2D1N Stay at Batam (deal.com.sg)

Hello everyone!

School is reopening in less than a month’s time. Unlike previous years, I didn’t go to anywhere far for vacation but I actually went overseas twice. Like, literally crossing international waters twice. Both weren’t as enjoyable as my other trips but what set them apart from my other travels was the presence of my family. Believe it or not, this is actually our first proper overseas trip (not counting the cruise vacation) together in more than a decade! And I really treasure the time we spend together as a family 🙂

Anyway, those with eidetic memory will recall how much I hated travelling to Batam in my first Batam post. The aversion never left me but my Mom was dying to escape to another nearby country (except Malaysia) thus she dismissed my refusal to go -_- Dad used to work in Batam for a few years and he said he could bring us around. Feeling super excited, my Mom started searching for cheap Batam package deals and eventually bought this from deal.com.sg.

Each coupon cost $40 with a one-hour massage and $30 without (not inclusive of S$20 fuel surchage and Batam terminal fee of Rp65,000 per person). Both came with a tour package. Boyfriend tagged along this time (finally got his passport renewed) so we utilised five coupons in total.

I’m totally against buying travel packages through deal sites but I didn’t want to go through the hassle of booking the hotel and looking for cheap massage parlour myself. Furthermore we only decided on our trip TWO days before our departure so I didn’t have the time to plan the itinerary (indecisiveness is in our blood apparently). I succumbed to my laziness in the end and got the merchant (Royal Prince Travel) to do everything for us. Apart from the small hiccup with the hotel booking (agency got our names wrong – but that was settled in a jiffy), the redemption process went really smooth. So kudos to Royal Prince Travel for their flexibility and efficiency!

Both our arrival and departure venues in Batam was at Sekupang Ferry Terminal. Our ferries (Pacific Ferry) were very clean and equipped with a reasonably large plasma TV with zero screen disruption. Everything looked sparkling new so I guess it must be a new company haha.

We were picked up by someone at the arrival hall but were told to stay put because he was still waiting for the next 2 ferries to arrive -_- So we spent our time idling in the cafe at the ferry terminal until a 7-seater van came for us.

Day 1

Our accommodation was at the newly built Hotel 01 which claims to be the only themed hotel in Batam.

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Building exterior. Quite impressive to be honest.

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Hotel entrance

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KTV lounge and where we would be having our breakfast

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The stage

However looks can be really deceiving – Hotel 01 did give that Egyptian vibes on the outside but it was nowhere near the theme when we stepped into our room.

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Twin bed. The curtain hides the window

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Closer view

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Opposite the bed. A very small TV mounted on the wall.

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Toilet

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Smoking allowed in the room..

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The room doors are not locked with a keycard..

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But with this.

Boyfriend and I requested for a room change twice. The first was because we were given a queen-sized bed (*cough*parents’ paranoia*cough*) and the second was due to an unbearable sewage stench from the room’s toilet. We eventually took back our original room because there were no other rooms available. We then did a swap with my parents who were occupying a twin room with an extra bed for my sister. It was also a huge mistake, as there was zilch Wi-Fi reception in that room (in fact all rooms with number 30X along that row have no WiFi reception. Only rooms 313, 314 and those near them have the strongest Wi-Fi connection) and we even encountered a cockroach on our first and only night there! Holy crap, that’s a first for me.

One of the bath towels and comforters were also stained with shoe prints. Oh gosh, please let me pull through this one agonising night, please.

But I must say, the lady at the hotel reception was really nice and obliging. I was half-expecting her to be annoyed at our demands but she never did.

I also had to call the concierge to loan a hairdryer because it was not provided in the room. Other toilet essentials like toothbrush, toothpaste (no shaver and comb) and soap were provided though. TV reception was sucky.. No channel (not sure about their own broadcast stations coz we only watched movie channels) gave a clear image.

The first day was free-and-easy for us so we did a little shopping at Nagoya Hills Shopping Mall. Got our A&W craving satisfied and bought 6 big packets of sanitary pads HAHAHA Seriously, the sanitary pads (suitable for extremely heavy flow – 35cm in length – lol I’m so specific) were SO CHEEEEEAAAP like what, S$1.30 for a packet of 16?! If I could clear the shelf, I totally would!

We had dinner at Golden Prawn 933. Dad was probably in a severe state of seafood deprivation that he ordered mini prawns, Mantis Prawns and FOUR crabs (cooked in both black pepper and chilli). I only wanted my Gong Gongs.

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What a spread!!

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My lovely Gong Gongs

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5 scary-looking Mantis Prawns. The meat is VERY different from the usual prawns. This is definitely more chewy and thick. To eat, remove the top shell. If it’s fresh, you should be able to peel it off quite smoothly.

Total bill came up to Rp1,472,000 (approximately S$160) WHAAATTT okay I kinda expected that anyway. For the amount of seafood we ordered, S$35 per person is actually quite cheap. If we were in Singapore, our bill could easily amount up to S$200 odd. BUT my heart still ached for that amount of money… 😥

Day 2

Breakfast, although with very limited selection, was pretty pleasant. Apart from bread, they served noodles and rice along with 2 other side dishes. I actually ate a second helping of the noodles. Thus if you’re like me, who eats better with lesser variety, this hotel breakfast should work fine for you.

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Noodles and fried chicken (it was really tough)

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Sausage and potato slices in ketchup, and fried rice

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Hot tea and a toaster for your bread. There’s also orange juice on the extreme left side of the table

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Bread and some keropok

Our tour guide was scheduled to arrive between 9am to 10am Batam Time so we checked out of our rooms at around 9.30am. However his arrival was delayed (due to some problems with the Burmese tourists’ passports) so our tour started a tad later as well. The tour guide was sincerely apologetic.

Our first stop was at a chocolate factory. Don’t expect too much of it as it’s just another outlet to fleece tourists lol. What they have there, we have it here at our supermarkets as well at a much cheaper price.

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Only took a picture with their Chocolate mascot.

We also went to a local product shop which sold equally expensive snacks, a Batik outlet, a temple which only my father went while the rest of us stayed in the bus, and one of their very popular Polo Ralph Lauren outlets. Polo Ralph Lauren had a sale section and I almost bought a female slim fit top for S$35 but I kept telling myself that those were all replicas (how true is this, I’m not sure) and resisted my temptation to splurge!

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Saw some dogs living in poor conditions opposite the Ralph Lauren store. One dog was let out and we were busy playing with it before entering the store.

Visting a Kueh Lapis factory (Best Layers Kueh Lapis – it has small makeshift stalls at certain Batam shopping malls) was also part of the itinerary. My parents bought a truckload of cakes impossible to finish in a week and boyfriend got himself a honey cake and 10 pieces of Tau Sar Piah for me! Yay ❤

Then we were brought to a place to watch a culture show and to shoot glass bottles with pellet guns.

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Culture show: man eating burning stuff

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Culture show: man leaping through a ring of fire

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Shooting activity: blanks (2 sets for S$12 I think)

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Shooting activity: me in action. Managed to hit one glass bottle at my first attempt

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Shooting activity: all the glass bottles!

We had our Indo buffet lunch at Restaurant Sari Bumbu. Due to the fasting season for Muslims, everywhere on the streets was quiet. We were the only patrons of the restaurant but actually the food was not bad! I love their soup especially!

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Restaurant entrance

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The soup I’m talking about! Must try if you ever go there!

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Some pasta for you

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I think this is beef?

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The best. FRIED FISH SLICES!

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Uhmmmm, can’t remember what this is. Most likely fried chicken.

Before we headed for our massage, we visited First Factory Outlet. I believe most of the stuff there are imitations because the prices are too good to be true. But sigh, I still couldn’t resist a bargain. Got myself a Barcelona FC jersey for S$25.

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Ignore the cap as it’s there to hide my ugly hanger hook

Full-body massage at First Choice was mediocre as I didn’t get a satisfactory amount of “bone cracking”. Boyfriend’s experience was worse as he didn’t get any cracks and he left feeling uncomfortable all over. My Mom on the other hand was silently enduring all the pain – not the masseuse’s fault though because my shy Mom chose to keep mum -_- Having said that, my Dad enjoyed his massage so there you go, mixed responses about the massage parlour. I guess if you don’t go for massage sessions regularly, you’ll have lower expectations and this place should be okay for you.

We ended our Batam getaway with another shopping trip to Batam City Square Mall. Boyfriend and I didn’t shop much and we tried to spend our last few Rupiahs at the arcade because according to my tour guide, the Rupiah notes expire every few years (But Wikipedia and other credible sites tell me something else, that only the 1998-1999 notes are no longer legal tender, so it’s up to your discretion). To play we had to buy some game credits at Rp100,000 (approx. S$11) and on average each game station requires Rp2800 (approx. S$0.30). We spent most of our credits on their claw vending machines (as always) and bagged 2 plush toys home. Hehe!

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BCS (that’s my friendly tour guide in white standing in the middle smiling and posing for the camera)

All in all, this Batam trip was not that bad despite the unpleasant experience in our hotel room, probably because it was a shorter stay this time. My Mom doesn’t mind a second trip to Batam (oh snap) so yeah…. I can’t promise that I won’t be back there again.

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Caught a glimpse of the beautiful sunset before boarding our return ferry

Thanks for reading anyways. Have a great week everyone! 😉

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Short Batam Trip (2013)

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2D1N Cruise with Leisure World (deal.com.sg)

Hey everyone! How d’ya like my frequent updates? 😀

I just got back from a very short getaway with my family. Our holiday lasted less than 24 hours on a cruise. It was a suggested idea by my Mom who is so hooked on deal sites like Groupon and Deal that we’ve been using dining coupons to pay for our meals nowadays. One day she saw an attractive travel deal on Deal and decided to coerce me into going as she wouldn’t go if I don’t. I refused at first because I never trusted such sites (gimmicks aplenty) and even more so for travel deals as I’ve seen too many poor feedback about it on forums. But seeing how eager my Mom was in addition to her not travelling for the past 2 decades, I agreed to tag along after reading through the terms and conditions for the umpteenth time.

The deal was $13 per person for an overnight stay on-board MV Leisure World. Included in the offer were World Cup Live Screening (big deal in Singapore coz we gotta pay to watch it) and meals, and if we purchased 3 tickets, we would also be entitled to a complimentary cabin (worth S$40) for 3. All these for just $13 nett. It’s no doubt a very tempting deal! Boyfriend wanted to go as well as he was enticed by the cheap foot reflexology (S$15 for 60 minutes WHUTTTT) there so I bought 6 tickets (for my family of 4 and himself, plus 1 extra to get one more free cabin – strategic) but his passport renewal application was rejected at the very last minute due to a very stupid reason so 2 tickets went to waste *sigh*

But deals being deals, there were some drawbacks to the seemingly good offer. We could not travel on Friday and Saturday. On top of that, we had to depart from Singapore via the last ferry (8.30pm) from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and take any return ferry scheduled before 5pm on the following day lest we’d incur an extension fee of $20 per person. It says 2D1N on the header but the trip doesn’t even last a day! So do take note of such gimmicky ad text when buying travel coupons especially 🙂

Anyway after purchasing the coupons, I had people telling me that the ship (MV Leisure World) we were boarding was a GAMBLING SHIP (read news reports here). Argh, I should’ve checked thoroughly before purchasing. It was too late to regret now since such coupon sites don’t do refunds but I definitely lowered my expectations a lot.

Booking was done in a breeze via emailing and calling (to confirm receipt). Everything was done and confirmed within 2 days – 1 if not for the hiccup in boyfriend’s passport – even though the agency (New Century Tours) sounded like in a state of mess when I called (loud background noises that sounded like MRT announcements O_O so loud that I couldn’t hear the person on the other end of the line at times). But still, their efficiency and professionalism are commendable.

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My getup and look for the casino (virtually touched up my messy hair).. then found myself too overdressed when I got there -_- Everyone else was in shirt and shorts. Love my lippy here by the way! It’s MAC’s Diva.

Our trip was just yesterday and we had to be there at least an hour before the stated departure time. We had light dinner even though we would be just in time for supper buffet when we arrived at the cruise.

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Boarding pass for Leisure World and Transit Pass for ferry transfer.

Boarding gates opened at 7.30pm and the departure hall was PACKED with people of all ages and races! I was surprised coz I thought I saw somewhere on the terms and conditions that only people aged 18 years old and above are allowed on board, and that food served there are non-halal.. which left us only with a certain demographic group right?

The ferry from Tanah Merah was horrible. Everyone was like rushing to board because there were limited seats available. Be prepared to stand if you aren’t fast enough (we stood on our return journey). Upon arrival at Nongsapura Ferry Terminal, we transferred to our second ferry to MV Leisure World, a stationary cruisevessel near Batam. The entire journey took less than 1.5 hours.

Immediately after we alighted from our second ferry, we went to surrender our passports to the embarkation counter. The interior of the ship definitely didn’t look modern to me as everything was in dull shimmery gold.

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Cabin keys

While I queued for our cabin keys (super long queue omg), my parents went to the dining room on the fifth level to get supper.

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Porridge for supper! How apt. (and spot the woman in tudung in the background. There’s probably halal/Muslim-friendly food after all!)

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What my elders took – fried prawns (??) which were cold and soggy, fried fish that were not too bad, some bitter gourd and preserved veg which my Dad commented that it tasted a little sour O_O

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Checked into our little cabin after we were done with supper. Can you imagine 4 grown-ups squeezing into this pigeonhole? Lol. Yes, this room is meant for 3 but slim people. I didn’t have a good night sleep because it was so cramped! So thankfully it was only AN OVERNIGHT stay!!

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We messed up the bed of course

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Closer view of the small sleeping area

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The wall-mounted bed. There’s a lever at the side to bring it down or up.

I slept with my Mom and sister while Dad slept on the wall-mounted bed. I’d get really paranoid about the bed giving way and falling onto our bed underneath when my Dad was up there (although he isn’t exactly fat) so I slept cross-legged HAHAHA The creaking sound of bed when he moved really put me off :\

If you think the sleeping area is small, wait til you see the toilet.

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The reflection of the door on the mirror gives you an idea how small the toilet is. The door is really close to the toilet bowl!

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Yup, that’s where we’re supposed to bathe.

The door is so narrow that we didn’t even see it there at first (even mistook it for a wardrobe). It’s a restroom so tiny that even Chubs, my dog, would feel claustrophobic in. But yeah, having said so, it’s still possible to shower and do your businesses in there even though none of us showered during our stay 😀 But shower if you really, really need to!

Our phones were dying but we couldn’t charge them coz our powerhead pins weren’t compatible with the holes on their sockets -_- Forgot to bring international adapter. Didn’t expect it to be different anyway coz since Leisure World is home-ported in Singapore and everything sold there is in Singapore currency, I’d assume that they’d use our socket too right? -_-

And by the way, no Wi-Fi anywhere there. There is an internet station with 2 computers near the reception counter but it’s erm, too open? Like anyone could see what you’re doing on the big computer screen when they walk past. I know coz I saw someone trying to key in her PIN number on the DBS iBanking page -_-

Leisure World Cruise facilities

Leisure World Cruise facilities

After putting all our baggage in the room, we went out to explore other decks. I know Dad was more interested in watching the World Cup, but he still accompanied us to the karaoke lounge because that was the only activity available that hour besides playing jackpot. The microphones went from table to table and each table could only sing 2 songs at a time. We did a total of 6 English oldies! 😀 The lounge closes at 2.30am though, and above it was an open space for Mahjong. I seriously wonder how the players could hear one another when the karaoke music was so LOUD!!

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Tropicana Karaoke Lounge. Spiral stairs to Mahjong zone.

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The free live screening of the World Cup was at Treasure Cove sports bar but we didn’t go there at all. Dad caught a glimpse of the Belgium vs Russia match on a small TV at the karaoke lounge 🙂

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Basketball court outside the karaoke lounge

After that we went to play the slot machine in one of the many casinos there. The minimum age to enter is 18 and there isn’t any entry levy but you’d need to pay a S$10 deposit (refundable) in order to get this prepaid gaming card for the slots. Even though there’s an attire for the casino, no one stopped me when I was in shorts :\

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All the ah ma and ah gong spending their life savings on slot machines… *shakes head*

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Not supposed to take pictures but I’ll take a few for keepsake hehe.

There were just too many slot machines there, probably the only thing they have in their casino. I didn’t see any proper gambling den. C’mon, how can a renowned gambling ship only have slot machines? O_O Did I miss anything??

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Slot machines for people who like endearing stuff like my Mom and I. Kept spending our money on dog-themed machines HAHA SO CUTE RIGHT

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One more!!! My mom won 12 free games. At one point she actually won some money. Then she got addicted and lost every single cent -_- I’m never letting her step into a casino ever again.

Stopped playing after we lost our initial capital of S$20 HAHAHA. Gambling isn’t my thing, really… I can even get sick of playing Blackjack during CNY. And I like playing Mahjong without money involved! *good role model* Hahahaha!

Woke up at 8.30am the next day to have breakfast at the same dining room. It was alright but not much variety to choose from. They don’t really serve iced beverage I realised.. only plain water. It’s also the first breakfast buffet for me that served half-boiled eggs.

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Gotta peing/toast them yourself. Mine ended up BURNT! Fail.

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Different condiments to go with your bread: jam, butter, kaya and peanut butter.

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Uncooked noodles and beehoon for you to put into the boiler

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To make fishball noodles.

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Half-boiled eggs!

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DIY hot beverage corner. Milo is the top favourite as you can see.

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DIY Milo

I went down to book our return ferry after I was done with my meal. I had 3 departure timing to choose from: 12.30pm, 2.45pm and 5.00pm. Any time after that would be considered as an extended stay which would be chargeable at S$20 per person. Initially we wanted to leave at 5pm but our cabin check-out time was 12pm and there was really nothing much to do there (as you can see), so we brought our departure time forward to 2.45pm. After we returned our keys, I kinda regretted not opting for the 12.30pm one :\

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REALLY nothing to do there (unless you’re a heavy gambler) coz many facilities are closed in the day. I wanted to go for a 1-hour full body massage but there was only ONE masseuse available (the other was on leave) and all the slots before my departure were fully booked. Yes, you gotta make reservation for massage! Shucks, I agreed to go on the cruise because of the cheap massage leh!!! 😦 So no review on the massage if you’re expecting one..

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Went to explore the upper deck. Very nice view up there! The scorching sun was very suitable for sun tanning (not sure if this is allowed though! 😀 )

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Mega loveeee this picture! Taken from the upper deck.

What did I do then? I spent my next 1 hour sleeping on the restaurant’s dining table. Lol unglam max but no one knew me there so never mind.

We had our lunch there as well. Okay come to think of it, S$13 for 3 meals is not too bad. But I wasn’t really enjoying the food :\

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I boiled the Yong Tau Foo for my Mom. Not sure how long it takes to cook so I followed the person next to me! Took them out of the boiler when he did hahaha. Mom liked the Yong Tau Foo.

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Where is my fishball?? How can Yong Tau Foo not have fishball 😦

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Repeated food choices from supper last night..

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Chap cai peng for you?

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I only had fried rice for lunch.

All in all, the cruise isn’t as shady as I thought it would be and you’d probably find it acceptable with lowered expectations, seriously. It’s mai hiam buay pai, don’t expect much for just S$13. I can say for sure that my Mom liked it though. But that’s probably because she hadn’t travelled for a long time so she’d love anywhere she went. Another reason for not liking this cruise as much is because smokers are allowed to smoke anywhere. It’s heaven for my smoker Dad but hell for people like me who are allergic to cigarette smoke (I’m asthmatic). Plus, they stink my hair!! 😡

Service-wise, staff at the restaurant and casinos were exceptionally friendly and ever-willing to lend a helping hand when needed. But still, I wouldn’t want to stay for more than a night there due to the lack of entertainment for non-punters like myself which is understandable coz it’s a gambling ship after all.. But at least give me Wi-Fi man 😦 I could coop myself up in the pathetic cabin all day with that.

But if I HAVE to go there again, I’d blow my money on a full-day massage 😀 You can’t deny the affordability of the massage there. Teehee!

That’s all for this travelogue…. if you consider this as one. Hahaha.

Thanks for reading ❤

P/S: If anyone’s keen to purchase from me the extra pair of tickets, please drop me a message at askme@fionaseah.com! They are valid until 14 July (last day of the World Cup). SOLD! Thanks everyone 🙂

Short Batam Trip

Hello guys! Here’s a quick life update 🙂

Last week Bf and I went to Batam for a 3-day-2-night short vacation because it has always been our practice to travel during our school break. We wanted to visit Taiwan again but due to my financial constraints as a student, we opted for a nearer and more pocket-friendly getaway this time.

It was not a mutual agreement to go to Batam. Instead, it was Bf who wanted to go so badly because I was raving about it 2 years ago when I returned from Batam with my ex-colleagues. I didn’t think I was raving actually as I felt I was merely stating my observations.. like the obviously cheaper stuff there and the very cost-effective body massages. Despite that, I hated Batam, and I still do a little, because of a terrible experience at the ferry terminal and some xenophobic (towards Singaporeans especially) salesperson I encountered on my first visit.

For the curious, my ex-colleagues and I went to Batam 2 years ago for a short vacation as well and we were almost deported back to Singapore for talking and laughing at the ferry terminal. Our laughters might have been a little too much (because we were the only ones talking there so naturally it sounded loud) but being first-timers, we didn’t know Batam was so strict with their “Silence at Checkpoint” policy because my friends didn’t have this problem at all when they went to Bali (also in Indonesia). So then we were called out one by one (I remember vividly he said while pointing his finger at each of us, “you, you, you, you and you. Come out.”) by the immigration officer without warning in front of other passengers and were detained at the office for awhile because we were “noisy” and we kind of “irritated one of the officers there” wtfffff. I was damn furious partly because I felt they were picking on us for being all-girls and was ready to return to Singapore if told. But my calmer friends didn’t want to waste the trip and suggested to apologise to the officer when we met him at the customs. I was like, walao eh why should I but I didn’t want to implicate the others so I just had to lan lan suck thumb and apologise to that sour face. *shakes fists* But I’ve read several accounts on other blogs that some had to BRIBE the officers lest they would be given an “entry denied” stamp on their passports so I guess we were pretty lucky. They probably gave chance because one of us (Grace) was really pretty 😛

And the salespeople at Ralph Lauren Polo store spoke ill of Singaporeans in Bahasa Indonesia that we were stupid, while we were there wtf? Couldn’t they wait until we left? Excuse me but my friend could understand you because when Singaporeans pick up foreign languages, we learn the insults first. (lol)

I know not everyone in Batam is like this (the hotel personnel were friendly) but the experience really left a bitter taste in my mouth and I swore I wouldn’t go back again.

And then I went back last week. What the… I was really reluctant and Bf and I bickered about it almost everyday before and during the trip. To me, it was a waste of my precious time and hard-earned money. I could’ve saved a little more and it’d be enough for Taiwan.. or Bangkok. Anywhere but Batam.

Okay so back to the “review” but before that, let me share a bimbotic moment with you. We almost missed our ferry to Batam because even though it wasn’t my first time taking the ferry, I wasn’t exactly sure about the latest time we had to be in the ferry by. And Bf being a first-timer was also unsure; he just knew we had to be there 2 hours before. Our departure time was 11.30am and at 11.00am we were still happily having breakfast at ToastBox (LOL) because we didn’t hear any announcements (like in airport) for our ferry. After that at 11.20pm we went to check the flap display for the status and we saw “Closed” beside the ferry we were supposed to board. We were like, whaaaat it’s only 10 minutes away from departure and the gate is still not opened? UNTIL we skimmed to the lower part of the board where “Not Opened” was updated for later ferries. Well actually it didn’t ring any bell until I innocently questioned Bf the difference between “Closed” and “Not Opened”, thereafter followed by a short realisation pause LOL!! Anxious us quickly ran to check in and thankfully we were still allowed to board.

We bought the free-and-easy Spa~Sensation travel package from Five Stars Tours and stayed at Harris Resort, the same for my first visit. Being in Harris was a pleasant experience because the staff were really friendly, service-oriented and efficient. We had our full body spa on the first day in the hotel (a separate building on the topmost level, in a hut): 1-hour body scrub, 1-hour-30-minute body massage and 30-minute healing aromatic bath. The first 2 were something I had done before but the third one was totally new to me because it was technically bubble bath. Like, really thick foam bath. We were also served hot drinks during the process. It was fun but definitely didn’t do much to clean my body haha. No pictures because I forgot to take any 😛

Free pizza! Courtesy of Harris Resort :)

Free pizza! Courtesy of Harris Resort 🙂 We also ordered this super healthy and detoxing fruit juice which had banana, carrot, and pineapple I think.

We had hotel food for dinner on the first night. It was surprisingly good! I especially love their apple pie because the pastry that came with it has *insert MasterChef words here* finesse hahaha. I mean it was thick, chewy and it melts instantly in your mouth! I had this for dessert for 2 consecutive days 😀

My hot plate steak! Surprisingly good. I think it's slightly better than Aston's.

My hot plate steak! Surprisingly good. I think it’s slightly better than Aston’s. (140,000 Rupiah)

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Bf’s Texas Steak and he also said it was not bad. Must believe him because he is a steak fanatic. (140,000 Rupiah)

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The tart shell is to-die-for!! The apple pie itself is also very nice! This comes with vanilla ice-cream (so-so) and a chocolatey biscuit stick! (66,000 Rupiah)

The next day we went to Batam’s biggest shopping mall, Nagoya Hills and I regrettably bought a fleece cotton blanket on impulse -_- I already have one at home in Hello Kitty design which I bought 2 years ago in Batam. I didn’t think about having to lug it to the Love, Bonito sale (post up next) on the coming Friday. But I loved the design (Paul Frank) so that probably made myself feel better lol. Our purpose there was just to eat at A&W by the way.

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Enjoying my AUTHENTIC (LOL) A&W Root Beer Float. For non-Singaporeans, the reason why we get so excited when we see A&W overseas is because we don’t have it here in Singapore. They shut down their operations here a decade ago (I don’t know why but I thought they were doing pretty well) and we missed their food ever since!!

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Sorry about the gross-looking ice-cream! I LOVE THE WAFFLEEEEEE.

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Walking around aimlessly in the quiet Nagoya Hills.

We also had curly fries and their 2-piece meal but we forgot to snap pictures again haha.

Bf and I

Bf and I

#muotd

#muotd

One of the reasons why Bf was so eager to go to Batam was because of their DIRT CHEAP ARCADES. In Singapore if I’m not wrong, one gaming token is $0.50 but in Batam, one token is just 1000 Rupiah (12 cents omg). We played til our hearts’ content and unleash our inner child (because unleashing it in Singapore would be too expensive LOL). We caught a lot of stuffed toys on the toy catcher machine once again!

We did foot reflexology at our expense back at our hotel which was also very affordable. S$18* for a 1-hour massage, not bad right? But it gave me super sore thighs and calves for days!!! 😦 Probably because I hadn’t been doing foot reflexology so I wasn’t used to the pressure.

Oh sidetrack a bit, I really don’t like how people in Batam always quote us in Singapore dollars. Like the moment they see your face, they know you’re from Singapore and they quote you exorbitant prices (that’s another thing I don’t like but it’s hard to avoid getting ripped off as a tourist) in SGD. It’s like an obvious first sign of rip-off. Even when I was in China the tour guide I didn’t like also asked for tips in SGD. But hey I refuse to give you my currency. I’m in Indonesia so give me Indonesia pricing for goodness sake!!

At night we hired a cab which costed us SG$18* to go to Goldren Prawn 933/555 (don’t know which one as I’m equally confused LOL), about 30-40-minute drive away, to have our dinner. We wanted to order crabs initially but the price was like 10,000 rupiah/ons. We didn’t know what ‘ons’ meant so we asked the person taking our orders who apparently isn’t very fluent in English. He told us 10,000 rupiah PER GRAM. OUR JAWS DROPPED. So we only ordered my favourite Gong Gong, BBQ prawns, Kang Kong and the yuckiest and meatless fried squid with flour I’ve tasted. The rest were not bad.

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(Oops sorry for the bad quality) Kang Kong, Gong Gong and the fried squid at the bottom

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Not nice. Don’t order ah.

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Gong gong! You don’t really need the toothpicks to get the “meat” out because most of them were already near the opening! Use fingers can already 😀

It turned out that ‘ons’ actually means 100 GRAMS. We figured out when we saw the bill and the BBQ prawns, which was also charged “per ons”, were ridiculously cheap even though we ordered quite a lot. Bf was angry (at the server who gave us the wrong information) because he wanted the crabs but when we realised it we were too full to take in any more food lol.

On the final day, we woke up at 4am (Indonesia time which is an hour slower than Singapore Time) to take the first ferry back to Singapore because of the Great Love, Bonito sale I was invited to!

All in all, I still wouldn’t go back to Batam again unless it’s really necessary or unless my mom wants to go there in the future -_- I came back with lots of mozzie bites.

Stay tuned for the next post 🙂

*Prices have been roughly converted to SGD because I can’t remember how many zeros there were in the Rupiah we paid :/