Just to update my trip last week Sunday, so I was at Taman Sutera, walking around, including Sutera Mall as well as the nearby shophouses.Yup, I am now at Sutera Mall and walking alongside those shops. Its not bad, some of the 3-star hotels there look nice and clean.
I went there by taking CW3 from Jurong East, and upon reaching the Tuas Second Link, i made sure not to board the wrong bus. CW3 carries on the journey to Bukit Indah, while CW3S brings the passenger to Sutera Mall. So I boarded CW3S. I found the bus journey to take longer than expected, bringing me through the various suburbs and small towns of Southern Johor. I was struck by how auto-dependent the region is. The bus did stop at a few bus stops that were in the middle of nowhere, and had no seats, shelters or overhead pedestrian bridges. The few alighting passengers whom got off would need to risk their life crossing the road.
CW3S eventually bought me to Sutera Mall. While the mall itself was boring (i had oyster mee sua, one rice set meal at the KFC, and 1 bowl of laksa from D’Laksa, which I found overrated. I wanted to order some pastries from the Verbena Bakery but the queue there was never ending), I found the nearby shophouses (well within 10 minutes walking distance of Sutera mall) to be interesting. Some of the restaurants at the shophouses looked good, and i found a few that i want to try sometime soon (as i didn't manage to eat at any of the restaurants on that trip), such Warakuya Japanese Garden, Palsaik Korean BBQ, Say Yes Hong Kong dim sum. The hotels there look clean too. I had a cup of coffee and forest cake at MACO cafe.
After that, I took Grab to AEON at Bukit Indah. I found the mall to be boring and I wanted to visit the Shun Fa Bak Kut Teh (Bukit Indah), on Google Map, it looked close by . But when I tried to walk there by crossing the road via through Bukit Indah Recreation Park, it was impossible; it was separated by busy roads I found no pedestrian crossings, or overhead bridges whatsoever and the cars didn't stop coming.
So I went back to Aeon Mall at Bukit Indah and ordered takeaway sushi at the hypermarket (I was besieged by agressive Credit Card salesmen on my way in and out of the hypermarket whom couldn't believe it when I declined to listen to them). Surprisingly, I didn't find the sushi cheap, it was comparable go Singapore prices.
I finally went to the bus stop, waited for CW3 and made by way back to Singapore. Surprisingly, there was a jam at Tuas Second link, but only at Singapore's side.
I was wondering why the bus lane was moving so slowly until I realised that the Certis Cisco APO were only allowing each bus to offload its passengers at only one bus at one time. Upon reaching the immigration hall, the cause for the delay became clear: the automated checkpoint gantry for many of the lanes were not working properly with regards to the facial recognition. I was actually standing inside my gantry for a few minutes before the facial recognition software finally worked.
I am now thinking of exploring new places in JB. I am thinking of Iskandar Puteri or maybe Johor Premium Outlets but I just extracted my wisdom tooth on Wednesday night, so I am not sure of it would be worth it to go since I can't eat solid food.