JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Some Singaporeans are making multiple trips across the Causeway to do their Hari Raya Aidilfitri shopping.
Among the popular spots are Angsana Mall, textile shops at UDA Business Centre and various boutiques selling scarves and Muslim apparel.
"We have been coming here to shop since the start of the fasting month. We save a lot by shopping here as things are cheaper," said Yanti Sumarni, 41.
Yanti, who came with her husband Mohamad Rudy, 46, said her spouse bought two sets of baju Melayu for RM700 (S$234), which would have cost them S$700 back home.
The couple also said they were excited about sampling the food sold at the open-air Ramadan bazaars.
"There is an air of festivity at the Ramadan bazaars here unlike in Singapore, where they are held under the void decks of flats," said Mohamad, who lives in Tampines.
Sisters Tuminah Rahmat, 70, and Manisah, 80, said they would spend about RM300 each buying kerepek (crackers) and cookies for Hari Raya.
"Most of the kerepek and Hari Raya cookies sold in Singapore come from Johor and we are paying in Singapore dollars," said Tuminah.
Citing an example, she said a container of 50 pineapple tarts priced at S$25 (RM75) would cost just RM30 in Johor Baru.
Indonesians Faridah Hassan, 44, and her husband Adi Asmat, 45, said they would not be going back to their home town of Bawean to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri this year.
"We went home last year. This time, we are cutting cost so that we can go back for next year's celebration," said Faridah, who has been living in Johor Baru for 20 years.
She said that unlike in Malaysia, Indonesians did not observe the tradition of open houses during Hari Raya Aidilfitri.