Johor Bahru

Secret Beaches of Malaysia

Written by Aura Farrando

Perhentian Islands, Tioman Island, Langkawi and Penang are popular destinations for a reason. They offer everything a beach lover wants. But for those who are after a bit more adventure, something off the beaten track or just an escape from resort beach lifestyle, we’ve compiled a list of the best hidden treasures of Malaysia.

Pulau Mabul

Pulau Mabul or Mabul Island is a small island off the southeast coast of Sabah – just 15km away from Sipadan. There’s a fishing village, no cars, no roads and perhaps some of the best muck diving in the world. You can even circumnavigate it on foot! The beaches here are pristine and a perfect place to unwind after a long day snorkeling or diving. If you are lucky you will even catch some turtles laying their eggs on the beach.

Getting there: Take a boat from Semporna to Pulau Mabul. Speedboats are around 30 minutes, while ferries take about one and a half hours.

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Locals enjoying the pristine sand of Pulau Mabul. Image:

Pulau Tiga

Pulau Tiga is so wild that it was once used as the setting for reality show Survivor. It is a relatively young island; in 1897, an earthquake in the Philippines caused a volcanic eruption in Borneo to form new land. It’s no surprise then that Pulau Tiga is famous for its volcanic mud baths. On top of that, there’s kilometres of white sandy beach to enjoy. A hike around the island is a great way to see its native flora and fauna.

Getting there: Catch a 30-minute boat from Kuala Penyu, Kota Kinabalu or Labuan.

The mud baths in Pulau Tiga are great for your skin. Image:

The mud baths in Pulau Tiga are great for your skin. Image:

Bukit Keluang

Can’t decide between the mountain and the beach? Get a taste of both at this tiny cove off Terengganu, close to the Kuala Besut jetty where you’ll see droves of people lining up to head to the Perhentian Islands. Bukit Keluang is a perfect match of pristine white sand, beautiful sea breeze and breathtaking mountains where you can explore beach caves, go windsurfing, kayaking or simply relax with your family at the resort. Be sure to head up the escarpment each morning to catch the amazing sunrise. What a view!

Getting there: Accessible by car from Kota Bharu, Kuala Besut, Kuala Terengganu and Kampung Teras.

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The picturesque coastline of Bukit Keluang. Image:

Pulau Kapas

Known as Cotton Island due its white, soft sand and crystal, clear blue water, Pulau Kapas is like a scene out of a movie — but 100 times better. With a designated marine park protecting its waters, Pulau Kapas is the perfect place for snorkeling or dive deep to enjoy the coral reef that surrounds the island. If that’s not for you, then just sit back and relax in style under a palm tree.

Getting there: Take a ferry from Marang, located 45 minutes from Terengganu.

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They don’t call it Cotton Island for no reason. Image:

Pulau Tinggi

If Pulau Tioman seems too mainstream for you, visit Pulau Tinggi off the Johor coast. It only has 500 inhabitants and is quite laid back. It is ideal for relaxing holidays and family vacations or can double up an adventure haven, perfect for snorkeling, trekking and canoeing. The beaches are less manicured, but more natural and idyllic.

Getting there: Just a 45-minute boat from Mersing in the state of Johor.

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Allow yourself to escape into another world. Image:

Pulau Sibu

Here you’ll find not one, but four charming islands: Pulau Sibu Besar, Pulau Sibu Tengah, Pulau Kukus and Pulau Sibu Hujung. The main isle is just 6km long and 1km wide, with thick vegetation and secluded beaches dominating the landscape. It’s not the easiest to access, but that’s the price you pay for heaven on earth. You’ll also most likely have the whole place to yourself.

Getting there: Arrange a boat transfer from the small town of Tanjung Leman, 130km from Johor Bahru. There’s no direct bus from Johor to Tanjung Leman, so we highly recommend you to get the hotel in Johor Bahru or Singapore to arrange a shuttle bus or minivan for you.

Photo by Peter D. Kennett

Photo by Peter D. Kennett

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Why you should move to Malaysia in 2016

By Lloyd Green

Good news! If you’re thinking of relocating to Malaysia — maybe to volunteer, work at an NGO, study, join a big company, intern or simply enjoy your gap year — now is the best time. According to the 2016 global Cost of Living Index report collated by Numbeo, Malaysia is the 29th cheapest country to live.

Despite boasting one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant economies, Malaysia is an incredibly affordable place to live, retaining a Consumer Price Index of just 37.47. Remarkably, this is lower than neighbouring Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.

 So, if you’ve just graduated, have the time to do something life changing, or are looking for that extra zest in life, why NOT come to Malaysia? We’ll tell where you get cheap food, eat out for less and rent a house for next to nothing?

What’s Cheap In Malaysia?

Johor Bahru is Malaysia’s cheapest city on the Cost of Living Index table with a CPI of 40.61. A one bedroom apartment here averages MYR1,325.00, while out of the city it drops to MYR833.33. JB also has the third least expensive McDonald’s combo meal in the world at MYR10, which is equal to $US2.50. In fact, Malaysia is one of the cheapest places in the world for eating out with Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur all polling in the Top 50 on the Restaurant Price Index list.

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On average you can get a meal at an inexpensive restaurant for MYR8 or $US2. Coffee is also cheap averaging $US1 in most places. Do expect to pay more at fancy shopping malls and outlets like Starbucks.

Is KL Really That Expensive?

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The cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is slightly higher compared to other Malaysia cities, but with a CPI of 44.48, it’s still 54 per cent cheaper than Singapore and has roughly the same CPI as neighbouring Asian capitals like Jakarta, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City.

You will likely need at least $US400 to $US500 per month to cover all of your expenses in KL, with a room to rent as low as MYR800 ($US200) per month. This price can vary drastically depending on your location, with a one bedroom apartment in the city averaging MYR2400 per month, while out of the city the median drops to MYR1200.

Kota Kinabalu is the cheapest city in Malaysia for accommodation according to Numbeo, with its Rent Index at 7.63 (37th in the world), compared to JB at 12.24 and KL at 18.55.

The cost of transport in Kuala Lumpur is very competitive with a one-way ticket using the LRT or KTM less than $US1. If you commute every day, count on $25 per month for transportation.

Get Me Out Of The City

Transport between urban cities in Malaysia is also affordable, ranging between $5 and $15 for a bus ride, depending on the destination. A bus or train ride can take you to the green mountains of Cameron Highlands or the heritage listed cities of Georgetown, Malacca and Ipoh.

For Ipoh, catch the train as Ipoh Railway Station is located in the centre of town, whereas the coach terminal is some 15 minutes away. The tickets are MYR25 to MYR30 and you’ll only save five ringgit if you catch the bus.

The bus from KL to Penang is the best option as it takes you directly to the island and within five minutes of George Town. Tickets at MYR37 to MYR42.

Flying to Sabah and Sarawak can be expensive, but Air Asia offers deals all year round. Right now you can fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan for $US16 with the airline.

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Staying Long Term

Most people can enter Malaysia on a Short Term Social Visit Pass, which can be obtained upon arrival at the airport. Normally, this visa is valid for three months, but the visa conditions vary depending on your nationality.

If you plan to volunteer in Malaysia for longer than three-months, you might wish to apply for a Professional Visit Pass (PVP). This must be requested by the NGO you intend to work for while you are still in your home country

If granted, this visa is valid for up to 12 months and can be renewed for another 12 months, but only after a three-month break in between.

Contacting Home

Internet and mobile packages are also relatively inexpensive in Malaysia, with a minute of prepaid mobile averaging RM0.26 and 10 Mbps Internet with unlimited data priced at RM160.

So, whatever it is you decide to do in Malaysia, your time here be an exciting time in your life, and a great chance to stretch your own limits and discover your potential!

Check out the Top 30 Cheapest Countries to Live in 2016.

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New array of dishes and breakfast menu from Mama Nyonya FOOD Restaurant, Tmn Molek

Mama Nyonya FOOD Restaurant (N1.52416 E103.78535) has a new array of dishes accessible started from this December 2014 onwards! Beside a new menu, they also offer Nyonya character breakfast today, we can perspective by some of a dishes below…

The grill new business hour also altered from 7.30am – 5pm (weekday) and 11am – 8pm (Fri and Sat). That means a breakfast is accessible on weekday usually and a cooking usually during a weekend.

About 9 of us visited a grill on one of a dusk to try out a new dishes. Let me uncover we one-by-one…

*  Fish in brownish-red sauce
*  Itik Sioh (duck)
*  Fish beak soup
*  Portuguese character steam sotong (squids)
*  Battered eggplants in sauce
*  Itik Tim (duck)
*  Ikan sambal garing (Fried mackerel fish with Nyonya sambal)

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Fish in brownish-red sauce
– One of a special ambience that we can solemnly compute a sweet, sour, slight tainted and spicy-ness of a fish in your mouth. The authentic reduction of Nyonya mixture were good and we all like it!

Itik Sioh (duck)
– This was a initial time tasting this authentic Nyonya Itik Sioh out of Malacca town. The gravy was luscious and unequivocally went good with plain rice. The steep was proposal and succulent.

Fish beak soup
– The fish beak soup served with pickled veggie, fungus and chicken. Tasty and enjoyed a soup. The fish beak was prepared from tender by a restaurant, and it was fresh.

Portuguese character steam sotong (squids)
– Another Portuguese plate that we attempted out of Malacca town. The mixture were unique, sharp and sour, supposing a opposite ambience from internal Johor Bahru town. The squids were steamed to perfection.

Battered eggplants in sauce
–  One of a ‘very special’ plate we had! Eggplant prepared with bean paste, it was crispy on a skin and luscious inside. Unforgettable! All of us like it unequivocally much!

Itik Tim (duck)
– Another Nyonya signature dish, baked with authentic Nyonya recipe as home plate during a aged era, we were advantageous adequate to ambience it today. Appreciated.

Ikan sambal garing (Fried mackerel fish with Nyonya sambal)
–  The boiled mackerel fish was opposite from those accessible in a nasi lemak stall, it was unequivocally crispy and incense on a skin and wet inside. The sambal served with a fishes was a best combination!

They served a plain rice in a antique basket (correct me if I’m wrong) with a feel of abounding Nyonya touch.

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All a dishes adequate to palliate a Nyonya enticement for a evening. Satisfied cooking in a comfort environment, not to forget a accessible owners (boss and lady boss) that remind me of a Nyonya culture.

Beside a new dishes, they also offer a Nyonya character breakfast in a morning session.

Breakfast menu :-

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They also offer nasi lemak and other noodles that we didn’t take a photos.
Among all, we like a Nyonya mee-suah and Nyonya Lontong unequivocally much! This 2 dishes are unequivocally singular within Johor Bahru area.

As all of us rated, Mama Nyonya FOOD Restaurant is one of a value revisit grill in Johor Bahru.

* The above comments are formed on particular ambience bud, not associated to any blurb purpose.

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Christmas Menu 2104 from Menu Please Bistro, Taman Maju Jaya, Johor Bahru

Christmas is around a corner, have we motionless where to have your Christmas dinner?

Menu Please Bistro during Taman Maju Jaya is compelling a Christmas plate package for a “dinner on X’mas Eve cooking and lunch, cooking on a Christmas Day” on subsequent week.
We were advantageous to have a initial try on a Christmas package, and let me uncover what is all about…

The package is enclosed a starter, categorical course, dessert and their special recipe of several form of cold drinks.

Starter – Duo appetizers
Smoke turkey frittata and mini fungus soup
–  Frittata is an egg-based Italian plate enriched with additional reduction such as meats, cheese or vegetables.

Main march (choice of one)
Fish (RM78)
–  Pan parched salmon serves with pumpkin cream salsa and haricot vert

Duck (RM78)
–  Duck leg confit serves with delayed baked orange and crush potato

Lamb (RM88)
–  Australian lamb serves with healthy lamb jus and butter glitter chestnut

–  Popular coffee flavored Italian cake

–  Double berries soda
–  Mango vanilla soda
–  Vanilla orange soda

–  Chamomile tea
–  Pepper packet tea
–  Jasmine immature tea

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Smoke turkey frittata and mini fungus soup

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Very special and singular appetiser we ever have in Johor Bahru. The frittata ambience with a few multiple of eggs, steep bacon, veggie and cheese. It formidable to report a tastiness until we try it yourself.

Pan parched salmon serves with pumpkin cream salsa and haricot vert

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The salmon was baked to perfection, a multiple of a cream salsa was great!

Duck leg confit serves with delayed baked orange and crush potato

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The steep leg confit was proposal and yummy, a beef forsaken off a bone easily, delicious!
We all like this special plate served by Menu Please Bistro and it’s tough to find a same plate else where around Johor Bahru for a moment.

Australian lamb serves with healthy lamb jus and butter glitter chestnut

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The braised lamb was proposal and succulent. It served with a lamb jus that extended tastiness of a dish, we will adore this if we are a lamb lover.


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Menu Please Bistro served one of a best Tiramisu within JB town. This was formed of my particular ambience bud.

Cold drinks
–  Double berries soda
–  Mango vanilla soda
–  Vanilla orange soda

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The reduction of these 3 cold drinks were exceptional, it’s a bid and a sorcery hold of Chef Jayson for a special gratifying season. Beside a cold drinks, they also offer prohibited Chamomile, peppers packet and Jasmine immature tea.

Among all a 3 categorical courses, we cite a duck leg. Because a plate is not common, and it’s formidable to locate a possibility that offer by a restaurant. And for a cold drinks, we chose a Vanilla orange soda – it was so refreshing!

Select your choices from a Menu, suffer a Christmas plate in Menu Please Bistro.
You might call a grill series 07-3360748 or whatsapp to their mobile series +60167388963 for reservation.

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