Saturday, July 27, 2013

Johor Property Show Happening This Weekend

Just found out that there's a Malaysia property show this weekend in Traders Nusajaya hotel. Here's the write up about this show:

  • Exclusive Registration and Preview by Tanah Sutera and Country Garden Danga Bay Property Launch Access Up to 10 Property Developments in One Central Location
  • Enjoy Up to 5% Rebate for Selected Property Developments 
  • Gain Expert Insights via Our Speaker Sessions about Johor Properties
  • FREE Shuttle Service from Singapore to Traders Hotel, Johor Bahru
  • FREE Shuttle Service to Visit Actual Development in Iskandar

27 July - 28 July 2013 10:00 - 19:00
Level 4, Iskandar Ballroom, Traders Hotel, Puteri Harbour, Johor, Malaysia Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, 79000 Nusajaya, Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia

New outlets for dining - Traders Hotel Harbour Cafe & Tam Zabb Thai Lao Restaurant in Nusa Bestari

With the newborn baby, we've not been out much so it's so nice to be out recently to try out a couple of new dining places.

Harbour Cafe @ Traders Hotel Nusajaya

For lil James' 1st month celebration, we took the house crew to dine at the newly opened Traders hotel's Harbour Cafe.

The buffet dinner cost RM78++/person and offers standard international spread of cuisine, ranging from sashimi, indian, chinese, roast lamb and chicken to tangine. Desserts selection include chocolate fondue (white and normal choc - super yummy), cakes, fruits, ice cream and local dessert, e.g. cheng theng. Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to take pictures (i'll update this when we dine at the restaurant again).

Food was good and ambience was nice. Though not something you'd go every day, it's so nice to have a more upmarket dining option selection finally in this area. The restaurant was quite packed even though we went mid week. We were told that the restaurant's usually fully booked in the weekend.

Phone: (60 7) 560 8888
Location: Block 1, Level 1
Opens daily from 6.30am - 11pm
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Smoking Policy: not permitted in Harbour Café (indoor area).

Tam Zabb - Thai & Lao Restaurant @ Nusa Bestari 

Last week four of us went to try a newish (opened since Dec'12) Thai Lao restaurant in Nusa Bestari. The restaurant is owned by Benny, fellow motor-cross rider that Ian came to know from riding in Johor. Benny's wife is the head chef and is from Northeastern Thailand, hence their aim is to provide authentic Thai food.

Courtesy of Tam Zabb Facebook page

For the four of us, we ordered steamed fish, pandan chicken, pineapple fried rice, pork larb, chicken sauteed with cashew nuts, tom kha gai, stir fry kailan and banana with palm sugar dessert. I've also tried the lemongrass drink as well as pandan soda, both of which are very refreshing drinks.

Food is authentic Thai, unlike many Thai restaurants which taste more Chinese than Thai. Food has the right spiciness. Unfortunately I wasn't able to eat too much of it due to breastfeeding (God I miss chillies!!!) The restaurant is very nicely decorated, modern and simple. I love the Sweedish looking tables and chairs which were made by Benny's father as we were told. The ambience is very cosy.

The meals are also reasonably priced. All of us are pretty happy with dinner so we'd definitely be back for more. Unfortunately I didn't get chance to take decent photos but there's a recent review on Johorkaki which is quite detailed.

The restaurant is located at:
48G Jln Bestari 3/2 Tmn Nusa Bestari, Johor

Phone07-232 5859
Mon12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed - Sun12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Biggest Legoland waterpark in the world is coming to Nusajaya

Wohoo, more attractions being added to this area! The Legoland water park is expected to be opened this October and will have more than 20 water slides and over 70 lego models.

This water park sits on a large area equivalent to 50 football fields and is now 70% complete. Driving past Legoland, we can also see the hotel construction progressing. Can't wait to have more entertainment options nearby, great job Legoland!

Launched: Smart Way To Book Taxi In Iskandar Malaysia

I'm very slow nowadays..I know :) but I thought this is an interesting update to ease transportation challenges in Iskandar.

An application, which is named MyTeksi, would help commuters to book taxis via their smartphones in a fast, convenient and safe manner.

Paim embarked on the usage of the MyTeksi application with taxi drivers from Koperasi Permodalan Melayu Negeri Johor (KPMNJ). By year-end, Paim hopes to achieve 1,000 registered taxi drivers using the application. I've downloaded the app and played around a little bit. App looks quite user friendly but it does not seem to register my address (it's listing a wrong street name instead) and there's no taxi nearby. I guess it'll take some time for this app to be taken up by taxi drivers in Johor, if it does, it'll be a very convenient way to book taxis.

Paying House Assessment Tax & Quit Rent

Afternoon all, just a quick note to share useful information from a friend on how to pay taxes for your properties in Johor:

1. House Assessment – Open main page of Majlis Perbandaran Johor Bahru Tengah and click on the ‘e-cukai’ at the ‘Public’ drop bar

2. Quit Rent – open website of Johor Government and click on the online payment. Refer guideline as attached herewith.

The guideline can be found here