How to transfer your children to a new school in Selangor

After over 7 months of sending our kids back and forth between Semenyih and Seri Kembangan, we finally found a suitable and much closer school for them right here in Bangi. I can’t tell you which school it is for privacy and security reasons but suffice to say this one is only 8 kilometers or 15 minutes drive from our home compared to 45 minutes (of rushing) for the previous one. It is a relatively obscure school and not very popular compared to a few other elite or established schools in town but any school much nearer to home will do for us for now. Plus the fact that there’s a proper nursery/transit and religious school just nearby also helps. So here’s how you go about changing schools for your kids within the state of Selangor.

First things first, you need to visit the office of your old school and bring along a few basic documents including copies of your marriage certificate, child birth certificate, their parent identity cards, any one of your utility bills* with your or your spouse’s name on it and your child’s examination result if they have sat for one. You will then hand over all those documents to the clerk and fill up the P.U (A) 275 forms, 3 copies for each children. This form will need to be signed by the headmaster of the school so bear in mind it might take a day or two for he/she to do so.

Once the headmaster signs the P.U (A) 275 form, you will have to bring that and all the relevant documents that I mentioned earlier to the district education office (PPD) where the new school is located. In my case it’s the Hulu Langat education office in Kajang. There the clerk and officers will review your application and decide whether to approve or reject them. I can only speculate here but some of the reasons for rejection is the school that you are applying to transfer is really popular and the classes are already full (pretty common for urban schools in Selangor/KL) or the new school is too far away from your current address. As for me while I do live at a Semenyih address, the new school that I’m transferring my kids to are pretty near in distance hence they have no valid reason to reject my application. But to be honest, I was worried at first thinking that they might insist that I register at S.K Semenyih or S.K Rinching Hilir which are also close by but fortunately for me that did not happen. We’d rather not send our kids to S.K Semenyih because it’s a bit further away and does not coincide with the route we’re taking to work. As for S.K Rinching Hilir, it is a quaint little school tucked in the middle of Rinching Hilir village but too bad, there’s no registered nursery or transit point to leave our children at nearby plus there’s absolutely zero school bus to ferry our kids after school.

Next after you get your approval from the PPD, go back to your old school to submit the approved forms and collect your child’s myriad school records - which include academic, co-curriculum and health records. If the old school owes you any certificates of achievement, demand those as well before you leave for good. Other than that, you will also need to carry along all the text books from your old school to the new one. You will have exactly 14 days from the date of the transfer approval to register your kids to the new school or the transfer will automatically be cancelled.

Finally when you get all your documents, forms and records ready, you head on to the new school to register your child. Ideally you should go to the new school office before your children officially start school so that the clerk and teacher can do all the necessary preparations (like deciding which class to put them in). You can pick any dates within the 14 days to send your child to the new school but we chose the first Monday after the last week at the old school so that they don’t miss any classes or lessons.

So that’s basically the steps you will have to take to switch your children’s school. Might sound like a lot of work but lucky for us, all the parties involved did their best to make the process as smooth as possible. All in all it took us only 3 days to finish everything and we had to take 2 days off from work to settle everything. As of today our children starts their first day at the new school. Sure it will take some time for them to adjust to a new surrounding, make new friends but I’m sure they will do just fine.

*if you are renting, you will need to submit a tenancy agreement with your names on it.


For this year’s company trip, we were treated with an all expense paid ticket to Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) in Ipoh, Perak. It’s no Pangkor resort trip but anything is better than nothing. We started very early in the morning, assembled at school by 6:30AM and left for Ipoh by 6:40AM. After a short break in Tapah, we arrived in MAPS about an hour and a half later. We were given goody bags and a bracelet to wear. You can bring in your bags/backpack but apart from a small water bottle, they will confiscate all of your food. Typical theme park capitalist bs.

First thing first, we were given a quick safety briefing. After that, it’s free and easy. We get to try almost every ride and attraction in the park. I said almost because some of them require separate coupons not included in the package that were paid for for us. On paper or brochure, there’s over a dozen attractions offered on the pack. However during our visit, some of the more appealing rides like Space X-Plorers and Hyperspin were ‘closed for maintenance’. Even the Boboiboy roller-coaster ride decided to break down while we were queuing to enter. The only memorable rides that I managed to try were Asteroid Attack, Stunt Legend Arena and the Sacred Riana Haunted House. Asteroid Attack is basically a giant swing which does 360 degrees spin which is sure to leave your heart in your mouth. Watch trained stuntmen do car and bike stunts in the custom-built Stunt Legend Arena. Sacred Riana Haunted House meanwhile is supposed to be scary and you can see the ladies screaming like a girl when they come out. As for me and much of the boys, it’s not that terrifying to be honest. I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars. 

The rest of the rides and attractions are more suited to children below 12 so I did not try much of them. We were treated with lunch and high tea buffets throughout our stay. Overall I would recommend MAPS Ipoh only if your have school-going children. For adults like me, going there without your little ones is rather dull because the majority of the attractions are made for them. Entrance to the park is free but you’ll have to pay for each and every one of the rides/attractions which cost in average 3 coupons (up to 5 coupons per ride). One coupon is sold for 3 ringgit each and in average, your kids will want to try at least 10 rides in the park so do your maths. Food & souvenir are as always insanely expensive. 12 ringgit for a typical lunch meal not including drinks. Compared to Sunway Lagoon which is the benchmark, I would say the MAPS Ipoh is only slightly worse off in terms of attractions and facilities. I didn’t get to try all the attractions in the park because like I said, they were more for young children plus the fact that we were leaving by 4:30PM that day. If you wanna bring your family, go early in the morning before there’re too many crowd. The park closes at midnight every day.

Serene Heights review

It’s been 5 months now since we moved to our new Serene Heights home and it’s been largely a pleasant change from our previous place. Obviously, this new house is much larger than the 813 square feet apartment we had before. It has a porch where we could park our car and the bike. Even a little strip of land underneath it where we could grow plants or grass if we want to.

Did I find any defects? Sure we did but they were promptly attended to. At first we used to shoot an email every time we find one. Eventually we got hand of the subcontractor’s number and just call the Bangladeshi directly for defect repairs (thank you Zapor!). The usual ones are leaking roof, clogged pipes and drain, uneven flooring/tiles and paint jobs. Nothing too serious that they cannot fix.

For now the girls Mia and Hana are still going to SK Taman Desaminium back in Taman Puncak Jalil. Like I said before, we could not find a suitable/proper nursery and transit that meets our requirement. The one that we found in Alam Sari only cater to schools around Bangi. And the one in Semenyih are difficult to find. So at the time being we are resigned to waking up at 6:00 AM every morning (earlier if Mia had to go to hockey practice/competition).

Like I said in my initial review, many of our neighbours have not moved in yet. I dare say only about 1/3 of them did as of writing. I have met a few across the street and when they hold open houses/housewarming. Many were still renovating their houses before moving in. One thing I can say for sure is that my neighbours here are a wealthy lot. All of them have at least 2 cars each if not 3 or 4. Almost all of them have air-conditioning installed. They have done some kind of renovation to their houses, at least plaster ceiling and elaborate light fixtures. Some have auto gate installed. We naturally have none of the above. Don’t have the budget for any renovations and can’t afford to pay the expensive electricity bill once we installed air conds. My wife and I agreed that our main priority for now is a proper kitchen cabinet and perhaps a new sofa for the living room. There is absolutely no rush to fill our home with the bestest and most expensive thing. We have all the time in the world.

That said, the bedrooms upstairs get pretty hot day or night (in the afternoon especially). We get sweaty within minutes of entering the room. If I had it my way, I’d install air conds in every room. But as I said, can’t afford it now. As a result, everybody basically spend most of their time downstairs usually in the living room where it is much cooler. Even the guest bedroom is less hot than upstairs.

Presently, the neighbourhood currently looks nothing the beautiful surrounding like in the developer’s brochure. The lake waters are still brownish-orange in colour and the trees and parks are still in progress. I imagine it would take a while before they take shape.

In term of amenities, there’s not much to show within 5KM radius. Sure there’s one or two sundry shops and a couple of roadside eateries but that’s about it. No proper grocery stores or restaurants or specialty shops until 10KM away from the township. We usually do our monthly grocery shopping at Tesco Bandar Puteri near Bukit Mahkota or sometimes at Jaya Grocer in Bangi Gateway. It is not until recently that I discovered the little enclave called Sungai Tangkas next to the Bangi Komuter station which is lined up with quite a few grocery stores, restaurants and other shops and services. Nowadays if I wanna get something quick, I’d just ride my bike there to Sungai Tangkas. Although we are nestled right between Semenyih, Kajang and Bangi, we preferred to do most of our shopping in Bangi, usually Section 13 or the Bangi town centre which are undeniably more hip and happening. Semenyih or Bandar Sri Putra just don’t quite got that pull compared to he former.

Location-wise, Serene Heights is strategically located in the middle between Semenyih, Kajang and Bangi. Broga hill is just 20 minutes drive away, Kajang satay another 20 minutes, Bandar Baru Bangi - 15 minutes and also 15 minutes to Nilai. Port Dickson is an hour and a half drive away, Putrajaya - 30 minutes and KLIA another 30 minutes. In hindsight, although we are now a little bit further away from Seri Kembangan and KL, we are actually much nearer to a few other places of interest so it’s not all doom and gloom. That said, I must admit riding 45 minutes every week day to work feels quite tiring sometimes especially during bad weather days. Am I tempted to get another car? Sure but it’ll cost me a lot in the long run and I’m just about to settle the outstanding loan of my other car next year. Perhaps someday but not any time soon.

Moving to Serene Heights is a momentous landmark in our lives. It is a huge step forward for us literally in term of distance and figuratively in term of expenditure. Unless somehow either of us suddenly become a billionaire and can afford to buy another house, we’ll pretty much spend the rest of our lives in Serene Heights. I see this place has a big potential to develop further. It is maybe a sleepy hallow for now but that’s exactly how Taman Puncak Jalil was when we first moved in over a decade ago. 10 years for now, Serene Heights and the surrounding area would become a bustling suburban area with schools, malls and other modern amenities. As for now, I’ll enjoy the serenity and quietness this place has to offer.

The case for Unifi Mobile #Bebas

I was a great proponent of Webe postpaid plan (now known as Unifi Mobile Postpaid). For just RM79 a month you get unlimited everything - voice, SMS and most importantly data. No other telco in their right mind would ever offer that kind of generous plan for such an affordable price. Well almost no other telco except UMobile, but you know how bad their coverage is.

Now Unifi Mobile is introducing their brand new prepaid Unifi Mobile #Bebas plan with even more affordable plan for the rest of us. The introductory promo include giving out free prepaid starter SIM packs with 20GB free data, 10 minutes voice and 10 SMS. What’s more, the prepaid doesn’t expire for as long as you use any of the voice, SMS or data service once in 90 days, for real. Pretty good deal huh? Gone are the days where you have to reload at least 30 ringgit every month just to keep your prepaid line active whether you use it or not.

So I got myself 5 free SIM cards, two for myself and one for each of my children. Coverage-wise, they’re pretty similar to their postpaid line. Sometimes you get good 4G coverage, other times it drops to 3G. The only downside that I notice is that the data plan is a bit on the expensive side. RM30 only gets you 4GB of quota and they are further divided into 2GB LTE and 2GB 3G. Since their 4G coverage is not that good, you’ll use up your 3G quota a lot faster. Digi prepaid for example offers a generous 35GB of combined Internet and streaming quota and Hotlink offers 6GB of Internet and unlimited social media apps use for the same price.

That said, this Unifi Mobile #Bebas is perfect for me because I only need this prepaid line on my other phone which I use mainly for games, video streaming and social media (read: Instagram). Most of the time I use either the home or office wi-fi or my mobile broadband MiFi device. So you see, I rarely finish my month 4GB data quota not to mention the voice and SMS quotas. I usually reload once in 3 or 4 months. It’s the perfect plan for me. As of now I don’t see any other telco offering similar never-expire plans.

While the never-expire plan works great for me, I have to mention that the 4G data coverage and availability are pretty poor compared to other telcos like Maxis, Celcom and Digi. Many times, I can’t depend on my Unifi Mobile prepaid line to Waze for locations or stream videos because the signal is only 3G, especially away from the cities. It’s a compromise you had to make for the price or is it the non-expiry feature? So if you don’t want to reload your prepaid line every month like me, Unifi Mobile prepaid is perfect for you. If you value availability and reliable Internet connection more, look for the other telcos.