Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
recently completed buildings at KLSentral, the 1Sentral where the Price Waterhouse is housed and below....
the Suasana Sentral Loft Condo....
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
The 'Bali Dreamland' is a massive development consisting of luxury residential zones, the golf course and entertainment complexes. The pricipal personalities behind this project, according to pakdokter's supir, are pak Cendana and pak Tommy Suharto. The geological characteristic of this district is mainly of limestone earth, and pakdokter can imagine how much it would have cost the developer to ship tonnes of volcanic earth for the top-soil in order to allow for trees and grass to grow in this area. Pakdokter's supir said that this region was originally 'tanah gersang' (meaning barren land ).
Pakdokter was alone that morning and was hoping to be included into any flights of local or tourist golfers. But as luck would have it, pakdokter could not be fitted anywhere and so had to play alone with a 19 year old girl, Seni, from Singaraja, acting as pakdokter's caddy. Seni had just finished SMA ( high school) a year ago, was introduced to the golf course by a cousin who works in the team maintaining the course and greens. She was put in training for 6 months before she was certified fit and qualified to caddy. She earns 600,000 rupiahs ( about RM180) a month with free medical benefit. She caddies about 3 to 5 times a week and earns 'extras' from tips given by the golfers.
The New Kuta Golf Course is a links course and was completed about 3 years ago. It hosted the Indonesian Open 2009 in February which was won by Thongchai Jaidee. The course looks wide and open but the roughs were dangerously thick. The winds can be strong due to the fact that it is located along a hilly terrain by the cliffs of Jimbaran.
Playing from the blue tees, the course measured 6000 metres. Pakdokter did quite well in the 1st Nine, hitting pars on both par-3 holes and a score of 45. The 2nd Nine was more challenging as the fairways became more narrow with the breeze across the cliff coming into play. However it was a gentle and cooling breeze which helped pakdokter return a gross of 49. Not bad...
If one does not fancy staying at the crowded and noisy Kuta, there are 2 hotels around the golf course itself - the Le Grande Hotel and the Best Western Kondotel. Perched on a cliff overlooking the sea is the 'Klub Kelapa' - a pyramid-shaped structure housing the night-club, bars and karaoke joints to keep you occupied at night.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
The ' Layar' ( the Sail) is a development in progress, at least 2 of the 22 units have been completed and were ready for viewing. The architecture and design reminded pakdokter of the Dubai Creek and Yacht Club which pakdokter visited in February.
For USD 800k or more one gets a 3 or 4 bedroom villa with its own swimming pool within a gated community. The feel is 'modern' and the concept is 'open'. However pakdokter did not like the idea that the bedrooms were one floor above or below the living and dining areas. Pakdokter is very aware that as one gets older, it is going to be increasingly difficult to walk up and down the stairs.
The third complex was the one that caught pakdokter's attention. Developed by a Turkish architect, painter and interior designer, the complex consisted of 4 two- and three- bedroom villas on a plot of land 35k square feet in size. Two of the units are a 3-bedroom villa, each of the bedrooms is an independent en-suite structure built around a central swimming pool. The main living and dining quarters are located in another seperate independent strucuture at the top end of the swimming pool. The other two villas are 2-storey structures, one with 2 bed-room the other with 3 bedrooms.