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Friday, April 1, 2016

Causewaylink Bus Service (Tuas Second Link)


Causeway Link Buses are operated by JB bus operators Handal Indah and have several bus services that ply the Tuas Second Link. The bus fare is a flat $4 (although the website now states $5). This route is also much quieter and faster as not many people use it.


CW6  goes to Taman Bukit Indah (AEON), board at Boon Lay MRT bus stop

CW3 goes to Taman Bukit Indah Aeon Mall then onto Perling Mall, board at Jurong East Interchange

CW4 goes to Sutera Mall, board at Jurong East Interchange


The bus stops outside Bukit Indah Shopping Mall, the largest shopping center in the state of Johor, ending its service at Larkin Terminal. Aeon (formerly Jusco) has a membership plan for further savings, as if the favorable exchange rate and cheaper prices aren't enough.


We ate at the Thai restaurant there and its really authentic, down to the fresh mango salad and sweet beef kway teow soup. It came up to $6 or $7 per person for our party of 5, I can't believe the prices here.


For dessert, I headed over to the coconut ice cream stall at the entrance, $6 ringgit for luscious scoops of coconut ice cream with coconut jelly, coconut shavings and a whole bunch of other toppings, in a fresh coconut shell.


The first floor is filled with recognizable shop names, a row of fast food restaurants, the AEON supermarket and the branded outlet shop. Discounts and special offers here will make your eyes pop, 50% off GNC, buy1get1 & PWP at Watsons, special buys on gold @ jewellery shops.


There are some TCM shops, local Malaysian products gift store and pushcarts selling everything in trend for the season. We dropped by this snack cart to stock up on muruku before heading home (I took this pic but the same cart comes up when you click on the mall in Google maps).


The second floor is filled with clothing and shoes, my mom picked up this pair of shoes at just $53 ringgit (its got soo many crystals). There is also a row of restaurants. The third floor is where the Cinema is located. There's also Toys'r'us (didn't go in this time), Daiso, Popular on this uppermost level.


I did a price comparison of groceries in Malaysia and Singapore and although in general Malaysia groceries are 20% to 30% cheaper, you can get 10% discount in Singapore using your passion card and not travel all the way across the border to do your shopping. The non-seasonal items that are really worth your money in Malaysia are:


(1) Red meat like Buffalo or Mutton 
It costs $6.66/kg after conversion from Malaysia and costs $20/kg in Singapore. When it goes on sale and that happens quite often, it gets even cheaper.


(2) Amarula Liquor
$39 after conversion from Malaysia and it comes with 2 free glasses. In Singapore it costs $65 to $85, no glasses.


(3) Vegetables
You can get 1 kilo for under $1 and it gets even cheaper if its on offer.



(4) XL size tubs of tomato sauce, margarine etc
Malaysia grocery stores sell commercial size (1kg to 5kg) condiments. Once the novelty wears off, its still good value for money. Imagine ... $3 for 1 kilo of margarine.



Legally, cigarettes and other contraband are not allowed across the border. Liquor is ok and there are no restrictions on the volume you can bring over (yay!). Unlike airports where you are restricted to 1 litre. You also need to know for day trips (like mine) GST tax exemption is only up to $150 value of goods, thereafter you have to pay 7% tax on the remaining value of goods at Singapore customs. If you are staying across the border for > 48 hours (say 3D/2N in Legoland) you are allowed up to $600 worth of goods tax exempt, so do shop @megamarts to stock up on groceries.


These peppers of all colours caught our attention and I got a pack of the small sweet ones.


There's a food court just outside the supermarket, great place to grab a drink and repack all your purchases before heading home.


That's everyone waiting for the bus home on the opposite side of the road @ coffeeshop.


Totally loved my purchases that included tulang spice bag, I'm gonna grill the lamb chops in awesome bbq sauce, chop up 1 mutton steak to make tulang soup and just smoke the rest for sandwiches. This time around I got Auntie Anne's Pretzels (3 for $10 ringgit)! If you are at a loss for what to get, Secret Recipe cakes are a good bet and half price after conversion too.


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