Saturday, 26 October 2013

Malaysia-Johor's Travel Icons (Half Day Trip) : Let the outsiders explore ours!

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Hey, beautiful!

Whats up?

On October 17th ago, I've joined a half day trip which is sponsored fully by my institution (only for tourism's student okayy~) hahaha..isn't it fun to be in Tourism Industry huh??

As all of you may already know, I'm studying at Ibrahim Sultan Polytechnic at Pasir Gudang, Johor, Malaysia. So of course on this half day trip we will be just within this region (Johor Bahru). First of all, if you want to know more about Johor just check it out on here.
Btw, this is only a limited knowledge that I have and get from this half day trip. Although its not that many, just accept it as my 2 cents, its still an information and knowledge by the way. Every inches of knowledge does teach you something new, I hope this will be helpful, especially for those who're not from Johor (Malaysian) and also for foreigner who eager to know more on this special State.

Today, we started our trip on 8.00AM and already gathered around on that time, in front of my campus of course. The first place we went was, Kota Iskandar. its a Johor State Administrative center of Malaysia. If I'm about to just give an explanation about it, better you get ready to meditating alone here, because so much to tell about it and it might take over an hours to read them all (because there're might be something else like crap added in..hahaha) . So, for more compact yet simple-to-understand details and information, I will prepare a lot of pictures and link to their websites, both the brochures and all pictures about the places that I have visited on that day (I hope it will really help you guys who interested in tourism). So check that all if you like.

First place should be the:

Kota Iskandar

This wonderful features of building does catch my eyes on it, with its "Moorish-Andalusian" built design. The floor of the front entry also influenced by the Islamic architecture which is in "Tulip" design.

The Above pictures is in front of Kota Iskandar, and all of the below pictures is in the Kota Iskandar's Gallery.


All of my friends enthusiastically listen to the tourist guide explanations.

The view in this gallery is really cool, and the right picture is me, in front of shelves of ancient stamps.

That thing in the shelves is a sword, maybe a Johor royal sword.

This is a conference minutes, the royal Clerk will write whatever is being said at the conference, there will be no single word that will be missed, if three times "OK", then three times is to be written, if you understand the Malay language, you will laugh reading this text of conference minutes. Very funny.

Amazed by this Quran, its really large, and look at the uniform of royal bodyguard.., and please ignore the last picture in this row, its my friend, she's fooling around that time while I'm capturing the pictures..hehehe =)

Again, all of my friends come to this Quran all of sudden and read it, they even fooling around while said, whoever muslim that can't read this is surely the blind one, its really large that all of the contents is clearly can be seen. Hahaha..

With my friend, she have a same name with me..=)
After the tourist guide take us to the Gallery of Kota Iskandar, we're brought upstairs, which is for the usual day, only Sultan can pass by through it, even the royal staff like prime minister also cannot pass by. So, I can say that we're lucky because granted a permission to pass by, not only we can pass by, we're even brought into the conference hall, only specific person can enter this hall for your kind information, and whenever anyone want to enter,  they should put on a formal attire. All the architecture based on the state of Johor, like the pineapple pole, its based on the economy of Johor which is one of the sources is Pineapple.

look at the rooftop, its even a Pineapple-designed one, and if you look at the right picture, you can see, the Al quran with "Allah" word and coat of arms emblazoned on the upper wall.

This is the carpet, the carpet design also based on Islamic-Morish Andalusian design.

FYKI, this is my lecturer, and the blue seat is a Sultan seat, and only sultan can sit on it, so there's a belt of warning "Do Not Enter" around the Sultan seat area.

The Door of the entrance of this hall, its really looks like a Doors of Royal Palace. Look at the right picture, while walking downstairs, I saw a little garden under the stairs. Its like a magical Royal Palace like in the movie, ahaha. ^_^
Below is the pictures when all of us already outside the building.

The design outside the building also not defeated by the inner design. Ignore the fish picture btw hehehe, I just feel like capturing it all of sudden. Below is the pictures in front of the Kota Iskandar, before we leave, I've captured it alot! 

there's a cannon on both side of the front of this Kota Iskandar, its reflecting the symbol of strength.

And..together with my friends taking a picture in front of this 'Kota'.
Below is the brochures of the Kota Iskandar, check that out for more information, click on the picture to enlarge it.

Second place is, "Sanrio Hello Kitty Town", This theme park located next to "Puteri Harbour".

Sanrio Hello Kitty Town

This is the first ever Hello Kitty theme park in Asia's which is outside of Japan. This theme park is great for family amusement.


This is in in front of the ticket counter, and the right picture in front of the "Red Bow Cafe" , this cafe is just next to the ticket counter.

That day, we did't enter the theme park, we just been in the hello kitty gift shop, because its already late, we spent for many hours in Kota Iskandar, so we did't go in, the tourist guide just brought us here and tell us about this place, but again, we did't go in.

And suddenly, I saw my favorite place, ToysRus!! hahaha, I'm an adult already but still love this kind of place..and me in front of toy machine, in the right picture..=)

Snap a picture with friends! >.<


Suddenly saw this "Pingu" cute~ I'm always love Pingu cartoon!

This is the Photo booth..1 pcs of picture cost you RM30 and 4 pcs for RM100..wanna buy? hehehe..

In front of the entrance..the cartoon characters is so the left picture..the guy in red shirt is our tourist guide, En. Firdaus..^_^

Picture with friends again, acting like a models..hahaha..and in the right picture is me with my lecturer, she teach me a tourist guiding technique subject in my course.

In front of the gift shop, there's a fountain, just next to the fountain is a view of "Puteri Harbour"..its just next to each other..and please ignore the right picture, its just a picture in the toilet..right after I washed my face, coz I'm wearing a quite heavy makeup, and the afternoon turn out to be too sunny and its damn hot..I feel like my face can't breath anymore and my makeup is already comes I just wash it off already..luckily I always bring my makeup remover and face wash foam in my bag..=)

Not far away from the gift shop, I've found my favorite japanese restaurant!! Sushi King!!..with the replica outside the restaurant, I'm already drowned in my own saliva..*Drooling*..hehehe
This is the floor map for this place, click enlarge for a better reading.


This is the floor map of the Sanrio Hello Kitty Town. Below is the pictures of another brochures.

Puteri Harbour

Located in Nusajaya, Johor, Just next to Sanrio Hello Kitty Town. For more just check that out here. I've also provided some pictures and brochure about it.

And also, some pictures of it.

After that, we go to Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, this mosque is like a legend to Johor, its very famous once in a while back then. I love the architecture..looks kinda unique and FYKI, you can see Singapore clearly next to this mosque =)

Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque

The girl in the right picture is my friend..=)


Look at the design and architecture..Its British-like..and its beautiful...=)

And..Beyond the words! I can see Singapore clearly by standing next to Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque! 
Actualy, I've been in Singapore for quite long time ago..and planning to go once again there! =)

The next destination should be....

Danga International Convention Centre

First of all, its just next to Danga Bay, and for your kind information, everyone in Johor is very familiar with this place. Even if you just trying to said "Da~".. they already answered "Danga Bay!"..hahaha...Magic? nah, its one of the famous places in Johor btw. How can a Johorian did't know it kan?

This is the site that introduce us about "Iskandar's Projects" including the plan for future building and sites, its all based in "Iskandar's Projects" of Johor, I'm kinda amazed by it, in the same time I'm also amazed by this unique and high technology featured convention centre.

This is the floor, it was a touch screen and covered with glass, and we can walk on it as well (on glass)..I was like *owhh! bloody hell, its moving!* >.< Quite surprised becaused normally we did't walk on something like this..its not that I'm too outdated and not modernized okayyy~ >.<

This is what they have in this convention centre. Sorry, the light in that space is kinda like too "romantic"..its like a tungsten light, so hard to take a picture in that kind of lighting with my phone's camera..

Alright then, next gonna be the last place we have in this entry. Its a...


 First of all, this is not from my camera, I take it somewhere like Johortourism website..becasue first, we can't take picture in the art gallery, cameras is absolutely not allowed and second, my phone is ran out of battery thats it..>.<

This is all the places that I've been for that day, I hope it will help a lot..
If there'is something you want to know more or you don't understand or don't get in this entry, you can leave a comment below, I'll get to you ASAP..=)

That's all in this entry,
Hope this will give you some information related to tourism,
See ya in my next entry,
Much love,
Zai Jian! ❤ ^^

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