Working Down South

Had to change my blog’s skin as the old one gave me some kind of error I couldn’t debug. So I thought I’d add in a new entry as well.

It’s been almost 2 weeks since I came to Johor for an attachment. In these two weeks, I’ve learned a lot, ate a lot, stressed out a lot and laughed a lot at the same time. The best part is catching up with old friends in both Johor and Singapore. Such opportunities are rare when your group of friends have dispersed all over the world chasing their own dreams and building their careers.

There are a few things I dislike about this place, and that would be the way people drive here, overrated food and how everything is catered to rip their Singaporean neighbors off. I come from Penang, and while people say drivers there are crazy, I must say that drivers in Johor are just plain bodoh. Cutting in from the left (and right, but mostly left) side without signal lights, speeding at junctions, driving at wrong lanes and you only find extremely fast or extremely slow cars on the road. No in-betweens. And the slow ones tend to stick to the right lanes. Food-wise, it’s quite pricey, and I have to agree with a fellow Penangite who is studying here; don’t believe locals who tend to rave about food. More often than not, they fall below par. And yeah, once you’re here, you will feel sorry for Singaporeans who come over. It’s as if they know they’re being ripped off but they don’t mind it anyway.

On the plus side, I like the fact that I can receive Singaporean radio stations here. They play songs I wished my friends would talk about and they actually limit their adverts. Johor Premium Outlet is a nice place to shop for branded goods at slashed prices (I’m not much of a shopaholic but the things there are actually much cheaper), and if you just need a getaway (and feel a lil safer) for a weekend, Singapore is just less than an hour away. I do think Johor has lots of potential to expand and develop (come on, I’m sure Singapore has inspired you in a way or two!), and the whole Iskandar development seems promising (and massive). It’ll be a long term thing though, don’t expect overnight change.

But the main reason I’m here is also probably the main reason I don’t mind being here. Working culture is a little more casual and flexible, and I find myself more productive when I’m here. I have a list of things to learn and I’ve got so little time!  It’s nice, though, to keep the pace and achieve quite a bit everyday.

Alright, I need to head to a friend’s place for dinner now. I’ll write more next time. Oh, the above photo was taken at Taman Perling yesterday, when my friends and I were at the Orang Asli seafood restaurant during sunset. It overlooks to Lion City too. 🙂

 

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