Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
0800: Assemble at Harbourfront Ground Level. Get boarding pass and immigration card.
0810: Breakfast at Mcdonalds. Or you can have it at Wang Cafe OR pack from home.
0845: Proceed to immigration check. Last timing to check in 0845.
0900: Ferry departs for Sekupang
1005: Arrive at Sekupang Ferry Terminal
1100: Stopover at Barelang Fisabililah Bridge. Followed by 1.5h drive to Vietnamese Village
1230: Vietnamese Village (Catholic Church and a Buddhist temple)
1400: Visit a house that makes Indonesian famous “kek lapis”.
1430: Stopover at local product shop (we had 20% discount here). We went crazy over shrimp keropok, fish keropok, emping (spicy and sweet) and of cos their local favourite ....Jackfruit!
1445: Lunch at seafood restaurant Golden Prawn 933. Take Group Photo!
1530: Kuda Lumping Dance (Traditional Cultural Dance)
1600: Polo Ralph Lauren Boutique (20% discount here).
- Imitation Polo from China
- "POLO" brand in Indonesia (which looks very very similar to Polo Ralph Lauren)
- Genuine Polo Ralph Lauren made in Indonesia (but restricted sales in Indonesia only)
So i was so happy to get my "golden horse" POLO!!! and i bought another classic black slim fit one!
1630: Aromatherapy Massage at Sawadee or shopping at Batam City Square for those who are not doing massage
1900: Dinner at Mega Mall
(JCo doughnuts, Breadtalk 1st storey, Solaris, KFC, A&W 2nd storey) i think those of you who misses A&W's root beer float might want to go there!
2000: Check in at Batam Ferry Terminal.
2100: Ferry departs Batam
2200: Ferry reaches Singapore.
2 way return ferry ticket with seaport tax (SGP-/Batam/SGP)
Travel on air condition coach (Batam)
1 seafood lunch
Sightseeing Tour cum shopping as per itinerary
Service of 1 Indonesian local Guide
Passenger Departure and Security Fee ($21)
Batam Terminal Fee ($7)
Group Travel Insurance S$10 and Medical $500
Saturday, July 26, 2008
the big crack at my window seat on the coach.
First stop that day was the Barelang Fisabililah Bridge. It's quite a huge structure and seems to be the first bridge that was built on Batam during the reign of President Habibi. Consequent bridges were not so impressive or cost that much. This one took 4 years to finish! So much so that this "magnificent" bridge has become a tourist stopover in Batam.
According to the guide, the bridges were to link nearby islands to Batam, allowing room for future development and linkage. It was also a main connector to Batam as before, people who wanted to come to Batam had to travel via ferry. With the bridge, it has made transport much easier.
Besides this, our tour guide also made us guess...
if you took one day to visit an indonesian island. Guess how many years u need to take to finish all island in indonesia???
my guess was 10years. But i was wrong.
his answer was....47-48 years approximately.
Indonesia has that many islands.
ritey will post more photos on Batam soon!
these are dragonfruit plantations! interesting right! i've never seen them before!!!! Actually we were suppose to go picking but it was being harvested just last week! so there's none for us anymore....sobsob...therefore we only viewed it from our coach ride.
the lying Buddha. Thanks to MaxPac Travels for helping us take this photo!
mummy trying their local coffee mix. eh-hem, infront of the camera, of cos she is all smiley....
yup that's us! especially me! checking out whether i have enough rupiahs for all my keropoks! Need them to watch telly at night! cos i have mouth-itchy syndrome!