Sunday, November 29, 2009


Entry by Nbilla Jane Riza

World most complicated music. Have you ever think about it? A fact from my current read book tells me that it is gamelan. Research by Heather Jennings, a physicist, outcomes a number from zero to one as the indicator of complexity. The closer the music came to one, the more complex it was. Gamelan got the highest value, and is above Brazillian forro, techno, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll. Sorry to suffocating death metal and the chaos of fengtau; they are classified as noise.

Waduh! Gamelan, sayang... is the song that they play during kuda kepang! As I read the fact, it made me realized why people were so "into" the kuda kepang when the music was being played.

"Gamelan is as interesting as it is complex. There’s a mesmeric quality to gamelan, which stems from the repetitious nature of its rythms. A single chime sounds familiar and ordinary, but many chimes combined create an effect that is other-worldly and rather beautiful.” - Mark Lewis

How crazy was that? Even a Mat Salleh felt what I felt! No wonder people was possessed!

JOHO, lets watch some kuda kepang!

Saturday, November 28, 2009


(photo credited to Reza Mohamed)

When: November 28, 2009
Where: Wonderspace, Taman Mawar, Pasir Gudang

JOHO together with Wonderspace supported RUAS (Ruang Seni) for their first event which consisted of screening of two short films directed by Dean Sham and Rozinorazali as well as arts and photo exhibitions from our own JOHO members, Yusri Bachok and Wandi Volta.

RUAS also showcased the talent of another JOHO member, Azrafe Zaky when he performed two songs as an opening act as well as at the end of RUAS.

Azrafe Zaky – Tango Dr. M from Syed Syahrul Zarizi on Vimeo.

(clip courtesy of ideabuzz)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cultural Places

1st World Hindu Glass Temple

The Arulmigu Sri Raja Kallamman temple, the world's first glass temple, in Jalan Tebrau in Johor Bahru has become a major tourist attraction. It is a first of its kind with more than a million pieces of colourful glass adorning the temple's walls, ceiling, domes and pillars. The glasses were imported from Thailand, Japan and Belgium. The temple was built at the cost of RM3 million.

It was officially opened on October 25 and can accommodate 1,500 devotees.

This temple is located at No. 22, Lorong satu, Jalan Tebrau , 80100 Johor Bahru. It is nearly 2 km drive from the town of Johor Bahru.

Royal Abu Bakar Museum

The grand building that was completed in year 1866 was previously used as the Grand Palace where Sultan Abu Bakar, the father of Johor modernization rest in peace.

Duli Yang Maha Mulua Sultan Iskandar officially opened the museum to the public on 11 May 1990.

The entrance fee for Malaysian is RM5 (adult), RM1 (children below 12 and student). For foreign visitors, the entrance fee is USD7 (adult) and USD3 (children below

Visiting hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9.00am ~ 5.00pm
Weekend and Public Holiday: 9.00am ~ 5.00pm
Friday: Closed

Chinese History Museum

The museum is located at a 60-year-old building along Jalan Ibrahim in the heart of the city and is the first museum of its kind in the country. The museum features e a collection of artifacts related to the Cantonese, Hokkien, Hainanese, Hakka and Teochew clans that would mainly comprise of pictures on cultural events celebrated in the olden days and also cultural tools and equipment used in the past that are rarely found now.

The Chinese History Museum was officially opened to public on October 3, 2009 by Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Teh Tarik

Teh Tarik (literally mean pulled tea in layman's term) is a common favorite drink for the lepak community in Malaysia.

For teh tarik addict, JOHO is providing you guys with a list of recommended "hotspot" for teh tarik that you should check out.

Johor Bahru
  1. Restoran Syam located at the front of Stulang (credit: Wandi Volta)
  2. Restoran Anggun at Larkin (credit: to Wandi Volta)
  3. Restoran Habib located at Taman Perling (credit: Nbilla Jane Riza)
  4. Restoran Aliff located at Taman Universiti (credit: Nbilla Jane Riza)
  5. Man Tebar of Kampung Melayu located nearby Dewan Serbaguna Kampung Melayu (credit: Reza Mohammed)
  6. MAPLE located nearby Leisure Mall (landmark: Maybank) (credit: Reza Mohammed)
  7. Restoran Juara at Taman Cempaka (credit: Bie Hamidah)
  8. Restoran A Sri Merah at Taman Puteri Wangsa (credit: kluxorious)

Batu Pahat
  1. Ramli Cafe. The cafe was featured in one of Astro Prima program (credit: Mohd Khairul)

Fine Dining


Carabou pride itself as being the authentic Thai restaurant. The place was made entirely of wood and decorated with a resort style setting. You will be able to enjoy the greenery and cool breeze while dining at the heart of the city.

Carabao is located at 16, Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir, Johor Bahru. For reservation you can call 07-335 9333.

Business hour:
12.00pm - 3.00pm / 6.00pm - 1.00am

Grand Straits Garden Seafood Restaurant

The restaurant is the most popular "Halal" seafood restaurant in Johor Bahru. It offers their customers with wide range of menu prepared by it renowned chefs and they can enjoy their food surrounded by relax ambiance.

Grand Straits Garden also offers other facilities such as ballrooms for weddings and other functions as well as VIP rooms equipped with karaoke facilities.

No.3, Jalan Persiaran Danga, Kawasan Danga Bay,
81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (Behind Rat Auto)

Phone : +607-2388118
Fax: +607-2375799

Business Hours: Everyday 11:30am to 12.00am

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Malaysia Savings Sale Carnival 2009

Ministry of Tourism Malaysia & Johor Tourism Action Council will once again bring the mega sale carnival to all Shopping Complexes throughout Johor Bahru. The event will last from December 1 to January 3, 2010.

Tanjung Piai National Park

Tanjung Piai is a cape that is located at is the southernmost point of mainland Asia. The cape is declared as a national park for the costline of unspoiled mangrove forest. It has long been the attraction for bird lovers especially during the migration season between September and March.

Visitors can get to Tanjung Piai either by Sungai Belukang or via Desa Sri Piai. For Malaysian the entrance fee is RM3 and RM5 for foreign visitors.


Kluang RailCoffee

This is the best place for breakfast in Kluang. The famous menu would be it's varieties of toasted breads and ice coffee. But the menu doesn't stop there. It also offers delicious nasi lemak, and fried mee/meehoon in tiny packaging on the table.

Kluang RailCoffee has several branches around Malaysia but like any others the original remains the best not to mention cheaper.

Kluang KTM Station,
Jalan Station,
Kluang, Johor.

Business hour:
7am -12pm, 2:30 - 6pm. Closed on Thursdays.

(picture credited to Norziana loves Farrel)


Roost Juice + Bar is located at 9 Jalan Dhoby, Johor Bahru, in a double storey historical structure building aged of over 50 years old. The ambiance is of the 1970's. The food is awesome and they served popular their house juices in a small colored bucket. It is definitely something different.

The upstair dining area is linked to a boutique located next door named "The Girl Next Door" so you can dine and shop for quality selected pieces.

Business hour:
Mon - sat 12:00Pm - 4PM 6PM - 12Am
Sun 6PM - 12AM


Roost Bistro is located at The Zone and is subsidiaries of Roost Juice + Bar. The bistro belongs to Bie and Hie.

This place will serves you guys with post punk, britpop and alternative music. On Friday nights, their DJs will spin songs from Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, The Used, The Libertines and the list goes on.

With the relax ambiance, you will be sure to chill at this place as you listen to the songs being played. Not to mention that you can see all the stylish people hanging here, with all sort of fashion senses.

Be unique.

(picture credited to Azree Ismail)


(credited to kluxorious)

JOHO knows that Johorean and foods are inseparable thus we try to bring you the makan places that we thought you would enjoy and appreciate.

You are welcome to share your favorite makan places with the rest of JOHO.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Have a say

JOHO welcome all members to participate and share with us anything that you think worth sharing. It could be anything, from the rare monument you found at Muar, the adventure you experienced while visiting a tourist spot, your music band from Johor to your favorite makan places. If you think you can provide us with a fresh perspective on the subject, JOHO appreciates the sharing.

You guys can also submit any kind of writing, be it a journal, short stories, fictions and/or anything in between to JOHO whether it is in Bahasa Melayu or in English.

Content Guidelines for articles:
  • Your post must never been published before (original. JOHO do not want any plagiarism).
  • Your post can be about anything as long as it is related to Johor Darul Takzim.
You can send your articles directly to JOHO at If you are not sure that your articles have meet our guidelines or not, you may send your articles with post title and drafted in points.

Of course we will not limited your sharing to mere articles. Should you know of any upcoming events or promotions that we have not included in our blog, feel free to email us the data.

We also welcome all

For photographers who want to share with us your photos, you can do the same.

Content Guidelines for photos:
  • Your photo must be original
  • Your photos can be about anything as long as it is related to Johor Darul Takzim.
  • Provide link (if you uses flickr, photobucket or other such FTP services) or watermark your photos
JOHO reserved the right to edit the articles as needed and to reject articles or photos that we feel are not appropriate for this blog.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Pertandingan Zapin 2009

(photo is credited to Amirul Izwan)

When: November 7 & 8, 2009
Where: Stadium Tertutup MBJB, Johor Bahru

One of our members, Amirul Izwan, was fortunate enough to go to the event and enjoyed one of the most fine art forms from Johor, tarian zapin.

Here is the video on one of the groups who contested in the event (credit for the video goes to kuraramus)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Photo JOHO: Events

Credit: Reza Mohamed
Where: Pesta Layang-Layang, Pasir Gudang

Credit: Azrafe Zaky
Event: Pesta Tanglung Joho Bahru
When: October 2009

Credit: Ezzah Khairanee
Event: Teater Srikandi Jauhar
Where: RTM Auditorium, Johor Bahru
When: October 2009

Credit: Amirul Izwan
Event: Pertandingan Zapin Johor 2009
Where: Stadium Tertutup MBJB, Johor Bahru
When: November 2009


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