Thursday, February 22, 2007

Batam Trip, 18-20 Feb 2007

18-20 February 2007, Chinese New Year holiday....... with Duncan&Faith family we went to Batam, Indonesia just for short break...
We went after church, but....... due to first day of Chinese new year, we could not get any taxi or bus... so ended up, we called our 2 friends to bring us to Harbour Front... (thks to br. Ding and br. Robert).............


The ferry was sailing for about 40 minutes from Harbour Front to Harbour Bay ("Batu Ampar). The van from Novotel Hotel already there waiting for us.....

We spent a lot on eating and shopping.....


Some dishes for our dinner at Mega Mall, Batam... Karedok, gado-gado, snail (siput), chap cai, soup, avocado juice, soursop juice, etc......


We stayed at Novotel Hotel, Jodoh area.... The hotel was not that wonderful. We pay Rp. 450,000 (about S$78.00) per night including of American Breakfast. If you go Batam for shopping, don't stay in this hotel, unless you take the shuttle bus to Mega Mall (Free, and every 30 minutes) or taxi, you can not go on walk. Jodoh area is famous for its UNSAFE places.. a lot of robbery and pick-pocket in that area..... This hotel is located about 2 minutes drive from Harbour Bay Ferry terminal...

Monday, 19 February 2007
After breakfast, we departed to Barelang bridge and further area......

Once you stopped, within minutes, some motorcycles will appear and bring something for you to buy......... fried crab, prawn and Rempeyek (Indonesian's crackers with peanuts on top of it).
The price is quite cheap for foreigner... one crab about Rp. 15,000 - 20,000 (S$3-4), the rempeyek sell 4 for Rp.10,000 (S$2.00). We bought 4 crabs and 4 rempeyek.... the crab was not fresh...
At pulau Rempang, photo taken from one of the kelong.....




Lunch Time...... main menu here is Congee (Porridge) and Dim Sum...
The porridge very nice and many varieties.... we spent about Rp. 950,000 for 14 adults and 3 children. The location near Top 100 Nagoya area.

Our dinner time....... at OKI.. Sate ayam, snail, gong-gong, lobster, vegetables, fried rice, beehoon goreng, oyster, sotong, chicken, etc... etc... for 13 adults, 3 children, we paid only slightly over Rp. 1,000,000 (equal to S$170.00) including beer and softdrinks.. We ate until really full.....

(see the advertisement on the wall, next to the eating place....)

The ticket from Harbour Front (Singapore) to Harbour Bay (Batam, Indonesia) is: S$27.00 for Indonesian's passport and S$34.00 for others (inclusive of all taxes).
Promotion available for certain departure time, pls. check with the counter.
"WAVEMASTER 8" the ferry that brought us there and back here..