Thursday, 26 May 2011

An afternoon in Johor Bahru

Just a crazy idea of mine to spend an afternoon with my son in Malaysia - Johor Bahru to be exact. Its just a short hop on the SBS 170 service, which crosses the Causeway and deposits you on the Johor side - for good food and inexpensive shopping!

Now is this Singapore's Orchard Road? No. its Johor Bahru's Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, with the humongous City Square shopping centre on the left. Note the HDB apartment blocks in the right background - that's Singapore's Woodlands just across the Causeway. City Square (below) is another of JB's megamalls - lots of shopping to be done.

This is the "new look" of once sleepy Johor Bahru, with lots of construction still going on. The spanking new JB Sentral railway station (below) is an impressive site and sight.

The old Johor Bahru railway station (above) is now dwarfed next to the mega-construction that goes on in the city. A juxtaposition of the new and old, of stainless steel and brick, may be appreciated in this vista (below).

Guess what? The 5.15pm train to Singapore's Tanjong Pagar station has been cancelled. The komputer sistem is still rosak (kaput), apparently on both sides of the Causeway. So its a dreary bus ride back to Singapore, with loads of shopping, and a final view of the Causeway at dusk (below).

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