0913Singapore real estate, housing, condo apartment "You got Tenant" ad
by AsiaHomes Internet.
You got Tenant, Surfer?
Properties shown in this report are for sale to foreigners.
Foreigners can buy.
Jewel of Balmoral.
Image of the master bedroom of The Jewel of Balmoral maisonette penthouse with panoramic
city and greenery views. Selling $3.1 million.
8 units of The Claymore
for sale from $4 million.
1 unit of Four Seasons Park for sale from $5.8 million.
10 units of Ardmore park for sale from $4.2 million.
Grange 70 at $4 million.
for foreign investors
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: +65 9668 6468.
Smoke gets into my eyes
"You look like......... you look, really remind me of......, Shucks, I
just can't remember!!
How come I just can't recall the name of this famous person?"
Michelle exclaimed under the full moon in this humid evening at her green domed Raffles
Was she too stressed by work to recall a famous person?
The smell of the the Marlboro and Prince cigarette smoke wafted through the still air in a
wavy horizontal line towards me from Kate seated on my left and her fiancé Mark
seated facing me. They were puffing their 30th cigarette on this September Sunday as
we sat by the beautiful pool and sipping tea and drinking beer in the newest Club in
I had asked Realtor Michelle to invite us to her Club to discuss further the sale of a
condo to Mark after a night viewing. There was a 99% chance and it all would depend
on her. I had advised Mark to give an offer the next day and he said he would accept
my advice. Why not we have tea after this 9 p.m inspection?
"Does Mark remind you of a film star like John Wayne?" I prompted her.
Mark was quite big in stature and above six feet tall such that he had to bend under the
Singapore subway train holding rail. John Wayne was the good guy in the cowboy
movies and very famous.
"No, no, NO, NO," she replied emphatically, rolling up her big brown eyes and
pulling her gel-starched or non hair-dryer blown wet black hair which seemed to be in
"Maybe, an American politician? A well known political figure?" Still Michelle
could not recollect.
"What profession is this famous person in?" No recall from Michelle who is
around thirtish, with the a very fair complexion for which only the Teochew Chinese
girls in Singapore are famed for.
I had never met President Clinton but I thought Mark's chin was a copy of Mr Clinton's.
I did not think Michelle would associate him with Mr Clinton.
"Is it Mr Clinton?" I threw the dangerous line, hook and sinker into the deep
sea of her memory cells.
"Ah, yeah, yes, that's what Mark looks like! He looks so much like Mr Clinton.
His facial features and hair style resembles Mr Clinton "
Mark appeared stunned. Nobody had told him he looked like Mr Clinton over his past 30
years of existence. Here in Singapore, thousands of miles away from the U.S.A,
there was this Singapore lady telling him he looked like the most powerful man in
the free world.
But was it a compliment? Most people would say "thank you for your
compliment" for being a look-alike of a world famous person.
Was it an unkind cut.?
Mark's brain worked in overdrive and he would have to thrust a reply.
His fiancée was silent and stopped smoking.
There was no "thank you for the compliment".
Mark did not keep his countenance. Something seemed so wrong. Was I in the midst of
a nightmare? Where were the clowns when I needed them most?
"I have morals," Mark stated in a serious low lecturer's tone.
That would be bye bye to the $5 million deal. It was a big costly plunder to ask
co-broking agent Michelle to invite us to her Club since Mark had already told me he
wanted to offer and buy the condo. Why take such a risk with an unknown co-broking
You don't get $5 million dollar real estate deals every day and here, your co-broking
agent just said "Clinton".
"I have gone wayward so many times in the States and in Europe. I travel a lot. I
have known this woman for a long time"
Is this a confession? How many children did he sire? In which continent? I was
"I have lived in sin for the last fifteen years."
No big deal. It is part of the Caucasian culture and is present in
conservative Singapore although the Playboy magazine is banned.
But with whom and how many women were involved?
"There is that person I have had been wayward with throughout the years. She is
my kind of girl, not too shy. She's always in my mind. She will never be a one night stand
and I am into something good."
We held our breath.
"I spend half a lifetime looking for love and discovered her
in the White House"
Was she an intern? Could he have searched for love in the wrong place?
"I have found a friend and lover." Mark paused.
"She is none other than Kate Karenisky!"
Simultaneously, Mark reached for the hand of his fiancée, clasped her hand tightly and
looked straight into her eyes to re-validate his love.
"They say all true love is blind, smoke gets in your eyes...?" This is their
This was true love and smoke did get into my eyes. But the smoke came from the cigarettes
of Kate and Mark as Mark declared "I love you" publicly not in three little
words, but in humor, to his bluish grey eyed beauty from Austria.
The spontaneous declaration from a true love is always magical and Michelle and I were
transmitted with an inner warmth in our hearts, that could not be expressed in
I wiped the sweat off my eyebrows and changed topic.
"Well, there is Realtor Dave marketing the same condo and he was asking for a
"Maybe, we should ask Dave for a free breakfast at his Club to discuss about the
condo, now that we have a free evening tea?" Mark chipped in.
Michelle was lost for words. You could hear a pin drop in the still of the night.
Troubled lines creased her forehead. She was not the exclusive marketing agent as she
had told us before.
Actually the Owner had at least 2 agents.
Before she could reply, Kate jabbed at Mark's elbow. She was a sensitive soul and
only a woman with a kind heart could sense distress in another woman about to lose her
bread and butter to the competitor.
Mark was teasing Michelle again, testing whether Asians have a sense of humor. It
was not in his psyche or integrity to play one realtor against another. Anyway, I
had told Michelle that she should tell the Seller the name of our prospective Buyer to
Michelle was confident of her close working relationship with the Seller. She was
the most confident realtor in Singapore.
"You are Mark's conscience?" I asked Kate as she put a restraining collar on
Mark who has just put Michelle in the line of fire.
The tension eased into small talk. Michelle talked about the loss from $28,000 to $20,000
of her Club membership and further losses from her Fort Canning Club membership value
decline saying she would give back the latter to the Club if the value dropped much
further. She enthralled us with her work stories as only a chatterbox could. Mark
couldn't pronounce "Teochew", a dialect of Michelle. In between, she
also managed to get Mark to give an offer after the fifth time. What a super sales
realtor. A top gun.
It was past 11.15 p.m and the Club usually closes at 11 p.m. As we left, I checked the
Prince cigarette box on the table and smelled the tobacco to check out its aroma.
The box was empty as no true chain smoker would leave any cigarette behind.
Did I ask Mark to stop chain smoking? At almost every condo visited, he needed to smoke.
"Have you tried a nicotine patch?" I asked him once.
"I have chewed it off!" he laughed.
It just seems sad that this young couple would chain smoke when they have everything and
much more than 90% of the world population.
Like most sole breadwinners with a family to support and money to pay the expensive
Chinese tuition fees, I have to watch every dime.
Mark is thirtyish and all of us will want his worries - how to get the best returns
for his investment and which exotic ski resort to go for holidays every year.
He is near the pinnacle of his profession and will rise much higher given his
excellent people management flair.
Mark, there is a message inside the moon cake but it is not a message asking you to rebel
against the Mongols. The moon cake festival ended on September 12, 2000; this
message via the internet moon cake to you is:
"Don't let excessive smoking make you ill in later years. Good health when you
are fiftish will enable you to appreciate your true love. Don't chew off the nicotine
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15 Sep 2000.
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