AXN-Asia.com/AsiasGotTalent.
Asia’s Got Talent is supported by regional sponsor Princess Cruises, the official cruise line of Asia’s Got Talent.
The Got Talent franchise was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced and owned by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia. It is entered in the Guinness World Records as the most Successful Reality Television Format in history with 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle-East, Africa and the Americas. Around the world, the Got Talent format airs in a total of 186 countries.
AXN is Asia’s leading general entertainment channel, featuring exclusive top-rated drama series, blockbuster features, reality programs and groundbreaking original productions. The channel appeals to a discerning audience seeking content that is smart, intriguing and unexpected, all delivered close to US telecasts. From The Blacklist and MacGyver to Asia’s Got Talent and The Amazing Race Asia, AXN is defined not by a genre, but by an attitude that truly redefines action.
Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa, and Europe. In Asia, the channel is enjoyed in 126 million households across 20 territories and is available in both SD and HD.
AXN Asia is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, which also operates leading channels including Animax, Sony Channel, ONE and GEM.
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Seems like new launches are coming on fast and furious. And a lot of them are rather large scale developments.
Last month we saw the launch of Affinity @ Serangoon as well as The Garden Residences. Both located at the Serangoon North area. Sales results were average at best. About 110-140 units were sold at Affinity at Serangoon, indicating an 11-14% take-up, whilst 60-90 units were sold were sold at The Garden Residences (10-15% take-up).
In the next 2-3weeks, all attention will be on Park Colonial. A new development to be launched in the Woodleigh area.
The site of Park Colonial is located right next to Woodleigh MRT, NorthEast MRT Line. From there, you are 7 stops away to Chinatown. Traveling time should take about 15 to 20 minutes.
This proximity to the MRT I believe, will be one of the major draws for would-be buyers of Park Colonial.
Drivers will be able to hit town very quickly via CTE. And to head east, there’s the Bartley flyover.
For parents, the following well-known educational institutions are nearby:
Stamford American Internation School – 450 meters
St Andrew’s Junior College – 1.9km
Cedar Girls’ Secondary School – 1.5km
Maris Stella School – 1.3km
Developer – CEL Unique Developments Pte Ltd (Joint venture between Chip Eng Seng, Heeton Holdings and KSH Holdings)
Tenure – 99 Years
T.O.P – Estimated 2021
Park Colonial comprises 6 blocks, each of 14/15 levels high. There are a total of 805 units. Buyers will have a choice from 1 bedrooms to 5 bedrooms units. Sizes ranging from 43sqm to 159sqm.
There are also dual keys units but that is only applicable to 15 units of 2 bedrooms.
Some selected units layout below.
Park Colonial aims to position itself as an upmarket and luxurious development. The facilities and landscaping are quite extensive.
I guess as an upmarket ‘luxury’ condo, spa features is a must-have. Have to engage a masseuse to do house call I guess?
Grand drop off, high ceiling. The clubhouse is the design centerpiece of Park Colonial. It’s been awhile since we have had a development with a Victorian-era feel to it. Will the finishes of the unit’s interior match up to the clubhouse? We will have to see.
Park Colonial’s sales gallery doors will be opened to the public on 30th June. It should be a period of preview for 2 weeks before the actual launch in mid-July.
Prices are quoted to start from SGD7xxK. The per square foot price is believed to be in the regions of $17xx psf upwards. Quite a bit of difference from the $2000psf quoted in the media earlier.
I’ll leave it to you to make a judgment call if that’s a $300psf gain for you or the developer making a realistic adjustment to ensure brisk sales on their launch.
Next to Little Eden within the same building is another restaurant called Kokon2. Which seems to be popular judging by the reviews online. A hip joint which serves Japanese food. Do check it out when you have the chance.
Address: Room B, 1/F, Kwun Tong Industrial Centre Phase 4 436-446 Kwun Tong Road Kwun Tong Hong Kong
Had to eat Dim Sum at least once in Hongkong. Was running through the recommended list and decided to try out Ding Dim 1968.
The master chef behind Ding Dim, Chan Si-Fu, known as Master Black, has been making dim sum since 1968 when he was only 14 years old. Although he always remained anonymous, Master Black prepared dim sum in some of the most renowned restaurants in HK. His nephew, Alex, thought it was about time his works of art were celebrated and people knew who was in the kitchen. Thus, Ding Dim 1968, came about, to showcase Master Black’s delicious dim sum.
Located on Elgin Street, I figured the shortest walking distance would be from Sheung Wan.
It was quite a bit of a walk under the weather. Upslope all the way. I was sweating like mad.
Just when I thought I have reached the promised land, this is what I saw.
They have shifted to Wyndham Street, which is actually much nearer to Central station. So visitors, please take note.
It wasn’t too crowded when I was there. But shortly after, the crowd started streaming in.
秘制高汤小笼包. Xiao Long Bao in superior broth. They also have got a version with crab. Every table ordered this.
Honestly, I thought the skin was a bit too thick. A 3/5 for me. I can find a nicer tasting one in Singapore. Made by a Shanghai chef.
黑松露烧麦 Black Truffle Siew Mai. This is awesome. Must try.
King Hargow 足三两虾饺王. This is equally good. Mouthful of fresh shrimp dumping.
宫廷桂花糕. Royal osmanthus cake. Lightly sweet and refreshing.
If you hate the queue and do not want to compromise on the quality of dim sum. Ding Dim 1968 is a place to go. There are a lot more recommended items on the menu I will want to try the next time around.
I just had 2 days stayover in Hongkong as I needed to deliver sales contract to some of my clients who are based in Hongkong.
Together with a friend, we run a portal called InvestBangkokProperty.com and these are clients who bought Bangkok properties through us recently.
Having nothing much else to do, I decided to explore some of the food places that are often mentioned in blogs. Places that I have not been to before.
All my experiences were generally pleasant.
I touched down in the morning and headed straight to Tsim Sha Tsui, where I will be staying.
The first place I visited was a hidden cafe that was supposedly famous for their tomato soup noodles.
The name of the shop is called Star Cafe 星座冰室。 To find this place you have to locate Champagne Court which is on Kimberly Road. If you are coming from Nathan Road, then Champagne Court will be on your right.
Walk till the back of the building and you will go down a flight of stairs.
The place looks like a scene from the 60s and is really run down. I am really not too confident in the standard of hygiene. If you have got a weak stomach, I would suggest you skip this place.
I ordered a cup of ice lemon tea and their signature tomato noodles. There are a few variations. I choose the one with luncheon meat.
They basically used instant noodles.
The stand out was the tomato soup. I read online that it was freshly prepared. To me, the taste was great and refreshing. It wasn’t overpowering, and it tastes better than all the other tomato soups I have had before.
Damage: HKD 52
You should certainly give it a go if you are not afraid of the filth.
Star Café 星座冰室
36 Basement Champagne Court Block A 16 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui Exit B2, next to Mira Hotel)
Tel: +852 2724 4408
Opening Hour: 8:00am – 9:00pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Left the Star Cafe and walked towards my hotel. It was still too early for check-in. Turned into a mall called The One.
I did not have anywhere in particular to go, except to kill some time before I head over to my hotel.
This is Dim Sum Icon. Located on level 3. This shop is rather famous for selling cute dim sum that is totally Instagram worthy. I did not try so I can’t comment on the quality of the taste.
In Singapore, turning 35 can be a landmark year for many Singaporeans. This means you are now eligible to purchase an HDB flat for your own under the singles scheme.
A lot of my friends are at this stage in their life and thus, the topic of buying an HDB flat gets brought up often during our coffee shop gatherings. Them knowing what I do, I will get bombarded by a plethora of questions.
If you are about to embark on this process of looking for an HDB flat as a single, I hope this simple guide can be of some use to you.
As a Singaporean aged 35 and above, you have 2 options. Either you can
Apply for a new BTO flat from HDB, but this is limited to 2-room Flexi flats in non-mature estates, or
Get a resale flat from the open market; there are no restrictions on the size of your flat or the area it is in.
In this article, I am going to be writing on the latter.
And before you start running around like a headless chicken viewing house, these are some matters you ought to have them sorted out first.
Step 1: HDB Resale Portal: Intent To Buy
Starting 2018, HDB has made some changes to the HDB buying process. You as a buyer are first required to log in to the HDB Resale Portal via your Singpass and complete the Intent To Buy Checklist.
So obviously you should be choosing the option on the left.
Follow and complete Step 1. Register intent to buy.
The rest of the steps are pretty self-explanatory. You just have got to follow the instructions and provide all the necessary information.
This step once done, will be valid for 1 year. And please note that you are only able to do so on or after your 35th birthday.
Once you are done with this step, you may exit the portal. The rest of the process is to be completed after you have placed an option on a house.
Step 2: Working Out Your Finances
In an ideal world, money is not a problem and we get to stay wherever we want. In reality, not.
The greatest limitation you have on the location you want is the budget.
You need to consider the grants you can utilize, the amount of cash at your disposal, CPF Ordinary Account as well as the maximum loan you can get.
As a first-timer single Singapore Citizen (SC) who is 35 years old or above, you might be eligible for the following CPF Housing Grant(s):
It is not a must to use the grant. This is a financial decision you have to make yourself. For some, this money will determine whether they are able to afford a house in the location of their choice.
There is interest accrued on the grant given. But at the end of the day, this interest payable goes back to your own CPF account. If you enjoy the grant today and wish to upgrade to an executive condominium in the future, there will be resale levy payable.
So, I would suggest you work out how much budget you have based on your existing cash, CPF OA and loan before deciding if you want to factor in the grants.
You can decide between getting an HDB loan or from financial institutions.
There are certainly major differences to be considered between the 2. At the time of me writing this, bank’s interest rates are generally lower versus that offered from HDB. On the flip side, HDB Loan can allow you to borrow up to 90% loan-to-valuation vs 80% for banks.
There is a ceiling cap of $6,000 should you wish to get a loan from HDB. And you need to apply for HDB Loan Eligibility Letter (HLE) before committing to a house. This HLE is valid for 6 months.
If you are opting for a bank loan, it will be prudent to have your In-Principle-Approval (IPA) done, so you know whats the maximum you can stretch. There’s no cost to this, just get hold of any banker from your preferred bank and furnish them with your income proof. They should be able to get back to you within a few days.
Depending on the remaining lease of the house you want to buy, there may be limitations on how much CPF you can use. If you are going for a mature estate where houses have less than 60 years lease left, you might want to take note of the following.
With the eligibility checks done and budget set, please do not be overly eager and start randomly calling up listings in propertyguru for viewing. This haphazard approach will make you more confused than ever.
Take some time to consider what are the important things you want.
Is it near MRT
Are there amenities nearby
Must the unit be renovated
High floor vs Low floor
The orientation of the unit
The layout of the unit
Have an idea what are the things to look out for so you will not be wasting precious time looking at houses that totally do not fit your requirements.
Whatever the case is, always work within your budget. There will never be a perfect house. Depending on your budget, something’s got to give. So learn to prioritize the things that matter most to you.
That’s all for now, and we are just getting started in the house hunting process. Best of luck to you finding the house of your choice!
(While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information, please note that the rules of HDB and CPF changes from time to time. The information provided above is meant to be an informative guide and should not be taken as professional advice. In times of uncertainty, please always contact HDB and CPF directly to verify or formally engage a real estate salesperson who is familiar with his craft.)