Segambut Dalam – A Kampung in a Concrete Jungle

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This morning I had the opportunity to visit Segambut Dalam. Segambut Dalam is an area next to Mont Kiara, somewhere further up from Gardens International School and next to Kiara 1888 condominium.

I have passed by this place many times, but never had the inkling to visit as I don’t think it is any different from the kampungs that I’ve been too.

Moving into the kampung, I am greeted with a series of flags. I can sense the patriotism is very strong in this area. As we can see – there is a juxtapose of urban and kampung feel here.

As any other places – food places is an abundance here. This is the first restaurant that I’ve seen here. It is empty though. It is quite surprising that it is closed for Sunday morning. I would imagine that the restaurant will be filled with guests from both the kampung and outside.

The sewerage system in this place is rather non-existent. Honestly – I don’t know and too afraid to ask. The drains in between the houses are dirty and filled up with rubbish. I do not want to imagine the types of diseases one can be infected by such poor sanitation.

The picture below shows two male fixing a broken pipe. According to them the pipe was leaking and they had to break down the cement floor to reach the pipe. I guess they know what they need to do.

As I looked upwards, there was this lady who is hanging her laundry. By the look of it, it does seems like the house is big and spacious. I can attest that the house is bigger than mind. Thing to note is that the houses here are “temporary” and the land owner can take it at any time. Of course – we have heard so many stories on the “disputes” between land owner and the occupier. But I guess, time will tell whether such incidents will happen here. I hope not.

The photo below shows a middle aged man who has stayed in this kampung for more than 20 years. He is originally from Indonesia but has settled in Malaysia for that long. He holds a red IC – which is defined as permanent residence. I guess – he is still waiting for his time to get the blue IC. He did mentioned that his kids are all considered citizens as they are born here.

The scene is very typical, can see how close are the neighbours to each other.

The photo here taken right outside of their house. The lady invited us to a wedding reception – not far from this Kampung. I guess – it was too early before we can go there!

As we walked deeper into the Kampung, met this two females. One just “landed” in Malaysia (less than a year) while the other have stayed in this Kampung for more than 70 years. The older lady mentioned that she was born here and back in those days, the Kampung (and Mont Kiara included) are all rubber estates. Something that learnt. She also mentioned that she used to be a rubber tapper than but now there are no more rubber to tapped.

As we walked further in, bumped into this man. Very lively. Same as the lady – also born in the Kampung. He was sharing his experience on how he helped the father tapped the rubber back then. He also said that the big monsoon drain used to be a river, and he used to take a bath there before going to school. The river – of course used to be much more cleaner that what it is now.

We continued walking and boom – I saw a sundry shop. Saw a couple that was talking to each other. They said that they were from Keramat Permai before. A place not far from where my parents stayed. In fact – that place was just behind my primary school. That place no longer exists as development has taken place.

On the other side of the road, there were another bunch. It does looked like it was more “luxurious”, but that was just on the side of the road. As I ventured inside, I saw this guy who has a somewhat run down “hut”. He said that the house was used to be occupied by a whole bunch of Bangladeshi. He moved in to take over the house after the Bangladeshis left. He said that the water comes from the hill behind. Not sure how true is that!

As I walked in, I saw this chicken “farm”. Its just a whole bunch of cages filled with chickens. And of course there was a group of men who was just relaxing. I had a long chat with them. Most of them are from Indonesia and has settled in Malaysia for a long time. This is where they call home.

Following are just other photos that I took.

It was really a fun outing indeed. I had so much fun and of course sweat a bit given that I have not taken photo for a while. I need to visit this place again at night as I do like the effect of fluorescent lights. Will be very nice indeed 🙂

Looking for a new place

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I have been a resident of my current place for more than 14 years. Probably bordering 15 years. Honestly this place in Damansara Perdana is super awesome. There were times that I felt I needed to move out but after a while that feeling just dies off. Partly because I am so comfortable.
There are quite a number of reasons why I needed to move out:
The condo is falling apart. Seriously there are cracks that I don’t want to see.

  1. The lift is perpetually hanging on its lifeline. One out of three lifts are dead.
  2. The parking is way too low for my defender.
  3. A highway is coming up in front of my house. Gosh.

For item 3 – there have been a lot of news about DASH – which is the highway that will cut thru from Damansara Perdana all the way to Shah Alam. As much as I hate the fact that they are building a highway in front of my current house, but I recognise that this a fact of life in development will continue forever and ever.

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I have narrowed down a few options but I am not sure yet. From areas perspective – probably in the region of Damansara Heights or Kenny Hills. Damn atas I must say. Didn’t quite like Mont Kiara because it’s too congested to my knowledge. I do have a lot of friends who stays there and I supposed they got used to it. Now it takes me about 30 mins to get to office from home in the morning and in the evening. If I do stay in Mont Kiara, it probably going to take me much longer (lol).
Buying a new property is not something that can be taken lightly. I have not bought any property to stay in a long time, and I guess this time I need to do properly. I don’t mind buying a second hand property because by doing that I know that the property mechanics is something that is manageable. Well – for apartment especially, a new apartment may be nice, but in actual fact staying in a less populated apartment may be a bit daunting. I still remember when I was staying in my apartment for the first time. Being one of the few tenants that actually moved in after receiving the key, it was very creepy!

Seriously. Then again, an old apartment will have its own fair share of issue. The things that I spoke about like dying lifts, cracked walls and who knows burst pipes. Lets see, I have so many things to consider.

Here are my view or criteria or my next place:
1. It needs to be closer to the city (where I work)
2. It needs to have a balcony at the living room
3. It needs to be bigger than where I am staying (lol)
4. It needs to have a bigger kitchen
5. It needs to be able to fit a big dining table

Seems like I just want something bigger. Well I think I just want something in which I can entertain people. I do enjoy cooking and all, but having a small place is very prohibitive in getting people to come over to my place to have a nice dinner. If I can fit a dining table for 10-12 will be awesome. Not to the extent of parties and such, but just a nice evening with family and friends to come over.

Of course my criteria will mean that it will be an expensive affair, but sometimes you need to spend money on your place because you spend more time in your place than in your office (this is true for my new job). I will still ponder. Anyway – I do have about 6 months to work thru the details and choose the place of my liking before I am able to buy. I am really looking forward to tap on my staff loan where the rates are pretty good. Much better than commercial rates out there. Lets see.

Till next week 🙂