Night Market / Pasar Malam near KSL Mall & Hotel, Johor Bahru

There is a Night market or Pasar Malam that is worth visiting when you are in Johor Bahru. The night market operates along the small road just opposite KSL Mall & Hotel on every Monday.

A good time to visit this Pasar Malam is from 5pm in the afternoon. Of course you can visit it in the night; but do note that some of the food items were sold out even before early evening. This was because some vendors brought in limited stock of their items and once it was sold out, they simply packed up.

Night Market / Pasar Malam near KSL Mall & Hotel.
Night Market / Pasar Malam near KSL Mall & Hotel.

You can get almost everything here under the sun and moon. Lots of different food to choose – both cooked and uncooked. Interesting items that I saw  includes live fishes, fresh vegetables, fruits, fancy stationery, Chinese Dim Sum, organic insect repellent spray, clothes for children and ladies, computer accessories, etc.

Street food near KSL Mall
Street food near KSL Mall

The Pasar Malam gets very crowded in the early evening. Therefore be alert and keep an eye on your wallets and handbags. Bring along a backpack if you intend to do some serious shopping. I saw many aunties dragging their trolleys as though going to the wet market.

Chinese traditional Kueh.
Chinese traditional Kueh.

Personally, the most interesting thing about this night market was the wide variety of food that you could buy. You can have a starter, main course and desert all along the narrow street.

Variety of Coffee beans
Variety of Coffee beans

I have chosen to stay at KSL Hotel during my visit to this Pasar Malam. I think it was very convenient and relaxing. Once my backpack was full of items that I bought,  I went back to my hotel room and emptied it. Within minutes, I was back at the Pasar Malam again.

Chinese New Year cookies.
Chinese New Year cookies.

Do visit this night market / pasar malam that is located near to KSL Mall  & Hotel, it is definitely a worthwhile trip.

Food prepared on the spot when you order.
Food prepared on the spot when you order.
Traditional peanut kueh.
Traditional peanut kueh.
You order, they prepare it on the spot.
You order, they prepare it on the spot.
So many plastic water bottles.
So many plastic water bottles.
Bak Chang or dumplings.
Bak Chang or dumplings.
Popiah
Popiah
Fresh Vegetables
Fresh Vegetables
Sea Coconuts
Sea Coconuts
Fresh fruits
Fresh fruits
This is the garbage bag placed on the street.
This is the garbage bag placed on the street.
Delicious Roast Duck
Delicious Roast Duck
I think this is sea cucumber.
I think this is sea cucumber.
Chinese Dim Sum
Chinese Dim Sum
Many Dim Sum items to choose.
Many Dim Sum items to choose.
Dim sum that is piping hot.
Dim sum that is piping hot.
Snacks
Snacks
Rows and rows of Kuehs.
Rows and rows of Kuehs.
Night Market / Pasar Malam near KSL Mall & Hotel.
Night Market / Pasar Malam near KSL Mall & Hotel.
Traditional Hakka food.
Traditional Hakka food.

 

KSL Hotel 2016, Johor Bahru – Superior Room

Decided to do an  update video on KSL Hotel Superior Room in the beginning of  2016. My first video on KSL hotel was done in 2012. Nothing much have changed. But I noticed that the hotel room condition was inevitably showing signs of wear and tear. This is the Superior room with King Size bed.

In terms cleanliness, the bathroom needed a thorough scrubbing and some maintenance. The room itself was all right except that the carpet and the table were rather dusty. The King size bed and the pillows were clean and comfortable. The lights, mini fridge and compact Safe box were in good working order.

KSL Hotel 2016 - Superior Room King Bed.
KSL Hotel 2016 – Superior Room King Bed.

The morning breakfast was good with sufficient choices of food to choose. I loved the nasi lemak, roti prata, chicken and vegetarian curries, porridge and assortment of bread. I stayed during the weekday, so it was not so crowded in the restaurant during breakfast time.

KSL Hotel Johor Bahru - Superior Room
KSL Hotel Johor Bahru – Superior Room

Checking in and out was a breeze. The staff were friendly and efficient. Overall KSL Hotel is still a comfortable place in stay when you are in Johor Bahru.

Superior Room with King Bed.
Superior Room with King Bed.
KSL Hotel 2016
KSL Hotel 2016
KSL Hotel 2016 - Cafe for breakfast.
KSL Hotel 2016 – Cafe for breakfast.
Cafe at KSL Hotel 2016
Cafe at KSL Hotel 2016
KSL Hotel 2016 - Swimming pool
KSL Hotel 2016 – Swimming pool
Swimming Pool at KSL Hotel
Swimming Pool at KSL Hotel
Swimming pool at KSL Hotel
Swimming pool at KSL Hotel

Cactus Galore at Gardens by the Bay

One of the interesting place to visit while at Garden by the Bay is at the Sun Pavilion. This is where you get to see a large collection of interesting cacti. Surprise to see that cactus plants come in so many different shapes and sizes.

Cactus Plants
Cactus Plants
Cactus Plants at Sun Pavillion
Cactus Plants at Sun Pavillion
Cactus Plants
Cactus Plants
Cactus with flowers
Cactus with flowers
Interesting Cactus plants
Interesting Cactus plants
Tall Cactus
Tall Cactus
Large Cactus Plant
Large Cactus Plant
Cactus -Needle like thorns
Cactus -Needle like thorns
Cacti
Cacti

The Sun Pavilion can be quite hot in the afternoon – suitable for these cacti. The Mexican Columnar Cacti looks impressive – with thick stem and can grow rather tall; almost like a tree.

Tall Cactis
Tall Cactis
Cactus at Gardens By the Bay
Cactus at Gardens By the Bay
Cacti - in different shapes and sizes
Cacti – in different shapes and sizes
Small Cactus
Small Cactus
Cactus
Cactus
Round shaped Cactus
Round shaped Cactus
Cactus
Cactus

The Desert Rose is a beautiful cactus plant with thick stem and brightly red color flowers. According to the information board ( see photo ), many of these species have poisonous sap; used by natives for hunting.

Desert Rose
Desert Rose
Cactus - Desert Rose
Cactus – Desert Rose
Desert Rose explained
Desert Rose explained

There is a particular cactus that attracts visitors’ attention – see photo below. Many visitors ( especially ladies ) would laughed or giggled while viewing it.  This cactus is name Old Man of the Mountain or Oreocereus trollii.  It does resembles a male penis;  which may be the reason why it attracts visitors to it. Anyway, this cactus doesn’t look old to me; rather it is  a strong and handsome cactus.

Cactus - resemble a penis
Cactus – resemble a penis
Cactus
Cactus

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My friends and I were impressed with the Sun Pavillion – it is definitely a worthwhile visit.  We will come back.

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