My Photographs: Top 5 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

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Central Food Market, May 2015. What a strange little place the Malaysian city of Johor Bahru is. Dwarfed by the popularity of its neighboring metropolis Singapore, most people have never even heard of it. I’d certainly had no plans to visit before fate intervened. I’d been enjoying a three month trip around South East Asia and was looking forward to visiting my old friend Lisa, who lived on the Malaysian island Pulau Sibu (for info on my experiences there, click here). The plan was to go to Sibu directly from Singapore, but then Lisa was unexpectedly called out to Johor Bahru for a four-day stint at her company’s head office. And so I made the short trip over to JB in the hope there was enough to keep me busy while she worked. On that first afternoon I headed out to the network of food markets scattered around my hotel. This stall, selling a mixture of Malay, Indian and Middle Eastern dishes, was just one of countless joints in the area. Fine dining it wasn’t, though the slop I treated myself to was nevertheless hearty enough and dirt cheap. Having spent a few hours eating, drinking and people watching, I couldn’t help but think “Hmm, what now?”

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