10 essential tips all Singaporeans must know to have a shiok time in JB


Last Updated on 2016-05-19 , 2:05 pm

As Singaporeans, we’re kind of used to the sense of security we have in our country. I can go for a jog at 1 a.m. without worrying about being robbed or assaulted as much. I don’t really have to think twice about getting into a cab because there’s a niggling thought in my head wondering if the cab driver not using the meter when he drives me to my destination.

Stepping across the border is a different ballpark altogether. I’m not saying it’s like I’m entering a war-zone or anything, but it’s always good to be extra cautious when stepping into another country.

Today, I’m sharing the top ten tips on how to have a safe and pleasant trip while you’re in JB. Pay attention, because you might just need it.

Money Changing
You’d get better rates in Singapore than what you’d get at the money changers around JB Central.

Beggars Beware
There’s a syndicate in JB town where you see able-bodied beggars asking for money. I’m not judging a person based on appearance, but they are probably working for a larger syndicate. It’s best to stay away from them and move if you see one approaching you.

Crime Alert
I’ve read of stories where people walk around with Rolex watches in JB and got mugged. Snatch thefts are pretty common too, as well as pick-pocketing. My advice? Travel with the bare minimum and don’t bring all your valuables along with you on your trip.

Oh and the good news? There’s an increase in police mobility and anti-crime actions. But just in case, be safe. Don’t walk in dark alleys and be careful when you’re approached by strangers.

Mosquitos and Bites
Don’t we hate those small pests? Bring your insect repellent along with you and avoid dengue like the plague it is.

Driving in JB
It’s a madhouse at times especially if you head into JB town during weekends or peak hours. Some drivers are pretty hot-headed and impatient. The best thing to do is to go when the place is least likely to be packed or don’t drive at all. Taking the bus into JB is likely to be faster than driving a car.

Toilet Hygiene
The public toilets are deplorable. You’re better off at the ones at JB City Square or at any other mall.

Taxi Touts
Always ask the taxi driver if he’s using the meter before you get in. You don’t want to be cheated out of your money now, do you?

Booking a Hotel
Once again, hotels are generally safer when it’s further away from JB Central. I’m talking about places like Granada at Bukit Indah or Thistle Hotel that’s just 5 minutes away from town. The ones that are cheap and close to JB central are flocked with prostitutes. Not my kind of living area.

Less is More
Carry just as much cash as you need to tide you by, and keep some tucked in the pocket of your jeans. You never know when it might come in handy.

The Zon and Alcohol
Yes, this is a good place to get duty-free items. It also means that a lot of people end up buying alcohol and getting wasted there, having no recollection of what’s done to them after. Keep away from them by visiting the mall during the day to stash up on your chocolates.

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