February 14th, 2009 stephen.wong
There used to be a time when many Singaporeans will go to Holiday Plaza, Johor Bahru, to buy software and games. Utilities like Disc Copy Fast (DCF) will be used to copy software into 1.44mb floppy disks – at a cost of RM$1.00/disk.
This age-old trade that is identified with Holiday Plaza 15 years ago is still very much thriving today. In fact, business has grown. As you enter Holiday Plaza at both the first and second level, you will hear the familiar catch phrase: 来。。找戏看吗老板？DVD? (“Looking for movies, boss? DVDs?”)
Of course, besides movies in DVDs, they still sell PC games and software. In addition to that, console games from Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo. All of them pirated and hawked publicly. You might find it a serious challenge to find a single ORIGINAL console game present in Holiday Plaza.
Amazing, when you consider the numerous times Holiday Plaza has been raided by anti-piracy authorities.
Parkson Grand is the key tenant in Holiday Plaza. However, there is a serious risk of Parkson Grand losing out its core businesses to Metrojaya and Jusco unless there is a major facelift. Besides the pirated stuffs and Parkson Grand, you can find hair salons, mobile phone dealers and shops selling foodstuffs. There are also the trio of fast food chains – MacDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut. See some images below.
Holiday Plaza is also famous for another thing – the sleaze at night. Deluxe Night Club is a notable KTV establishment with sexily clad ladies seen dressed in black at night. At the editor’s request, I will not expound on this.
Holiday Plaza is located a 5 mins drive from the New Johor Bahru CIQ/ Custom. Driving directions and location map details will be added shortly.
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