Okay, this should be old news by now, but come January 2014, Friday and Saturday will be Johor’s new weekend!
I find it really amazing that the Sultan of Johor can change the weekend just like that! I’m not very familiar with Malaysian politics, but I always thought that the sultan was more of a figurehead (like the British monarchy) than anything else. I mean the Sultan and the Royal Family are completely separate entities from the government, so how come the Sultan can make a decision that will affect the businesses (and therefore the economy) just like that without consulting anyone else?
Oh wait, I forgot. The Sultan is the King, so he really doesn’t need to get permission to do anything from anyone else.
And you know what is the best part of it all? 15 years ago, the Johor weekend was Friday and Saturday….but somehow, it got changed to Saturday and Sunday (like the rest of the world), and now, it’s reverting back! Talk about indecision!
I’m not too sure how this change will affect the people – So they give muslims more time to pray on Friday but at the cost of a family day for Johorians who send their kids to study in Singapore. I wonder how will this affect the jams on the Causeway during the weekends?
It’s precisely this kind of thing that makes people lose confidence in investing in Malaysia. Once a decision is made, stick with it! It’s hard to have faith when things can get changed at the drop of a hat.
It seems like the old jb sentral is still the place to go to have some fun at night.
Found a new cafe called Pot’s in a little lane, quite easily missed if you are walking fast/in a hurry.
They serve mainly desserts and drinks. Nothing really fancy or truly amazing, but the atmosphere is nice. The drinks are a little sweet, perhaps more suitable for younger tastebuds.
I can feel the area is very slowly changing. It’s definitely got a younger and more artsy/happening vibe going on for it now. Can’t wait to see what changes will be coming up next!
8 Jalan Pahang, Johor Bahru 80000
Hello people! This post is a week late but it’s about the long weekend break last week? I had a super action packed one that also included a mini car accident.
We decided to drive up to KL and Cameron Highlands last weekend to escape the city life and enjoy some cool mountain air. So, early Sat morning, we set off for KL. But of course, since we were going to go long distance a really teeny car (a Hyundai i10) that was going to carry 4 adults, we decided to pump some petrol and make sure our tyres were inflated properly before starting off proper.
So after breakfast at Habib’s (which btw, is totally not worth visiting when crowded because the food is super slow and tastes substandard), we headed to the nearby Bukit Indah Petronas kiosk. Somehow, we ended up taking a shortcut through the small back lanes behind the Bukit Indah shops…and that’s where it happened.
We got hit by a
total loss with no headlights car. We had stopped when we saw him coming, but the other driver was engaged in a extremely lively discussion and just kept on going. Wham!!!!
I guess he figured that it being a back lane, there’d be no other cars about. Sigh. And best of all, he had no insurance and no money.
Oh well………what to do? Fortunately our car was just scratched up so writing this off won’t be like cutting of an arm and leg. But yeah, do be extra careful if you drive in the backlanes, even if you are driving in broad daylight. There are many reckless & irresponsible drivers around.
The picture says it all – nothing!!!
Okay, not all pump attendants are lazy asses..some of them are really nice..but the Shell folks at the kiosk along the highway bear the 2nd Link really take the cake as the most lazy, useless and extra attendants I have ever seen.
They just stand around all day and chat. Even when there are customers that need help and who are waving violently at them, they continue chatting. They don’t even turn their heads when you toot your horn at them.
Like, hello!!!! I can pump my own petrol but I just need someone to turn the bloody pump on first!
Omg. Really very boleh.
Happy Friday everyone. May nobody get stuck in jams this weekend.
Ok, I know, I’m 2 to 3 years behind…but better late than never, right?
I’m finally on Instagram folks. If you’re curious to know what I’m up to, please follow me. It’s so much easier to take a picture than to type a post.
I’m sorry for the lack of updates…I keep writing half-posts and abandoning them halfway because something will always crop up mid-post that needs my attention.
So anyway, I just saw on the news today that the Msian govt is planning to increase the levy payable by foreigners when purchasing a unit in Msia. Previously, the levy was just capped at RM10k, regardless of the house price. The new regulation (which is supposed to kick in end of this year or some time in 2014) will make foreign buyers pay a percentage of the house price.
This move is meant to help rein in the rapidly rising prices, which IMHO, isn’t backed up sustainable demand. Personally, I am more concerned with the potential increase in bank interest rates though. Despite its faults, the Singapore government is usually quite astute in making policies to protect its economy. The last few housing regulations put in place by the SG government to rein in property prices isn’t just to prevent a bubble from forming, but also to protect the people from overcommitting to a housing loan that they cannot potentially afford should interest rates rise.
Considering that the mortgage rates in Malaysia are double that of Singapore’s, I wonder what will happen to the property market here when interest rates rise? At the current 4.XX% p.a., I’m already finding the interest expensive (in case you never calculated it before, the interest will form roughly 40-50% of your total loan payable to the bank), I can’t imagine what it’ll be like is the rates really started to head north. Have you? What would you do?
Hooray! We caught the rat this morning – it took the bait stuck on the glue trap. It had chewed a new hole in our netting to get in.
I had mixed feelings this morning when we discovered the rat. I felt really bad to see it covered in glue and stuck. It was squeaking pitifully and was obviously exhausted from all the struggling.
I couldn’t free it even if I wanted to (which I guess is overall a good thing) & so the hubs put the rat and paper into a plastic bag and hit it hard a few times to put the poor thing out of its misery.
Gawd..it was awful. :*( And to think there is STILL an entire nest out there. I really hope this rat was a lone ranger and we wont be seeing another one anytime soon..it’s tough being guilt-ridden all day.
Hello everyone! Sorry that I haven’t been blogging much.. nothing much new to report on recently. Until now!
We’ve just discovered we have a rat problem. GROSS!!!
Normally, I’d not be that freaked out by a small rodent, except that this rat (or rats) has bitten 2 holes in the mosquito netting (which we just recently installed) over a span of just 3 nights.. made its way up into the sink and over my clean dishes. I know this for a fact because we found rat poo in the sink and our bbq sauce baster/brush in shreds. Damn!
Not to mention the damage, rats also carry a dangerous and deadly disease called leptospirosis. Which can kill dogs and humans. So now we have to wash EVERYTHING (which naturally puts me in a bad mood since we don’t have a maid nor a dishwasher) to make sure there isn’t rat pee (which is how the virus is transmitted) on it.
I generally don’t endorse killing things but this rat has got to go. So, we went shopping for “weapons”- namely a spring rat trap and rat glue.
Im so annoyed!
I suppose it cant really be helped..rats are a common problem in landed property..but..I dont quite understand why I hv a rat problem since my neighbour has a cat (which should deter rats, no?) and we dont leave food out overnight. Hmm.
On retrospect, we should have changed the default wet kitchen gate to a glass door..this way we wouldn’t be bothered by mosquitos, or rats, for that matter.
Oh well…we’ve set the traps and just need to wait and see. I wonder what should I do to the rat if I catch it? Killing it would be the most logical thing to do..but…………….there’s just this little voice at the back of my head screaming “EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS!!!!!”