Johor Bahru - share is caring - Part 2

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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.
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.

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.
 
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public transport can never be operated as a private business, as the terminology itself, public transport is a public service that needs to be operated for the public by public servants.

because no business would take the unknown investment return risk for the infrastructure needed ie; bus stops, bus terminals, payment system, and the most critical of any public transportation system is that there is a need for the public transportation system to achieve a critical mass of users for it to generate enough income from fares for it to become a self sustaining public service.

“A developed country is not a place where the poor own cars, but where the rich use public transportation” - Gustavo Petro

 

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Pre-Covid I topped up my Watsons TnG Card before realizing there're missing icons in the app, googled and found out the restriction for foreigners. I recall using my card at Watsons to pay with the TnG credit, but we're not able to use the app to pay. I wrote to them and managed to get a refund by them terminating the TnG feature in that card. I think that's when borders were already closed and it's expiring.

Noticed now there're more icons in the app so we should be able to pay through the TnG wallet. Before this also remember having read somewhere that they're opening the option to foreigners.



Cannot because your card's expired? I'd the Watsons TnG card and had paid with it there. Have to go read their QnA again...


TnG wallet balance is separate from the card's balance? I've to go explore the app again...
Where did you guys bought your Touch N Go cards from? Inside JB? I am thinking of getting one.
 

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I have some free time tomorrow afternoon after 1 pm, am thinking of visiting JB tomorrow just to get out the country.

But I don't really like shopping. I am a bit of a foodie but I just has a wisdom tooth extraction and can't eat solid food or hot food either. Yoghurt, or bean curd is safest for me.

Is there interesting mall in JB to visit? So far, I have visited City Square, Komtar, KSL, Aeon Tebrau, Toppen, Sutera Mall and Aeon Bukit Indah.
 

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Is there interesting mall in JB to visit? So far, I have visited City Square, Komtar, KSL, Aeon Tebrau, Toppen, Sutera Mall and Aeon Bukit Indah.

thanks for your interesting JB updates

think u will find all the malls boring, most are the same ... Mid Valley, Paradigm ... more of the same

personally I dont find food/restaurant in malls appealing ... I wld rather venture outside for food where possible

at Sutera area, u shld have visited Pekin Restaurant ... but if 1 person, a bit hard to try many dishes .. Pekin have 5 outlets in JB, it is definitely worth trying

I have also been visiting Gim Cheng for dim sum, best to go weekday mornings ... its a bit far but it is the best by far
 

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thanks for your interesting JB updates

think u will find all the malls boring, most are the same ... Mid Valley, Paradigm ... more of the same

personally I dont find food/restaurant in malls appealing ... I wld rather venture outside for food where possible

at Sutera area, u shld have visited Pekin Restaurant ... but if 1 person, a bit hard to try many dishes .. Pekin have 5 outlets in JB, it is definitely worth trying

I have also been visiting Gim Cheng for dim sum, best to go weekday mornings ... its a bit far but it is the best by far
Oh, Gim Cheng sounds interesting but I now can't take solid food, maybe next weekend........
 

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Oh, Gim Cheng sounds interesting but I now can't take solid food, maybe next weekend........

GC will be crowded during weekend but the Q moves fast

for 1-2 pax, will b faster if OK to share table

we were a group of 12, 10am Sun, very packed ... My Q was 100, the Q was at 78 ... within 20 mins we got 2 tables

however, some popular n unique dishes (eg siew mai with salted egg) were sold out

when u reach, take a Q number from the table at the entrance and wait for the boss/staff to call out the number. After seated, take the order chit, and a tray and get the food yourself, staff will chop chop

100m down from GC is a coffee shop ... the coffee and yong tau hu is very good ... GC only serves tea, no coffee
 

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thanks for your interesting JB updates

think u will find all the malls boring, most are the same ... Mid Valley, Paradigm ... more of the same

personally I dont find food/restaurant in malls appealing ... I wld rather venture outside for food where possible

at Sutera area, u shld have visited Pekin Restaurant ... but if 1 person, a bit hard to try many dishes .. Pekin have 5 outlets in JB, it is definitely worth trying

I have also been visiting Gim Cheng for dim sum, best to go weekday mornings ... its a bit far but it is the best by far
How u go GC? Grab?
 

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Where did you guys bought your Touch N Go cards from? Inside JB? I am thinking of getting one.
I got my first one from the Watsons membership, the EZLink x TnG one from Shopee, and then the enhanced NFC one from Lazada.
 

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Anyone buy IT products from jb? Where can I buy IT products from JB?

why would you want to do that? warranty/rma will be troublesome, and it most likely won't be any cheaper than if you get IT products during the very frequent sales event on shopee/lazada.
 

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I got my first one from the Watsons membership, the EZLink x TnG one from Shopee, and then the enhanced NFC one from Lazada.
The Watson ppl say the NFC one no stock liao. N have to buy on the website and is out of stock. But this info is as of may. Not sure now got stock liao bo.the old version seem no use for ppl who don't use for carpark/toll. I also went to their office for refund. Got the Watsons version tng card
 

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why would you want to do that? warranty/rma will be troublesome, and it most likely won't be any cheaper than if you get IT products during the very frequent sales event on shopee/lazada.
The HDMI cable seems expensive for long ones. Want to see if jb sell cheaper or not. As for HDD, I don't do rma. If spoil I rather leave it like tat. Dun trust my data with strangers. Lol so rma is not a consideration for me
 

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The Watson ppl say the NFC one no stock liao. N have to buy on the website and is out of stock. But this info is as of may. Not sure now got stock liao bo.the old version seem no use for ppl who don't use for carpark/toll. I also went to their office for refund. Got the Watsons version tng card
Where is their office?
 
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