Thursday, June 01, 2017

2D1N Staycation in JB with Hubby~

Impromptu staycation with Le Hubby. Since I am left with 0.5day leave from last year. Don't want to let it go to waste so I planned a little couple trip for us.

As usual, I had my itineraries all planned out for the trip too!
Quick! Call me a Planning Guru~ Wahahahahaha

So, the tasks for the trip are as follows :-

  • Curry Fish Head for Le Hubby (coz the previous time I went with my colleagues so Le Hubby said he want to try this time round too.)
  • Café Hopping
  • Get the Banana Cakes for Family (hopefully the Coconut buns are available for Le Hubby too.)
  • Massage 
  • Movie 
  • K-boxing (If time allows)
  • Nuas in our hotel room~ 

Couple Wefies are a must before we step out.
Notice that we have identical sandals? hehe.

And......Off we go!

Look at that large crowd~

We managed to make it passed this crowd in a short period of time. Phew.
Do not worry. The time needed to cross the customs are already calculated into my itineraries.


Kam Long Curry Fish Head
4, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 8am to 4pm

Patronised this restaurant on my previous trip to JB and wanted to let Sam have a try but it's CLOSED! Not sure why they are closed though.
oh well then, let's try something else!

As we walked towards the street where most of the cafes were, we came across this Chinese restaurant.
So, we thoought of giving them a try.
It was only we finished then I realized this was actually the famous Herbal Duck restaurant.

Restoran Ya Wang
28, Jalan Segget, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm

There's a choice of Ala Carte dishes or Set Meals like Dian Xiao Er~
I chose Set A for 2 pax at RM 51.

Herbal Roasted Duck, Special Bean Curd Pot, Vegetables and Soup of the day

Bonus point is that this place is entirely air-conditioned lehhhhhh~
Super for this hot and humid weather!

 The Special Bean Curd Pot.

 Soup of the Day.

Stir-Fry Potato Leaves~

Yums~ The highlight of this meal!
Their famous Herbal Duck.
I like the herbal sauce and the duck was pretty tender.
My only complain would be that if only the duck's skin are those crispy type then it would be perfect.
Dian Xiao Er's still better though. #sorrynotsorry

But for the price we are paying, I think we are getting a pretty good deal here.



Hiap Joo Bakery 
13, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
Mon to Sat - 7.30am to 5.30pm,
Sun - 8.30am to 12pm

Long queue for Banana Cake again, so I decided to just get the buns.
Just for your information, if you are only getting the buns, you can just walk in and pay.
The queue was meant for the banana cakes~

Bought Coconut, Otah and Red Bean Bun this time round.

My tips to you readers out there is,
"Please eat while it's hot"
Yum tum tum!
It really taste very different when you have it warm and having it at room temperature.
Go ahead, try it and tell me I am right.


Drum Café
39, Jalan Ibrahim, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
Sun to Thurs - 11am to 8pm, 
Fri - 11am to 10pm, 
Sat -10am to 10pm. (Closed on Tues.)

For more info:

They are previously known as Drum Café, selling like what majority of the cafes here are selling. Western-based Food.
But recently they changed their concept and direction.
Mainly because the boss felt that almost all cafes around here are selling western food, so they decided to sell something more local like Wanton Mee~

Seems like we booked the whole cafe, no?

Their staffs are very nice and helpful.
Sharing their history with us.

Food delivered from the kitchen upstairs using this food lift!
We called it "dumbwaiter"
This kind of lift are used to ferry items smaller than humans.
They are often found in places that have 2 floors or more.

Imagine this, we just had our set meal at Ya Wang and we are having Wanton mee now~
But they are so nice that we thought that since we are here, we should try their specialties right?

Le Hubby loved their Wanton mee.
The Noodles are springy!
Only thing lacking was the fried pork lard!
Since it is in Malaysia, majority of those cafes will refrain from using pork lards.

Initially, Le Hubby was complaining that he is filled to the brim with food.
But after taking his favourite noodles, he said that it may seems like his appetite is back....
He said he is up for 2 more cafés and I was like "are you even serious?"
I am super duper fulllllll~ hahah!

This is the bill. It is really affordable!
All that for just about SGD$4.

So, please do come and check this cute and classical café!
Nice customer services, nice bowl of wanton mee, insta-worthy place too!


Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe
Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru
Mon to Fri - 9.30am to 10.30pm
Sat & Sun - 9.30am to 1am

For more info:

Walked by this café, but we were really too full even for a cup of drink~
so, just photos to represent that we left our footprints there... wahahahaha


Flowers in the Window Café
9, Jalan Dhoby, 80000, Johor Bahru
10am to 10pm, closed on Tues

For more info:

Continue on our Café hops~

Lotsa plants in the café. Exactly like the name of this place.

Not sure what to order and we haven't digest what we just ate.
But while I was deciding which cake, this cake caught my eye from the table next to ours.
So, I asked the waitress about that cake and we would like to have the same one too.
Turns out to be a Carrot Cake decorated nicely with edible flowers.
 A little tad to moist to our liking though, but I like the cream cheese on top.

Apple + Cucumber + Basil drink

Pretty refreshing~ especially for a weather like this.
I just cannot complain enough of our weather!!

Seriously, I feel that all these cafes here in JB are meant to cater for Singaporeans or other countries.
The prices are relatively priced to be the same as the cafes in SG.
RM 33 for a slice of cake and drink for the locals would be a little on the high side no?
Imagine it to be SGD $33 instead, would you visit the place again?
For a normal but pretty cake and a drink that ingredients which do not cost much to start with.

However, it is a nice place to chill~ Pretty concept.


Then we took a cab to our STAYCATION.
By meter it costs around RM 9.

KSL Hotel & Resort
33, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, Johor Bahru, Johor 80250
(Need to check-in before 6pm)

Only SGD$70 for Superior room, King-sized Bed.

Time for some tips*
Whenever booking a staycation as a couple, do indicate in the special remark that it is for your Anniversary. You may get some freebies or special treatment for your stay!
I mean, come on~ who doesn't like freebies.

 I decided to stay at KSL because there's Massage Parlour, Karaoke, Cinema and Shopping all in one same building! Save all the trouble of travelling around~ So smart right?

Free upgrade!! Yeah!
See what I meant?

View from our room.

Shall bring Valerie along next time!

hmmm, no cakes and deco this time round?
In the past, for anniversary there were cakes and rose petals~ Wahahha
Maybe they thought free upgrading would suffice. NO! I want more!
The more the better! HAHA!

Bought a dress for SGD$10~ Wahahhahah

Finally, Massage time!

Thai Odyssey @ City Square
 Lot L2-01, Level 2, (same level as MBO Cinema), KSL City, 33, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, 80250, Johor Bahru

Contact : 607-289 3693
10am to 10pm (Sun to Thurs), 10am to 10.30pm (Fri, Sat, PH)

Do remember to make appointment in advance.
The pricing are in the link above.

Thai Aromatherapy Massage 
60mins - RM130.40,
90mins - RM162.20

Time for some relaxation!

Couple room~

Be back later, I'm gonna enjoy myself.
Lose myself in those massage!


I'm a Singer Family Karaoke
Lot L2-089, Level 2, KSL City Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Abad, Johor Bahru
Contact: +607-339 1008
12.30pm to 3am Daily

For more info:

Before I decided to try this Karaoke, Sam's nephew warned me that the system there are pretty lousy.
But I thought since it's in KSL too, may as well just try it out.
Have been craving for singing so much.

And indeed, only 2 hours for RM 100, bad sound system and the control key system.
Bad, bad, real bad.
Will not visit again~ ever. :(


Hmm, we seem to be covering a lot of ground here huh?
We are surprised we can last this whole day with so much going on.
Thankful for that massage to make us last longer!

MBO Cinemas (KSL City Mall)
KSL City Mall Branch, L2-128, 33, Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Abad, 80250, Johor Bahru, Johor

Before the trip, I went to check it out if there's cinema in KSL too.
And yes, there is MBO.
I saw free membership registration, so why not?
And before the trip, I received this email from them.
Free movie tickets during your Birthday Month~
Free movies! FREEEE!

Member card

That's all for Day 1.
I think I can say for the both of us that we are pretty exhausted.
But it is a day well spent. :)


Day 2:

Initial plan was to wake up early to go for a swim, but too tired, so just wanna sleep a while longer.

Then we checked out at 12pm.
Normally, hotels check-out are at 11am, but we have another hour!
Continue to nuaaaaaaaa~


Lunch time~
Decided to try Souper Tang since we both never tried before~

Souper Tang
Lot G26, 27 & 28, KSL City, Johor Bahru
Contact: +607-3315 772

For more info:

Le Hubby look pretty happy on this trip. :)

Bean curd with some ginger syrup.

Good combination. Bean curd was very smooth too.

May my face be as smooth as the bean curd~

Imperial Seafood Thick soup~
And my hubby Loves it!
Very flavorful, generous with the ingredients.

Braised Meat rice~
Sweet and Savory.
Delicious is the right word for it.

French Beans with Pu Er Leaves
Sounds interesting right?
But not much of the tea leave taste or aroma~
A little saltish too.

Herbal chicken~
A little too oily for my liking.

RM 111~

Don't say cheap, say IT IS AFFORDABLE! yeah~

Time for groceries~

Diapers are a must, of course!

Busy Papa multi-tasking~

Time for some shopping too.
Went to FOS at KSL~


HnM Kids~

Osh Kosh for RM 39~

Just buy buy buy only~

Cute rompers, 3 for RM 29.
So many choices for kids.

Cabbed back to CitySquare to get our usual Lavender bread~

 We are always here for their breads. Always a must when we come in to JB.


Tokyo Secret
Lot MS-03, Level 4, Johor Bahru, City Square, 106-108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000, Johor Bahru
10am to 10pm Daily
Contact: 603-7733 0231

For more info:

If you are at City square, do give these Cheese Tarts a try too.

We left around 2pm, lucky there was no human traffic at all.
This crazy queue are those people going in to JB.
Good luck to your guys... waahhahahah

That's all for the 2 days 1 night trip.
Hope I managed to guide you guys when you are planning a short staycation there too!

Much loves~

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1 comment:

Tom Lim said...

Great post! Check out our Johor Bahru Staycation at the new Amari Johor Bahru as well!

Happy Travels!


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