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Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru January 31st 2020

After years of being habitually criticized as a dirty and chaotic border town, Johor’s capital city of Johor Bahru (JB for short) has been repaved and replanted and is well on the way to rebranding itself as a major tourist destination. Most travelers skip southern Malaysia’s largest city in favor of Kuala Lumpur or the Cameroon Highlands up north, but for some intrepid souls, there’s a handful of worthwhile museums, temples, mosques, shopping and even party zones right here. And should these “not be your thing”, JB also has a Legoland where everything is supposedly “awesome”. Personally, I’ll take dibs on the museums and party zones - I’m not a Legoland kind of girl. A massive construction effort is currently in progress which will radically change southern Malaysia over the next decade, and JB is about ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru August 2nd 2019

When you decide to take a holiday trip with the family in Johor Bahru, you need to look for a decent, affordable, family-oriented a place to stay which can make your experience a pleasant and memorable one. You need to find a place which is close to the famous Johor attractions such as Danga bay, Hello Kitty Town, JB City, Legoland etc. These family hotels in Johor Bahru that may interest if you are planning to spend some quality time there with your loved ones. Some of these hotels offer spacious kid’s rooms, swimming pools and other excellent facilities. So let’s check them out. #1 D Elegance Hotel If you are looking for a budget hotel that is not too far away from Legoland, you can look for D Elegance Hotel which is merely 6 km ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru September 18th 2016

Saturday, 17th September 2016 Excerpt from my reviews online (with some editing) Stayed for 1 night over the weekend at the Holiday Villa recently. The location is great. It is located next to KSL City mall and plenty of local eateries. Within the hotel property, there is a Thai massage centre and the Doi Chang Coffee House. When we arrived at 12.45pm, we were nicely greeted by the bright and welcoming lobby. Check-in was really fast and efficient and we were really happy that our room was ready. We were given room 2129 at level 21 which commanded a fantastic view of the city. As this is a really new hotel, everything felt new and clean. Wifi, beds and rain shower were excellent. The minor gripe was the relatively warm air-conditioning at night. What we really ... read more
Our comfy beds
Boasting a great view of the city's skyline

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru July 2nd 2016

Saturday, 2nd July 2016 H was headed to Johor Bahru last weekend to pump petrol and I decided to tag along to stock up on some necessities across the causeway. We made a rather bad decision to stay at the Orange Hotel as the room we stayed in was rather dusty and some of the toilet fittings had collected rust and algae overtime. There were some renovations with tools lying all along the corridor which was rather unsightly. Nevertheless, the saving grace were the nice shopping facilities @ Aeon Bukit Indah and the nearby Tesco. I managed to stock up on the daily essentials and got more décor items for my house at a good price. We had our meals @ the Moonlight Cake House and the Paper Restaurant and both turned out to be rather ... read more
Rather nice dinner
The Paper Restaurant
Hotel Jen, Puteri Harbour

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru June 11th 2016

Saturday, 11th June 2016 This was more like a feasting excursion as we embarked on an eating spree on this 2D1N staycation in Johor Bahru. I had stayed at the Bello Hotel last year and swear by it that this was one of the nicer budget hotels in JB that have sprouted out in recent times. While the dim sums and dumplings @ Dragon and Canton Is @ JB City Square were forgettable, there was much to rave about for the breakfast @ Restoran Hua Moi and afternoon tea @ the Replacement Lodge & Kitchen. A lot should have been written about these 2 eating places in JB by now. In my humble opinion, the Singapore Fried Bee Hoon was arguably the most divine dish @ Hua Moi while the Salted Egg Churros and Eggs Benny ... read more
Restoran Hua Mui
The usual queues @ Hiap Joo

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru January 23rd 2016

My main reason for sandwiching a few days in Johor Bahru in between visiting Singapore and returning to the US was to look at potential places to live. Malaysia has a very attractive program for expats where you can get a multiple-entry visa good for ten years. This is geared towards Singaporeans looking to escape the high cost of real estate in Singapore, but I figured it can’t hurt to look. My initial attraction to Johor Bahru (JB from now on) was its proximity to Singapore. That was before I found out first-hand what a pain in the ass it was to travel overland between the two countries. Once in JB, I found that most of the lovely condos were merely pretty renderings and small scale models of the buildings that a developer is planning to ... read more
door guardian
Guan Yin
incense burner

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru October 18th 2015

After waking up several times throughout the night, I woke at 5:50am and reached to check the time, only to realise Bec was already awake too. We got another hour sleep before waking just before 7:00am. We were showered, dressed and out the door by 7:30am. Of course there was nothing open at this time but the beautiful thing was, there also wasn’t many people about either which made the photo taking a lot easier. We walked back in the same direction as the previous night, toward the Christ Church Melaka, then past the Hard Rock Cafe and down Jonker Street. It looked a lot different during the day with no people or flashy lights, faux clothing or junky bits and pieces. Some of the buildings were so old and beautiful. We walked along the river ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru September 20th 2015

Sunday, 20th September 2015 After checking out from Belllo Hotel in the afternoon, we were back to Jalan Tan Hiok Nee to seek out new cafes before heading back to Singapore. There was a long line of diners waiting outside the attractive "Replacement Lodge & Kitchen" so we decided to check out the place some other time. We chanced upon "Table for Two" and were quickly drawn to its rustic, cosy and old-school interior. Service was slow but well-worth the wait. I thoroughly enjoyed the flavourful chicken leg. This was a slow yet casual Sunday lunch in a great, atmospheric place. And we would certainly be back for more. Seek out the pictures in the meantime.... read more
Nice, cosy interior
How true

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru September 19th 2015

Saturday, 19th September 2015 This entry is about our weekend staycation @ Belllo Hotel in Johor Bahru. Decked in shades of black and white, the charming little hotel is nicely located along Meldrum Walk where it is within easy walking distance to City Square and the numerous cafes that dotted around Jalan Tan Hiok Nee. In fact, we had our breakfast at Restoran Hua Mui, a very popular Hainanese coffeeshop that have since gone upmarket. Housed in a vintage two-storey building, our delicious seafood fried bee hoon and egg sandwhiches took a while to arrive as it was full house on a Saturday morning. We loved the old school deco of this place which doubled as a living museum. In fact, the coffee shop have become a rather popular photography stop for newly weds. After breakfast ... read more
Prawn Pasta @ Maco Vintage, very fresh
Belllo Hotel, Nice homely interior

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru June 3rd 2015

The great thing about cycling around the World is crossing from one country into another and seeing the differences emerge as you leave behind the bureaucracy of the borders. This couldn't be more evident as you travel from Thailand into Malaysia, where you suddenly find yourself situated amongst predominantly Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnicities who each bring their separate cultures to this amazing country, and with it, a fusion of delicious foods which are absolutely to die for. My first main stop was George Town on the island of Penang, where the streets are adorned with the most amazing street art and old colonial buildings rise up in all 4 corners of the UNESCO Heritage site. This blog mainly features photos depicting street art which was absolutely amazing! After travelling in Thailand for nearly 4 months ... read more
Street Art
Street Art
Street art

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