Travelogue: Johor 3D2N (National Day Staycation)

I’m sure you had heard about the crazy jam at woodlands causeway during National Day loooong weekend!! Even private limo service have surcharge!!

Nonetheless, nothing can stop us! Although we didn’t get to book train ticket but we managed to book private car without surcharge! Woohooo! *dance*

Been to JB for so many time and finally get to stay in a 2-bedroom apartment (SGD82 per night)! We booked our apartment via Airbnb again! This is a new listing (at the time I booked) and the co-ordinator is very friendly/accomodative! I do not have much picture of the apartment but rest assure the photos on their listing are true to image!

The other time when we were there, we went for massage, food and movie.. This trip we decided to visit a Salon too! There are so many salon around JB, it’s so hard to find one (every salon looks so good!!) After much research, we went to Luxe Studio.

Ting was the one who attend to me and she’s very hands-on! What do i mean hands on? Some salon have shampoo girl who will help washed your hair, which i understand. However, I don’t like it when your stylist leave the whole hair dye process to a trainee. They only appear touch your hair trim your hair and *pooof* gone.

Although i can’t remember if Ting was the one who washed my hair, but for sure i know she was the one who cut my hair, dye my hair and blow dry my hair. She manages it well and took charge of the color selection!

Under indoor light, the purple is quite subtle and became obvious under direct sunlight!

After our Salon treat, we went off for our late lunch! This was one of the local recommendation. However, before i go further, i would like to say one thing. NOT-RECOMMENDED.

San Lou Seafood – bad service, slow in serving (it wasn’t even crowded, just 4-5 tables), missing order (despite repeating order to us). We left the place angry. Even my mom, who usually is the very calm one, was pissed. To add on, even our grab driver (sending us back “home”, don understand why people like to come here despite their poor service.

Our dinner at Taman Sentosa Food Center was far better than above!

Oh another place we thought it was slight over-rated was this dimsum place called Restoran Gim Cheng Dim Sum! It’s crowded and dim sum was just so-so. Maybe i set the expectation too high. hmmm..

On a happy note, I TRIED TIGER SUGAR for the first time!! Yes! I was on Keto and finally took a break (even since, break until now! LOL)!  OMG, it’s crazy sweet but crazy niceee!

Another highlight of the trip is the techno lok-lok truck! It was my mama first time trying (with us)! LOL she was excited but too full.. BUT BUT again, she has space for durian?! Unbelievable! HAHAHA!!

Time pass so fast and very soon, it’s the last day of the trip! We all had good meal time, good massage time and good salon time!

If you need private limo service, pm me and i’ll share my contact with you (not affiliated ya!)

Happy Weekend!! 🙂

 

 

 

Travelogue: Johor 4D3N

I’m sure everyone is no stranger to JB! Like many others, JB is my to-go place for short staycation! It’s nearby and it’s cost effective! Transport is not an issue too – your can take a train, a bus, private car! When you’re in JB, your can use Grab app too!

This time, we book a staycation to enjoy our 10 years anniversary! Nothing new, we booked a room in KSL and since it’s our anniversary, we decided to spend a lil more – booked a Premier Deluxe room (SGD137.73 per night) for all 3 nights!

We had a early check in and found that the safe box is locked (while open) hence we can’t unlock and had to called the front desk for help. While waiting (quite a long wait), we realized the carpet (near bathroom wall) was wet. My hubby’s investigation instinct came knocking and he started to track where the leak comes from and…. IT WAS THE BATHTUB! We called the front desk again and long story short.. WE GOT A COMPLIMENTARY ROOM UPGRADE!!

We thought premier deluxe was so cool already (minus the hiccups), until we saw the Executive suite! We were totally thankful for the bathtub leak man!! HAHAHA!! 😀

What would you normally do in JB? Food? Massage? Food? Massage? SAME!

We had lotsa food! I persuade my hubby for a good meal as anniversary gift and here we are at Kinsahi for Japanese Cuisine! They service fresh sashimi and quite quality food (far from Sushi King)!

Of course, we do not restrict ourselves to only good food! We do hawker hopping too! We chance upon Marmolada Food Court while exploring the area! Lotsa good food – BBQ stingray, fried chicken ass, Anpang Niang Tau Foo, BBQ Chicken Wing! it’s like a smaller version of Taman Sentosa!

(update: the last time we went Aug 2019, it looks like the most of the stalls were closed. Even morning market did not open.)

Four days in JB, what more can we do? We went for the usual 3 hour massage and thought maybe we can catch a movie this time!! So far we watched at KSL only and since Paradigm Mall has a cinema, we went ahead to purchase our ticket at the self-service kiosk!

When i purchase the ticket, I’m like RM60, where got cheap sia?? almost same as Singapore! …until it’s time to enter, then i realized i actually bought their PREMIUM ticket (GV Gold Class equivalent)!

OOOH, now i feel the ticket is really a good buy!! HAHAHAHA!!

Overall, it’s a very chillax staycation and JB is still my to-go place for a quick break – although it always end up even more tired! >_< hahaha!

 

Travelogue: Johor 3D2N

With a lil imagination, this HDB carpark tree can make you feel like you’re on a vacation!

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And yes, i am out for a short break! Nowhere far but still out of SG!

KSL

From the image i’m sure you can tell where is it! JB la~ This time, we booked with another Airbnb host and we’re totally happy about! Byran and Juliana are one of the best host i ever stayed with for my trips to JB!

I don’t think my photos do any justice to him apartment but trust me, staying here made me wana treat this like my home too! And importantly, look at that viewwww.. at the end of the pictureis actually sea view! You can’t see from my picture but it looks much bigger in real life! Try seraching “Cozy 5-Star Studio @ KSL City – Daffodil Studio” in Airbnb and you should be able to get it!

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Anyway, this was suppose to be a relaxing trip, so we did not plan any itinerary. We decided to play by ear and only have a few things in mind we wana do.

  • Massage
  • Ear Pick
  • Food
  • Hair cut
  • Enough Rest!

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We were still thinking whether to book a massage appointment in case we couldn’t get a slot.. but my handsome mister said, let’s go with an empty mind. So here we are, standing outside Century Healthcare & Beauty. If you ask me, this shop totally didn’t catch my attention at all if not for the staff who are distributing flyers!  They’re located at a corner and look so not decent (lol!) I spend a few mins looking at the banner and saw “EAR PICK” and told my hubby, this is it! Let’s do our massage here! We were there early hence the shop is still pretty empty. We were probably the first few customer.

FYI, ear pick is not very common in most of the massage parlor in KSL. So far this is the only one i found (other than Big Foot Ancestor, near Lavender Flagship Store).

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We were led into a movie theatre.. no wait! NO LA! It’s the area where customer get the foot massage done! It’s a really area and the ambiance was good. At least the TV did made me forgot about the pain! If you ask me about the ear pick experience, TBH, i don’t know if it is good or bad because it was my first try! For a first timer, i would think it’s not bad! Too bad i don’t have any pictures to show you!!

After massage we went for a hair cut then grabbed a car (RM5) to Taman Sri Tebrau for dinner!

I think it could be our old age – just 4 dishes like this, we’re already super full! Initially we thought the bill might goes to at least 120 Ringgit but turns out, less than 100. Good! I mean, the food taste good and fresh too! For this price, i think it’s still pretty worth it!

Next morning, we head to Restoran Multimart for breakfast! We came here the other time too! & i tell you, if you like milk tea (teh peng), try it here! I personally like it! The teh is gao-gao one, no horse run!

Now with our wonder WiFi (from roamingmansg), we are always connected – booked a grab and off we go to Aeon Tebrau (RM12)! It was about a 25 mins drive before you reach a long queue of car waiting to go into the carpark! Damn it’s weekend! It’s quite crowded in the Mall and it’s quite BIG too! It’s my first time there and i feel that it’s a total makeover from Jusco Tebrau (long long ago)! I would recommend this place if you hadn’t been here before – but avoid weekend if you can.

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IMAGE: On the way back to our apartment and took a almost-sunset view! So romantic! 

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When it’s late night, it’s lok lok time!! Now that we tried both the KSL lok lok, i can tell you, i actually prefer the one that’s on the left side of KSL (the seller is a chubby boy/man – can’t decided to call him a boy or man! I can’t tell his age from the look!)

We ended the night with a super satisfying stomach and already looking forward to go home! I mean, i miss my chou-chou already!

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Not any fancy breakfast but this was one of the stall we wanted to try too.

Yit Foh Wanton Mee – it’s just behind KSL and within walking distance! If you’re not a heavy breakfast person, order a small one will do. I couldn’t finish my medium portion. This wanton mee has this old school flavour which i really like it! the chilli look so no-kick but can actually kill if you choke on it! Will definitely come back again if im in JB!

After breakfast & check out, we actually hang around KSL for an hour plus meeting our driver.

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That hour was so damaging! we bought so much ondeh ondeh from this nonya store at Lv 1 (or was it basement??) beside popular book store. It’s so delicious and chewy! They have nice nonya kueh but i can’t remember the shop name! We even dabao a few back home!!

Since we had a driver to send us home, we bought some liang teh home too. Pardon my poor memory but i cant remember which floor is this located too. Based on my poor memory, it should be B1, go down via the escalator nearer to coffeebean and u will see it. It’s just in front of the escalator. Why do i recommend this? Because, it’s not only good, the suntie promoting this is very kind, she gave good recommendation and can even describe how the drink taste like so you know you won’t be buying poison (better tonic)! >_<

All in all, although it’s just JB trip, i really enjoy myself everytime i’m here! If you have plan to visit JB and wana save the hassle on public transport, PM me, i will share my driver’s contact with you! We’re not affiliated but i would recommend them as they’re really nice.

(OMG! This was suppose to be posted last month! but i didn’t realize i scheduled for 2019 Nov instead!! LOL NO wonder i couldn’t find my own post!!)

Travelogue: Johor 2D1N

When you need a getaway but wallet ain’t cooperative, JB is the best alternative!

Can’t even recall what was our conversation about and we ended up booking a night in JB KSL D’Esplanade (from Airbnb) – as we were on budget trip that explain why we decided not to book a hotel! There are a whole lot of apartment you can book at KSL area and most of them are in D’Esplanade (which is the condo next to KSL)

We booked our apartment for SGD52.63 (including cleaning & service fee) for a night with WiFi – but the connection sucks. I ended up activating my data roam service!

But on the bright side, at least I didn’t spend a bomb to have a decent room.

 

Room on a high floor with Balcony overlooking the City!

 

Comes with ceiling fan, aircon and TV. Both fan and aircon are in good condition but the TV.. Don’t bother – can see any image, can only hear sound. Wardrobe is clean and it comes with iron!

Panorama view from Bed

If you’re planning to cook, good news, stove is available for you! Comes with washer and dryer too!

Seriously, $50 for a apartment with clean toilet and a bathtub, i guess i just need to bear with the WiFi… LOL!! If you’re a regular there, I’m sure you know it’s really a good location. Just above KSL and whole lot of eating options available from day to night! For all its the convenient, $50? Just take it.

We arrived later than anticipated due to custom jam. We left home around 8am but only reach JB at 10am? Lucky we still have time for breakfast before our movie!! We head to Tian Xiang for breakfast (fishball noodle) and than walked back to KSL for our movie! Book your movie ticket online, save the time to queue.. LOL!

By 3pm, we were ready to leave for our massage session at Big Foot Ancestor! We tried searching online a few times for the massage menu but couldn’t find any.. So for the benefit of my reader & myself, here comes the menu:

It doesn’t looks like those super cheap massage but with the exchange rate, I think they’re still pretty much affordable for me! What I like about BFA is, they offer ear cleaning service! Yes, they dig your ears for you!! LOL!! Shiokz!

The whole trip’s highlight probably is just the massage! Love the clean place and rejuvenating massage! Give it a try if you like TCM kinda massage!

Oh Oh! Did I mention, Lavendar Flagship Store is just opposite BFA! Of course, we went there tooo!

We spent quite a while in Lavendar – browsing bread, cakes, mooncake, food item and then decided to come back for lunch on our 2nd day!

On our second day, we took a grab to Lavendar (RM5) and started kiaping all the bread and cookies!

After that we head up for lunch and good thing we were there for lunch instead of coffee. Because the minimum spending is one food item (fr RM8) per person! Since we’re there for lunch, no problem at all!

Tea & Ice Chocolate

Mushroom Soup

Verdict: Not too bad! Their croissant is fresh and the saute mushroom is flavorful! Try again? Definitely but maybe other food items next time!

2 day 1 night isn’t really that long.. Very soon, we were on our way home! Thanks to our private driver, we get to rest our body & soul to & from JB!