Wake up early to go for breakfast.
Their breakfast timing is from 6am - 10am (Indonesia Time).
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After breakfast, Ashila & Shasha head down to the swimming pool.
The Swimming pool at Aston Batam Hotel & Residences is open from 6am - 8pm (Indonesia Time).
The photo & video is taken by Azam.
Where is Hidayat?
Where got time for Swimming.
Bed time is way way important than Swimming.
We have book an appointment at 11.30am (Indonesia Time) for our spa treatment.
It is located opposite Nagoya Hills.
The shop name is The Spa Secret.
We took free shuttle bus service at 11am from hotel lobby to Nagoya Hills Shopping Centre.
Then we will walk opposite the mall to go for the appointment.
Our family did not go for the spa treatment because
they want to shop at Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall.
We took a Traditional Herbal Spa package for 2 pax.
It cost IDR $860,000 per person (SGD $87 per person).
The spa package is 2 hours 30 mins in a couple room.
What will you go through?
1. sea salt foot bath in the room.
2. Followed by body cleansing in the room.
3. Body massage using lemongrass oil + you will smell the aroma lemongrass through the head hole massage bed in the room.
4. Scrub your body using lulur in the room.
5. You will seat at the body steam room for 15 mins (damn scary). Remember this is a separate room. Not in the couple room.
6. After that they will ask you drink water to hydrate yourself + Body Yogurt Polish in the couple room.
7. Soak yourself in Jacuzzi Pool in the room.
8. You have to shower yourself in the room.
9. Lastly, ladies will go through V-Treatment (claim to tighten it..lol) & men will go through lotion body & shoulder massage in the couple room.
10. Once your massage is done, you will drink a cup of Lemongrass tea with biscuits & sweets.
To make your life easier.
Nah. Go and see the link yourself.
If you interested, go and make an appointment.
After we are done with the spa, we meet up with our families at Nagoya Hills.
By that time, they already done with their shopping at there.
Our next plan was to go to Diamond City Mall.
Known as DC Mall Batam.
It was a last minute plan.
Take note we got 6 pax and we don’t have transportation on second day.
If we take taxi, we need two taxis.
Each taxi cost you IDR 50,000 (SGD $5).
Means two cabs total of SGD $10.
We decided to take the risk and try grab services in Batam.
They have grab car that caters 6 pax.
Guess how much they cost you to go from Nagoya Hills to DC Mall.
It cost you only IDR $13,000 (SGD $1.30).
The driver will message you and tell you where to meet.
They can’t fetch you at the Shopping mall as
they claim the security guard and tax driver will assault them.
Going there was quite smooth with Grab but
you will need to walk a little bit further from Nagoya Hills.
We did shop at Diamond City Mall (DC Mall Batam).
We bought some items from supermarket again.
Azam & Ashila buy good quality jackets.
Ashila wanted Telur Penyu (Turtle Eggs) and for 10 eggs, it cost you IDR $15,000 each (SGD $1.50 each).
We also bought foods at Coffee Town DC Mall Batam and bring back to hotel.
Nasi Ayam Rendang cost you IDR $27,000 (SGD $2.70).
Sate Ayam 30 sticks with Lotong, Timun and the sauce cost you IDR $98,000 (SGD $9.80 in total).
Means each satay stick cost you SGD $0.32.
I highly recommend the satay to you because it taste the same like our Singapore version.
Most satay in Batam is mixed with soya sauce (kicap) which is NOT NICE to us.
Nasi goreng oriental cost you IDR $32,000 (SGD $3.20).
Mee goreng cost you IDR $27,000 (SGD $2.70).
5 pieces of chicken nuggets cost you IDR $26,000 (SGD $2.60).
Don’t buy the nuggets. Not worth it.
Might as well you buy the nuggets at Burger King Singapore.
Lagi worth it.
We decided to Grab again from DC Mall Batam to our Hotel.
If we go by taxi, the price will be about SGD $8 each.
Its a peak period that time.
Imagine two taxis means, total of $16 for two taxis.
We book GrabCar 6 seater for the price of IDR $15,000 (SGD $1.50).
Its one time payment uh.
You see huge price difference uh.
Let me tell what is the scariest part.
The driver message me to exit at this place.
When we were exiting the place, we got followed by the group of strangers (taxi drivers).
As we are approaching the car, the car drove away from us.
He even message me personally. DANGER.
We was approached by this guy who say “Mas, sini tak boleh grab. Its illegal!”
In our heart, its like whatever lah.
We walk a little further from DC Mall Batam to get into the grab.
The driver told us, the person who approach us is a gangster
he controls the area to stop grab Drivers from making money
and making hard life for the grab customers.
He also claimed that they are taxi driver and
they are willing to smash the grab drivers in order to stop them from entering to that area.
If you ask our personal thoughts on using grab services in Batam,
I highly recommend NOT TO TAKE GRAB IN BATAM especially with family members.
You don’t want them to get hurt due to the cheap services.
Unless you go with a group of martial-art background, you may consider grab services.
hahaha. i mean it.
Anyway, we managed to go back hotel safely.
Above is the proof of our pictures. Hahaha.
Before sleeping, Ashila, Shasha & Azam did their face mask.
This was our last night in Aston Batam Hotel & Residences.
Its was a great family time spent.
Hidayat Esa & Ila Ashila
21st March 2019, Thursday (First Day):
We met up at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal at around 10.30am
to have our light breakfast together & depart from
Singapore to Batam Island at 11.40am.
The journey was about 30mins.
We reached there at 12.30pm (Singapore Time).
But in Batam, it is 11.30am (Indonesia Time).
It is one hour late = more time for us to enjoy in Batam.
Once we reached there, we were fetch by our driver, Pak Ribut.
After hearing his name made us laugh already.
Ribut means Storm.
7 Seater car for a cost of SGD $50 (whole day till night).
It’s dirt cheap.
It is inclusive of driver, parking fees, petrol & miscellaneous stuff.
We book him for 1st day & last day.
We managed to change our money at Mega Mall (Batam Centre).
Rating was SGD $1 = IDR $10,350.
I find that place has good rate.
Of course, if you guys know of any place with good rate.
Do update us.
We went to Malaya Cafe, Mega Mall (Batam Centre).
Its located on 2nd floor (if I’m not wrong).
Price was cheap.
Total we spent was about IDR $340,400 + their 10% tax = IDR $374,440 (SGD $37).
Its literally cheap for 6 pax.
We ended our lunch at about 1 pm (Indonesia Time).
We went for a short shopping trip in Mega Mall.
We bought things from Matahari supermarket, “3 Seconds” clothing & bags from the shop.
Then we head down to Aston Batam Hotel & Residences.
As our dad (Ashila’s Father) treat us for 3 days 2 night stay in.
He have booked 3 Bedroom Apartment.
WORTH TO STAY especially when someone belanja.
You can see the pictures below for your own references.
Once we check in to our apartment.
Photo taking time.
Feeling-feeling scenery lah.
Once we are done with the photo taking session & unloading of our stuff,
we decided to go to Barelang Bridge for short tour.
The journey from our hotel to that bridge.
About half an hour.
Luckily we got Pak Ribut to entertain us for the 30mins road trip.
The next timing will be our dinner.
We all agreed to have our seafood dinner at Kopak Jaya 007.
It is located quite near to Barelang Bridge there.
Here comes our pictures again....
Here comes our seafood.
It is a must to eat seafood in Batam.
Kalau never eat, its a waste babe....
The food is so sedap.
The picture describes everything.
You will be thinking...eh how much we spent, right?
We spent about IDR $1,400,000 (SGD $140).
Its worth it lah...
I will provide you the link to their website:
For the location, just Google it.
Indicate in the search engine
“Kelong Kopak Jaya 007 Seafood Restaurant (Batam)”
After our dinner, it is a MUST to go down to this place.
And take picture of the monument (Welcome to Batam).
They have their own monument just like the Hollywood Sign which is located at Los Angeles.
But these place is located at Bukit Clara (around Batam Centre).
At night, they have their own Pasar Malam (Night Market) at the same place.
We didn’t eat because we ate a lot. Really a lot.
If you see the picture at the bottom.
There is a car decorated with disco lights and uses bicycle system.
Which means in order to drive it, you have to cycle it.
If I’m not wrong, it will cost you IDR $50,000 (SGD $5).
For how Long? Cycle until you shag.
Cheap thrills uh.
Lastly, we gave up.
We decided to go back to Hotel.
Sumpah sey shagged gila.
This is just the first day.
This are the things that we bought for the first day in Batam.
We means us not inclusive of Ashila’s family.
It will be more than this if we take the pictures of everything.
Most photos are taken using Huawei Mate 20 Pro except for the “Welcome To Batam” sign.
The five photos are taken using Samsung S9 (Ashila’s Mother Mobile).
Hidayat Esa & Ila Ashila
We just uploaded the video on YouTube.
We went to Amari Hotel, Johor Bahru (Malaysia).
It is located at 82C, Jalan Trus,
Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000, Malaysia.
This was taken on 27 Jan 2019.
Last warning eh...Baru sekarang nak upload.
Overall good experience.
Worth the money.
Hidayat & Ashila
An imperfect man who craves for success & chase big dreams. With determination to bring happiness to my family , her family & lastly her.
Cherishing the best moments in life.