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#youshouldbehere Our top 3 Ramadan bazaars in Puchong

With only a few days left to Hari Raya Aidilfitri, our writer decided to go off the beaten track and explore the Ramadan bazaars in Puchong. Along the way, she discovered some of Puchong’s hidden gems. If you happen to be in Puchong, these are the bazaars you should check out before they close this weekend. 

There are a number of vibrant Ramadan bazaars that you can find in Puchong such as this one at Taman Puchong Prima. Photo: Khalil Adis

There are a number of vibrant Ramadan bazaars that you can find in Puchong such as this one at Taman Puchong Prima. Photo: Khalil Adis

By Nurul Rustam

Hello and Salam Ramadan!

As we are almost at the tail end of Ramadan, I bet some of you must be busy bazaar-hopping to do your last minute shopping before Hari Raya or for  your buka puasa.

Traditionally, most of us will head to some of Klang Valley’s popular bazaars like in TTDI and Masjid Jamek. However, I recently decided to go off the beaten track and took a road trip to Puchong instead. And you know what? Puchong’s bazaar is equally vibrant with wide selection of mouth-watering dishes and desserts.

Here’s our top three picks:

#1 Taman Puchong Perdana (Jalan Perdana 2/1)

Air-Vengers drink stalls

Feel like a super hero at this Air-Vengers drink stall. Photo: Khalil Adis

Feel like a super hero when you break fast at this Air-Vengers drink stall. Photo: Khalil Adis

The bazaar in Taman Puchong Perdana is worth checking out as as it offers you a wide variety of food. Although the place may look like the usual bazaars, you’d be surprised to see what some of the stalls here have to offer. One quirky stall that I had chanced upon while looking for food is this one selling Air-Vengers! Not only do they come with eye-catching colours, but they also have unusual names like Tembikai Iron Man, Coklat Black Panther and Jagung Black Widow.  While I did not buy them, I must complement them for their savvy marketing with a drink stall that truly stands out. With the scorching weather lately, this is the first store you would want to head to to quench your thirst.

Kuih stall selling kuih talam

The mouth-watering kuih talam here might just want to make you ditch your macarons. Photo: Khalil Adis

The mouth-watering kuih talam here might just want to make you ditch your macarons. Photo: Khalil Adis

Good news to all kuih talam lovers! I kid you not but I think I may have just stumbled upon one of the best kuih talam I’ve ever had! Sold at RM 2.50 each, I can assure you that it is worth your every penny as you can really taste the rich  pandan, yam and durian flavours together with he coconut milk.

If you aren’t a fan of traditional Malay kuih, the kuih talam here might just change your mind as the ingredients really complement each other and takes you back to the good old kampung days. Perhaps it’s time you put aside all those cupcakes, pavlova and macaroons for something more traditional. As my mum will often say: “When you are hungry even tepung pelita will taste as good as pavlova!”

#2 Taman Puchong Permai (Jalan Permai 2/10) 

A selection of drink flavours that can be found at Taman Puchong Permai bazaar. Photo: Khalil Adis

A selection of drink flavours that can be found at Taman Puchong Permai bazaar. Photo: Khalil Adis

Located by the road side and next to the shop lots of Taman Puchong Permai, the bazaar here is surprisingly small compared to other bazaars that I had been to. This makes it ideal for those who love to do your food-hunting but far from the maddening crowd. Although it may be small, I must say, the food here is as  equally good as the other bazaars. Here, you can still find the usual delicious Ramadan delicacies such as kuih-muih and other colourful drinks but at a much smaller scale.

#3 Taman Puchong Prima (Jalan Prima 5/1 & 5/3)

Puchongites swear the drink stall here serves on of the best Air Jagung. Photo: Khalil Adis

Puchongites swear the drink stall here serves on of the best Air Jagung. Photo: Khalil Adis

Located strategically next to the Puchong Prima LRT station, the bazaar is one of the biggest in Puchong compared to the other two. Judging by the crowd who thronged the area, this seems to be Puchongite’s favourite, perhaps due to its strategic location and wide variety of stalls. Here, you can find the usual Ramadan servings like Roti John, kuih-muih and such. However, it is the Air Jagung that seems to be the crowds’ favourite judging by the long snaking queue. Locals swear the stall here serves the best Air Jagung in the bazaar! It’s worth checking it out if you don’t mind waiting. This is the bazaar to go to if you want to really soak in the festivity and roll with the crowd.

Remember not to go overboard when bazaar hopping as some of us tend to buy too much food that they often end up in the trash bin. Have fun!

5 important facts why purchasing a property near to good schools is a golden move

If you have a child and consider sending them to good schools, why not consider Epic Residence? Located within a 15km radius of five schools (Sunway, Taylor’s International College, Lim Kok Wing and so on) the development is also within a 5-minute drive to the IOI Mall and Puchong Perdana LRT station. 

By Lucky Ducky

Student accommodations nearby reputable universities in Malaysia can generate a return of investment (ROI) of at least 6 to 8 per cent. Photo: Taylor's International College

Student accommodations nearby reputable universities in Malaysia can generate a return of investment (ROI) of at least 6 to 8 per cent. Photo: Taylor’s International College

 

Hello fellow Puchongites! Yes, I am back for another blog posting. Although my school days are way over, I want to stress the importance of purchasing a property near to good schools like in Epic Residence.

Let me tell you this – no investment is entirely foolproof. However, if there is one product that comes close, it is residential properties located nearby universities and colleges.

Let’s look at the US example. An analysis that I did showed that demand for housing from students and faculty staff has kept university townhomes’ prices stable during the housing market downturn that began in 2005.

Additionally, according to Prof. Max Shangkar, founder of Max Capital Management and global property investment expert, student accommodations nearby reputable universities in Malaysia can generate a return of investment (ROI) of at least 6 to 8 per cent.  This is significantly higher than the 3 to 4 per cent yield generated by other residential products in the market.

Here’s five important facts I have discovered about properties near to good schools

#1 Student rentals are moving in one direction only: UP

This is no one-liner statement. Yours truly did some investigating of my own and the resulting numbers seem to align with Prof. Shangkar’s claim.

My sister, Kitty, who is attending Taylor’s Lakeside University in Subang Jaya is paying RM850 for a 99 sq ft room located in a student hostel nearby. That is a whopping RM8.60 per sq ft!

In comparison, my friend is paying RM800 for a 171 sq ft room in a ‘hotspot’ condominium. Located just next to an LRT station, opposite a KPJ Hospital and a mere 10-minute drive away from KL Sentral, this translates to a cost per sq ft of RM4.70. This is 45 per cent lower than Kitty’s. As you can see, the rental yield is way higher for a property near to good schools.

The craziest part is her living space is almost half of my friend’s. Nevertheless, the demand for units at Kitty’s place is over the roof – there is a long waiting list as parents clamour to secure a unit for their own kids.

It is pretty much similar for other students hostels within the Klang Valley. Rentals are not cheap but the demand is robust as parents are willing to fork out the money for the sake of their child’s future and comfort.

This proves the point that even when times are tough, the tertiary education business continues to fire on all cylinders. This trend will remain unchanged as long as Malaysians continue to have children.

Investors take note: with the economic slowdown and depreciating Ringgit, you no longer have to scratch your head over which product is best for hedging your money against inflation.

#2 Buying Trumps Renting

Using Kitty as an example and assuming rates remain the same, my parents will be paying rent amounting to RM30,600 (RM850 X 12 months X 3 years course). This lump sum is sufficient for the 10% downpayment for a RM300,000 property (Read: ASSET)

Speaking of which, Epic Residence is now offering a Stay to Own scheme that makes home ownership a lot more attainable. To find out more, you can email them at enquiry@tahps.com.my

What are the other long-term gains, you might ask? Read on:

#3 Child’s Security

Upon graduation, your child will have his/her own place to stay, thus eliminating the need to rent once they join the working world. The savings can instead be channeled into other investment vehicles such as mutual funds, unit trusts or stocks. This might just help bring down Malaysia’s high household debt percentage!

#4 It Is A Moneymaker

Unless you purchase a studio unit, the remaining rooms in the property could be rented out to other students and voila, you will be receiving a steady flow of passive income each month! An added win? This money can be used to cover your child’s living expenses and tuition fees. Also, should you decide to sell off the property, you will gain considerable profits as the steady demand will ensure that said unit enjoys fantastic capital appreciation.

#5 Comfort & Safety

Student hostels can get rowdy and is at risk of being a den for nefarious activities. Parents can seek out one of the many condominiums and apartments with fantastic facilities and state-of-the-art security like Epic Residence. Here, you will have a peace of mind knowing that your child goes to sleep each night in a safe and sound environment via the newly launched Bukit Puchong Community App.

Keep in mind that due diligence is still necessary. Important factors include ease of commute and surrounding amenities. Most importantly, you should do a research on the developer’s background to ensure you are purchasing a quality product.

In the meantime, do excuse me while I go speak to my parents on how they can save tonnes of money – my younger brother will be enrolling in Sunway University soon!

Speak soon!