Malaysia – Legoland (Johor Bahru), 11 October 2012

Today was a mission of three, which includes a little three year old going to Legoland. Legoland is about 10 min drive from the second-link and we managed to get across from pretty quickly, since it was a weekday. They have quite a bit of signage, but I got lost after following the signs for an exit. I needed some help from my cell phone before finding it. Hopefully others will have better luck finding it. Even after getting lost, it took a total of 45 mins from central Singapore. If you don’t have a car, many tour agencies in Singapore provide coaches from Singapore to Legoland, and along with entrance tickets, cost SGD 65 – SGD 70. The entrance was kinda weird. We had problem finding it, because they had a mall we had to walk through before we could get to the entrance.

Legoland has enough rides for different age groups. For the little ones, it might be advisable for them to be at least 90 cm, for them to be able to participate in more rides. 100-120 cm is probably better, though. If you are a roller coaster junkie, this is probably not for you. But this is good enough for the average thrill seeker. I’m pretty chicken, so I don’t really need crazy roller coasters.

As for food, it was pretty decently priced. We paid 60 RM for a family meal, which came with a 14 inch pizza and 4 sodas and 4 soups. Just glad it didn’t break the bank. One note – you might not want to go if it’s raining. They closed all the rides when there was lightning, and there are not many features that are indoors.

The Lego mart does sell pretty interesting things, particularly little lego souvenirs. For instance, they have keychains and fridge magnets. You can also get an engraving for 10 RM.

While the tickets are a little pricey, there are some options for you to get cheaper tickets:

1. 22% – Lucky Plaza. They sell tickets that they bought for groups to individuals.

2. 25% – book online 7 days in advance on the Legoland website.

3. 30% – there are some discount coupons floating around for 30%

Legoland Malaysia

Legoland Malaysia

Lego Singapore


Singapore made of lego


Malaysia – Johor Bahru, 26 August 2010

Today, a couple of us went to JB for a day-trip. On the agenda: go-kart and paintball.


The new Permas go-kart is about 20min drive from the Causeway. It is under the same operators as the previous Permas go-kart, and moved to its present location 3.5 km deep in an oil-palm plantation some two years ago. The journey to it is somewhat interesting. Below are some pictures taken along the way.

On the way to Permas Karting Circuit

On the way to Permas Karting Circuit

Permas Go-Kart has a range of cars for adults (from 5.5 horsepower to 32 horsepower) and kids, and the circuit itself is pretty interesting. There are many sharp turns, and plenty of space for overtaking, not to mention a challenging U-turn right after a downhill stretch. Below is a photo of the circuit

Permas Circuit

Below are some of their rates (for 10 mins):

Kids: 20 RM (weekday); 25 RM (weekend)


5.5 Horsepower: 30 RM (weekdays); 35 RM (weekends)

13 Horsepower: 50 RM (weekdays); 55 RM (weekends)

25 Horsepower: 80 RM

32 Horsepower: 700 RM (for one hour)

For more information, (including how to get there from Singapore), go to:


Next, we drove to Danga City Mall for a game of paintball. It was cheap, albeit painful fun. On weekdays, it is 35 RM per person. After 5 pm, it is 40 RM per person. And on weekends, it is 45 RM per person. The price includes 100 paintballs. Overalls come at an extra charge of 5 RM. Below is the site for more details:

Danga Mall Paintball

For another perspective of the day, cf this.

Singapore to Malaysia – Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, 11 May 2005

Welcome to the world of budget airlines! This is my first experience and it involves a flight on AirAsia from Senai International Airport to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah.

Arriving VERY early for the flight, the counters of the airport were still closed, and hence, a small venture of the airport was launched, leading to the discovery of Dunkin Donuts, which the Rube was salivating about. Under his influence, I got three donuts, including the double chocolate, chocolate pudding and crunchy peanut butter. Apart from that, Ealine and I had some fun trying to practise whatever Malay we could, though must say that our level of Malay is high inadequate!

When the counters opened, we were told that there would be a flight delay of 30 minutes for some generic reason which I did not catch, so we found ourselves with WAY too much time on our hands, and way too little to do in a small airport.

But well, finally it was time to board and unfortunately for Elaine, although she wanted to sleep onboard the plane, some little tyke sitting behind her with itchy legs decided to kick her chair for the duration of the flight! But for me, flight was a peaceful event which alternated between naps and reading.

Arriving at Kota Kinabalu at around 21 00, our growling stomachs were some cause for concern, as we feared that we might not be able to find cooked food at this hour, but thankfully, our fears were allayed as the fastfood joints in KK don’t close till midnight, giving us ample time to fill ourselves for the next day.

The Lone Jelly Donut.jpg


Lone Peanut butter jelly donut from Dunkin