something to keep you busy!

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http://www.holidayvillahotels.com/malaysia/johor-bahru/holiday-villa-johor-bahru/

Located at 260, Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Google Maps make it look a block away, but if you check out Street View, you actually only need to cross the street from KSL.

We have been regular customers of KSL, but on our last 2 visits, the hotel was starting to look and feel old.

So now, after Mutiara and KSL, Holiday Villa will be the third hotel for our JB Staycations!

Lobby is ok with ample seats.

It does not have Starbucks, but they won’t charge you for using the washroom.

There are shops and restos on the Ground and 1st level… But you are better off crossing the street for bak kut teh or just have a meal at KSL.

My wife and I were surprised by the size of the room…

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King size bed.

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Working table

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TV ports were easily accessible.

However, channel selection will need improvement.

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Closet has a safe, 2 pairs of room slippers, no robe

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Fridge was available, but don’t expect it to make ice. (it was more of like a wine chiller)

Our room did not have a tub

But shower area’s size was again bigger than usual

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Toiletries included a comb, tooth brush, soap and shampoo

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Don’t expect anything from the free internet.

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It was bad and it was useless at 10pm!

Main amenities were at the top 2 levels of the hotel

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Pool, (dry) Sauna and Gym were on the 25th floor

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And the 26th floor had the sky bar

Breakfast buffet was available on the 9th floor, Fern Pine Cafe.

Don’t expect too much, but it was more than enough.

Thanks to the aging KSL Hotel, I can highly recommend Holiday Villa.

If you have small kids who want to play around, then you’re better off with KSL, you get the dino land and you don’t have to cross the street.

During our short stay at Holiday Villa, we found the place more relaxing and more modern.

I honestly can’t wait for the next trip…

Took this photo in June 2013 after buying my Shox NZ.

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and 4 years later, it’s starting to show it’s age.

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Sadly, just like my Zig, looks like my Shox is also retiring this year.

I only used this shoe in the gym, an hour a week.

So I guess I can say that this post is an early goodbye to my Nike Shox NZ.

Singapore Bike Sharing

Singapore now has “bike sharing,” it’s great and fun… But as always, it can be improved.

First thing you have to know is that there are presently 3 private companies offering their bikes… Mobike, oBike and ofo.

You will easily notice that Mobike is orange, oBike and ofo are both yellow but ofo (normally) does not come with a basket.

Here’s the first problemYou need 3 apps! Since you don’t know which bike is nearby. I personally have the Mobike and oBike apps on my phone.

Update: Just removed Mobike since I see 90% oBike’s in my area.

Next problem, deposit… So 3 apps will mean 3X the deposit!

Another problem I experienced with oBike is that 1 phone can only use 1 bike at a time, I had to download the app, add a credit card and pay the deposit so that my wife can ride another bike.

Then there’s a problem of “where can I find a bike?” Yes you can find one near MRT stations. But near your home? That can be a challenge.

GPS is a big help, but…

It would be great if the bikes have a dedicated rack where you earn points (or even credits) if you return the bike there.

It will help lessen the eye sore brought by these bikes that are literally parked everywhere!

Here’s what I mean when I walked around last Saturday.

A bike near the bus stops.

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Near a parking lot

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Another bike outside HarbourFront MRT

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If you notice a trend here… People just leave their bikes where its comfortable and convenient for them.

I’m sure you will also notice that there are just bikes everywhere…

A little order would be nice… And it will be impossible to ask people to put bikes in racks if they won’t get anything from it!

Another suggestion is a bigger basket behind the seat… Mobike and oBike both provide small baskets in front… A bigger basket would be nice for those trips to the market.

The oBike I tried is on the heavier side, I understand that we should not expect a light body… But maybe they should have looked at the possible gear ratios to make the ride lighter… We don’t need them to be fast anyway.

Download links

Mobike App
http://mobike.com/sg/download
oBike
https://www.o.bike/home/download.html
ofo
https://www.ofo.so/download.html

As I said at the start of this post, Singapore’s bike sharing is “great and fun.”

I’d love to see improvements, but so far. It’s a good start.

Singapore Love Locks

Hmmm, looks like someone in Clarke Quay decided it was time for Singapore to have it’s own place for love locks

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Photo was taken in outside The Central

So yes, in Asia, the Koreans have the bigger more popular one

But let’s give this one a chance… Until Clarke Quay/The Central management decides its time to start something new.

350 Ahlone Road, Yangon, Myanmar

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I was basically in the country for a 2 day business trip…

I didn’t want to expect too much since I have very little information about the country…

But the hotel was good… So that’s a good start.

Around 20mins walk from the Shwedagon Pagoda, people’s park is right across the street.

Walking distance from the hotel are Indian, Mediterranean, Japanese and Singaporean restaurants.

Swimming pool was not available during my visit due to expansion/renovation.

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Yes… That’s a real key!

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You get Instant Coffee and 3 bottles of bottled water.

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Robes, room slippers and a standard safe. Laundry/dry cleaning is available.

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You’ll love the size of the shower!

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Usual toiletries are provided (shaver, toothbrush, lotion, soap, shampoo etc)

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I guess for safety reasons… Hair dryer is outside the room.

Fridge is empty (always a big plus for me)

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As you can see… The room is big… High ceiling is also a big plus…

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I guess the ceiling fan is there for power failure (?), there’s also a torchlight.

You don’t get a balcony…

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But from the window, you can see the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Breakfast is inclusive…

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Selection may not be that big. But you’ll always find something.

Gym is available… It’ not big (maybe thanks to the renovation?) But there’s an instructor available all the time!

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I must admit… I’ve seen hotels in Yangon with better location. But I was really happy with my 2 night stay at Summit Parkview Hotel.

Goodbye… Reebok Zig…

January 01, 2017… Time to say goodbye to my Reebok Zig!

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Received a pair last July 2011.

And, If I remember correctly, I’ve used it for 3 10km runs, and 3 overseas trips.

While walking home after watching the New Year fireworks at Marina Bay… Someone accidentally stepped at the back of my heel and it ripped my shoe’s sole!

Had to walk from the Double Helix bridge until Downtown MRT station with a broken shoe!

More than 5 years with this shoe isn’t bad… It lasted way longer than any of the Nike Air Max’s I’ve owned…

Before throwing away my Zig… I decided to keep the insoles for my sneakers…

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EB by Everbest

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My wife loves her Everbest shoes… She uses a pair for her daily commute…

It’s my first time to buy a pair from them as my “commute shoes” from Crocs will retire soon.

Bought the 2 for SGD 99.00 which is a common sight at Everbest Stores.

First thing I noticed is that these shoes are branded as EB by Everbest…

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Individually sold at SGD 69.00-79.00, it doesn’t make sense to just buy 1 pair.

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It’s nice to see that the shoes’ have good packaging, I really didn’t expect it for its price point.

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The pair I got was comfortable, mainly due to the insole

Should be perfect for my daily commute and long walks.

Since both shoes will be used for long walks… I decided to buy shoes with rubber soles…

Not only will they last longer, they will offer a better grip for uneven surfaces.

Have to use these new pairs for a couple of months before I can give a better verdict.

But so far so good… The soles are comfortable, the shoes are light, and (so far) the shoe laces doesn’t loosen up on its own.

Please click here for more information about Everbest.

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