Travelogue: Johor Bahru – Johor, Malaysia

The little brother will be serving the national soon and then, he requested for a getaway. Thus our impromptu getaway to Johor Bahru!

Do not underestimate Johor Bahru. There are sure a lot of things to do there!

That aside, our trip was supposed to be a relax one – no rush. Right after check in, all headed to the swimming pool. What can go wrong with swimming pool right? LOL.

Bayu Marina Resort.

A little run down but comfortable and acceptable for family. Well, I got a 3 bedroom for 2 nights at SGD$300. So, I am not complaining.

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If you are not aware, JB is currently ‘HOT’ for its Pasar Karat (Bazar JB). It is open every night located just behind City Square. Don’t be surprise to find unique stuffs. But of course, majority of the sellers are selling vapes and scarfs. Those are like the ‘IN’ items in JB at the moment.

Second day was well spent at Angry Bird theme park located at Komtar JB. Those with kids don’t miss this park! Wait, even adults enjoy it! 🙂

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We managed to squeeze some time to shop too. If you are unfamiliar with JB, here’s a list of shopping places you might want to consider.

1. Johor Bahru City Square – Located near JB Customs
2. Komtar JB – Beside Johor Bahru City Square
3. KSL – May consider accommodating at KSL Resort (convenient!)
4. Johor Premium Outlets – Branded stuffs
5. Pandan City Mall

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Here’s what I usually do before travelling – RESEARCH!
I usually google the places to go and of course, good food! That’s how we found Murtabak Majid Special Cheese No. 1.

I recommend cheese and murtabak lovers this place! Trust me, you won’t regret it. 😉 Oh yes, before you head back, drop by CacaoRich Chocolate to buy some unique chocolates back!

Murtabak Majid Special Cheese No. 1
No. 38 Lot 5581, Jalan Kurniawan, Kampung Kurnia, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Open from 12-7pm weekdays / 12-5pm weekend

CacaoRich Chocolate
19A, 19B-B2, Jalan Ah Siang, Tanjung Puteri, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

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Travelogue: Melbourne – Victoria, Australia & Hobart – Tasmania, Australia

Oh I finally have to time to update this. I’m extremely sorry for the delay, everyone! It feels like just yesterday I was there enjoying the cold breeze. Now I’m back here in Singapore, enduring the haze. Sigh.

Warning: This is going to be a long post. Good luck 😉

Day 1: Melbourne City – Melbourne, Victoria

We arrived on a Friday morning. That feeling when you are not in your office on a Friday – TGIF! Perfect!

Thanks Ket & Ramil for fetching us. Also, thank you, Emirates for the wonderful service. I cannot imagine 8 hours flight without comfortable seat, updated movies, delicious food and friendly flight attendants.

It was 4 degree when we touched down. There’s this thing about Australia’s weather that I can never understand till date. Quoted by Ket – schizophrenic weather! LOL – I know right!

According to the itinerary that I personally prepared, we were supposed to go for Preston Food truck event after city tour. However, we totally overlooked on the time after busy shopping in H&M. Heh!

The next stop – Box on Collins Seafood Restaurant! If you don’t mind spending on good seafood, this is the place! I personally think it’s a little pricey there but why not if you get good food and good service! 😉

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Day 2: South Wharf – Melbourne, Victoria

We decided to ditch Harbour Town and go for South Wharf. Oh at least I’m familiar with the place!

Took a train ride down to Flinders and decided to walk to South Wharf. For someone who hates walking and sweating, it was indeed a nice one. Thanks to the perfect weather and scenery. I definitely enjoyed it!

It was my first shopping trip with Alfa – She sure can shop! We went in most of the shops and came out with shopping bags in hand. Everything was on crazy sales! That summed up my Saturday. Yes! That’s all I did on the Saturday.

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Ended the day with some Malay cuisine requested by Ket.

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Day 3: Mount Wellington – Hobart, Tasmania

We booked a 6am flight, hoping to save some cash. We got all packed and checked-in online. All ready to go!

Hey guess what? We woke up at 6am! Yes, we missed our flight to Hobart! I can imagine them calling for me in the airport. Go on, laugh yes laugh. I even laughed at myself. Never been this careless and clumsy. Next step – rebook flight. Duh!

Hobart is the capital and mist populous city of Tasmania. It is also Australia’s second oldest capital city after Sydney. – Thanks Wikipedia!

If you are someone who appreciates nature, do consider Hobart! I love how calm and peaceful Hobart is. Hobart – a place to consider for retirement. ☺

First day in Hobart itinerary – checked! We managed to go for our Mount Wellington tour. Beautiful! Let the photos do the explanation! 😉

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Day 4: Salamanca Place – Hobart, Tasmania

Taking the local’s advice, we decided to ditch Cadbury Chocolate Factory and go for some fresh seafood at Salamanca Place. If you have a lot of time, try the different restaurants and let me know which one you prefer 😉

Unfortunately I was spoilt for choices and opt for Mures Fish Centre. Not bad but I’m sure there’s better ones.

And lastly what’s holiday without shopping!

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Day 5: Hobart City – Hobart, Tasmania

Indeed a quick trip! I’m sure there’s a lot more for me to see in Hobart. ☹
Well, the more I should plan for another trip. Heh!

Final day in Hobart was a no rush. We had brunch and had our final walk around Hobart. Then back to hotel for cab to airport.

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Here are some points to take note if I decide to visit Hobart again.

1) Rent a car at the airport – You can save cab fare of AUD$60++ (airport-city) which means AUD$120 for the whole trip. If you are going on your own, there’s Hobart airport shuttle bus that alights you at your hotel in the city – AUD$18 per person

2) Avoid flights to Hobart on a Sunday. The shops close at 3pm on every Sunday. Don’t waste your trip.

Best Western Hotel, thank you for being so lovely. For a 4-stars hotel, I personally think you should upgrade your facilities. You’re lucky to have beautiful and amazing staffs!

Meanwhile, Mantra Hotel – St Kilda, you need to work on your customer service. TERRIBLE! I wouldn’t recommend you to anyone. Trust me, I am easy to please. When I say terrible, you must be very bad.

Day 6: The Willows – Melbourne, Victoria

The day everyone has been waiting for is finally here! Thank you Ket & Ramil for entrusting me with the photography & videography. I’m very sorry for the non-perfect work. It was my first, definitely my last. I’m bad with it. LOL

It was such a simple and beautiful wedding. I cannot believe you finally found someone you will spend your bimbo moments with.

Love you bimbo!

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Day 7: Yarra Valley – Melbourne, Victoria

First stop – De Bortoli Wines

No comments on wines – I don’t drink. Food was not fantastic and service was not that great compared to the first lunch I had at Chandon. I would still recommend Chandon to all. View was better at Chandon too!

Next stop – Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

A must place to visit for all chocolate lovers. It is not a big place but enough for you to find weird chocolates! Yummy! If you happen to be there, don’t miss their brownie ice creams! Oh my god – I’m drooling as I write this ☹

Final stop – Yarra Valley Diary

The same place I visited the last time. Another must place to visit for all cheese lovers. Taste as many cheese as you want and buy them all! They don’t just sell cheese. You can get other stuffs like dips, crackers etc.

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Day 8: Queens Victoria Market – Melbourne, Victoria

Started the day with breakfast at Simply Spanish – my all time favourite! I’ve never failed to have my meal there every time I visited Melbourne. It’s a must – trust me!

Shopping starts the moment we end our breakfast. Final round of shopping ☹

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Day 9: Dandenong Mountain – Melbourne, Victoria

We spent our last weekend, appreciating the nature. Greenery view and fresh air – what more can I ask for?

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Oh yes, if you did make trip to Dandenong Mountain, do drop by Pie in the Sky! The best pie in town! Again, I’m drooling ☹

Day 10: Singapore

The days always end faster when you are enjoying your time. Again, thank you Ket & Ramil for the hospitality. I definitely enjoyed myself there.

Love,
Shama

Congratulations to Ket & Ramil Ventus!

I’m so sorry for the delayed update, guys.
Once again, congratulations Ket & Ramil.

I’m so sorry if the videos and photos are not perfect 😦 I told you to get a professional! Anyway, like I said before, I am so proud of you, Ket. I pray you both the best in making this marriage a great and wonderful journey. I love you both ❤