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Sengkang Grand Residences by CapitaLand and CDL at Bangkok MRT launching 2019 (Pre-launch called Sengkang Central Residences) + Garderners' Cabin? + Small Toilets but voids for piping.. Huh?

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Sengkang Grand Residences by CapitaLand and CDL at Bangkok MRT launching 2019

A new mixed development at Buangkok MRT

Expected TOP
Estimated 2022 - 2023
Tenure
99 years
No. of Units
Approximately 682 units
Vacant possession will be 30 Nov 2023

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Hi Master Cecil, Which stack of Sengkang Central Residences is good to see and worth buying? would you be sharing with us? And also i do understand that next year is a change of period, so does the period starts from when we buy or when we move in?

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Thanks for the heads up!

When I am able to find time, will certainly look at this project.

Since no two projects/developments are the same.

Thus, usually, I will try to highlight major Feng Shui considerations. 

Look out for the review -:) Within or around these few weeks.

I hope the site plan and layouts will be available... LOL

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The Residental side has been updated to: Sengkang Grand Residences.


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Looks like the ebrochure or site plan or floor plans are not so readily available, yet.

If anyone has these or knows a link, please let me know. Thanks!


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Case Study 1: Stacks/units of Esparina Residences & Jewel at Buangkok facing the future Sengkang Central Mixed developments

Often buying a unit facing an empty plot of land does not always guarantee unblocked views or approximately 2.5 to 3 years of construction noise and dusts.

When I did this review for a client not too long ago; I had highlighted that one can never know when the empty plot of land will have construction.

Today, as all of us are aware... this odd shaped plot is the new Sengkang Central Mixed development... 

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Note: Only this "Part 4" is relevant to this topic. Thus no other Parts 1, 2 or 3 are enclosed, here.

As expected... Singapore perhaps seems bent on a population of 10 million...that is why... any empty plot of land ... has a high chance of being built.... 

I recalled.. when the UOL 1km mall formerly at the Lion City Hotel was completed... it has to compete with Paya Lebar Square, SingPost building.. now it was renamed Kinex... Simply too many malls in SGP... LOL


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Case Study 2: 1st Viewpoint - Organic Block design consists of: A Snake, a TRI-spoke and two standalones

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1. Not an ordinary architect can come up with the condo layout plan. More of a Right-brain inclined designer of this development.

1.1. Although the block layouts on first glance looks like Chaos. But seems like creative thinking went into the development's design = A plus.

2. I believe that the architect has done a pretty reasonable job in trying to provide the maximum amount of clear space for as many stacks/units.

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For example, uncommon way of placing three blocks: 72, 74 & 88 in a TRI-spoke or Three-legged arrangement:-

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As this development does not have this symbol in all it's layout plan, time to read the link above... LOL

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Case Study 3: Should I be concerned with the main entrance open towards an interior wall?

538224585_3-bedroompremiumC3P.thumb.png.c5fbaf0166b51703e7193efc2752fc1f.png1. There are some persons who felt that it is inauspicious to have the main entrance door opened immediately towards an interior wall.

1.1. Here, even some Feng Shui persons would say that this is symbolic of "meeting with obstacles".

1.2. Should I also be concerned? And avoid such units totally?

2. Frankly, some Feng Shui persons would say that this is a blessing in disguise. As the main entrance door does not open directly towards the balcony. Which is good.

3. Below: As shown below, qi (air-flow) can still easily flow into the home from this main door:-

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3.1. Thus this should squell the critics of "the blockage" of qi flow.

3.2. In fact the wall does act as a natural partition bringing in qi towards the interior of the home.

4. This year alone there several developments that had T.O.P. and have similar layouts. For example, below, is from a unit at High Park Residences....2143859202_samplehighparkresidences.png.181aaa1df481eca2cd54d4d47ca03508.png  5. Thus generally, this type of layout plan can still be considered. And not avoided totally.

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397388184_mercedesbenz.jpg.196e01f2916f87b5cf388f624d812b2d.jpg58279374_loosethreepointedstarstimesthree.png.9711eef39663f15b701d7372252d0026.pngCase Study 4: 2nd Viewpoint, A Better Explanation - Three-pointed stars x 3 = (Mercedes Benz Type logo)

1. In the past, there were some developments in a more orderly or pronounced three-pointed stars arrangement.

2. However, the block layouts in this case can be considered as a loose-loose three-pointed stars design x 3 sets:-

2.1 In case one has difficulty in understand, this, please see in BOLD RED the outlines...

3. The advantage of this is as mentioned in the earlier explanation is that it gives as much space for as many stacks/units unblocked views to a certain distance.

1176099634_AspenHeights.png.402681c799848b90e452068169560bf9.png4. Frankly, there is no right or wrong interpretation. If the objectives of providing clear space is the same.

5. This block design has been used before in Singapore.

5.1. For example, Aspen Heights condo has two blocks 261, 263 RIVER VALLEY ROAD.

5.2. Aspen Heights (999 years) T.O.P. in 1999 and was built by DBS Realty Pte Ltd with a total of 606 units:-

5.3. Can you see the similarity with Sengkang Grand Residences?

5.4. Actual photos at Aspen Heights:-

 


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Location, location, location: 1976271154_4STARS-Copy.gif.90f607a10b1dfb92b88cdb92544ce233.gif4

Although this is a mixed development and an odd shaped plot of land, this is a virgin plot of land. And today, fortunately, it is closer to Yio Chu Kang side than the congested Punggol area and Johor's (pollution estate).

Site Plan: 153638729_4.5STARS.gif.5d2352cc39c5656655e078d44541dbbc.gif4.5

Tri-spoke or Mercedes Benz type 3 pointed stars works well on this plot of land.


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Many Feng Shui Masters are actually a Feng Shui SHOP in disguise.

They don't care about the Feng Shui.

They only care about Sell, sell and sell  and $$, $$$ & $$$.

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Ask: Must I buy from YOU?


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01038EB3-8247-4819-8522-A042D190C835.png.b7253e584d53bad0a2a2ec83867b82b0.png Case Study 5: A Gardeners’ Cabin to grow veggies and spices?

Really? 

Marketing Agents should know better or do proper research before posting such claims.

(Below: Even after 6 minutes after fogging, the last remaining smoke still loiter around  the third storey or higher, depending on the wind conditions...)

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In reality, all condo developments are required to do a weekly fogging. No exceptions .. more so ... at likely mosquito breeding areas of a development.

Go cultivate, collect and cook the veggies and use the spices... that are weekly fogged... 

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Most likely the food will certainly taste unique.. but unfortunately may be toxic... and cancerous, please.

P.S. Note: Photos are not of Sengkang Grand Residences. Added by me for illustration purposes, only.


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Interlude: I bet you did not know this! 

Often, I am always very curious to find out a certain word...

General Knowledge: What does GRAND mean in French?

1. Piermont GRAND, Sengkang GRAND Residences? Both developments, CDL has a hand in it.

 2. While the English meaning of GRAND could also mean Luxurious or Luxury.

3. The French has a totally different meaning all together.

3.1. The adjective for GRAND in French is: Great, large, big, wide, high.

3.2. In the past, Renault has two versions of their Scenic. The larger 7-seater version was called GRAND Scenic. 

3.2.1. This simply means that their GRAND model is larger, bigger, wider than the standard model. LOL Nothing to do with Grandeur.. LOL LOL

3.2.2. Citroen also calls their larger model GRAND C4 Picasso 7 Seater.

3.2.3. This is more of a French thing... 

3.3. Thus if we use French, don't you think that the development's title can be misleading?

4. This is because, nowadays most floor plans are much smaller. And cannot be compared to a home built in the 1970's to 1980's. LOL

5. If one is a "French man" can perhaps go claim that the advert and the actual development's name is totally misleading..

6. Luckily, other than our mother tongue... Singapore... is inclined towards British English... not French.. LOL

P.S. Next time, if you do invite a French man to your new home... do relate this interesting fact to them... 

Also, I used to own a Renault Grand Scenic that is why I am pretty familiar with this word.. LOL 


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839908641_vrf-outdoor-coolingtower.jpg.e6c63fc81ea83cf5b01310b73e36b372.jpgCase Study 6: Mixed developments always have air-con cooling towers somewhere on the roof or in this case close to the common area(s) of the residential facilities.

Before signing on the dotted line, check with your respective Agent or in this case a CDL representative that the mall air-con cooling towers are not close-by or next to your potential unit. 

Often, if one's unit is beside such a cooling tower, one may hear the noise generated by the cooling fans x ? how many? 

In addition, when the development gets older... often.. older cooling tower fans may get noisier. 

In addition, the flow of air from the cooling towers are not exactly a breath of fresh air. If you kinda get my drift..  

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P.S.  VRF stands for Variable refrigerant flow. Invented by Daikin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable_refrigerant_flow


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830677420_mustfeedbacktodearministerhowtohere.png.8b94d8bbb9d1c0920984a945922dd557.pngInterlude: This is Common sense! Nothing to do with Feng Shui at all!

Potential buyer 1: "Oh Dear! My mum hates your shower area! Not elderly friendly. Furthermore, it is also going to be my retirement home... "

Potential buyer 2: "OMG! How am I going to bathe my babies and infants?"

Potential buyer 3: "Hmm.... my hubby needs to slim down in order to use it! How come like this one? Expect my hubby to go to the public toilets at ground floor is it?"

Potential buyer 4: "I see that my master bedroom with the master bedroom is already so crammed.. Queen sized only... "

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Agent: "Every layout in this development is like that one.. lah!"

Agent: "Take it or leave it! Next!"

Agent: "Once I get my commission (except buying direct development staff) I can wash my hands ... it will be your business/problem. liao..."

Developer: "Call the architect firm.. and ask them why they so honest and stupid to place queen sized beds in all bedrooms! Why make it so obvious for Geomancy.net to comment on? YOU ARE FIRED!"

There is no logic why for this development, the concealed water pipe plumbing as shown in BLUE (see below) is so large? Thus "eat-into" the shower area.... Mr/Ms Architect.. please explain to us? Hiding a hidden safe, perhaps?

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P.S. Fact: To be fair = many of the developments launched this two years... have shower areas slightly larger than this only... 

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WITHOUT PREJUDICE:-

Alamark! Not only condos not just Grand ones... are getting smaller.. their toilets (to me visually) are too! I could be wrong, though! Caveat Emptor ...No bath-tub nevermind... but HUh?  LOL

Caricature: But it affects oursales and marketing!

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Case Study: Sample from another recent development:

Dairy Farm Residences Condo by United Engineers:-

1. (See Below in blue) The architect of this development took a clever approach by attaching two toilets (mirrored) so that there is only one concealed air-well for the pipings:-

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2. One will noticeably see that because of this, there is more room in both Master Bath and Bath 2.

3. To the architect and developer: "Even if we don't stay there...."


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Blame my husband. He is so bloody fat!

He is unable to scrub his body properly.... in our Sengkang Grand Residence (SGR) Master Toilet...

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My wife just left me.. and served me the divorce papers!

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In our previous home, my ex-wife used to come into the shower and scrub my back... then we were still in intimate terms... sadly not now...

Boss: "What is that smell? It smells so horrible! IT STINKS!"

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SGR Resident cum Staff : "It's me Sir!"

Boss: "JON, You are FIRED!" Yes, I am none other than Donald Trump!

SGR Resident cum Staff : "Pity me Sir! I am into the mortgage trap! Cannot afford being retrenched. Already demoted from a larger home to this... and now! Can I kneel down to kow-tow you, Sir!"


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Case Study 7: Common Sense and a Three panel balcony sliding panels

1. With a three panel balcony panels, this means that the locks are always on the sidewalls

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2. Take a look at "X". For example, furniture such as the sofa should not be placed too close to "X". If so, and if the sofa is tall, the lockset at "X" may not be accessable.

3. Fortunately, at "A" the lockset is futher away from the wall.

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4. Normall a four panel is preferred so that the locksets are at the middle of the room or living room. Thus, even if the sofa is placed closes to the balcony sliding panels, it may not obtruct the daily opening and closing of the sliding panels as shown by the red arrow.


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Case Study 8: Majority based on Common sense - Can I place plants at the PES or Balcony?

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1. In the 1999s majority of balconies have a long drain at the outer edge of the balconies.

1.1. This is to allow rainwater and water to flow towards this drain.

1.2. It's a windfall for external decking contractors as many new owners placed
wooden platforms or decking for their balconies.

1.3. But just 20 cents coin thickness of water can breed mosquitoes.

1.4. From around 2010 onwards, all new units do not have such a drain structure.

1.5. Bad news for the supplier and installer of platform decking. And also a bit of bad news for the colonies of mosquitoes.

2. In all new completed developments today, there can only be drainage point(s). Many developers place just one drainage point... (as shown in BLUE) at each PES/Balony.

2.1. There are some developers who place a set of two drainage points especially if the balcony is lenghty.

2.3. Based on common sense, it is adviceable to place potted plants close to these drainage point(s).

2.4. This is because, often, after watering the plants, there can be an overflow of water.

2.4.1. And if plants may be placed say in the yellow area(s)... the excess water needs to flow towards the drain.

2.4.2. And if so, often, the water may criss-cross and pass through the length of the PES/balcony. Can be slippery and dirty...

3. In addition, as Sengkang Grand Residences uses a three panel sliding doors, placing potted plants at or close to markings "Z" and "XX" would actually block the passageway to/fro the PES/balcony.

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4. Based on Flying Star Feng Shui, there are instances where one should avoid GREEN and plants at the balcony to avoid confrontation with say the #3 "bad wood" quarrels, conflicts and legal entanglements.


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