Hey guys! So guess what? You know that we've
been doing a road trip right, from Penang all the way to Johor, so we are now sitting
in my friend's house in Iskandar Puteri in the state of Johor. So this video is going
to be a little bit different than all our previous videos because this is just a casual
conversation between two friends talking about the differences between living in Malaysia,
Singapore and this is my friend Sox who's a Singaporean. Here's a fun fact about Sox, okay.
She is the first woman Commanding Officer in the Singapore Artillery, so that means she's
pretty famous in Singapore, guys. I guess. So hi everybody, I'm Sox, I'm a Singaporean living
in Johor and I've been living here for the last 6 months. Sox, so why did you decide to move here?
Okay so I think the key thing here, as you can see, it's the physical space.
You know it's like coming
in here, driving into the estate, really is like wow just so much physical space and with the physical
space comes emotional space. It just opens up. Oh what do you mean by that? So in Singapore,
you know, everybody is going about their life and everything, you know, even though I haven't, have
not been working right and but with my mom and the helper and all you know like activities just
keep going on, it just like you don't have a lot of emotional space so this gives me that openness
to like oh okay, morning you can hear the birds, you know, evening you can see the sunset, morning you
can see the sunrise, just running around the estate, you know, greeting people in the morning.
It's like it's different. Whereas in Singapore even though I go and run, you know, and I don't I see
people that I see often running along the canal but there's no like hi morning, you know, it's like
everybody is on a mission, I'm finishing this run etc etc.
So it's, so the kind of emotional space
is just very rigid. Rigid, very you know, I mind my own business, you mind your own business and we
done. Yeah, I mean, Singapore has always been the do do, do. That's right. Yeah so I think it's not just
the physical space but the the emotional space and then also it gives my mother the space right. She
gets to do whatever she wants. Gallivanting, you know and you know, morning she goes for exercise,
afternoon she goes for her afternoon activity. She feels a lot freer without, you know, having to
cater maybe to ask me having dinner, having lunch, you know things like that.
She handles her life
basically and I handle mine, you know. It's, I think, that gives everybody that the space and also peace
of mind. Yes I think to me, it's really space, you know, to be able, to yeah, to be able to be me, you
know, to be able enjoy the little things in life. If I'm not wrong, this house is situated in
a golf course right? Yes and that's the reason why we chose it. Okay. The golf course is just
like 4 minutes drive away, you know, and I play golf right, so it's no brainer to get a, to get
a place right next to the golf course.
And what facilities are there? There is swimming pool,
yeah, there's also a gym, right at the golf, at the clubhouse. Okay and all this is part, like
do you have to pay to be a member? How does it work? Yeah so you pay to, you pay to use. Okay. Per
time or per month? Yes per time. Pay to, so pay to use the pool, the gym and also the golf course?
Yes. Ah so actually it's pretty good. There's no obligations or there's no long-term commitment
in that sense. Yeah. Oh this is the first time I've heard of something like that cuz usually like,
we went to the golf course in Ipoh right, it's a it's a membership.
Yeah so this one also has
a membership. The only difference is they also allow people who walk in. Okay yeah I guess
to maintain the golf course. Yeah. Can you share any more about the house? It's a lovely house.
Yeah so this is an Inter Terrace. Okay. You can park cars outside, there's four bedrooms,
one downstairs which is like, I think it's a Granny's room and then three upstairs.
how many bathrooms? In total three bathrooms. Wow okay. So the grand question. How much is it per
month? You guess. Wah lau ask me to guess ah. Okay. RM3050 per month. Way less. So to take you out your
misery, it is actually RM2300 a month. Wow this insane! So Sox, it has been 6 months. How do you enjoy JB so far? Well other than the space, it's the makan lah. Of course, of course. Yeah, yeah so guess what? In
the last 6 months that, you know, we've been here, we don't have to cook a single meal. Really? Yeah. So
every time is eat out and it's, it's good food okay. I mean the price is of course, you compare to
Singapore, it's way way cheaper but I think it's the quality of the food. Okay. The Taste.
Tell us more, tell us more on this. Yeah like you know, you simply, you go to any coffee shop right
you'll find a dim sum and the dim sum quality, it's like what you get in restaurants in Singapore, you
It's different lah, it's just lovely. And your surrounding area, because we drove quite deep into
the estate, how where's the nearest hawker centre or kopitiam? The nearest kopitiam is actually about maybe 2 minutes drive out at the other end because you came in by the main gate. Oh I see. So there
is a back gate, okay. Okay so about 2 minutes ooh okay. So we have very good dim sum down there. We
must go and eat okay. Can. Wow so just by food alone right, how much do you think you save every month
in Singapore dollars? At least 50%. 50%! Yeah and we only, we don't just only eat the hawker food, but of course
hawker food is like damn nice okay, but occasionally we'll go restaurants.
Japanese restaurant, have
steak, Italian restaurant and all. Yeah so it's 50% and it's easily available around your estate
right? Right. So you don't need to actually go into Johor Bahru town to go and get your food right?
Yeah unless I'm going there to buy something, I don't have to go there. So the surrounding like
Gelang Patah, you know, I can't remember the places name. Yeah, we can get a lot of good food and good
stuff. Hey so Sox, I know one, I know you, I'm sure you have done road trips in Malaysia already
right? For sure, for sure. So where have you been? So we went up to KL, Gentings, Ipoh, Penang and also this place called Sekinchan. Yeah we were just there. Yeah so we've done a couple of road trips and
I think the beautiful part about, you know, we are on this side of the Causeway right, we just tsk and go. Whereas when we have to meet our friends, they have to cater in additional hours to meet us.
the keyword is hours, not 1 hour. It's hours cuz the Causeway now, the jam is quite insane, you know. Yeah, especially I mean, even though we set off early in the morning, the difference is still at least
2 hours. Yeah ouch. I'm so glad I'm in Penang. Yeah so you know, and then going up there and you
can actually hire cars yeah, private hires and and go. You don't even need to bother
about driving even. That's true. Yeah so then you get there, Grab is so so convenient these days
right. Of course you don't stay in places, you know, you stay within town area and all this yeah
very easy. You know what we should do? We should do a road trip to Terengganu. All of us, that'll be fun!
That'll be fun. How has it been shopping in Johor as compared to Singapore, do you miss anything?
Like can you find everything you need in Johor? Okay so I'm a very simple person right, so the things
I need, basically I find here.
Of course except for like gourmet ice cream. You know, occasionally you want special like Movenpick, Udders, Creamier, they don't have this kind. Yeah, because that one Singapore of
course will have. I think for me, I miss Fair Price the most cuz you know, Fair Price right, so big,
everything is so neatly stacked. Then everything I want, they have. So that yeah, I really miss Fair
Price. Yeah I think what is on a lot of people's minds right is the safety in Johor, cuz I myself as
a Penangnite, I also have that question right. Can you share more about your experience so far? Indeed. So every time I tell people, you know, I live in JB this is the first question they ask me is how is
the safety? Yeah so I don't know, you know, it's probably it's rumors whatever right, okay, really
the estate that we live in, it's very very safe. So it has a outer ring, you know, guard and then,
every individual estate also has its own guard. And when like, when you came in right, the guard will call me to see, to ask if I was expecting visitors.
Okay. Yeah so only when I say okay then
you come. Okay what about like say, when you're traveling for your restaurant food, hawker
food right, what's the sense of safety that you get? I mean it's really a lot of common sense.
Don't anyhow put your phone all over the place right. So generally, you know, and also
because we also dress casual, slippers and all to blend in, yeah so I think generally, I don't see any issue
at all you know. Okay that's a good, that's a huge relief, I would say, cuz I think a lot of our
viewers may have that concern.
I mean, I certainly do, like I and I've been a victim of snatch theft twice
in Penang in the past 20 years ago, so I do have concerns about safety whenever we're traveling to
a new state in Malaysia. So thanks for that. Yeah so I mean, there are some of the neighbors that we
talked to, sometimes they don't even lock their gate when they go away. For like when they drive
out? No, not just drive out, like you know, go for holidays and all. Ha? Even in Penang, we don't do
that. I know right. It's like, you know, quite unusual. For me I thought it was quite unusual but they
And then when they come back, nothing happened? Nothing happened. So Sox, you seem very happy and well settled here already, 6 months only. So what are your long-term plans? Well I guess you know,
JB seems like quite a viable plan with the cost and everything right and it's also nearer to home
because my mom is growing old right. So you know, for the next couple of years probably still
very nearby then later on, you know, in the longer term maybe 3 months here, 6 months there. I don't
know. Okay. We'll see what happens. Awesome cool! What would you say to people, specifically Singaporeans
who might be even thinking of moving here or even retiring here? Well I'd say, if you actually, if you are
still working and if you work from home most of the time, this is not, this is really good because
you got a lot of space, you know, not cooped up, you know, doing all the zoom and all this.
I think this
is a very good option okay and you don't have to travel in and out daily. Cost wise, you know,
like food already save half, rental and whatever it's no brainer. Okay if you are thinking of
retiring okay, like me who has got a lot of hobbies, I got space to practice my saxophone, I
can do my wood work, I can take up hobbies, now learning TCM and all, like there's just so much
space to do it and at so much lesser cost. Yeah the end of the day, it all comes back to space and
cost. Yes. Yeah so not just space and in terms of cost, you can really stretch your dollar. Yeah
because the Singapore dollar now, what's the exchange rate, Sox? I think it's 3.42 or there about around
there. Do you know when I first came to Singapore 13 years ago, the exchange rate was 2.34 and
I thought wow so much already! Yeah it's already $1.10 more. There you go guys, just a casual
conversation between two friends about Johor and life in general and that's it from me, Fran from
the Corporate Breakout Couple.
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