Batam Travel Diary

 After spending our 5 working days in Singapore, Rosanne and I, spent weekend in Batam, Indonesia. Batam is an island, a free trade zone part of Indonesia-Singapore-Malaysia Growth Triangle it is located 20km South coast of Singapore, or 45 minutes travel via Ferry. We actually purchased 2 days 1 night Batam Island Package Tour from Holiday Guru for SGD60. Included in the package are the following:

  • 2 way return ferry ticket by SINDO FERRY
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast
  • 8-course sea food lunch at Golden Prawn 933
  •  Fully guided city & shopping tour, Shopping vouchers worth RP50,000
  • 1 hour traditional massage
  •  All land transfer as per itinerary
  • Mandarin/English Guide assist

Ferry Terminal going to Batam is located in Harbourfront, Singapore.

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It’s a quick smooth Sindoferry Ride.

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First stop is a Buddhist temple called Maha Vihara Buddha Maitreya/ Tua Pek Kong Temple.

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Then, we visited one of many Polo Ralph Laurent Boutique.

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Quick stop at Home Cottage Kue Lapis (Layer Cake), I wonder why tourist buy this stuff, nothing good about it, we didn’t buy.

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We have a simple lunch at Golden Prawn 933, para syang dampa sa Pilipinas. In fairness, masarap naman ang food. 

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In the afternoon, we headed to Golden City, where you can see Indonesia Houses Miniature Park, Flying Fox, and experience Paint Ball and Go Kart.

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Then finally they we headed at at Batiq Factory Outlet and finally to a small shopping mall, where we also have KFC for dinner. Before heading to hotel, we had our 1 hour Balinese Body Massage. 

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Finally, we checked-in Pacific Palace Hotel.

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 There’s nothing much to see in Batam. We’re quite disappointed 😦 but it’s okay, we’ll just charge it to experience. We should have spend our money for an overnight stay in Sentosa or luxurious dinner in Marina Bay Sands.

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” ― Gustave Flaubert

First Solo Chic Movie Watching

I’ve finally got the chance to watch first movie in 2013 – “Les Miserables”. I’ve got the courage to watch a movie alone while I’m on a business trip in Surabaya, Indonesia. Ciputra World’s XXI The Premiere Cinema is huge, they have 10 movie houses, showing international and local movies.

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Les Miserables literally means the “The Miserable Ones.” It is a French Historical Novel by Victor Hugo published in 1862. Finally in 2012, the movie was shown under the direction of Tom Hooper. It’s an all start cast Huge Jackman, Russel Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. I haven’t read the book nor watched it in a play, but after seeing this movie I’ve got deeper appreciation for novels, musical plays and films which culminates history and somehow imbibe a love story, where most of viewers can easily relate with.

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The film revolves around the story of Jean Valjean, he is an ex-convict who eventually became a Mayor of a town in France.

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Jean met the dying Fantine, a poor miserable mother who has an illegitimate daughter named Cosette. He was entrusted by Fantine to take care of  her daughter Cosette.

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But as fugitive, because of envy and unforgiving heart, a police inspector, Javert was determined to capture him and send him back to prison.

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As the film caption says Les Miserables is a story of FIGHT. DREAM. HOPE. LOVE. As for me Les Miserables, is a story of unconditional love of a mother to her children (Fantine to Cosette), staying faithful to a promise (Jean to Fantine to Cosette), love at first sight which can lead to real true love (Marius to Cosette), Loving someone so dear even he’s not loving you back (Eponine to Marius) and patriotism and heroism (Gavroche, Colonel Georges Pontmercy, Enjolras, Petit-Gervais and Fauchelevent to France)

As the movie ends, I want to stand up and give the whole cast a big hand of applausde and told myself, I must watch this live in a play.

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