Cost of Travel by Car from Singapore Via Tuas

 Driving from Singapore Via Tuas cost of travel today.

Let me give you an idea about Johor Bahru. Johor Bahru is about an hour drive from Singapore Via Tuas or second link.

Johor Bahru was founded in 1855 as Iskandar Puteri when the Sultanate of Johor came under the influence of Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim. The area was renamed “Johor Bahru” in 1862 and became the capital of the Sultanate when the Sultanate administration centre was moved there from Telok Blangah (Singapore).

During the reign of Sultan Abu Bakar, there was development and modernisation within the city; with the construction of administrative buildings, schools, religious buildings, and railways connecting to Singapore. Johor Bahru was occupied by the Japanese forces from 1942 to 1945.

Johor Bahru became the cradle of Malay nationalism after the war and gave birth to a political party named

United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in 1946. After the formation of Malaysia in 1963, Johor Bahru retained its status as state capital and was granted city status in 1994. A central business district was developed in the city centre during the 1990s. More development funds were channelled to the city after the introduction of Iskandar Malaysia in 2006.

We have  been living  now in Leisure Farm Resort Near Gelang Patah in Johor  Bahru for over 4 years…

My husband was living in Johor full time and my last 4 years was half Singapore and Johor.

Our community as far as I know is more safe. We are in a well guarded environment meaning we are double gated and double guarded by Gurkhas security from Nepal.

Singapore Via Tuas photo
Though its not allowed to have this photograph taken, yet I still did for the purpose of understanding this blog

Unlike the area near Woodlands…

mostly likely are condominiums. I have heard  some several landed property.  I am not saying that we are in Horizon Hills, Leisure Farm resort or property where nearby Tuas are safer. But so far, I have not heard some issue on a burglar in these community from my friends.

I know a friend who is a victim of robbery in a broad day light and her place is one of those near woodlands. She was battered with 2 men riding on a motorbike.

I also got to met by accident while I was shopping in bukit indah a lady who were talking to my other friend  about she is going back living in Singapore as her unit a condo near woodlands was empty  when she came back home one day.

Those stories are real. We got lucky where we stayed in Leisure Farm Resort.

We bought this unit on  high price already because a neighbour bought his  for only around RM 400,000 and ours is Rm 600,000. RM is a sign for Malaysian money. We call it Ringgit.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST NOW TO ENTER JOHOR  FROM SINGAPORE VIA TUAS OR SECOND LINK?

As we are living in Johor Near Gelang Patah, we always like to drive  Singapore via  Tuas Customs.

Massive traffic every day from 5 am to 8 am and from 5 pm to 8 pm Singapore time. Try to avoid this timing if you can. It is not worth to damage your nerves.

Before the cost to enter coming from Singapore  via Tuas was less than $6 Singapore Dollars one way, today, to enter Johor from Singapore via Tuas or Second Link has just got higher.

Here are some fees involve: This is written on 20 February 2017.

SINGAPORE CUSTOM FEES BY CAR $3.20

JOHOR MALAYSIA CUSTOM FEES RM 20 (PER $1 SGD IS RM 3.11). THIS WILL  BRING TO SINGAPORE $6.40

This cost RM 20 or Singapore dollar 6.40. This is if you coming from Singapore Via Tuas

AFTER JOHOR CUSTOM, THERE IS A TOLL FEE OF RM 7.50

Toll fees after Johor customs. travelling Singapore Via Tuas
Ringgit 7.50 per entry

Total Cost of Travel By Car Entering Johor from Singapore via Tuas one way is Singapore Dollars $12.04 these days comparing to $5.60 few months back or would say in 2016.

So, if you are a person living in Johor that drives to Singapore via Tuas to work and come back at night, your total   expenses for entering from and to  is Singapore  $17.65 per day.

(Toll fees to go back to Singapore is RM 7.50. Singapore custom fees is $3.20. TOTAL COST TO GO BACK TO SINGAPORE  IS $5.60)

The cost of your petrol or gas is not included in my calculation yet.

There will be more fees coming as Singapore side will be implementing a new fees for Malaysian car driver.

I will write it down here once it is confirm.

In our neighbourhood, only a few house occupied full time. Most have gone back to Singapore.

Today, there are still new  property development arising. Wonder who is going to buy?

Though I have visited one of the famous property now in Johor Iskandar called FOREST CITY, I must say it is indeed a very design development that I am sure to attract may investors.

All in all, we are happy here as away from traffic and city life. We save more and have a relaxing life together.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU DECIDE WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY..

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How To Get Married in Las Vegas?

LAS VEGAS , THE SIN CITY, WHAT HAPPEN IN VEGAS, STAYS IN VEGAS

To get to Las Vegas for many women specially Asians is a dream come true. But to get married in Las Vegas?

It took me sometime to write this article as I was still busy with my Photography business. Now that I have plenty of time, there is no reason not to share this with everyone.

I am from the Philippines, I live in Singapore for 20 over years, I came to Singapore when I was 21 years old.

I also get married here in Singapore. Singapore is also one of the most country where many couple want to get married to due to its beauty. ( I will write a separate article about how you can get married in Singapore).

It was 2013 that we went to Las Vegas with my Husband Markus. He is Austrian. We met in Singapore  and get married in Singapore back in 2005.

On our 10 years anniversary, we plan to visit America. We flew to Hawaii and spend 2 weeks in Hawaii particularly in Waikiki Beach.

After 2 weeks in Hawaii we then went to  Las Vegas with stop over in New York via Delta Airlines.

You will see a lot of SurfBoards and many sexy suborders in Waikiki beach

 

So here we finally arrive in Las Vegas Airport.  At the airport, there were few slots machines. Well, you never get bored if you are waiting for your flights in Las Vegas Airport.

 

From Hawaii to last vegas via Delta Airlines

There were many taxi waiting for passengers at the front of Las Vegas Airport arrival building. So nothing to worry about getting to your hotel.

We had a car arrange to pick up us by our hotel.

Beware in Hawaii and Las Vegas, YOU HAVE TO TIP EVERY TIME, TO EVERY BODY.. AS IN EVERY ONE WHO THINK THEY PARTICIPATED  TO SERVE YOU.

For example… taxi driver, the person who opens the door, whatever it is. I was complaining a lot because in Asia, we do not practice tipping here. Unless the person does a very good job, then we will give TIP as only as much as we want.

In America, TIPPING IS A KILLER TO OUR POCKET. 

It is a must to give tips and they can tell you how much they deserve. It is from 18 to 30 percent of your total bill.  I would not mind tipping these people if they are doing the good service, but some are rude and bring us the wrong order.

Tipping is not an obligation to a customers. In America is not the case. It is the customers problem.

As for the taxi driver, I don’t understand why we have to give 20 percent on top of bill. If you are on a tight budget, there are many public transport around Las Vegas. Tour bus, Bus where the local commute or just walk. Las Vegas Strips is not that far to walk.

Here is my Video about what is happening in Las Vegas even as early as 9 am. Yeah! 9 am is already party time. People do not sleep.

SO HOW TO GET MARRIED IN LAS VEGAS?

It is not difficult as you think it is. If you plan ahead of time before heading to Las Vegas, contact your hotel and tell them about your plan. They will actually arrange for you.

You may like to check this site as they plan for you and you can customise too.

 

Alternatively there are many website that you can check. We have arrange our wedding on the day of our Wedding Anniversary and it went just fine. Because when you are there in Las Vegas, you can still have plenty of churches to choose from. Just in case you change your mind you know?

For us, we were just talking about having a 10 years wedding anniversary celebration by going to America and we may want to have a special anniversary by renewing our vows.

As for the cost, will vary from company to another.

 

Many wedding chapel in Las Vegas, do not be confuse as wedding ceremony in Las Vegas is a huge business.

There are few things you need to remember:

You will pay for the person who look like Elvis who does the ceremony of about $400 USD. Yes, for just 5 to 8 minutes ceremony.

You will pay for your limousine and give tips to your driver. I think its fair. Our Driver was wonderful older age man who tells us more about weeding in Las Vegas. He is also our photographer using my mobile phones.

Las Vegas Limousine when you get maried
learn how you can get married in Las Vegas

The cost of getting married in Las Vegas may have been higher by today as I wrote this blog  (February 2017). I would say,  you would have a budget between  USD 1,000 to USD 1,500 for the wedding chapel, ceremony and the driver that pick you up from the hotel.

Wynn Hotel at Las Vegas Nevada
Wynn Hotel at the bar

I love Wynn Hotel. Almost every night we go to the bar. I am fascinated with the beauty of this hotel.  You can check the price of this HOTEL HERE

No, we did not stay at this hotel. We stayed at Treasure Island where  price is reasonable and  it is within our budget.All in all process, I would say about 1 hour, from pick up at your hotel if you stay at Las Vegas Strip North or South.
We then as our nice driver to bring us to Wynn hotel and Casino. This hotel is just across where our hotel is located.

Staying in within Las Vegas will give you convenience to go anywhere specially when you like to walk a lot.

Walking at night is wonderful. So may shows to see.

Here is the list of popular hotels in Las Vegas

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Valentine’s Day in Philippines

Valentine’s Day is considered as one of the most popular holidays in the world although it seems to become a much commercialized occasion these days. Many business owners take advantage of this special celebration of hearts since a lot of people look forward to it to take time in expressing the love and care they offer to the special people around them. Such way of expressing is by buying and sending chocolates with flowers particularly red roses. Some companies make Valentine goods like stuffed Teddy bears, Valentine’s cards; couple T-shirts for lovers, couple watches, jewelries, heart-shaped candies and cakes, and the like. So obviously, this is a special day for mainly lovers.

Valentine Recipe
Valentine’s Day Recipe

When did Valentine’s Day began? 

Historically and originally, this occasion wasn’t about love or romance at all. It was in fact quite confusing because there have been different stories of where and when Valentine’s Day started. Some historians wrote it started on the 3rd century A.D. when Emperor Claudius II executed a martyr priest named Valentine on February 14.

Ancient Christians honored his martyrdom and began the liturgical celebration named after St. Valentine. Another martyrdom story was about St. Valentine of Rome which was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry since it was then believed that married soldiers didn’t perform well in the battles compared to unmarried soldiers. In the prison, Valentine had healed a blind girl named Julia, the daughter of his prison officer. Finally, before he got executed, Valentine wrote Julia a letter and he signed, “Your Valentine” as a farewell; which may have been the origin of today’s Valentine’s cards. However, the celebration of Valentine didn’t have any romantic implications until Chaucer’s poetry about Valentine’s Day in 14th Century. 

Chaucer's Valentine Poem
Chaucer’s Valentine’s Poem

Married couples, boyfriends-girlfriends, live-in partners, and even people who has their secret crushes, feel very much excited on Valentine’s Day. It is their chance and might be their only chance to express their intimate feelings to someone they love. In fact, they don’t just celebrate it on the 14th since many people celebrate the occasion on other days of the love month.

Below are the things that Filipinos do on Valentine’s Day:

 

  • Dinner date – couples save this date for a special dinner. Of course, restaurants usually offer discounts or promos for this special occasion like ‘Dinner for two, for the price of 1’ and they make sure they have prepared a very romantic ambiance for their in-love diners. And they are of course served sweet desserts like heart-shaped cakes and candies! 

    Valentine's Dinner
    Valentine’s Day Dinner
  • Valentine’s concerts and gigs – Filipinos are known to have a lot of talented singers and almost all Filipinos are undeniably music lovers. Many couples spend this day by watching concerts especially inspired by love stories.
  • Sharing the love to children – Although, Valentine’s isn’t only for lovers. In elementary and high-schools, students are taught to make Valentine’s cards in their Art subjects and finished projects are to be given to their parents and guardians. This is one way of teaching the Filipino children express their love for their parents by writing love letters in their very own handmade Valentine greeting cards. Sweet! 

    children holding their Valentine cards
    children holding their Valentine cards
  • Giving Valentine’s goodies – Usually, boyfriends and husbands give something to their girlfriends and wives. As mentioned earlier in this post, things like red roses, chocolates, Valentine’s cards, stuffed Teddy bears, heart-shaped balloons, anything that’s for couple – shirts, watches, pillows, coffee mugs, and more, these are very common to give as a present for the day of Hearts. 

    Valentine's goodies
    Valentine’s Day goodies

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A WAY TO A MAN’S HEART IS THROUGH HIS STOMACH

I think I could believe in  saying…

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

I have totally forgotten being a housewife for the last 10 years. Realising that we can still be a better wife, better person and a better homemaker while keeping our career intact and not to quit to the passion we love.

Working from home we can do all these. Not only that we save time on preparation to go to work… to dress up and drive to work. We save money too and we tend to be more productive. 

Well, it is to me.. at home, I eat better food, warm and much healthier.

And here is how you can make a healthier drink to your husband while he come home tired from work.. 

Fresh carrot, Honey, lemon , some mix nuts and flax seeds and flaxseed oil

Here is my simple but yummy shake or drink to welcome your husband from work

WHAT YOU NEED?

3 whole carrots

Pumpkin nuts

Flax seed ground

Honey mixture

Preparing the HONEY MIXTURE  was ahead of time and I have just place it into tight sealed container

Honey mixture

INGRIDIENTS FOR HONEY MIXTURE:

1 kilo grams of honey

200 grams of flaxseed oil

3 or 4 garlic cloves

4 lemons

PREPARATION

Peel the garlic and mix it in a blender with 4 lemon juice. Add the honey into the mixture and mix again. Finally, add the flaxseed into the mixture. Keep it in the fridge for longer keeping.

Benefits of this Honey mixture.

By consuming 1 tablespoon of honey mixture 3 times  a day before meals well keep you younger, grow  your hair and make it more dark as well  as you will have a good effect of glowing skin.

According to  some information I gather, it is the secret to keep a younger looking skin. As you may see the lists ingredients into this honey preparation. However, if you are allergy to certain ingredients like garlic or even honey, then its not good for you.

If you however life salmon fish, we have a blog about Sujiko Peptide from Japan that is scientifically tested. You may like to read about it HERE

Would you believe me or not, that ” A way to a Man’s Heart is through his stomach?

When I handed this drink to my husband, I can see the glow from his eyes, the kind of glow to a happiness.  The look  of the glass itself makes you want to try right?

The taste is full-filling, the puree of the carrot makes you fill up that hunger feeling. 

So if you welcome your husband from work this healthy drinks, for sure he will just shut every stress he may have and relax.

After all, life is short, money isn’t everything, it does pays the bills but it is not the only thing in this world.

A celebration to life and cherish every moment you share tougher as husband and wife is more important.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY..

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