Peggy Loh

Peggy is a resident writer for The Iskandarian and actively writes in her blog about matters that are close to her heart. She can be reached at [email protected]

Where Have All Our Playgrounds Gone? 1

Two of our family’s favourite recreational destinations were the Istana Garden and Lido Beach day-long picnics and casual evening outings. The Istana Garden was a public park with strict closing hours but the beach was literally open 24-hours! Matured trees that shaded footpaths on undulating terrain in Istana Garden’s well-manicured park provided a natural environment for exercise buffs. With a deep sense of camaraderie among regulars who enjoyed outdoor exercise

Steamed Fish Specialty at Fat Fish JB

If you are a fan of fish and are skilled in eating a whole fish to savour every morsel of tender flesh, then dining at Fat Fish Johor Bahru will simply be a sheer delight. There’s something comforting about savouring freshly-steamed fish, sipping its hot broth and slurping the rich tasty flavours, right to the bottom of the hot plate. Diners here are discovering the simple pleasures of eating their

Top Notch Northern Indian Cuisine at Olive

“Full of spice and very nice,” aptly describes the freshly-cooked, flavourful and fragrant cuisine at Olive Kitchen & Bar, a marina-front restaurant at Puteri Harbour. The loyal clientele at Olive, not only enjoys evening drinks while watching the sun set on the marina, but also in dining on exquisite Northern Indian cuisine. The Olive at Puteri Harbour is the only outlet opened in Johor under The Olive Tree group of

First Intensive Care Unit in JBGH

My memories of the Johor Bahru General Hospital [The Iskandarian, Dec 2016], triggered by the recent fire tragedy in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), caught the attention of reader, Dr Anand Sachithanandan. Dr Anand, a Kuala Lumpur-based cardiothoracic surgeon who grew up in JB, shared with me his memories of the JBGH in particular about the ICU, because his father, the late Dr T. Sachithanandan, founded the ICU in

Authentic Nyonya Cuisine at Classic Nyonya

If you are hankering for an authentic taste of Nyonya cuisine in Johor Bahru, you will fall in love with the familiar flavours at Classic Nyonya. With a passion for the cuisine of the Straits-born Chinese community, Pang Siew Yen turned her dream of opening a Nyonya restaurant in JB into reality when she hooked up with her Baba friend, Allan Wan, to serve authentic Nyonya flavours in traditional family

Jalan Ngee Heng Nostalgia 2

“Wow! Nice to see a well, handwritten note – almost a novelty in this day and age of laser printers,” said cousin Malcolm in response to the photo of the welcome note that DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru General Manager wrote me. In the 1960s, cousins Malcolm and Philip, along with my siblings and I were the school-going grandchildren who lived with our grandparents at No. 154 Jalan Ngee Heng.

Making a Difference at FOLO Farms

The recognition that Feed Our Loved Ones (FOLO) Farms received from the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) Social Entrepreneurship Amplify Awards 2016, is an affirmation of what they are doing and spurring them on to making a greater difference in the community. When Dr Lemuel Ng’s father, Caleb Ng, was diagnosed with coronary heart disease, his mother, Nancy, responded by growing their own vegetables and poultry, and radically

The Kitchen Fast-Service Family Restaurant

The Kitchen is named so because the busy kitchen occupies the entire ground floor while the dining hall is upstairs and conveniently accessible by an elevator. Modelled after fast-service restaurants, diners at The Kitchen enjoy the pleasure of being served with speed and efficiency. This dining concept is fast gaining popularity particularly with diners with big appetites, because every main course order comes with free-flow of fresh salad and soft

Meat-lovers’ Picks at Projek Maging Steakhub

Projek Maging Steakhub is dedicated to meat-lovers who simply enjoy the taste and texture of good meats prepared to their preferred doneness. The privilege to pick your own cut of meat from a range of quality fresh meats and cooked ala’ minutes is brought to Johor Bahru by Nurzaweena M. Zaki, a self-confessed steak connoisseur. At first, when Nurzaweena or Ena and her husband longed for a good steak, they

JB Hospital Nostalgia

As news and photos of the fire at Hospital Sultanah Aminah were shared on social media on 25th October 2016, I was filled with sadness and empathy for everyone affected, and grieved with the families who lost loved ones in the tragedy. The Johor Bahru government hospital was once called the Johor Baru General Hospital or GH, in short.   In 1977, it was renamed Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) after Sultanah