The Southern Escapade (Johor Bahru) – Part 1July 24, 2008 | 2,418 views
Those familiar to travelling down south to Singapore/Johor by bus would’ve recognized a place called Yong Peng in Johor, the assigned rest stop for express buses. With so many unsuspecting tourists forcibly alighting for a quick fix, we felt like slabs of meat on chopper boards, waiting to be chopped ….
All the food served is HALAL (supposedly) or rather pork-free, but the prices are inflated. Paying RM6 per plate of chicken rice, sizzling noodles, or fried rice may sound absurd, for these are NOT restaurant-quality servings. But who’s to complain? Our Singapore counterparts may find them reasonable, and they made up quite a number of the passengers.
Anyhow, the nasi lemak with sambal, anchovies and peanuts, and a fried egg was pretty good (or I could be really hungry), at RM3.50 per plate, at least did not dent my wallet so severely.
Arriving in JB in the evening, we were glad to be transported from to the hotel instantly by taxi (RM8 from town to our hotel at Stulang Laut). Checking in was a breeze (albeit some teething problems) as our Johor counterparts booked the rooms for us in advance. Wanna know where we stayed? Let’s see some hints ;
Yup, the SAME hotel I stayed in April. Not to condemn though, far from it. Situated at Stulang Laut, overlooking the Tebrau straits, Singapore’s basically a “swim” away. But of course, none of us pushed our luck … =)
One noteworthy gadget in the room is the almighty remote controller by our bedside, whereby everything’s a click away, from the TV channels to the lights in the room, and setting alarm as well as requesting for a room makeover, or a ‘privacy please’ note. Talk about inventions.
Cured beef slices, like an old friend now
Unlike previous experience, this time around, only breakfasts are complimentary to our rooms. Shucks … and we thought all meals are provided. Salt & Pepper Cafe on Level 5 is a trusted name, reassuring of a hearty breakfast, although the variety may get slightly repetitive. But, who’s complaining? (certainly not the gluttons in us!)
More delicious posts in subsequent episodes. Gee, my posts lately are continuous, huh? Sorry, but quite hard to squeeze everything in one single post.
P/S : Will be down to KL for the weekend, therefore blogging would take a back seat. Care to bump into the Motormouth in KL? =P