Amma Restaurant Johor Bahru

If you are looking for economical and authentic Indian food in Johor Bahru, do try out Amma Restuarant. It is located besides Tropical Inn Hotel and opposite Doubletree by Hilton. The restaurant serves both vegetarian and non vegetarian Indian food.

Amma Restaurant, Johor Bahru
Amma Restaurant, Johor Bahru

My recommendation is the Roti prata or roti canai with egg and onions –  RM3 It is really good. I had also ordered the Mutton meal set – RM11 and Curry fish meal – RM11. Masala tea was RM2.50 and Lemon Juice was RM4. The mutton and curry set were with plain white rice.

I was at the restaurant at about 5 pm
I was at the restaurant at about 5 pm

I was told by the staff that if I wanted to order set meal with Biryani rice, I have to come early; as it sell out fast. The biryani rice set meal will cost slighter more. I will try it on my next trip before lunch hour.

By the way, I was there at 5pm that day and service was fast. The Amma Restaurant is fully air conditioned and clean. Take note there is a GST of 6% payable but no service charge fee.

Spacious car park outside Amma restaurant.
Spacious car park outside Amma restaurant.
Masala Tea
Masala Tea – RM2.50
Curry Fish Set - RM11
Curry Fish Set – RM11
Mutton Set Meal RM 11.
Mutton Set Meal RM 11.
Roti prata with eggs and onions - RM 3
Roti prata with egg and onions – RM 3
Lemon Juice - RM4
Lemon Juice – RM4

 

Tulipmania 2015 at Gardens by the Bay

Went to visit the Tulipmania floral display located at the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.  I visited this floral display on a weekday, so it wasn’t crowded.

There were more than 40 types of tulips on display based on magical fairy tales theme. On display were aLittle Red Riding Hood, Snow White’s Cottage,  Rapunzel’s Tower, Cinderalla’s pumpkin carriage, etc. Still what attracts me were the colorful bright tulips at the garden.

Tulipmania 2015 at Gardens by the Bay
Tulipmania 2015 at Gardens by the Bay

Tulipmania seems to be a annual event at Gardens by the Bay. I will visit again next year. Here are the photos of Tulipmania – enjoy.

Tulipmania 2015 at Gardens by the Bay
Tulipmania 2015 at Gardens by the Bay
Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood
Beautiful tulip flowers
Beautiful tulip flowers
Pink tulips
Pink tulip
One of my favorite.
One of my favorite.
Horses
Horses
Tulipmania 2015 at Gardens by the Bay
Tulipmania 2015 at Gardens by the Bay
Bright red tulips
Bright red tulip flowers
Tulipmania Explained
Tulipmania Explained
Bright yellow tulips
Bright yellow tulip flowers
Signage Information
Signage Information
Close up view
Close up view
Beautiful
Beautiful
I wonder what's the name of this tulip?
I wonder what’s the name of this tulip?
The white tulip are beautiful too
The white tulip are beautiful too
Orange tulip
Orange tulip
So many pair of shoes.
So many pair of shoes.
Green apples
Green apples
Close up
Close up
Cottage
Cottage
Tulipmania 2015 at Gardens by the Bay
Tulipmania 2015 at Gardens by the Bay
Tulipmania 2015 at Gardens by the Bay
Tulipmania 2015 at Gardens by the Bay

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DoubleTree by Hilton, Johor Bahru

Stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Johor Bahru – for a short break.  The location of the hotel was slightly remote – away from the main street of Jalan Wong Ah Fook. Yet the hotel was still within walking distance of Komtar JBCC Mall and City Square Mall. I took about 10 minutes to walk from Komtar JBCC to arrive at  Doubletree by Hilton hotel.

Check in was quick and there was a request for a deposit of RM150 for incidental charges, if any. I booked the double double room and was glad to be given a high floor.  The room itself was spacious, clean and welcoming. I liked the design of the carpet – nice. And yes, I was given the Hilton famous warm cookie which was tasty.

Double Double bedroom
Double Double bedroom

The beds were firm; and there were sufficient pillows given. The LCD TV was a 40″ if I guessed it correctly. There was small radio clock –  for those who needed an alarm wake up call. The small fridge or mini bar was empty and I liked it this way. I liked to  buy and stocked up on my favorite drinks and yogurt.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Johor BahruThe bathroom design is unique. There is a clear glass panel in the shower area that separates the bathroom from the bedroom. So if I am taking a shower, I can have a clear view of the bedroom and vice versa. Great for couples and lovers. However, for room mates and friends, you can simply press the button and the blinds would be lowered. Bathroom amenities were sufficient and of good quality.

Bathroom - DoubleTree by Hilton, Johor Bahru
Bathroom – DoubleTree by Hilton, Johor Bahru

The breakfast starts from 6.30 am and ends at 10.30 am. Overall, the breakfast spread were sufficient. I liked the fresh fruit juices counter and the noodles with herbal soup. And the otak  otak ( grilled fish cake) and roti prata was good. Just off the topic – do try the roti prata at the Amma Unavagam restaurant located opposite this hotel. They served the best Roti prata  with delicious Indian curry.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Johor Bahru
You can covered up the glass panel in the bathroom with blinds.

Overall, I have a relaxing and enjoyable stay at Doubletree by Hilton at Johor Bahru. I will be coming back soon to try out their King Size bedroom and their Gym / swimming pool.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Johor Bahru
Sufficient good quality toiletries and bath towels given
DoubleTree by Hilton, Johor Bahru
Easy to operate small safe.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Johor Bahru

DoubleTree by Hilton, Johor Bahru
Writing desk and chair
The beds were comfortable and firm.
The beds were comfortable and firm.
Will try the hotel pool on my next visit.
Will try the hotel pool on my next visit.
Will try out the Gym on the next visit.
Will try out the Gym on the next visit.
Good hearty breakfast served in the morning.
Good hearty breakfast served in the morning.

 

 

 

 

 

Dinosaur Balloons at Marina Square Mall

There is a very interesting exhibit of balloon sculptures that transformed the atrium of Marina Square mall into a Land of Dinosaurs. I think this is the largest balloon sculptures exhibit I have ever seen in Singapore.

Baby Dinosaur - cute.
Baby Dinosaur – cute.

The balloon dinosaurs includes the mighty T-Rex, Stegosaurus, cute baby dinosaurs, Triceratops, etc. I am also impressed with the wild landscape made entirely with balloons. The balloon flowers were bright and very creative.

Balloon Dinosaurs exhibit at Marina Square Mall.
Balloon Dinosaurs exhibit at Marina Square Mall.

Really enjoyed viewing this Dinosaur Balloons exhibit, hopefully the Marina Square mall will do it again next year. Here are some of the photos; hope you liked them.

Mighty T Rex
Mighty T Rex
One of the best balloon sculptures exhibit at Marina Square Mall.
One of the best balloon sculptures exhibit at Marina Square Mall.
According to the press, more than 85,000 balloons are used for this exhibit - Impressive!
According to the press, more than 85,000 balloons are used for this exhibit – Impressive!
Really Cute Dino
Really Cute Dino
Lots of bright color balloons
Lots of bright color balloons
This is an interesting creature.
This is an interesting creature.
Dino Greetings...
Dino Greetings…
Blue Dinosaur or is it dragon?
Blue Dinosaur or is it dragon?
The giant dinosaur mouth exhibit is one of hot favorite for photo shoot.
The giant dinosaur mouth exhibit is one of hot favorite for photo shoot.
I think the Marina Square mall should extend this exhibit for 2 weekends.
I think the Marina Square mall should extend this exhibit for 2 weekends.
Baby Dino climbing up..
Baby Dino climbing up..
Balloon Dinosaurs at Marina Square Mall.
Balloon Dinosaurs at Marina Square Mall.
Cheerful Balloon Flower
Cheerful Balloon Flower
This Balloon landscape is beautiful.
This Balloon landscape is beautiful.
Balloon Dinosaurs exhibit at Marina Square Mall.
Balloon Dinosaurs exhibit at Marina Square Mall.
Red Dino is here...
Red Dino is here…
Close Up of Red Dinosaur
Close Up of Red Dinosaur
This looks like a dog to me.
This looks like a dog to me.
Bright balloon flower to cheer up your day.
Bright balloon flower to cheer up your day.
Balloon Dinosaurs at Marina Square Mall.
Balloon Dinosaurs at Marina Square Mall.
Lots of kids and parents at this exhibit.
Lots of kids and parents at this exhibit.
The exhibit area was spacious.
The exhibit area was spacious.
Very creative balloon landscape.
Very creative balloon landscape.
A jungle of balloons.
A jungle of balloons.
Hot favorite for photo shoot.
Hot favorite for photo shoot.
Side view of giant T REX
Side view of giant T REX

Giant Balloon T REX

Look more like Red Gold fish
Look more like Red Gold fish
Beautiful flowers created with balloons.
Beautiful flowers created with balloons.
Balloon Garden
Balloon Garden
Green Balloon Flower
Green Balloon Flower
This flower is nice.
This flower is nice.
The feet of the Giant T REX
The feet of the Giant T REX
Looking good T Rex...
Looking good T Rex…
Balloon Dinosaurs at Marina Square Mall.
Balloon Dinosaurs at Marina Square Mall.
Balloon Dinosaurs at Marina Square Mall.
Balloon Dinosaurs at Marina Square Mall.
Back View of Balloon T REX
Back View of Balloon T REX
Balloon Dinosaurs at Marina Square Mall.
Balloon Dinosaurs at Marina Square Mall.

Hobbit Hole & Naturally New Zealand at Changi Airport

I was at Changi Airport and interestingly saw an exhibit of Hobbit Hole which is part of Naturally New Zealand exhibition. Naturally this exhibition attracted lots of kids with their parents as it was also the start of a week long school vacation.

Autographed Ruby Ball By All Blacks Squad
Autographed Ruby Ball By All Blacks Squad
All Blacks Squad Ruby Team
All Blacks Squad Ruby Team

Here are photos of the exhibits which I took. I particularly liked the black bicycle – it has the cool black classical look. There is also an autographed rugby ball of the New Zealand All Blacks Squad.

Beautiful Black Bicycle.
Beautiful Black Bicycle.
Cool Black Bicycle
Cool Black Bicycle
Cricket Bat
Cricket Bat
Description of sports activities.
Description of sports activities.
Gandalf the Grey
Gandalf the Grey
The One Ring
The One Ring
 Gandalf the Grey
Gandalf the Grey
Lord of the Ring Hobbit Hole
Lord of the Ring Hobbit Hole
Hobbit Hole
Hobbit Hole
Inside the Hobbit Hole.
Inside the Hobbit Hole.
Hobbit Hole
Hobbit Hole
Hobbit Hole
Hobbit Hole
Naturally New Zealand exhibit at Changi Airport
Naturally New Zealand exhibit at Changi Airport
The Hobbit Hole
The Hobbit Hole
Hobbiton
Hobbiton

Naturally New Zealand

Revisited – Komtar JBCC Mall

I visited the Komtar JBCC Mall in Johor Bahru in August 2014 when it was still under construction. I revisited it again last Sunday and it was good to see more shops up and running in this mall. Compared to the next door neighbour City Square Mall, this mall is relatively quiet. You can access Komtar JBCC via a connected walkway linking the 2 malls together.

Beautiful Mall
Beautiful Mall

Many of the retail stores that are in Komtar JBCC are not found in City Square Mall. Komtar JBCC have more upmarket tenants such as Chanel,  Estee Lauder, Victoria’s Secret, Crabtree & Evelyn, etc. Some of my favorite stores in this mall are Bath & Body Works, Haagen Dazs and Kapitan Supermarket.

This mall has more upmarket retail stores.
This mall has more upmarket retail stores.

For kids, there is the Angry Birds Activity Park located at Level 3. This is the entertainment center for kids with fun games, rides and theme attractions. Komtar JBCC adds a new level of shopping experience for shoppers – it is more upmarket, chic and stylish. I will visit this mall more often.

This is one of my favorite retail store.
This is one of my favorite retail store.
Komtar JBCC is less crowded that City Square Mall.
Komtar JBCC is less crowded that City Square Mall.

 

Mark & Spencer store.
Mark & Spencer store.
Victoria's Secret
Victoria’s Secret

Komtar JBCC

Nice quiet place to enjoy ice cream.
Nice quiet place to enjoy ice cream.
This Kapitan supermarket sells everything. Must visit.
This Kapitan supermarket sells everything. Must visit.

Komtar JBCC

Komtar JBCC

There are also many food outlets.
There are also many food outlets.

1600 Pandas at City Square Mall, Johor Bahru.

Finally, the 1600 Pandas Malaysia Tour had arrived at City Square, Johor Bahru. It was a short exhibition for 3 days only; and some of my friends are not able to visit it due to work / personal commitment.

Lots of Pandas
Lots of Pandas

So I have took time off to visit this 1600 Pandas exhibition and share photos of the pandas with friends and those who are keen. The numerous pandas were placed on the floor which make it difficult to view. It would be more ideal if they were placed on an elevated platform.

1600 Pandas Exhibition held at City Square Johor Bahru.
1600 Pandas Exhibition held at City Square Johor Bahru.

The intent of this exhibition is to spread the awareness of environment conservation. These cute pandas can be adopted (bring home) at a price. Anyway, I am happy that I visited this exhibition – it is a worthwhile visit.

1600 Pandas Exhibition at City Square Johor Bahru.
1600 Pandas Exhibition at City Square Johor Bahru.
The big fat panda is cute.
The big fat panda is cute.
Difficult to view the baby pandas.
Difficult to view the baby pandas.
1600 Pandas Exhibition at City Square Johor Bahru.
1600 Pandas Exhibition at City Square Johor Bahru.

1600 Pandas Exhibition

1600 Pandas Exhibition