Apartment hunting in Ipoh - 2nd April

Our friendly real estate agent Chung is meeting us after lunch today to show us several apartments in the Damaipuri Complex.

Damaipuri complex

Damaipuri complex

Damaipuri pool

Damaipuri pool

Furnished living room

Furnished living room

Had Prawn Won Ton Mee and Chicken and Pork Won Ton Mee last night at our favourite street food stall. The stall holder plied us with extra serving of his pickled green chillies which taste delicious. It was 6.15pm and it was interesting to see the afternoon school children pour out and pass our table on the street. A few “Little Emperors“ but mostly in good physical shape. On the way to eat we stopped at a very large pet shop and were surprised to see a Galah parrot in a cage for sale for 9,000RM or over $3000 Australian! No wonder bird smuggling exists! Used to shoot them as a child when they raided wheat crops in Oz.

Forecast for today is a top temperature only 31°C. May need to wear a jacket!

Planning an Indian lunch today at the highly recommended Tandoori Grill (result of spending too much time with Indian taxi drivers). After 3 weeks spent in Ipoh we are totally immersed in their way of life and loving every minute. In a way Ipoh is rather like a time capsule. The way of life for most is still early 1900’s and the good things about that moment in time still exist here. Manners (long dead in the Western world) reasonably priced goods and services

The Ipoh Indian Taxi driver is an entertaining individual. The day started with an Indian Taxi drive to Kinta City Shopping centre for further research. The driver gave us a long dissertation on money, life and happiness. We realised we have found the key without his help but he was very profound. In a nutshell he believes that once we have food, shelter and love we can be happy. “If you are not happy then something is wrong with you!” he exclaimed.

In the shopping centre a salesman was trying to sell tiny apartments for 300,000RM or around $107,000 Australian. Only 80 sq. metres maximum with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. You guessed it, you could not swing a cat in the living area.

We trawled through Aoen Department store and were amazed that Ipohites only buy brightly coloured sheet and bed spreads. Towel displays were also colours that would seem quite strange to westerners. Well-known brand kitchen items were same price as Australia but most items much cheaper.  Base model hair dryer was A$5.35.

Lunch at Tandoor Grill in Greentown near the city centre was sensational. Northern Indian Buffet and we sampled it all. Lassoni Fish Tikka (Smokey flavour), Murgh Dhaniya Wala (beef dish), Mutton Madras, Indian Fried Noodles, Vegetable Do Piaza, Baigan Bhartu (not sure what it was but it was good), Mini Pakoras, Butter Rotis (fresh from Tandoor oven) and pappadams. We washed it all down with the best Mango Lassi we have ever tasted! Total cost including the new 6%GST was 82.15RM or A$29.35 for the 2 of us. We did go back for seconds and ate 2 lots of butter roti.

Erica in "free sauna" taxi

Erica in "free sauna" taxi

Indian Taxi Driver arrived to transport the bloated couple to the hotel. He launched into an amusing banter telling us his taxi provides “Free Saunas” for foreigners. He was correct as the inside roof was almost too hot to touch.  Back at the hotel we awaited arrival of Chung to show us what we hope will be suitable long term accommodation should we decide to stay in Ipoh.

Chung was waiting for us before 2pm and we headed off with him to Daimapuri Condominiums. The first one on the 4th floor was vacant about 200sq. feet and needed work to make it suit an expat. Owner asking 800,000RM (too high for what it is) or $285,000 Australian. Rent was asking 3000RM per calendar month (also too high).

Second apartment was the same size, furnished and the charming Indian tenants were happy to show us around. Felt much brighter and nicer than the one above that we had just seen. It had an oven and a second wet kitchen. The same plan but somehow fitted out in a much more liveable style. Both were walking distance to the shops and had pleasant mountain views over the surrounding buildings. Both were too low down in the building for us but an apartment in this complex would be a good base for us to continue to travel from. Chung our Friendly Real estate Agent is going to keep a look out for us. We can highly recommend him to any expats seeking to buy or rent in Ipoh. He has a great sense of humour, speaks perfect English and easily understood our requirements.

For all Ipoh Property needs contact Lee Chung Yik  from De One Properties (chungyik@deone.com.my).