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
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.
Hidayat Esa & Ashila Ahmad
Hidayat Esa & Ashila Ahmad