Bought a Batam deal on a whim because 2 months of working full time was numbing our life and we wanted a getaway badly. So we picked this weekend to do a short trip that’s lighter on our pockets than a stay cation in Singapore. We’ve always wanted a getaway and Cambodia seems like it’s never coming (and that’s because we planned for it since April during our exams)… Reached Harbourfront Ferry Terminal at 630 in the morning day to catch the 730 ferry. We reached too early and Pacific Ferry wasn’t open yet, so we wandered all the way to the boardwalk between Vivocity and Sentosa, when WL took a magnificent night view of it. Keppel Bay and the rich hues of the sky greeting us. At one of the famous restaurant, Wey Wey Seafood restaurant. If anything Batam is famous for, it’s 1) the massage and 2) the seafood. This restaurant is by the sea and near Harbour Bay shopping mall. The taxi driver should recognise this mall’s name. We kicked up quite a big fuss at the waiters several times because after plates after plates were served to our neighbouring tables, our food was nowhere to be seen! My proactive boyfriend took the liberty to raise his voice at the manager before they finally served our food. This explains my pout and frown below while waiting for food to be served. Coincidentally bumped into my JC classmate Chen Hao. Who knew, WL bumped into his friend right beside Chen Hao’s table! What a small world. $30 was a great deal for the seafood. We ordered the following: – chilli crab – kai lan – 10 sticks of otah – cereal prawn – Heineken – Avocado Juice On a side note, we raved about their avocado juice so much. Out of the 4 meals we had over the whole trip, we ordered avocado juice for 3 of them. Breakfast was in the hotel so that robbed us of the chance to order it. The way they do it is by mixing avocado with gula melaka. It’s cheap too. Relative to Singapore’s avocado juice, they sell it at < $2! Now on to massage. We went to IndoThai, which was recommended by our taxi drivers. $22 for 1.5 hour massage. Not a fan of massage, but their massage was REALLY GOOD. Just the other day, Jeremy was demonstrating how to to relieve common muscle knots at the back. The masseuse, despite being on a fast, hit the exact spots. What won me over was how she managed to crack my joints despite the oily cream hindering her force. The back cracks were the best. It sent a wave of relaxation down my spine with every crack of my vertebrae. Below shows another massage parlour that my other friends recommended. They told me Majesty Massage House offers email bookings and even provides transport to and fro your hotel. The price gauge is $60 for a 3 hour package which includes massage, body scrub, etc. An alternative if you’re looking for spa treatments. We stayed at Crown Vista Hotel. It’s atop a hill so the only mode of transport is by taxi. Taxi prices are the only exorbitantly priced service in Batam. Our trip from the airport (we arranged for hotel pick up) to hotel costed $9. Well, at least the cost of taxi to different destinations are fixed so there isn’t a need to worry about them extorting from tourists. Crown Vista has absolutely polite and all-rounded service. They not only gave us a free upgrade, but also brought us to the room, checked meticulously the condition of the room and patiently explained to us what was complimentary. Finally, they wished us a pleasant stay on their way out. Superb! Oh yes, I forgot to state that 1 night costed us a mere $60. I was struck by the majesty of the view. It really let us see the whole of Batam. Well, almost. That’s WL being enamoured of such a panoramic view. To his delight, there was a pub operating from 10pm at our hotel. So we stopped over so he could snap some night views and have a drink. Reconnecting with nature. Anything green and blue gets me going.
Being the conscientious one, below shows my price breakdown in SGD for 2 of us. I didn’t want to spend too much since it was an unplanned trip.
Ferry 2-way- $30 per person
Hotel 1 night- $60 Local food- $9 per meal approx
Taxi- $6.50 – $10 per ride approx
Total expenses for my trip- $100
Bras were extremely cheap. $10 per piece? So was arcade. Less than 10c per game. Haha. We resorted to playing arcade ‘cuz we had 3 hours to kill. Suggest you go to BCS shopping mall (similar to Far East Plaza in Singapore). Nagoya Hill is duller, older and there’s less things to do there. When in Batam, never miss the A&W root beer float!