If you're a little bored of our sunny island and find that you've run out of things to do, fret not, because we can always turn to our neighbouring country, or rather, city, that has much to offer.
Apart from your usual Johor Bahru (JB) routine and revisiting the same old haunts, we've put together a list of activities and places to explore so that your weekends can be a tad more interesting.
NEW BELETIME DANGA BAY MALL
Beletime Danga Bay Mall is the newest addition to the list of malls that have opened in JB this year.
The mall, located just beside the sea, is making a splash with its marine theme decoration and art all around the premises to educate its customers about the importance of conserving the oceans.
The popular Womei cinema chain will open its first outlet outside of China in Beletime Danga Bay Mall, as well as LoveYoyo, a theme park featuring real snow and ice, just in time for the Christmas season.
Where: No.01-01, Shopping Mall Ground Floor, Bay Point Persiaran Danga Perdana Country Garden, Danga Bay, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
HAVE HOTPOT WHILE SINGING KARAOKE
Most karaoke spots in Singapore provide only drinks and snacks when you book a karaoke room but you get more than just snacks at The Rhythm in Mount Austin, JB.
For just RM32 (S$10.50) per pax, you'll get a three-hour session inclusive of hotpot and karaoke in the very same room, where you can get your belly filled and belt out to tunes at the same time.
Where: 55, Jalan Austin Heights 8/8, Taman Mount Austin Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 11am to 3am
SHOP AT NINSO NEW OUTLET
Ninso is Malaysia's equivalent of Daiso or Miniso, and everything here is priced at RM2.10 (S$0.82).
The items you can find here are mostly made in Sabah, ranging from food products to household items. There are also stationery, if you're looking to stock up for school next year.
There are a total of seven outlets in Johor, with the newest at Skudai.
- No 11, Jalan Hang Lekir, Taman Industri Jaya , 81300 Skudai Johor.
- 1, Jalan Johor Jaya, Taman Perindustrian Plentong, 81750 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
- 77, 79, 81, 83 & 85, Jln Kenanga 3, Taman Desa Cemerlang, 81800 Ulu Tiram, Johor, Malaysia
- Pusat Perniagaan Tasik, 22-25, Jalan Tasik 1, Kompleks Pejabat-pejabat Kerajaan, 86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia
- No7, Pusat Perniagaan Kota Emas 4, Pusat Perniagaan, Jalan Kota Emas, 82000 Pontian, Johor, Malaysia
- No. 205, Jalan Baru, Taman Rona, 86400 Parit Raja, Johor, Malaysia
- Lot 20 ,22 & 24, Jalan Kampung Tengah 2, Taman Fajar Jaya, 86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia
WAN MASAK FAMILY CAFE
Wan Masak Family Cafe is a new concept cafe that has just opened its doors. Parents can enjoy a meal while the kids are entertained by the ball pool, slides, reading corners, and carousel in the store.
As they're newly opened, Wan Masak Family Cafe is having a trial opening period that requires customers to make an appointment so as to provide a safer and more comfortable environment for both parents and kids. Kids are also required to put on socks when they play.
Where: 19 a & 21 a, Eco Botanic Road 3/5, Botanical Eco Park, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, 12pm - 3.30pm, 4.30pm - 8.30pm (Monday to Friday), 11am - 1.30pm, 2.30pm - 5pm, 6pm - 9pm (Saturday to Sunday), closed on Wednesday.
PAMPER YOURSELF AT FOREST SPA PLAZA
Recently opened in October, Forest Spa Plaza Sentosa is a botanical-themed sanctuary to relax with a good rub-down.
You can choose from foot massages to various healthcare packages using the techniques of Chinese massage.
The rooms, which looks like sets out of Avatar, are filled with fairy lights to create a relaxing ambience.
Where: Plaza Sentosa, Lot 1 - Lot 4 Lower Ground Floor Block E, Jalan Sutera 3, Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
POPULAR MEGA BOOKFAIR
The year is coming to an end and soon it's back to school again. If you're looking to get kiddo all prepped up for the new school term, Popular is having a mega bookfair at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre (MVEC) Southkey.
Besides getting them new books and stationery, there'll be workshops to attend, sharing sessions by Malaysian and overseas authors and competitions to sign up for.
Where: Mid Valley Exhibition Centre (MVEC) Southkey (Third Floor, South Court above SOGO), Johor Bahru
When: From now till Dec 29