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Postby Global Player » Sat, 18 Aug 2012 1:33 pm

...deeply fear for your life and your wallet. Especially your wallet!!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 18 Aug 2012 2:05 pm

Global Player wrote:...deeply fear for your life and your wallet. Especially your wallet!!


Gawd! You sound like my "afraid of her own shadow" wife. :roll:

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Postby the lynx » Sat, 18 Aug 2012 2:08 pm

To be fair, I did fall victim to JB crime. Few years ago when I was passing by JB on a backpacking trip, I had someone pickpocketed when I was attempting to board a bus from JB checkpoint to Larkin terminal. But I knew it was going to happen. I was a lone travelling female, carrying a large haversack and wasn't paying attention to my surroundings as I was busy asking the bus driver about the bus fare (so I was an easy target).

Fortunately only an old camera was lost and I only realised minutes later and the guy who purportedly queued behinme didn't go up the bus.

So lesson learnt. Be vulnerable, and you will be part of the statistics. It is the same with other countries.

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Postby v4jr4 » Sat, 18 Aug 2012 2:23 pm

Well, from several trips to JB, I only had 1 strange experience: a guy kept on shouting verses around Kotaraya :?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 18 Aug 2012 2:30 pm

I worked in Chukai for around 6 months and spent lots of time in Kuantan, KL and even in JB. Guess I've been lucky or just look poor as I've never had a problem. :D

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Postby x9200 » Sat, 18 Aug 2012 2:44 pm

the lynx wrote:To be fair, I did fall victim to JB crime.

And now you ruined everything and OP already purchased 5 independent travel insurances.

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Postby Jabbey » Wed, 22 Aug 2012 9:41 pm

Thanks guys for sharing your inputs. I recently checked with a few colleagues of mine and it does seem safe so I've decided to go in without travel coverage since it's for a day.

I had no idea travelling to Johor Bahru was popular among Singaporeans. Do you guys frequently visit Johor Bahru as well? My colleagues suggested that I visit City Square, Sentosa eating place and Jusco? Are these places worth going or any other suggestions?

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 22 Aug 2012 9:48 pm

Jabbey wrote:Thanks guys for sharing your inputs. I recently checked with a few colleagues of mine and it does seem safe so I've decided to go in without travel coverage since it's for a day.

I had no idea travelling to Johor Bahru was popular among Singaporeans. Do you guys frequently visit Johor Bahru as well? My colleagues suggested that I visit City Square, Sentosa eating place and Jusco? Are these places worth going or any other suggestions?


It's just like going to the malls here except stuff is almost half the price.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Wed, 22 Aug 2012 10:36 pm

nakatago wrote:
Jabbey wrote:Thanks guys for sharing your inputs. I recently checked with a few colleagues of mine and it does seem safe so I've decided to go in without travel coverage since it's for a day.

I had no idea travelling to Johor Bahru was popular among Singaporeans. Do you guys frequently visit Johor Bahru as well? My colleagues suggested that I visit City Square, Sentosa eating place and Jusco? Are these places worth going or any other suggestions?


It's just like going to the malls here except stuff is almost half the price.


Same for the women... to tag along with another post.

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Postby the lynx » Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:18 pm

Jabbey wrote:Thanks guys for sharing your inputs. I recently checked with a few colleagues of mine and it does seem safe so I've decided to go in without travel coverage since it's for a day.

I had no idea travelling to Johor Bahru was popular among Singaporeans. Do you guys frequently visit Johor Bahru as well? My colleagues suggested that I visit City Square, Sentosa eating place and Jusco? Are these places worth going or any other suggestions?


Here are the wise words from a Malaysian.

1. City Square is super convenient but right now, it is undergoing massive renovation. You will not able to see anything at all inside for now. And even if it is ready, it is notorious for ripping off foreigners (Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans alike) simply because they see Singaporean dollars coming in. So be prepared to pay for expensive haircut, spa, massage or other services in City Square.

2. There are 4 Juscos in JB. Not sure which one you're talking about but none of them are within walking distance. So your best bet is a taxi or your own car. Better than City Square in terms of crowds and probably better facilities (but that may change once City Square is done with the renovations; we shall see)

3. Expats in Singapore go to JB for two reasons. 1) Stock up or 2) Explore. Thanks to Malaysian ringgit, it is cheaper to stock up on your groceries, toiletries, household items and even skincare. But to do that, you need to have your own car. Ask our fellow forumer zzm, I think he does that frequent enough with his own car ;-) Meanwhile, any first-timer expat in Singapore somehow will make that obligatory trip to JB 'just to see', usually they don't come back since, unless they have figured out that they can do (1) instead.

4. Suggestions? Depending on your purpose. Shopping? You've got your answers. Sightseeing? Forget it. Food hunt? Ah, interesting bit. You need a car/taxi or local's recommendation to do that. Whatever is served in shopping malls, are not worth your food hunt. I will tell you more in next post if you are interested.

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Postby v4jr4 » Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:39 pm

the lynx wrote:Food hunt? Ah, interesting bit. You need a car/taxi or local's recommendation to do that.


Paper baked chicken! :P

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:58 pm

Everything you need to know about going to JB from Singapore:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUyfqOZKMtA

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Postby Global Player » Sat, 25 Aug 2012 12:53 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
Global Player wrote:...deeply fear for your life and your wallet. Especially your wallet!!


Gawd! You sound like my "afraid of her own shadow" wife. :roll:


Of course it sounds like your wife. I have it from your post: http://forum.singaporeexpats.com/ftopic32779.html. Now we know where all these points are coming from ;)

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Postby ScoobyDoes » Mon, 27 Aug 2012 11:37 am

the lynx wrote:2. There are 4 Juscos in JB. Not sure which one you're talking about but none of them are within walking distance. So your best bet is a taxi or your own car. Better than City Square in terms of crowds and probably better facilities (but that may change once City Square is done with the renovations; we shall see)

3. Expats in Singapore go to JB for two reasons. 1) Stock up or 2) Explore. Thanks to Malaysian ringgit, it is cheaper to stock up on your groceries, toiletries, household items and even skincare. But to do that, you need to have your own car. Ask our fellow forumer zzm, I think he does that frequent enough with his own car ;-)



We head over every 6-8wks for exactly that.....stocking up, and a nice cheap lunch. Hit Tebrau where both Jusco and Tesco are within walking distance of each other.

Most other expats not going for stocking up, are going golfing.
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Postby the lynx » Mon, 27 Aug 2012 11:42 am

ScoobyDoes wrote:We head over every 6-8wks for exactly that.....stocking up, and a nice cheap lunch. Hit Tebrau where both Jusco and Tesco are within walking distance of each other.


I personally prefer Tebrau City too, that's the cleanest and most spacious mall around, and fuss-free too (parking per entry, free use of washroom, all ATMs, mobile phone charging port). And yes, Tesco is so close by too.

Plus they have about 4 petrol stations on your way up and on your way down to CIQ too.

Much much better than City Square, KSL and Pelangi so far.


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