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Beside Malaysia, Singapore is probably the favourite destination for many Indonesians. However, you can easily save a few hundred Singaporean Dollar and use it for shopping if you fly to Senai International Airport in the neighbouring Johor Bahru and take buses to Singapore instead of flying directly into Singapore Changi Airport.
[CLICK TO ENLARGE] Bus Journey Route from Senai Airport to Singapore
The journey from Senai Intrnation Airport Johor to Singapore is not straight forward but is not complicated either. Causeway Link has it summarized in a simple diagram above. Detail are given in the steps below. Just follow these steps and you should be able to get to Singapore from Senai Airport without any problem.
Step 1 – Express Shuttle Bus From Senai International Airport to JB Sentral and Malaysia CIQ
Upon arriving at Senai Airport, proceed to the Airport Shuttle Bus terminal which is located on the left when you exit the Airport Terminal Building. Board the White Shuttle Bus labelled with Causeway Link which provides you with express service to JB Sentral.
Note: LOOK FOR THE WHITE SHUTTLE BUS to JB SENTRAL. DO NOT board the Red Skybus. Instead of JB Sentral, the Red Skybus will bring you to Johor Bahru Hotels like Tune Hotel Danga Bay, KSL Resort, Grand Paragon, Puteri Pacific, and Grand BlueWave.
Ticket Price: The ticket price is RM8 one way. Free for Airasia Passenger. Claim your free bus e-ticket here.
Travel Time from Senai Airport to JB Sentral: Approximately 40 minutes (depending on traffic condition).
Bus frequency: Bus depart approximately every 40 minutes.
Timetable / Schedule of Causeway Link Bus from Senai Airport to JB Sentral.
DEPARTS FROM SENAI AIRPORT
ARRIVES AT JB SENTRAL
06:10AM (First Bus)
11:59PM (LAST Bus)
Arriving at JB Sentral (JB Malaysia CIQ) From Senai Airport
After an approximately 40-50 minutes bus ride, you will arrive at JB Sentral. As you are heading to Singapore, no need to get off the bus at JB Sentral. Only get off the bus at Malaysia CIQ. At Malaysia CIQ, get off the bus and proceed to Malaysia immigration passport check point for immigration clearance to leave Malaysia. The signboard is very clear. Even if without the signboard, just follow the crowd will do.
Reminder: Bring all your belongings with you when you leave the bus.
Step 2: From JB Sentral Malaysia CIQ to Singapore CIQ
After clearing Malaysia Immigration at Malaysia CIQ, proceed to Bay 22 & 23 to take the cross border bus to Singapore CIQ. Note that there are THREE buses you can take here:
Bus CW1 – goes to Kranji MRT Station in Singapore (Ticket cost: RM1.00 one way)
Bus CW2 – goes to Queen Street in Singapore (Ticket cost: RM2.60 one way).
Bus CW5 – goes to Newton Circus in Singapore (Ticket cost: RM2.60 one way).
Step 3: Bus From Malaysia CIQ to Singapore CIQ
Either you board cross boarder bus CW1, CW2 or CW5, you will arrive at Singapore CIQ after crossing the Malaysia Singapore causeway. At Singapore CIQ, get off the bus and head for Singapore passport checkpoints following the signboard or crowd. After clearing Singapore passport check, you will return to the same area to catch buses CW1, CW2 or CW5.
Reminder: Again, bring all your belongings with you when you get off the bus at Singapore CIQ because you may not return to the exact same bus after clearing Singapore immigration.
Timetable / Schedule for cross border buses CW1, CW2 and CW5 from Malaysia CIQ.
The first buses for CW1, CW2 and CW5 will depart Malaysia CIQ at 5.00am daily. The last cross border buses will depart Malaysia CIQ at 10.30pm for CW1 to Kranji MRT and CW5 to Newton Circus. For CW2 to Queen Street the last bus will depart at 11.00pm.
Frequencies and Estimated Travel Time of the shuttle buses from Malaysia CIQ to Singapore
CW1 and CW2 depart more often with an interval of every 15 minutes to 30 minutes. CW5 is slightly less regular with an interval of 20 to 30 minutes.
The estimated travelling time for CW1 from Malaysia CIQ to Kranji MRT station is 15 minutes to 30 minutes during off peak hours but could take up to 1 hour during peak time.
For CW2 from Malaysia CIQ to Queen Street Singapore and CW5 to Newton Circus Singapore, the estimated travelling time is 30 to 45 minutes during off peak hours and up to 1 hour 15 minutes during peak hours.
Step 4: Shuttle Bus From Singapore CIQ to Singapore (Kranji MRT, Queen Street, Newton Circus)
Once you hop on the either bus CW1, CW2 or CW5 you are on the last leg of arriving at your destination in Singapore, be it Kranji MRT station, Queen Street or New Circus.
Most people prefer bus CW1 to Kranji MRT station because you can go almost everywhere else using MRT in Singapore.
Overall Shuttle Bus Journey from Senai International Airport Johor Bahru to Singapore
The overall bus journey from Senai Airport to Singapore is about 1 hour to 2 hours during off peak hours. However, with traffic jam at peak hours in the morning and evening, it could take 2 to 3 hours. This is because there are many Malaysian working in Singapore will cross the causeway to go to or return from work during the peak hours.
Is it worth the hassle to fly to Senai Airport Johor and taking 1 to 2 hours of bus instead of flying directly to Changi Airport in Singapore. It depends on your priority. If you are on tight budget or want to save money and do not mind the additional time to travel on bus from Senai Airport to Singapore, it is definitely a good option. However, if you bring a lot of baggage with you or travel with young children and elderly, it is not advisable to take the bus from Senai International Airport to Johor Bahru and then to Singapore, be it Kranji MRT Station, Queen Street or Newton Circus. You may find changing buses, carrying heavy luggages, walking up and down the stair and queue too much to bare with.
It’s often called superstition, but Western businesses are starting to see a rising influence of Asian principles like the practice of feng shui become commonplace. The feng shui of a residence or business can often make or break the deal for Asian clientele. The conservatives might balk, but world-savvy businesses might find that incorporating the ancient art of feng shui makes good financial sense.
There’s no doubt about China’s financial clout in today’s economy and that their influence is expected to rise. As we move into a more global economy, there is an increasing need to rise to meet the unique design and conceptual challenges posed by Asian design traditions. Chinese firms are making starts on large commercial and residential developments, and a recent article in the Wall Street Journal points out the rise in Chinese home builders. These firms are not only building, they’re including feng shui principles, like avoiding having a sink and stove opposite one another, a very common arrangement in Western kitchens but considered taboo in feng shui. These new developments are going up on both East and West Coasts and are designed for Chinese consumers in America.
Travel has also noticed the rising Chinese tourism, with more than a 53% growth in Chinese travel from 2009 to 2010. Hotels like Fairmont and Hilton are adding congee, a rice porridge, to morning buffets, and businesses are increasingly adding Mandarin-speaking staff. That’s because when the Chinese vacation, they come looking to spend. According to the US Commerce department, Chinese visitors average $ 7,100 per visit, more than doubling that of other overseas visitors who average about $ 3,240. An estimated 1.8 million Chinese tourists visited the US in 2013, and that number is expected to grow to 2.1 million in 2014. According to a new report, the number of Chinese visitors coming to the United States will more than triple by 2020.
Business has learned that accommodating Asian aesthetics is also financially smart. The Las Vegas MGM Grand was originally designed to have patrons enter an open lion’s mouth, but changed the entrance when visitors complained it was bad luck to enter the mouth of a vicious animal. The new entrance, redesigned in 1998, and now features a stately lion in repose at the front of the casino, is considered to be more auspicious and luckier for gambling. This redesign significantly changed MGM’s bottom line in gambling dollars.
More than just making sense, feng shui makes money. In Asia, businesses rarely begin construction on new projects without consulting a feng shui master. The feng shui master looks at the surroundings, calculates the degree of an entrance or reads the symbolism of the concepts incorporated in the building’s design. Another sign of the Chinese influence? The issuance of EB-5 visas to foreigners that enables them to invest $ 500,000 as a way of gaining a temporary visa. In all, over 6,800 were issued to Chinese nationals, widely overtaking all other countries. The next closest country was South Korea with 364 visas issued.
What is clear is that taking feng shui principles and guidelines into account makes good business sense, and why it’s a good idea that businesses look for ways to incorporate feng shui principles like those practiced in Asia. Creating an appealing environment that makes both businesses and consumers comfortable will give businesses that extra edge in competing for Asian and Chinese dollars, but shouldn’t overlook feng shui’s appeal to Westerners too. To help would-be feng shui consultants understand these principles, Feng Shui expert, Kathryn Weber, and publisher of the Red Lotus Letter feng shui e-zine, will be offering a Feng Shui Master Consultant certification course in traditional Chinese feng shui this November 12-16, 2014 at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada.
Participants will learn important principles and guidelines of traditional Chinese feng shui versus the Westernized feng shui that is more aimed at following esoteric practices and has a highly spiritual quality about it that appeals more to Westerners. Traditional Chinese feng shui looks at time and uses ancient formulas and a specialized compass called a luo pan. All attendees will be exposed and trained in the fundamentals of feng shui as it applies to various types of residences and businesses.
Learning how to interpret feng shui principles will create appealing environments more suited for Asian clientele. Weber explains that she frequently speaks to businesses and architects looking for feng shui consultants who are classically trained and who can bridge the gap between East and West, and who take a Chinese approach to feng shui. Plus, according to Weber, consultants trained in this method can command higher fees for this knowledge and skill and are highly marketable as business advisers.
Aspiring feng shui consultants will want to know
1) How to practice traditional Chinese feng shui more easily
2) How to begin their feng shui consulting practice
3) Easy ways to market themselves and how to charge for their services
To learn more details about these questions and others be sure to sign up for the free 28-page ebook “HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL FENG SHUI CONSULTANT: a Comprehensive Guide to Breaking into the Feng Shui Business.” http://bit.ly/fengshuipro
Kathryn Weber is one of the leading feng shui experts on the Internet. Her Red Lotus Letter feng shui e-zine has over 30,000 subscribers. Her annual feng shui forecasts can be read on Amazon and on her website, redlotusletter.com. She has had three feng shui jewelry collections on Home Shopping Network, publishes a weekly syndicated DIY newspaper column for Tribune Content Agency for the past four years, and has a line of feng shui luo pans manufactured exclusively for her in China. She has been asked to speak and train on authentic feng shui to real estate companies and architecture firms, such as YWS International, an architecture firm specializing in the leisure and gaming industry with offices in Las Vegas, Singapore, Macau, and Beijin. She has been featured in magazines and websites such as Seventeen, Conceive, Natural Health, CBS MoneyWatch, and Entrepreneur.com.
Singapore has a tropical rain forest climate and enjoys a uniform climate throughout the year. Due to its close proximity to the equator, Singapore does not experience any major variations in the weather and temperature, except for mild fluctuations. The main features of its climate are uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity and abundant rainfall throughout the year.
The geographical location and the closeness to the sea greatly influence the climatic conditions of Singapore. Due to the uniform weather, Singapore welcomes tourists almost throughout the year and there are a range of hotels in Singapore catering to every type of visitor, offering the best of hotel deals.
Singapore has basically two seasons – the summer season and the monsoon season. The average temperature in Singapore ranges between 22° Celsius to 34° Celsius (71.6°F to 93.2°F), with the minimum temperature ranging between 22° Celsius to 26° Celsius and the maximum temperature ranging between 31° Celsius to 34° Celsius. The average relative humidity is around 90 percent in the morning and 60 percent during the daytime. However, during the prolonged rainy season, the humidity goes up to 100 percent. The average annual rainfall is around 2,370 mm.
Though the climate here is uniform almost throughout the year, the months of May and June are the hottest, and are considered the main summer months. The weather remains bright and sunny with light winds, and the daytime temperatures soar. During this time the weather is comparatively drier than the monsoon months, and the humidity is comparatively less.
Singapore experiences monsoons twice a year. The northeast monsoon occurs during the months of December to early March, and is brought on by the northeast winds. During this time, the weather remains cloudy with frequent afternoon showers. Prolonged rainfalls lasting for one to three days at a stretch are common during this time. November and December are the wettest months in Singapore. Afternoon thunderstorms are a frequent occurrence in Singapore, and April sees the maximum thunderstorms.
Singapore welcomes the monsoon a second time during the months of June to September. This is the southwest monsoon season brought on by the southern winds, and this period is characterized by scattered showers during the late mornings and early afternoons. The western side of Singapore experiences greater rainfall than the eastern part, owing to a rain shadow effect.
There is no distinct winter months in Singapore though the monsoon months are cooler than the summer months.
Due to its weather which remains almost constant throughout the year, there is no specific season for tourists to visit Singapore. In fact, tourists throng the place during all the months, though the drier months are best to move around and explore the place. Accommodation is not a problem in Singapore, and hotels offer services taking into account the different types of tourists who visit. One can book Singapore hotels easily from across the world, be it online or though travel agents or airlines.
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Right across Europe, existing power stations are being converted to be able to use waste as a fuel instead of coal. In the UK around a fifth of power stations are likely to close by 2020. The government is coming under increasing pressure not just to keep energy prices low, but to keep the lights on. EfW won’t plug the gap as a whole, but it has a major role to play.
SMi Group Speaks to Pal Mikkelsen, CEO, EGE (Waste to Energy Agency) regarding the challenges and regulations facing the Energy from Waste sector.
What are the main challenges facing the Energy from Waste sector in the EU?
“Low profitability due to poorly functioning markets [...] insufficient regulation and government control means that disposal continues to be the least expensive option for many EU countries [...] It is difficult to communicate and gain acceptance for the idea that waste energy is entirely renewable in the sense that it cannot be used elsewhere, and that this is the best way to utilise waste resources.”
How do you think new regulations will affect Energy from Waste sector?
“New regulations and increased focus on recycled material will reduce the total amount of waste for treatment, but shifting waste away from disposal will improve conditions for energy recovery.”
What are the main challenges for funding EfW projects?
“Long-term profit in a poorly functioning waste market, with an unstable energy marked. [...] Technologies (recycling, sorting, biological, Energy from Waste) are competing when they should be cooperating. The various areas within Energy from Waste are also in competition (combustion grates, gasification, plasma). This impedes the development of the market and makes it more ambiguous for politicians and for capital.”
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Energy from Waste 2014 will provide the ideal platform for a complete industry overview with updates on an array of EfW projects, latest technology advances and innovations, regulatory framework, financing models, CHP and district heating projects, feedstock in the supply chain along with case studies from the UK and Europe . Speakers will include Ofgem, Green Investment Bank, Amey, Resource Efficiency Pathway, Waste to Energy Agency (Oslo), Merseyside Recycling and Waste and more at this year’s event.
Network with confirmed attendees including: Severn Trent Water, Nordic Investment Bank, LondonWaste, Doosan Power Systems, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe, Impetus Waste Management, Essex County Council… plus more at this year’s event
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