SG March 2005

I had to attend a court auction at Johor Baru High Court in the morning (last week). For that, I had to wake up at unearthly hours just to catch the earliest plane there.

I was fortunate enough to bump into another fellow chambering student from another firm. He too had to attend an auction. But our auction didn’t go through though as there were no bidders.

We had breakfast at the cafeteria at the court. There I had the MOST VALUE ever breakfast. It was breakfast buffet. I had half a plate of fried rice, curry cuttlefish, pulut with peanut curry. It only cost me RM2.30!!! WTF where can you find such value meal?? NOT EVEN MCDONALD’S VALUE MEAL!!!

Since the matter ended early and my flight was at 640PM, I had no choice but to…

head down to Singapore!! Woohooo!!

It’s been more than 10 years since I stepped in to Singapore. So based on my limited knowledge of travelling into Singapore and a little bit of luck, I managed to cross the border to Singapore. I was a little bit confused in the beginning. We had to get down from the bus to go through the immigration procedures and then walk out to look for our bus. The procedure was repeated again when I had to go through the Singapore immigration.

I got this guide from a website

Border Crossing from Johor Baru to Singapore
Do not try to walk over the border bridge. It is too long.
If you take a direct bus to Singapore from a town in Malaysia, it stops at Malaysia immigration then Singapore immigration. The bus waits for you. But many similar buses are waiting so you have to remember your bus.

However, my trip had a horrible bump. My camera broke down!!! I accidentally dropped it when I was about to put it into the xray machine…SOB. No pictures from Singapore!!!

Here a small summary of my sighting in Singapore:-

The escalators are faster
Loads of Chinese around
The MRT carriages stink
Orchard Road shopping centres remind me of Tokyo
Singapore Girls are HOT HOT HOT!!!!

I even had the opportunity to see the environmentalist of the year. Well, she was a woman I saw in the train. She has this tiny notebook made of a small clip and paper that she could salvage from everywhere and even THE DETACHABLE FLIP OF A TISSUE BOX!!

My first destination was Orchard Road, the shopping haven of Singapore. The highlight for me was the shopping centres. I particularly liked the 3 shopping centres that were connected underground.

Further, the food at Takashimaya was fabulous! Their okiyaki, unagi stick and cream bun were excellent! It taste exactly like the one I had in Tokyo! The cheese okiyaki was so good till I had 3 pieces of it..BURP..

The bad part about Singapore is that I CANT FIND ANY POST OFFICE AROUND. After hours of rounding Orchard Road and Raffles’ place, I still couldn’t find one. Fortunately, a grocery shop was selling a booklet full of stamp. I snapped whatever variety he had. It costs me SG23!!

According to my guidebook, the Merlion is located behind Fullerton Hotel, so I went searching for it. Instead of find the Merlion, I found 2 big breasted young ladies dressed in bikinis. They were promoting some sort of marine club membership! If these girls were posing in Malaysia they would be raped immediately since some of our brilliant MPs claim that rape is a result of skimpy clothes. How dumb.

I didn’t get to see the Merlion though. Fortunately, my aimless roaming ended me at Boat Quay. Boat Quay is a modern style romantic dining strip on the edge of Singapore’s business district, has an impressive skyline as a backdrop. The atmosphere is added to by the old, restored shop houses of the colonial era and the waterfront setting with its reflection of lights (phrase copied from a website haha). It somehow reminds me of Melaka.

My flight was slightly delayed due to the heavy rain. I managed to catch couple of winks while on my way back. Ahhhh…Singapore! I don’t mind living there!

18 thoughts on “SG March 2005”

  1. xes: there is a post office in takashimaya! at the highest floor beside the sports section.
    boat quay, clarke quay and robertson quay are the nightlife spots 4 u 2 enjoy alcohol by the river. they are pretty dead during daytime.

  2. aih? Too long to walk across the bridge??
    U know what?!?! Me, JolingX and a few more did exactly that. It was long but not impossible!

  3. hmmm, i guess 4 buses, u just need 2 take e same bus company if u dun wan 2 pay extra. u dun have 2 remember the plate number or something like that. there are just a few operators.
    s’pore’s sbs, trans-island, s’pore-jhr express & m’sian’s ‘yellow’ bus company. their buses colour n designs r so different u wun b able 2 ‘forget’ them so easily.

  4. Hi xes..sorry i wasnt in Johor tat time u msg me..i went bk Kch 2 days earlier…nice to hear tat u enjoyed yurself in Sg.i tink Sg Sales coming soon 🙂

  5. We had to walk cos there weren’t any busses. Even if there were, they were freaking crowded. Taxi charges were way too high too.. Dat’s why we decided to walk.
    AND…we met a rather buffed up S’porean backpacker. He was all that – tall, dark – but not hansem..

  6. Yo man, I’m very interested in property auctions in KL. Can you email me? I’d like to offer something in return. Nothing funny. Thanks mate.

  7. CH: mailed you already 😀
    honfaai: you need your passport. IC only for east malaysia la kekek
    flint: aiyah nvm la. next time ill call u!
    diehardx: is there a bus directly from changi airport to senai?

  8. not dat i can think of. i mean it does not make sense to have such a route. no demands too. it will be weird for someone who can afford to land in changi airport wun wan to fly off from changi airport too.

  9. thinking is that i depart from senai airport to KL which cost only rm50 – erm60. a direct flight from sg to KL would cost about rm300 ONE WAY.

  10. here is how it goes:
    1.if you happen 2 b near south of s’pore in bugis (near city hall & near orchard road), you can go 2 queen street bus terminal 2 board bus 170 & m’sian yellow bus (cw1 or cw2) 2 jb.
    2.if u happen 2 b in south-western region, then u can board bus 160 from jurong east bus terminal.
    3. if u happen 2 b in woodlands (extreme north), then u can board bus 950 (trans island) 2 jb from the woodlands mrt station.
    4. if u happen 2 b in north-western region, u can board bus 170, bus 950 & m’sian yellow bus (cw1 or cw2) from opposite the kranji mrt station. tis is an important route dat most buses go thru b4 going jb. 4 me, i normally take mrt 2 kranji 2 take e services available over. save my time sitting in e bus 4ever from the south-west or southern part of s’pore all e way up 2 jb.
    you can go to this website n key in bus no. 170 & 160 for more info of the whole route:
    u dun have to travel to the extreme east to changi just to find a bus to johor. which is not logical. btw, all the buses travel from kotaraya, jb all the way to the place of departure in s’pore mentioned above. you can reach kotaraya (in jb city center) with the yellow bus service from senai airport direct.
    4 more info, perhaps tis will help:

  11. wow, and u actually brought ur passport along since initially u were thinking only to go to johor, no? or u had in mind to drop by singapore actually?

  12. Seriously you won’t wanna live in Singapore. It’s like fucking in prison.
    The people there are fucked up and places are small and believe me, malaysia is much more, way better than singapore.

  13. Diehardx: thanks for the info brother!!
    honfaai: i had to attend court and my return flight is many hours later..i might as well la… hehehe
    afser: really? i kinda like it. hehe

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