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Mini Getaway to Johor Bahru and Singapore

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Getting away from our regular zone is always good for the body and soul. So in the middle of mad schedule, I am whisked off to my home state Johor to spend a few funs days with a bunch of funny blokes thanx to the folks at Tune Hotel and AirAsia.


A quick 45 minutes flight from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru with my favourite budget airline. For those who have not been to Johor Bahru by flight for the longest time, you might just be surprised by the transformation of Senai Airport.
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The airport is 27km away from Tune Hotel Danga Bay. Take your pick of hiring a taxi or bus to send you to and fro Tune Hotel and Senai Airport @ RM8 per way. Hehehe the savings from taking a bus comes in handy for you to eat and shop more in Johor Bahru or even Singapore. Surprise, surprise but many tourists opt to stay in Tune Hotel Danga Bay even if their holiday plan is to tour and shop in Singapore!
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Its been a long day for me at work before I flew into Johor Bahru. A quick check in and I am in my room to recharge before I explore Johor Bahru for some noms. My room is fitted with a comfy Queen size bed, safe deposit box and a powerful hot shower. Add-ons include TV, aircon and WIFI - there's something to cater to one's budget. 
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The room is nice and cozy. 

Plus points for Tune Hotel Danga Bay includes the convenience of having a 7-11 within the hotel grounds and a few eateries within walking distance of the hotel. One of my fave makan moments from this trip was having the following yummy combination of cream crackers and kaya (coconut jam) for brekkie at Cafe Toast n Toast.
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So what is there to do in Johor Bahru? There's plenty to eat and I mean good food both halal and non halal. There's also plenty of places to shop and play. As mentioned earlier, bring your passport and Singapore is just a short distance away - train, bus or even hire a car. 

If you have never been to Johor Bahru, here's a list of place that you should consider checking out. 

• Johor Premium Outlets - a must for shopaholics to enjoy discounts off their favourite brands. For more information: http://www.premiumoutlets.com.my
• Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park which includes Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and the Little Big Club. For more information: http://www.playtime.com.my
• Angry Bird Park at JBCC. Don't roll your eyes because there are still many people who love Angry Birds! For moe information: http://angrybirdsactivitypark.my
• JB Bazar will be a perfect place to walk off the calories from your eating adventure in Johor Bahru.
• Danga Beach - shop or dine by the beach
• Johor Zoo
• Royal Abu Bakar Museum
• Istana Besar or Grand Palace Park 
• Fishing villages e.g. Kukup Fish Village is recommended for a delicious seafood feast and photobugs will love the scenic views especially during sunset.
• Endau Rompin National Park
• Kota Tinggi waterfalls

On my latest visit, its one whole day spent in Singapore primarily for Asia's Got Talent Finals at Marina Bay Sands. It took us approximately an hour drive and immigration clearance. Some chillax time spent at MBS was good for me before the show started. For a change I am here to chill and not run (click to read my race reviews for SCMS 2014 and GEWR 2014)
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I flew in to Johor Bahru with AirAsia, stayed at Tune Hotel Danga Bay and drove into Singapore for Asia's Got Talent Finals at MBS. So folks, its really practical to stay in Johor Bahru and still explore Singapore!
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Look carefully...that's David Foster and Anggun 15' away from me:P
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Do show my funny and cool buddies from Indonesia some love by checking out their blogs!

During this trip to Johor Bahru, I was actually fresh from running my first ultra of 70km. Needless to say, I did spend some time to rest my legs and to recharge in the room - where I slept in and caught up with some TV shows! So this time around I actually skipped exploring run routes around my hotel. However, a glance around tells me that while one can't quite pack a long round within the vicinity unless one heads off to the nearby parks, one can still run around Tune Hotel Danga Bay or the streets outside the hotel. Make the best of it and you can actually pack in some awesome Tabata or interval sessions!
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In between my rest and naps, I explored and played with my fellow bloggers from Phillipines and Indonesia. And yes my long time friend blogger friend Jason was also with me this time. A quick snippit of what we did - Legoland, Kuso 3D and makan-makan!

Legoland isn't just for kids. Its perfect for adults too. One can easily spend one whole day here. 40 rides, displays and of course the super fun water theme park, I was a child all over again when I visited Legoland for the 2nd time. 
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Legoland!
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Mini Malaysia and being a Johorean...of course I will share the photo of a Johor house!
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Adoi Uncle...don't snore so loud please!
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One of the many mini cities at Legoland. 
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Retail therapy for both old and young.
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Another keychain for the hubster
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Something for me:Ptravel, tune hotels, johor, johr bahru, Asia's Got Talent, singapore, Marina Bay Sands, foodie trail, restaurant chua kee, selera senibong seafood, airasia, kuso 3d, legoland
Time for some lazy fun after all the rides and I basically went in circles round after round on this Lazy River.
LEGOLAND Malaysia 
7, Jalan LEGOLAND
Bandar Medini Iskandar Malaysia,
Johor Darul Takzim
Malaysia
+607 597 8888

If you love 3D art, then a visit to Kuso 3D is a must. Have fun and explore your creativity taking fun and interesting pics. A visit starts off with a short brief on how one can take good pictures. Listen well because the tips and videos come in helpful.
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 Tolong (Help) - how does one express it? If unsure, you can always ask the friendly folks here to show you:P
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One can have fun posing with the 3D visuals. In my case I had fun taking pics of my pals in action.
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Of course I had my fun moments of posing. This is me...not an angel but I am hoping that perhaps wings can make me run faster?
Kuso 3D
NO 83-85, JALAN MUTIARA EMAS 10/2, TAMAN MOUNT AUSTIN
Johor Bahru
T: +607 358 7973

What's there to eat in Johor Bahru? Plenty! For those who want the best of Johor food, you might want to check out the Larkin Bus Terminal for everything authentically Johor!

This time around, I checked out the seafood offerings in Johor Bahru. Both halal and non halal options are good. Pretty affordable too!
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Selera Senibong Seafood. RM550 for an 8 course halal meal for 12 of us that includes prawns, clams and crabs. 
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A gorgeous view for dinner at Selera Senibong Seafood. 
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Restaurant Chua Kee in Gelang Patah whipped out the best black pepper crabs I have had. Non halal and price is fair. I will be sharing a post on this place next week. It came highly recommended from my Johor makan kakis and I am glad I made my way there!
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No visit to Johor is complete unless one checks out nasi briyani! 
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Johor has yummy assam pedas. Order it when you see it. Be prepared to have extra plates of rice!


Its also the school holidays now. So if you have not made any plans, why not take a trip to Johor Bahru? Explore some of the options above. There's plenty of hotels to choose from but a value for money, clean and comfortable option will be Tune Hotel in Danga Bay!
Tune Hotel Danga Bay
Lot PTB 22819, Jalan Skudai
Mukim Bandar Johor Bahru
80200 Johor Bahru
Malaysia
T: +607 232 9010
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