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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Short Holiday At Mercure Hotel, Singapore

SINGAPORE HERE WE COME!

We drove in to Singapore on a weekday. Or should I say, I drove in... according to Singapore laws on driving, once you become a permanent resident, you cannot drive in Malaysian cars anymore.  Hence I was the driver for the next few days in Singapore, no joke! :)

From Tuas, Johor, we passed the customs, opened our boot for inspection, went through the counters, showed our passports, paid the VEP or whatever it is called.... and using google maps as our guide, we managed to get to Mercure Hotel at Stevens Road without and glitch, Thank God for journey mercies, our one hour long journey was smooth.  Parked our car at the hotel basement and registered ourselves to this pleasant and comfortable hotel.
Driver in Singapore.... 

Our destination... 
Our place to stay for the next few days... 
Lazy chair for me to do relax while they work... 
From our 18th floor window.... 
20 minutes walk from our hotel to Orchard Road...
The hotel provides shuttle van service every half hour to and from
T-Galleria Mall at Orchard Road.... 
Very convenient for us....
We normally take the shuttle bus and from T-Galleria.... 
And walked around.... no shopping though...
Lots of walking and talking..... 
Good to be together again!


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Durian Season

DURIAN FEST... 

Eat all you can for RM5??  We saw a big crowd at one of the stalls near Taman Sutera but no, we did not stop and see what was really going on.  Seriously, why are the durians so cheap here in Johor?  Some are even selling as low as RM1 and RM2, but of course, they are tiny ones.   Seems Aaron is back at the perfect timing this round, he has a durian fan with him all the time... ME!!

Yes, both of us gained weight together, durians are sweet and give heat to the body same time.  Do not overeat, or if really cannot refrain, drink fresh coconut water or eat mangosteens, they are sold at RM5 and RM20 respectively.  I rather opt for the fresh coconut water with fresh flesh.  LOL... We were also told not to take branded durians, no need to name them here... As usual, we opted for those cheap, small but original ones which cost around RM5 each.... 
Durian Party for durian lovers!
Prices vary accordingly.... 
Stalls here and opposite... just choose the seating.... 
And here goes....
For RM5, we were not supposed to 'open n carry' back ... 
But this guy is very nice, he patiently packed up nicely for us... 
On another day at another stall...
Engrossed faces... 
Some of the RM5 goodies we had.... 
Durians Smiles all the way.... 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Trying Out At Ho Min San At Paradigm Mall, Johor

PARADIGM MALL AGAIN...

The next morning we were here again at the Paradigm Mall to try out another noodles shop called Ho Min San, recommended by Andy.  He told us that there are more choices of food here to choose from.  And that is the reason that we came to this newly opened mall to try out their new food besides window shopping...
Ho Min San... 
Impressive decoration from the outside... 
Most of the patrons were seated outside and 
I did not want to capture right into their faces.. 
LOL..
Started off with these appetizers.... 
As for the food, we ordered some side dishes to go along with our noodles.... 
This is a similar version to the "Siew Loong Pau" 
except that these are pan fried.... 
Aaron ordered Mala (hot soup) noodles...
And regretted at once... 
Too spicy for him, no doubt about that... 
Sorry, I couldn't help him to eat that...too spicy for me too... 
I, on the safer side ordered this salted vegetables with fried fish.... 
The fish was nicely fried, just the way I like it... 
Served with three pieces of fish... 
And a very small bowl of Tau Foo Far to test taste... 
Made both of us yearning for our Ipoh desserts after eating this... LOL.. 
As for the exact prices, I cannot remember but it should be around RM50 plus in total...