Khaw Yeow Fong

Singapore, Singapore

#27 Sep 6, 2012
At last, Legoland JB is opened and there is a shuttle service from Singapore! Whoppee!

Singapore, Singapore

#28 Sep 6, 2012
Khaw Yeow Fong wrote:
At last, Legoland JB is opened and there is a shuttle service from Singapore! Whoppee!
Check this out. Its much cheaper.
Kelly Lim

Singapore, Singapore

#30 Sep 23, 2012
The movies in Malaysia are just half the price in Singapore. Check it out yourself.

Singapore, Singapore

#32 Nov 15, 2012
John Kumar

Singapore, Singapore

#33 Dec 10, 2012
Check out City Square's facebook.

Singapore, Singapore

#34 Dec 11, 2012
What's going on in Johor Bahru?
Ong Koh Thiam

Singapore, Singapore

#36 Dec 16, 2012
Better still try going to Kukup for seafood.

Singapore, Singapore

#40 Jan 23, 2013
I love Johor. There is so many things to do and see. #!/johorbahru

Singapore, Singapore

#41 Jan 28, 2013
Try taking the bus from Jurong East to Sutera Mall.

Singapore, Singapore

#45 Jun 16, 2013
A more exciting experience awaits shoppers in JB.

Angry Birds is coming to JB.

Singapore, Singapore

#46 Jun 16, 2013
12 January 2013| last updated at 08:22PM

Malaysia is third best place to retire

By Looi Sue Chern

ECUADOR is once again the top retirement destination in the world, scoring the highest marks in 's annual ranking. The Republic of Panama -- the southernmost country in Central America -- comes second.

Malaysia is third, going up seven places from 10th last year to third. It is the only Asian country to make it to the top five. Not a bad achievement at all.

Read more: Malaysia is third best place to retire - Northern - New Straits Times

Singapore, Singapore

#47 Jun 25, 2013

Singapore, Singapore

#48 Jun 25, 2013
jay amirul

Singapore, Singapore

#49 Jul 5, 2013
more eating places in jb

Singapore, Singapore

#50 Jul 16, 2013
How about some tasty treats?
chester brown

Singapore, Singapore

#53 Aug 12, 2013
JB calling
This story was first published in The Straits Times on July 5, 2013

Published on Jul 07, 2013


When Sutera Mall's new six-storey annexe is completed by the end of this year, it will have a community library, built in consultation with Singapore's National Library Board.

This will be the first full-fledged public library in a shopping mall in Johor Baru, says Mr Steven Shum, deputy general manager (Townships) at Keppel Land. Keppel Land is part of Tanah Sutera Development, the consortium of Malaysian and Singaporean companies which owns the mall.

About 10 per cent of the 600,000 visitors who descend on the mall every month are Singaporeans, says Mr Shum.

The RM80-million (S$32-million) mall houses more than 400 retailers spread over three floors and more than 400,000 sq ft. Food and beverage and fashion apparel take up a majority of the units.

Its two main anchor tenants are Aeon Big hypermart, a Japanese hypermarket chain and Pekin Restaurant, owned by a Johorian, Mr Yo Kok Kong, 58.

To cater to more shoppers, the new annexe will have more retail outlets as well as an additional 1,000 carpark lots, on top of the existing 2,800 outdoor ones.

A popular eating place among Singaporeans at the mall is the Chinese Pekin Restaurant, which has three other branches in Johor Baru. About 30 per cent of customers on weekends are Singaporeans, says Mr Yo.

Singaporean Shemainne Quek, 58, who runs a private school in Singapore, says: "I love their Peking duck and braised sea cucumber with fish maw."

She was at Pekin Restaurant with her husband, 58, a retiree, three daughters and two of their friends. Their bill that evening for six dishes, came up to RM265. A similar meal in Singapore would have cost at least 40 per cent more and the dishes may not taste better, she says.

She discovered Sutera Mall about five years ago and has been visiting it once or twice a month ever since, with her husband or family. She usually visits on weekdays, when it is less crowded.

The drive from her condominium in east coast to the mall takes 45 minutes to 11/2 hours.

She says: "Except for the clothing, which tends to cater more to the young, the mall has everything I am looking for. The massage and groceries are cheaper than in Singapore. The outdoor parking is free. I find the security here better than in some other shopping malls in Johor Baru. The area around the mall is also very lively, with eateries and massage places."

Where: L1-046, Sutera Mall. No 1, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4. Taman Sutera Utama. 81300 Skudai, Johor Baru, Malaysia

When: 10.30am to 10.30 pm daily

Getting there:

•By car: From Tuas Second Link, exit onto Perling Express and then turn onto Jalan Sutera Danga where the mall is. Journey takes about 20 minutes.
•By bus: CW4S from Jurong East Interchange. Stop outside the mall. The journey, which goes through Tuas Second Link, takes about two hours. It costs $4. The return trip is RM6.

Other buses to the mall are also available from Boon Lay and Tuas Second Link. Go to for more information.
chester brown

Singapore, Singapore

#54 Aug 12, 2013

Aeon Bukit Indah, which opened in December 2008, is the latest in a series of shopping malls by Aeon in Johor Baru. The mall has 188 shops over three levels and an area of 950,000 sq ft. The flagship store is the Aeon department store.

There are about 10 cinema halls, some with 3-D screens, and more than 2,000 outdoor carpark lots.

About 2.4 million shoppers visit the mall every year. Thirty to 40 per cent of them are Singaporeans, says an Aeon spokesman.

One of them is retiree June Ho, 61, who has driven to the mall a few times, usually with friends. She likes the local fashion shops such as Belle Fashion.

She says: "I like the cut of their clothes, which makes me look slimmer. The clothes are also quite cheap. I can buy three blouses for RM200 (S$80)."

Singaporean Samuel Tan, 40, an account manager, drives in on weekends with his friends. He says: "We like to go to the supermarket to shop for things such as canned food, instant noodles and detergent because they cost 30 to 40 per cent less than in Singapore."

But while it is quite safe in the mall, they usually leave before 10pm as parts of the carpark are not well-lit.

Says Mr Tan: "It's always better to be safe than sorry."

Where: 8 Jalan Indah 15/2, Bukit Indah, Johor Baru

When: 10am to 10pm, up to 10.30pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays

Getting there:

By car: From Tuas Second Link, travel along Lebuhraya Hubungan Kedua Malaysia Singapore. Exit into Lebuhraya Bukit Indah and turn left into Persiaran Indah. About 15 minutes.

By bus: CW3 from Jurong East Interchange, which stops outside the mall. The journey, which passes through Tuas Second Link, takes about 11/2 hours. It costs $4. The return trip is RM5. At intervals of five to 10 minutes (peak hours) and 20 to 30 minutes (non-peak).

CW6 from a bus shelter along Boon Lay Way (use Exit B from Boon Lay MRT Station), which stops outside the mall. The journey, which passes through Tuas Second Link, takes about one hour and 20 minutes. It costs $4. The return trip costs RM5. At intervals of 15 to 25 minutes.
chester brown

Singapore, Singapore

#55 Aug 12, 2013

KSL City Shopping Mall is part of the first integrated development in Johor that combines a shopping mall, a condominium and a five-star hotel.

The RM1.5-billion (S$597-million) development is owned by Malaysian property developer KSL Group Holdings. The shopping mall, about a 10-minute drive from the Johor checkpoint, sees about 800,000 to one million shoppers a month.

Singaporeans make up 60 per cent of shoppers on weekends, says complex manager Amy Tan.

The mall has 500 retailers, with shops spread over four levels. It has eight cinema halls, two with 3-D screens, and 3,000 indoor carpark lots.

Besides food and beverage outlets, it also has a number of massage parlours and manicure and pedicure shops.

Pushcarts line the corridors, hawking items such as phone and fashion accessories. Tesco, the British supermarket chain, is on the lower ground floor.

When Life!Weekend visited the mall last Saturday around noon, there were at least three Singaporean families checking out the shops there.

Ms Kris Chew, 39, a freelance accountant, her husband, who is in his 40s, and three children, aged seven, nine and 12, were at Berlian Optical at the ground floor.

Contact lens solution and spectacles are about 40 per cent cheaper than those in Singapore, says Ms Chew. For instance, a bottle of hard lens solution, which costs $9.50 in Singapore, is RM11.50 in Johor Baru.

The family, who live in Punggol, have been to the mall with their friends a few times and find it to be a relatively cheap and safe place to shop and eat.

Ms Jas Kong, 35, an administrative supervisor, was at Nails Studio on the second floor with her husband and daughters, aged five and seven. She paid RM83 for a manicure and RM18 for pedicures for her daughters.

She says: "In Singapore, it would probably cost us about twice as much."

During their first trip there in April, they stayed overnight at the 858-room KSL Hotel & Resort next door, which has a dinosaur theme park, to celebrate their younger daughter's birthday.

She says: "It's good to have a shopping mall next to a hotel. It makes shopping so much more convenient."

Meanwhile, store assistant Darul Asbad, 48, and his wife, 43, and son, 10, who live in Bukit Batok, were shopping for groceries at Tesco.

He says: "You can save a few cents off every item. If you buy more of the item, the savings can be significant."

He drives to Johor Baru, which he says is "nearer to Bukit Batok than Geylang", at least once a month to shop for groceries.

Where: 33, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Baru, Johor

When: 10am to 10pm daily

Getting there:

•By car: From Johor checkpoint, exit to Jalan Tebrau and, after five to 10 minutes, turn left into a residential area, Century Gardens.
•By bus: Causeway Link S1 from Johor Baru Central bus interchange near the Johor checkpoint. Stops right outside the mall. The journey, which takes about 30 minutes, costs RM1.50. The return trip is RM1.60. Buses run at 25- to 45-minute intervals.

Since: Mar 13

Kuching, Malaysia

#56 Sep 6, 2013
Azlina wrote:
Singaporeans look to JB as HDB prices rise
By Yow Hong Chieh
June 26, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, June 26 — Johor Bahru, once described by Lee Kuan Yew as “notorious for shootings, muggings and carjackings”, is fast becoming home to more and more Singaporeans eager to swap their modest HDB flats for prime real estate.
Landed properties and high-end condominiums are increasingly being snapped up by Singaporeans willing to endure the daily commute to and from the republic as house prices there continue to outpace wages.
The median price of a four-bedroom HDB flat has risen 38.2 per cent from S$285,000 (RM670,000) in the first quarter of 2008 to S$394,000 (RM967,000) in the corresponding quarter of this year, according to HDB figures.
In contrast, wages only rose some four per cent annually during the same period.
The growing price gap between HDB and private flats — which Goldman Sachs says hit a high of S$490 (RM1,200) per sq ft this quarter — also means fewer Singaporeans can now realise their dream of owning private homes.
Former Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (MIEA) Johor chairman Lim Boon Ping said foreign ownership restrictions at national and state level were the only thing stopping Malaysia’s richer southern neighbours, armed with a strong Singaporean dollar, from flooding over the Causeway.
He pointed out that Johor had the strictest restrictions on foreign property ownership in the whole country, which did not allow Singaporeans to buy single-storey terraces and pre-owned double-storey terraces.
This is on top of federal restrictions that, among others, require foreign owners to only buy homes worth RM500,000 and above.
“Without all these limitations, the pace of people coming in (from Singapore)... will be very fast,” Lim told The Malaysian Insider.
He said Singapore’s attempts to cool down the housing market were likely not prove effective in the long term, citing the S$880,000 (RM2.2 million) per unit opening price for the Centrale 8 design, build and sell scheme (DBSS) project launched last week.
“And that’s supposed to be public housing,” he said.
JB: where life is cheap, condos are even cheaper!

yet singaporean still flock to JB. are they mad or the condos are worth dying for?

Singapore, Singapore

#57 Sep 22, 2013
Look up the Singapore Bus Page website. It is quite helpful.

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