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A day trip to Johor Bahru with my family

A day trip to Johor Bahru with my family

Some time back last year, my dad’s colleagues organised a day trip to Johor Bahru for durian tasting and a visit to an organic farm.

Group photo with everyone who went on the trip

Group photo with everyone who went on the trip

Rachel was still pregnant with Asher then and had a strong craving for durian during her pregnancy. Being the doting father-in-law, my dad arranged for us to tag along on the trip with my mum and my aunt, together with my dad’s colleagues and their respective family members.

To be honest, Rachel and I are not big fans of visiting Johor Bahru. We dislike getting stuck in the traffic jams at the causeway and custom. It’s reputation as a “cowboy town” with high crime rate didn’t help either.

Nonetheless, we seldom get to travel together with my parents and a day trip to Johor Bahru seems the right amount of time for family bonding on a weekend.

The day started with breakfast at a Chinese dim sum restaurant:

Having our breakfast

Having our breakfast

Some dim sum items

Some dim sum items

I had a small bowl of congee

I had a small bowl of congee

Next, we moved on to visit Zenxin Organic Park to learn about agriculture and growing organic food:

Zenxin Organic Park

Zenxin Organic Park

What can we do at Zenxin?

What can we do at Zenxin?

LIKE them on Facebook?

LIKE them on Facebook?

Spot some "famous celebrities" like these three? :p

Spot some “famous celebrities” like these three? :p

There was a guide from the farm who brought us around

There was a guide from the farm who brought us around

A small pond

A small pond

Rows and rows of small crops

Rows and rows of small crops

Guide showing us some of the crops

Guide showing us some of the crops

Lots of nets are needed for organic farming to keep out insects

Lots of nets are needed for organic farming to keep out insects

Plants that look like dreadlocks

Plants that look like dreadlocks

Close-up of the plant

Close-up of the plant

Sleeping farmer

Sleeping farmer

A tractor

A tractor

Looking at rabbits

Looking at rabbits

Rabbits of different colours

Rabbits of different colours

Pheasants or wild chicken

Pheasants or wild chicken

Shrubs and herbs

Shrubs and herbs

The guide sharing with us the medicinal properties of each herbal plant

The guide sharing with us the medicinal properties of each herbal plant

There is a plant call "Black Face General"

There is a plant call “Black Face General”

This plant has an interesting Chinese name

This plant has an interesting Chinese name

Rachel checking some of the organic fruits and veggies on sale

Rachel checking some of the organic fruits and veggies on sale

Shopping around

Shopping around

Then came the highlight of the trip – binge durian eating at a durian plantation:

At the durian plantation

At the durian plantation

We ate durians at this tent area

We ate durians at this tent area

Free flow of durian for everyone to eat

Free flow of durian for everyone to eat

My aunt plucking some fresh rambutans

My aunt plucking some fresh rambutans

Fresh rambutan

Fresh rambutan

This was followed by a shopping trip to Jusco and dinner at a Chinese restaurant on the way back to Singapore.

Shopping at Jusco

Shopping at Jusco

We had our dinner at this restaurant

We had our dinner at this restaurant

Soup (not shark's fin)

Soup (not shark’s fin)

Fried fish

Fried fish

Tofu dish

Tofu dish

Chicken dish

Chicken dish

Sotong with vegetable

Sotong with vegetable

Vegetable

Vegetable

This rounded up our one day trip to Johor Bahru. Beyond just cheap groceries and pirated DVDs, there are other things to do in Johor Bahru that are suited for the whole family, young and old. 🙂

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Alvin is a marketer by day and blogger by night. He is a 100% geek who spends too much time surfing the web.

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