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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 » Desaru March 4th 2018

Sunday, 4th March 2018 Checking in at the Sands and Sandals Resort was a pleasant experience. We had a pool facing room with a partial seaview. The bedroom was spacious with an outdoor bath at the balcony. Our minor gripe was the less than satisfactory air-conditioning which DC woke up with sweat the next day. Our afternoon activities included kite flying by the peaceful beach and taking naps on the sun deck chairs by the swimming pool. For dinner, we drove out to the Indian Mamak stalls for our delicious roti canai and nasi goreng pattaya. On our way back to our room, we headed back to the beach to set off some mini-fireworks as well as moon watching by the sea. Breakfast the following day was nothing to shout about which was a shame given ... read more
With a huge swimming pool
Good morning Desaru

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Desaru March 3rd 2018

Saturday, 3rd March 2018 Our Desaru roadtrip started on Saturday morning when DC arrived at my place sometime after 6am. The strategy was to beat the weekend crowds at the Woodlands Checkpoint by having an early start. Desaru have been a bucketlist as far as my travel plans go. It was one of the earliest places in Malaysia that I knew it existed. The story goes back to 1991 when there was a school trip and for some reasons, I was not able to make it for the trip. Flashback 27 years later, I was soon on my way to Desaru in March 2018 courtesy of DC. Our efforts paid off as we arrived at our breakfast place at Restoran Gim Cheng around 7+ in the morning. This is a no-frills Dim Sum place near to ... read more
On our way to Desaru
And finally!

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 March 12th 2016

Saturday, 12th March 2016 We were back again to the town of Kluang, this time to attend a friend's wedding dinner. 3D2N was kind of luxury for us as we had ample time at our disposal for shopping and eating. To beat the crowds, we took a KTM shuttle train at 10am from Singapore to JB Sentral and in no time we had reached the other side of the causeway. We stopped by at Johor Bahru for a body massage and lunch before continuing our bus journey through Larkin. The air-conditioning wasn't working well and we were happy to disembark from the bus at 4pm - happy that our hotel was just another 5 minutes walk from the station. This was my first time staying at Milano Hotel. And after utilising our loyalty rebates, our 2 ... read more
Favourite Cafe in Kluang
The hallmark of Kluang
Lok Lok Car

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 October 20th 2015

We were woken early by idiots in the hallway so we wasted a little time in the room before getting ready to head for the 10:00am opening time of the Johor Premium Outlets. We had found out they had a Dome Cafe there, so had planned that breakfast was going to be there. I got a chicken and cheese croissant and a side of hash browns and Bec got eggs on toast, but they brought out hollandaise eggs which also had chicken on it, so that quickly went back. We did quite enjoy our breakfast though; more so then the outlets. They were so very disappointing; nothing compared to the USA Premium Outlets. The stores were of Premium quality but the prices also matched that. They were far from being discounted. We bought a couple of ... read more

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