Akhmal Travels: Johor, Malaysia

WARNING: I will be abusing the words 'cheap cheap stuff' a lot in this post.

It was about time to pass the border and find out what the other side had to offer.

This wasn't the first time for me to go to Malaysia, considering I've been to Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Sabah & Sarawak - I just didn't blog/haven't blogged about it. But surely, it's my first time going to Johor.

When it comes to distance, it took us hardly 10 minutes to cross the border by train/bus. It was going from my place of stay in Singapore to Woodlands Terminal that took me about 30 minutes.

The currency exchange rate was RM2.93 - hmmm... it's high, but it could go higher.


As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by a shopping mall in an inter-city railway station: Johor Bahru Sentral. HOW ABOUT THAT? My friends were talking non-stop about how cheap it is considering the exchange rate.

Of course I went to find out. Went into Popular Bookstore (cause as an avid reader, I practically know how much books are). Let's say... a normal paperback fiction book is $17. Well, in Johor, you could get that for $7.

I'll leave it to that.


Following our itinerary, we went to get some sushi! cheap cheap stuff.

Sushi Mentai, Taman Sentosa, Jalan Badik 1 (Distance from JB Sentral: 10 minutes)

When I say cheap cheap stuff, I mean 60-90 cents per plate.

Craving is a craving, you guys...


And then, we continued our journey to find a place to shop more.

JOHOR PREMIUM OUTLETS, SENAI (Distance from JB Sentral: 30 minutes) 

Knowing that it's a place of cheap outlets, my first question to my friend was, "Boleh tawar ni?" (can negotiate the price?). lol! 

It was a "No." So I got more and more curious about this place. 

Until we arrived... (spot the signs please)

Yeap. Outlets with branded names. It was something I've never seen before. But I know how these outlets work. They don't offer you with the latest products - that's why they're cheap. ALTHOUGH, I can validate that they're authentic brand names. Quite interesting. If you're the type who likes branded names but don't really mind whether they're in season or not, well... this is the place! I guess the best time to go is when the new season comes (around this time, actually! I saw items fresh from last season on a big sale).

There's Victoria's Secret, Adidas, Puma, Nike, Guy Laroche, Padini, Vincci, Armani Exchange, Emporio Armani, Kate Spade, Bonio, Carlo Rino, Timberland, Cotton On, Bath and Body Works, New Balance, Sketchers, DKNY, Polo, Michael Kors, Gucci, Calvin Klein, etc. 

and let me repeat this again: they're AUTHENTIC. Not some funny knock-off stuff.

and their sale is up to... 60-80%

You could get a pair of Vincci shoes for $7. (Sarah bought 3 pairs in a store. lol). Because I am in need of running shoes, I bought me a pair from Puma for RM186. If you do the math, that's about $60.

Cheap cheap stuff.

and you guys know very much that my style aesthetic is all about "Broke with an expensive taste."

Well, the picture below shows pretty much my stress level throughout.

Look at that "wtf is this place is this real" face of mine.

Since we're in the topic of clothes, below is my attire of the day.

Nothing new here, except the cardigan from H&M, with a simple black T-Shirt from Ezra Zalora, a black short shorts from Cotton On & a skinny leggings I got from Bugis Street.


So, we wanted to try out the best Satay in Johor for dinner, but apparently they were closed yesterday. So we went to a simple Indian restaurant, Amin Restaurant at Jalan Kebun Teh 1, where I had an absolutely spicy Kuey Teow

Last stop of the day: 
Salsabilla Restaurant/Salsa Vape Lounge, Jalan Kebun Teh 1 
(Distance from JB Sentral: 10 minutes)

This is a pretty cool Arabic-style restaurant/lounge, and you see a lot of Vapers around. It is also a Shisha Lounge.

And I noticed an interesting signature drink called "Sweet and Naughty" for RM10 - the most expensive drink on the menu. I just had to try it! There isn't any alcoholic drink in this place, no problem.

Fancy, innit?


Overall, it was a really refreshing break from the pricey lifestyle of Singapore. For sure, I'll be going there more often to shop. The train ticket going back to Singapore is just RM5, and S$5 to go to Johor.

Cheap cheap stuff.


Also, I have decided on where I am planning to go next semester. I can't reveal anything yet until it's confirmed in 3-4 weeks. If it goes well, then more travel places, for sure!

till next time. AA.

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  1. I need to go to that outlet right now!! and your photos are great as always. xx

    1. I'm sure you'll love it, Abby! I'd go there again, maybe with you next time. haha... And thanks love. xx