What do Singaporeans buy in JB? – Part One

Newspapers have reported how the number of traffic grows during long weekends and public holidays. Yet, we still see throngs of people flooding the gates of the immigrations and queuing up for buses to get in and out of Johor Bahru (JB). But why? What is the appeal that JB has towards Singaporeans? What keeps Singaporeans coming back for more? The obvious answer is of course the cost of goods!

Snow Patrol, and Upcoming Artistes in Singapore 3

Snow Patrol – Wildness On 25th May 2018, Snow Patrol returned with ‘Wildness’, their first album in seven years, which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence. Wildness taps into something raw and primitive, and lead-singer and songwriter Gary Lightbody says of the album, “There are many types of wildness, but I think it can

Tourism Tax to Start from 1st September 1

The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) has called for the abolition of the Tourism Tax (TTx), which came into effect on 1st Sept, 2017. The TTX charges a flat rate of RM10 per room night on foreigners staying in hotels or registered private accommodation. Matta President Datuk Tan Kok Liang said tourists are welcome to have an enjoyable holiday experience and spend freely on accommodation, food and

Amari Johor Bahru Wins Green Medal Gold Award

Amari Johor Bahru was awarded the Green Mark Gold Award at the BCA (Building & Construction Authority) Awards 2018 in recognition of the development’s environmental design and sustainability best practices. Dennis Ng, Group Managing Director of UMLand was present to receive the prestigious award at the Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore. Also present was Amari Johor Bahru Executive Assistant Manager, Johann Ong. “We are indeed honoured to receive such a prestigious

Editor's Note 2

Last month the whole country was gripped to their seats in excitement thanks to the outcome of GE14. We’d like to sincerely wish well for a prosperous and peaceful nation. Moving on, in our Music column, we bring you updates as to who’s who will be in town (Singapore) and find out how you can purchase your tickets if you don’t want to miss Niall Horan or Afrojack, DJ Snake

Weekend in Singapore – Festival Survival

For Johorians looking forward to some fun, opting for a weekend in Singapore never seems to be a bad idea. However, with the current exchange rate for Singapore Dollars and Malaysian Ringgit in addition to how expensive certain festivals can be, it can be mind racking to stick to a financial plan especially with all the additional spending leading up to the event from outfit shopping to food hoarding. If

Get Animated with Cartoon Network in Singapore 1

Animate Your Life @ Gardens by the Bay, Singapore 26 May – 10 June 2018; Prices start from RM37.50++ Looking for something to do with the entire family this month and the next? Cartoon Network invites you to enter a world of animation at the Animate Your Life festival in Singapore – a 16-day celebration of fans, fun and fans of fun! From Saturday 26th May to Sunday 10th June,

Iskandar Malaysia Recorded RM9.33 billion Committed Investments for Quarter 1 2018 2

Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) announced that Iskandar Malaysia recorded committed investments of RM9.33 billion in Quarter 1 of 2018, bringing the total cumulative committed investments to RM262.43 billion from 2006 until 31st March 2018. Of this total, 59% or RM153.54 billion represent investments that have been realised. To date, local investors had contributed RM160 billion (61%) to the total cumulative committed investments while the balance RM102 billion (39%) were

Sungai Johor – Johor’s Lifeline 5

Sungai Johor begins in Gunung Gemeruh, ends its 122.7 km journey in the Tebrau Strait and is an important source of freshwater to both Malaysia and Singapore. The river system historically allowed locals and new settlers to travel from the coast to the hills, supporting the growth of new towns along its banks. The river basin makes up 14% of Johor state and within it lie countless natural treasures that

Cancer Centre in Iskandar Puteri 1

The Sultan of Johor, His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar launched the Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Centre alongside Permaisuri Johor, Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah, Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail and his wife, Che’ Puan Khaleeda Bustamam, Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris, Tunku Puteri Johor Tunku Tun Aminah, Tunku Panglima Johor Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tunku Putera Johor Tunku Abu Bakar and the rest of the royal family. The construction of