June 2017 marks my 5th Year living in Johor Bahru. It feels like only yesterday when the fully loaded 24 ft lorry, jam pack with stuff crawled gingerly across the Causeway to my new home in JB. The first few days in my adopted home was chaotic as I had to feel my way around and get things into some semblance of order, good thing the learning curve was not steep and I got into the groove within a few weeks. Five years on, a part of me has morph into a Johorean.
Johor Bahru is developing FAST. Five years ago, I had a panoramic view of the Johor Straits and Northern Singapore from my balcony before half a dozen new condos started to spawn and blocked my priceless view, words like Princess cove, Forest city, Sky 88 were not yet part of Johorians vocabulary. Five years ago the City Centre (area around City Square) was dotted with dilapidated and vacant shophouses, a canal (Sungei Segget ) filled with rubbish cut across the city centre and can be smelled a mile away. Five years on, the same area is thriving with cafe, boutiques and other lifestyle shops, the entire canal has been upgraded, the rubbish removed and walkways were build alongside.
I wanted to blog about my adopted home, especially its progress for the longest time. I procrastinated cause I was too occupied with other work and personal commitments (read: time management issues). But I guess if I do not start on the 5th year, I will never ever start.