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Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru May 24th 2014

Saturday, 24th May 2014 This was a last minute decision to stay over for the weekend at Bukit Indah, Johor Malaysia. Given the relatively long commute via public transportation from Singapore, it made logical sense to stay over without the mad rush for home on Saturday evening. A couple of hotels had sprouted around the neighbourhood recently and for the purpose of this weekend stay, I made a go at the Princeton Hotel. The hotel was roughly 10 minutes walk to Jusco and along the same stretch where the massive Kaki Kaki Reflexology was located. There was nothing to shout about in terms of amenities at url= but it made up by having a rather comfortable room that came... read more
My comfortable bed
@ Princeton Hotel
Plus a functionable bathroom

Asia » Malaysia » Johor December 21st 2013

Saturday, 21st December 2013 My day trip to Johor Bahru took on a different route this weekend as I made use of the Second Link to reach the other side of the Causeway. My SGD4 commute to Bukit Indah took a fair bit of time having first boarded the CW3 bus at Jurong East before transferring to the CW6 service after the CIQ Customs. Along the way, my bus passed through the LEGOLAND Theme Park and the posh Horizon Hills estate before making a stop at the Aeon Bukit Indah Shopping Centre. This was a different side of Johor Bahru that I wasn't familiar with. The township itself was well planned with many shophouses centred around a well-maintained public park. Hotel Granada looked imposing from a distance and given its ideal location to amenities, I should ... read more
Aeon Bukit Indah Shopping Town

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru December 21st 2013

Not a very appealing breakfast and a stinky wait (not sure if durian or sewer) for our maxi taxi to the bus terminal which is around 5km out of town (MYR20). There are plenty of buses from Johor Bahru to Malacca many not leaving till 10.30. As we hadn't booked and were there at 8.30 Wayne hastily chose tickets from a gentleman calling "Melakamelakamelakamelakamelaka" for MYR21 each (I think tickets are generally between 17 and 20). If you disregard the fact that we had to walk out to the road to get on the bus that was hardly "new" as described by Melakaman, the breakdown, the busdriver's regular mobile phone conversations and off key singing and the drop off near to rather than in the Malacca bus terminal it was a fine trip. Taxis in to ... read more
Across the river
Don Wayno taking aim
View from Petaling tower as it spins back down.

Asia » Malaysia » Johor August 18th 2013

Saturday, 17th August 2013 I was eleven when I first visited Kukup as a kid way back in December 1990. This was also my first overseas trip proper even though I certainly did not catch the travel bug until much later in my twenties. My only recollection of the maiden trip was our delicious seafood lunch on top of a kelong, one of the many floating houses by the sea. Kukup, a peaceful fishing village located along the western end of Johor lies about 100km from Singapore. It was certainly great to be back at the same spot after a good 23 years! Nine of us assembled on the morning of 17th August 2013 at Choa Chu Kang Station for our weekend getaway. I was looking forward to it given the novelty of staying in a ... read more
Sunset over Kukup
Our durian feast
Our huge chalet


Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru June 15th 2013

Saturday, 15th June 2013 Staying over the weekend in the neighbouring city of Johor Bahru had become a sort of a ritual for us over the past year after being put off by the high prices we had to pay back home. We decided again on the Mutiara Hotel given its proximity to our amenities in Holiday Plaza. While the property had aged over the years, it was still an attractive staycation option within the city. The bedrooms were really spacious and had enough breathing room even for three adults. On our way to the hotel, our chatty Indian taxi driver was quick to point out some of the interesting facts of this place. "31 years already. The hotel started business as Holiday Inn in 1982 before rebranding itself as the Crowne Plaza and subsequently, The ... read more
City View from Mutiara
Overlooking the Johor Straits from Woodlands Waterfront

Asia » Malaysia » Johor April 20th 2013

Saturday, 20th April to Sunday, 21st April 2013 Everyone seemed so friendly and yes, without the stresses of daily lives written all over their faces.... We had been discussing to pay a visit to JW's hometown for quite sometime now. After much thoughts, this was decided on the weekend of 20th April before one of us finally call it quits. JW was born in the township of Kluang, about 2 hours' drive from Singapore. Even though this was going to be my second visit to Kluang, I was actually looking forward to it especially through the eyes of a knowledgeable local. By 4.45am on Saturday morning, I was already up and about in order to be on time for our 7.30am bus departing from Boon Lay Shopping Centre. It was closed to 9.30am when the three ... read more
Extreme Boutique Hotel
Zenxin Organic Farm
Gunung Lambak

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru March 2nd 2013

Saturday, 2nd March 2013 Determined to start our day early, I linked up with SJ at 10am in the morning before heading into Johor Bahru. My visits to this southern gateway of Malaysia had became relatively frequent over the past year. During the lull periods when I'm not travelling, we would slot in some visits over the weekend for our usual haunts. For this weekend, we decided to head to Jalan Tan Hiok Nee where the Chinese Heritage Museum was situated. Located within the historical core, it took about fifteen minutes of footwork from where we started at JB City Square. The museum is housed within a restored four-storey shophouse. Admission to this place was recently revised to RM5. But the interesting exhibits that traced the origins of Chinese culture in Johor Bahru made our ringgits ... read more
Read: Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum
Shared Memories
Quirky cafe names

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru January 31st 2013

Day 1 I was on night shift and finished at 7 making me a crazy runner. Back home i tried finishing off my packing, before hoisting my bags and preparing to leave our home. We checked out at 8.30 and it looked as if we had dragged our poor kitten, Wilbur together on the trip, caged along the way to Johor Bahru, Malaysia. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Almost 5 hours on the road, we came to our destination-JOHOR BAHRU (JB)! Johore/Johor Bahru; abbreviated as JB) is the capital city of Johor in southern Malaysia, the second most populous city in Malaysia and the most populous city in southern Malaysia. Johor Bahru is the southern most city of the Eurasian mainland. You can find so many Singaporeans here. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Austin Heights, Golf and Country Resort,... read more
Breakfast of the day
the happiest smiley in real human version!!! :p
sista,fasten ur seat belts!

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Mersing January 6th 2013

And this was my mini pre-Xmas fishing trip cum one-day KL getaway, with a few of my friends (YK, X and RP), some of whom have made special "appearances" before on this blog. The kelong itself was called the "Hot Boys Kelong" (I don't even want to start to explain myself), and it was actually my second time there (...) Basically one of those fishing packages where you pay for board and lodging, which in this case was a creaky old single bed in dormitory-style accomodation, and simple seafood-oriented Asian meals. In return you get to fish from a kelong located in the middle of the sea, from a specially-constructed fish farm, with unlimited smelly squid bait. How could one miss? As I'd mentioned, this was my second time, so I kinda knew what to expect. ... read more
Happy Campers
Square-tail Alligator Garfish
And Singapore Wins the AFF Suzuki Cup!

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