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[1: 675 of 10,000] Memory of a Pro and Con

In Journal on July 7, 2012 at 7:49 AM

My siblings and I made a pro and con list on 3 areas that we may possibly move into and here is a crazy illustration in drawing and chart form:

We considered the following:

  1. Annual Rental Fee
  2. Car lift from Home-Work-Home
  3. Cab fare from Home to the nearest decent Shopping Mall with Hypermarket
  4. Danger and is expectedly represented by a skull
  5. Access to RTA transportation
  6. Possible monthly utility expenses

Making the list was charming although we’ve proven that our final pick, 1st column for Dubai Sports City is not really bad at all. We got a good annual price at AED 37K, it wasn’t as scary as we thought it would be, and requesting a cab will take under 20 minutes or even 5 minutes but I got to be willing to pay a more expensive fare.

[1: 662 of 10,000] Apartment Hunting in Dubai

In Journal on June 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM

I made my Apartment Wish List / Checklist on April 22, 2012 and here comes the update because today I gave the cheque payments to the Real Estate Agent and signed the leasing contract for 1 year. It’s a nice list with a nice result!

  1. Budget – don’t exceed AED 38K per annum payable in 4 cheques. Got this one a home run because I settled with AED 37K per annum payable in 6 cheques.
  2. New building. It’s not just a new building, it’s a brand new apartment, we’ll be the 1st ever tenant!
  3. 2 bedrooms with attached bathroom. This was quite a negotiation but I am pretty pleased for now. I settled with 1 bedroom with attached bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub + 1 Guest Powder Room.
  4. Built-in closet. Checked! 3 doors baby 🙂
  5. Centralized air conditioning. Checked! I only wish chiller was free but I am fine.
  6. Located near the Metro Station. Suck at this one, we chose a new community where public transportation starts and ends with Taxi. I’ll be going to driving school soon, get a license, and then a car. My siblings and I are still debating what car but I can simply worry with the license first at this moment.
  7. Got balcony. Checked and it’s a bigger one than what we currently have. It is also accessible from bedroom and living room. I can continue to have a garden.
  8. Facing the East side so we’ll have morning sunlight. I think we’re in a good side.

And oh to make the deal a lot sweeter, the building has its own swimming pool, gym, and sauna for its residents. Now I have no reason to work out and make those endorphins come out. 😉

[1: 651 of 10,000] Scary Language Barrier

In Journal on June 9, 2012 at 7:42 PM

It’s apartment hunting today for me and my siblings. We dared to step in the cluster that scares us due to rumor that it has ghost lurking.

We got the flat number and used the elevator. As we step out of the elevator, an old lady saw us and spoke with us in a language that unfortunately we cannot understand. She seemed scared for us that we are moving in a very wrong alley and in the act of stopping us to whatever decision we are about to embark – it was an obvious warning sign. She was touching me and trying her best to relay a very important message but I can’t really make out what was she trying to say so I let go and proceed to see the unit.

Surprisingly scary, the flat is located at the very corner of the floor and it was still dirty like the last tenant was in a hurry to leave the place. It was a very disturbing viewing and I vote not to ever go back to that place again.

After the quick awkward view, we tried to speak one of the tenants of the floor who can speak English and got a good feedback that there is nothing to be worried about and the place is actually filled with families. He seemed believable and confirmed there was no ghost; but still the old lady made her point of scaring me and my sissies.

[1: 624 of 10,000] Wanted: New Apartment – Here’s The Checklist

In Journal on April 22, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Photo Source: Bloguez.com

Our current apartment leasing contract ends on June 2012 and I am hoping we find the perfect new apartment. I am shooting for a star because here is my kind of impossible wish list –

  1. Budget – don’t exceed AED 38K per annum payable in 4 cheques (I’m not rich yet)
  2. New building (better be free from any crawling things)
  3. 2 bedroom with attached bathroom (I wish for 3BR but I can settle for 2BR)
  4. Built-in closet (I can only daydream of a walk-in closet for now that is available at Burj Khalifa)
  5. Centralized air conditioning (will never go back with box type please)
  6. Located near the Metro Station (driving license – I need you badly so there’ll be more options)
  7. Got balcony
  8. Facing the East side so we’ll have morning sunlight

We actually found some but it doesn’t fit the 8 things perfectly. There are just non-negotiable; hopefully all of it is non-negotiable!