A day trip to Johor Bahru with my family - Alvinology

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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