Cycle to Malaysia – Pekan Nanas and Legoland

Cycle to Malaysia and your playground upsized from 700km2 to 330,000km2. Yes, Malaysia is 400x bigger than Singapore!

The idea of cycling to Malaysia never crossed my mind. Primary reason could be road safety concerns.

Image credit FB “Cycling SG to Malaysia”
Image credit FB “Cycling SG to Malaysia”

I will be sharing my cycling experiences from Pekan Nanas and Legoland in this post. And I can confirm Malaysian drivers (motorbikes, cars and even trucks) are more accommodating towards the vulnerable cyclists!

*Do go to the end for video of my JB eat and see (in 3 hours)

For those interested to explore Malaysia cycling itinerary, pop over to Facebook group ‘Cycling SG to Malaysia’. They are organising free cycling events, with volunteer leaders and sweepers, but event slots are always in hot demand!

Carry bicycle over to motorbike lanes

My virgin trip brought me to the town of pineapples “Pekan Nanas“.

Bicycles can only use Booth 1 for manual passport processing

In case you are wondering, Tuas Causeway is off-limits to bicycles as both ends are expressway and highway.

The 1st assembly spot is at the middle of causeway. You can take EPIC Sunrise photos here!

Cycle to Malaysia

After the photos, team can climb up the bridge towards Malaysian Customs.

Cyclists with slim tyres have to watch out for the drain cover gaps. Do follow the red marking (photo below) to enter the “manual” booths.

Image credit FB “Cycling SG to Malaysia”

Second assembly spot would be after Malaysia custom, somewhere here (GPS 1.466946, 103.768354).

This is where the real Fun starts 🙂

We took the coastal loop towards Danga Bay. And the dark clouds chased us for a good 20 minutes!

I wish Singapore’s Shell 95 price will dip below $3 in the near future 🙁

Breakfast was at Skudai area, near Sutera Mall (popular spot with Singaporeans). We normally drive here for brunch, but two wheels are much cooler.

Not sure whether you are ready for Johor ride? We share a few tips:

1) Road confidence (You must have some road experience in Singapore)

2) Recommend cyclists covered at least 80km before (Johor has more slopes and bridges)

You will notice that Malaysian motorists are more accommodating and patient than Singapore drivers.

Malaysian motorists will wait (or slow down) for cyclists to clear junctions, change lanes or even roundabouts!

Kudos and thank you Malaysians for your patience.

Let us carry on with our Pekan Nanas pineapple adventure 🙂

Only tourists will do the pineapple pose haha (pineapple landmark infront of Public Bank).

Image credit FB “Cycling SG to Malaysia”

As you cycle Westward, Pontian and Kukup (SEAFOOD!) is beckoning. And Tuas Causeway is so much nearer than Woodlands Causeway.

Cycle to Malaysia, today Johor, tomorrow Melaka and Desaru.

Map below indicates estimated km from Bukit Indah. These spots are on my wishlist, example Forest City and Southernmost Tip of Mainland Asia (not Sentosa).

Delicious dim sum lunch at Tasixi 大四喜 and we met Chef Eric too.

Image credit FB “Cycling SG to Malaysia”

I would recommend newbies to ride along Danga Bay coast (ie follow directions to Hospital Aminah, then route 52, J1). Road is wider and there is less traffic.

*The stretch along Jalan Tun Abdul Razak (Route or Highway 1)back to Woodlands custom is sandy, narrow and packed with vehicles (ie Stress!)

Group is ready to roll back to Singapore. Our Pekan Nanas group consists of 30 cyclists, split into two groups.

Lots of fun and novelty for the cyclists, we went through two showers too. Many in the group were newbies at custom, but we brought back fond memories.

Just follow the motorcycle lane.

~~Sharing some photos from my Legoland trip 28May2022 ~~

This was the first time I led a cycling group into Johor. I was quite apprehensive but felt a huge sense of accomplishment too.

You have to ensure that everyone can keep pace and hopefully not bring them go “Holland”.

The actual distance in Malaysia (to & fro) from customs to Legoland is about 60km (This is peanuts for those who have completed RTI in Singapore).

Crossing both Singapore and Malaysia customs on our bikes is worth a toast! A novelty for most of the kakis.

Credit kakis
Credit kakis ( Part of the Crius foldie family)

Imagine the excitement when we spot Legoland Hotel over the horizon. Mission achieved 🙂

I cannot remember when was the last time I brought my kids here. They have since outgrown Lego bricks. Revisiting this epic hotel on two wheels, brings back a sense of dejavu!

Credit kakis

Artistic sculptures at Puteri Harbour (we did not visit Hello Kitty).

Do expect puncture/s among the group. Touch wood, but the probability is too high to ignore! Bring tube for your own tyre size.

Credit kakis

Khass Bicycles seems to be a popular pit stop for shopping. I have no idea about price comparison between Singapore and Malaysia.

Cold dessert at Yong Yong Dessert, which is 100m from Khass Bicycles.

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Always Safety first. We strive to enter and leave Malaysia as a group, looking out for each other. This trip has given me the confidence to explore more of Malaysia.

Should I cycle to Malaysia? where should I start?

For those interested to explore Johor on two wheels, do join Facebook group “Cycling SG to Malaysia” first. Do look out for future events to Desaru, Pontian, Melaka! Link up with friendly and helpful community for peer to peer knowledge sharing.

Like-minded cyclists are only interested to cycle, chill and eat (maybe share “poisons” too).  You might find buddies to embark on the next multi-day cycling adventure.

For newbies, your team will have a leader/captain and a sweeper. Leader will navigate and pull the team along, while sweeper ensures no one is left behind.

SHOUTOUT to sweepers Alan and Kiara for ensuring no one is left behind. Our ride would not be successful and safe without the hardworking sweepers !

*1) Step by step tips to cross Singapore Malaysia custom, refer Richard’s link (Take note no photography and video inside customs area)

*2)YouTube crossing Singapore Malaysia customs (Clips from Rueben and Alan). This will help you visualise the next turns and boost your confidence (I still hate the humps!)

3)Reference my cycling planning itinerary Gsheet here (Many items were first shared from Facebook group)

4) Open my Legoland Gpx (Google Map), and just follow turn by turn to Nusajaya

5) Updated 11 June 2022 – 3 Hours in JB. Eat, see and Experience

Additional tips:
– Always SAFETY first! Take care of each other

– My Sejahtera app (similar to SG’s traceTogether) is no longer needed, but do print out hardcopy vaccination status from https://www.notarise.gov.sg or HealthHub (just in case)

– Bicycles no need to pay toll, and Touch & Go cards are optional

– Not everyone might wish to cycle to start point at Woodlands custom. The nearest carpark could be at Marsiling Blk 22  (S730022)

– After your JB spin, cyclists can take the train from Kranji MRT

*Do follow our cycling adventures here -> https://sengkangbabies.com/tag/cycling

Green Choice Urban Farm tour

Farm visits nowadays are different. Urban farms have evolved and under the right controls, everything can be cultivated.

Green Choice (in collaboration with Jarta, a Singapore based travel agency) hosted a few of us at Woodlands earlier. I was curious about how farming in Singapore can level up and be more efficient and productive.

Green Choice is situated next to a multi-storey carpark (Industrial building). It is still hard for me to conceive the idea that a farm can exist in a building (vertical farming).

Although the ecosystem (and environment) might have changed, “farmers” still need three main processes, i.e. seeding, germination and harvesting.

Think hydroponic or soil-less. You might have come across news articles about re-purposed open spaces (like carparks or roof tops) or perhaps hotel and F&B outlets who grow their own organic crops and herbs.

Our group started by spreading the seeds evenly across the tray.

The magic is happening behind this room.

Artificial lighting ensures seeds and crops will grow day and night. Employees will monitor the health of crops regularly.

Singapore intends to produce 30% of our food needs by 2030.

Considering Singapore’s small land space, farming always has to fight for land space with industrial, housing and even road usage (just some examples).

You can imagine policy maker and farmers’ challenges:
-Where should new farms be located?
-How do farmers recoup investment when lease duration is hard to guarantee?

But I truly believe farming is evolving and garnering more interest. The next generation will ensure Singapore can self sustain when it comes to our nutritional needs (vegetables, poultry and even fish).

Just imagine how farming will transform a few decades from now.

We are already seeing fishes bred in high rise buildings!
All sorts of fruits can be cultivated under the right climate control.
Urban farmers no longer toil under the sun or work with mud and insects.

Irrigation, fertilisation, harvesting and packing processes will be automated.

I guess the challenge for farmers and Singapore is scaling up production to meet local and overseas demand.  And more importantly, how do we convince Singaporeans to buy made-in Singapore food products.

Back to our mini farmers.  We were busy harvesting trays of greens and plucking the roots.

Microgreens are harvested between 12 to 14 days, seedling stage.

Even though urban farmers work in aircon, plucking of roots is still laborious.

Kids should be proud of their efforts.

Currently, Green Choice can harvest up to 8000kg of greens every year.

To quote them “We adopt soilless cultivation methods and grow hydroponically in environment-controlled green rooms, ensuring the consistent and quality production”.

Green Choice’s target audience is more F&B establishments rather then residential. But you can order your greens through their website.

 

Kids (Steven’s babies) deserve their merit award. They will be the generation which will drive Singapore’s sustainability efforts, be it farming, water, or energy.

Presenting your healthy and fresh Green Choice selections.

No sunburn, cooling aircon, and organic salads. Anyone keen to be a farmer?

The above engagement and tour can be booked through agency Jarta.
Contact: 9737 5494 or email to sales@jarta.com.sg
(*Booking requires 7 days in advance, and $28 per pax apply)

 

Thank you Green Choice for exposing us to urban farming processes. I have a better appreciation of the efforts needed to bring green produce to our table.

Do reach out to Green Choice for your Green needs :
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Website (and orders)
Venue: Wave 9, 71 Woodlands Industrial Park E9 #08-03, Singapore 757048

*Singapore SFA 3030 initiative.