Yesterday afternoon, as there was nothing much to do, we took a leisurely drive to Ayer Hitam (or Air Hitam) to scout for porcelain items to beautify the house and garden. Ayer Hitam is a rest town (transit town) one hour's drive north of Johor Bahru and slightly more than half an hour's drive from Batu Pahat. During my younger days, whenever I visit Ayer Hitam, I can see scores of tourist buses parked along its narrow road with tourists flocking to buy souvenirs and taking a break from their back-aching journeys. Ayer Hitam (which means black water; wonder how it got its name) is a mandatory stop for trips to Batu Pahat and Kluang if you are travelling from Johor Bahru and using the North-South Highway. The stores here sell a wide variety of high quality pottery, rattan products, souvenirs, dried foodstuff, vegetables, fruits and even toys! For me, an hour here is more than enough as all the stores and shops are located on a short stretch of road, ie. Jalan Johor.