Travel

When in Batam…

I’ve been staying here in Singapore for over 5 months now and it’s the farthest I’ve ever been to and away from home. Ofcourse I’d love to see and explore other countries and with that goal, I had to start by taking baby steps. Last month, (September 20) together with my sister, her boyfriend and the boyfriend’s sister (yep, we’re a band of bros & sis), we set our sails and head on to discover Batam, Indonesia.

Batam is located 20km off Singapore’s South Coast that can be reached with a 45-minute ferry ride to Sekupang Terminal. We took a Package Tour that includes:

  • 2-way Ferry Ticket to Batam and back to Singapore
  • 2 days, 1 night Hotel Accommodation at Harmoni One Hotel
  • One-hour full body massage
  • Van Service + City Tour
  • Lunch Buffet in a Hongkong Seafood Resto
  • Breakfast Buffet & Dinner Set at our chosen Hotel

Upon arriving at Sekupang Terminal, we had to wait for a long queue at customs. Okay, as a first time traveler, I had to forgive that long queue. I didn’t want anybody killin’ my vibe.

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For the City Tour, I’m sorry to say that there is not much to see in Batam, as of now. Maybe they are still working their way in to developing real and travel-worthy tourist spots but for now, I gotta give 1 out of 5 stars for the City Tour.

In no particular order, here are some (not all) of the places we visited on the City Tour.

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Laughing Buddha Temple (sorry, didn’t get the complete name of the Temple). They say you can pray here no matter what is your religion, you can touch the Buddha’s round belly and ask whatever you want.

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Here I am touching the Buddha’s belly and asking for my heart’s desire.

10606437_10203012465689431_1351020118106856522_nThis is a Live Performance by Batam Locales which showcased their talents for peeling off a coconut by bare teeth and eating shards of glass and hot, glowing coal, to name a few.

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After the show, we went in to this firing/shooting place where we get to try these guns loaded with what seemed like less dangerous bullets.

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We also went in to this Go-Karting place but a really small one. Some of the people in our group enjoyed this, we stayed on the van.

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King’s Way Hongkong Seafood Restaurant. We had our Lunch Buffet here. I’d rate the food 2 out of 5 stars, sorry. :/

After lunch, we went to the massage parlor and had our one and a half full body massage (we upgrade and add half hour). Wasn’t able to take some pictures, maybe because I was too excited before the massage and overwhelmed with the relaxing feeling I got after it. The massage was followed by some shopping then we head on to dinner.

We were originally to be dropped at our hotel for our dinner but the Tour Guide offered a more delicious option ’cause according to him, the one they serve at the hotel is only chicken.

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This is the place where we had our dinner and boy the ambiance is good! It’s actually by the bay (though the stink I had to endure) and lights were hang on posts throughout the place giving it a cozy look when night comes.

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Here I am with the lights as my background.

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Yummey..

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Nomnomnom..

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Gobble. Gobble. Some of the seafood goodness we had for dinner.

After dinner, we were dropped at our hotel, Harmoni One. This one’s I gotta give the credit to. Hotel was good. Rooms are good. Bathroom, food, overall ambiance is good. Very satisfactory.

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Very selfie-worthy, see. And because of this, we gotta take some selvies!!

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Forgive my attire as I had the notion we were really headed to bed here! Haha! They decided to make the most out of our stay so we had these selvies before going to bed.

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The fact that the hotel has a pool on its top floor is a bonus as it added some fun our trip to this island.10610632_10203012461489326_6030600575787936795_n

The swimming pool area is Greece-inspired and though the sun is hot, we didn’t feel it that much.

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This one’s post-worthy. I love how the white paints (though old) stand out in the blue of the pool water.

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This is us after filling up at the Breakfast Buffet.

I’d give the hotel 3 out of 5 stars for the interiors need some update. The designs are all so 90s. Other than that, hotel was great!

In general, the trip is enjoyable nonetheless. We didn’t expect that much from a place like Batam but if only for 2 days we were able to relax our minds from work and other stress-related matter, I gotta consider this trip one worth taking. After all, it is only starting to be developed now, bet they’d give us 5 years time and it will be one of Asia’s tourist destination.

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