What are the items that I should bring with me because they’re not available (or are too expensive) where I am going?
With the increased diversity of goods now available in Johor Bharu, it will be fairly easy to find many of your familiar products, be they American, Australian, Asian or European. However, to be on the safe side, you might want to bring your favourite brands of over-the-counter medications and vitamins.
Will anyone have particular trouble finding clothes that fit?
Most of the clothing is sized for the Asian market, so bathing suits, lingerie and other manufactured clothing is not designed for the Caucasian woman over about 5’ 5” in height. Shoes are also limited to the lower end of sizes (i.e., women's US size 8 and below, men's US size 10 and below) in many styles. However, there are a number of speciality stores that carry some larger-sized foreign brands of clothing.
What grocery stores do expats in your city shop at?
AEON Jusco, All the hypermarkets, e.g. TESCO, GIANT, MYDIN, Cold Storage.
Where can other household items (such as cleaning materials and home furnishings) be found?
Hypermarket or any nearby furniture stores. IKEA will be opening at the end of 2017.
What are factors that might affect my shopping habits in this country/city?
Cleaning materials and supplies can be found in the local grocery stores mentioned above. Some of the main department stores where other household items and home furnishings can be found are Metrojaya, Aeon Jusco and Mydin.
Malaysia is a good place to purchase custom-made furniture made from local rosewood or Indonesian teak. Persian carpets are also a good buy, as is Chinese antique furniture.
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