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Three residents of Seri Tanjung Pinang reveal the one thing that symbolises the best part about calling this esteemed development their home

Weekend are made of these
Tan Keat Keat wasn't on the lookout for a property but his agent approached him with an offer he couldn't refuse and that was how he came to own a unit of Andaman at Quayside.

Tan Keat Keat and his family enjoy their Andaman at Quayside condominium as a weekend home

For Tan, the condominium was well priced and offered good value for money. The development also met his other criteria such as safety, good facilities, quality upkeep and maintenance, serene surroundings and wide outdoor spaces. Tan and his family don't stay here all the time, however. "This is our weekend home," he explains. "During the week, my wife (Angie Ooi) and I stay with our kids in a landed property in another part of Penang. On weekends, we come here to relax and enjoy the facilities." They each have a favourite activity at Andaman. For the kids, the playground and the swimming pool are clear winners whereas Angie enjoys working out at the gym. Tan himself loves the outdoor spaces, especially the promenade. One thing they all enjoy is cycling, together with Angie's mother, Madam Tang.

The community events at Seri Tanjung Pinang are another of their pastime and Tan had participated in a terrarium-making workshop last Christmas. The terrarium, he says, represents his home at Andaman because "it can sustain itself with little care. Just like my condominium here. I can leave it all week and on weekends when I come, it's there as I left it and in good condition."

The Cycle of Life
"I've always loved cycling but hadn't had the chance to do so for a long time until I moved to Seri Tanjung Pinang," said Madam Tan Yin Kham with a big smile, nodding at the miniature bicycle she had brought. It's a replica of the all-black postman bicycles that were once a common mode of transportation in Malaysia, and she had hunted high and low for it. It's the first of what she hopes will become a collection as it represents something that truly brings her joy.

Moving to Seri Tanjung Pinang has enabled Madam Tang to return to her first love: cycling

"I grew up in Sungai Petani, Kedah and learned to ride when I was in Standard 4 or 5," she recalls. "I used to cycle to school...since leaving school, I haven't had the chance to ride regularly until now!" Madam Tang moved into her Amaris Terraces-By-The-Sea home last year with her mother and her younger son. The neighbourhood's quiet roads, open s[aces and most notably, the promenade, provide her with ample opportunities to take her bicycle out for a spin on weekends.

She even cycles to Straits Quay on Saturdays, when she and her family gather for dinner. When not biking, she enjoys evening walks with her mother and generally soaking in the calm, peaceful environment of the neighbourhood. "I can say that I have a much better quality of life since moving here, I sleep so well now!"

On the Move
Photographer Song Boon Keat splits his time between Kuala Lumpur and his hometown of Penang, in between travelling overseas for work. While he actually spends more time in the Malaysian Capital, his heart remains in Penang so when it came to investing in a home, he didn't have to look far.

Song Boon Keat's favourite feature of Seri Tanjung Pinang is the ease of moving around

Ariza Courtyard Terraces appealed to him because it is a gated and guarded development with a safe environment. "To me, it's not just about buying a house but you're buying into the whole community." He liked that Ariza houses come with a bedroom on the ground floor, which is ideal for elderly folks, and Song had planned for his parents to live with them once the house was complete.

"When I bought the house, I felt that it was the best that I could do for my parents, even though initially I had concerns about it being out of my budget. But it was ideal and I wanted to let my parents enjoy the restful environment." The ease of access around Seri Tanjung Pinang was another winning factor. As Song's mother has difficulty walking, he was going to get a buggy for his father to ferry her around when needed. Sadly, his father passed on from cancer before they could move in. His mother has chosen to continue staying at her own house and occasionally visits them.

Things may not have worked out exactly as he wished but Song has still found his "home sweet home" at Seri Tanjung Pinang (he even named their family WhatsApp group chat that!). In place of a buggy, he got himself an e-scooter and that's what represents his home to him: safe, easy and convenient.