Last weekend, a group of us took a ferry to Batam, an Indonesian island nearby. For someone who used to think that there is absolutely nothing to do in the little island I was surprised we kept ourselves occupied throughout the weekend.
Our friend got us a really good deal at the new i-Hotel. It's conveniently located in the popular district of Nagoya, within walking distance from a new hypermart and shopping centre.
From the hotel room, I could even see the Singapore skyline on a clear morning. The area surrounding our hotel is flat, with clusters of factories and houses co-existing happily.
We spent many happy hours swimming, shopping, eating and relaxing.
Watching the sunset with friends can be an awesome experience.
We dedicated an entire afternoon for hair treatment at Johnny Andrean Salon and massage at Isabella.
Batam Island used to be a sleepy coastal village until it underwent major transformation into a shipbuilding and industrial zone starting from the 1970s. Today, one can find food chains like McDonalds, KFC, J.Co and A&W in the major malls.
There are all sorts of shophouses, coffee shops and street vendors lining the major streets.
This textile shop caught our eye. We went in to look at the fabrics.
Nagoya Mall is one of the most popular malls in Batam. It is packed with boutiques, salons, restaurants and food outlets.
I ended up buying myself a pair of rubber boots, the kind that Power Rangers wear. CH got himself two batik shirts from Batam Centre Mega Mall.
It was particularly crowded last weekend due to the school holiday in Singapore. Batam's close proximity to Singapore makes it a popular destination for Singaporeans.
When it was time for us to leave, the seats on the afternoon ferries were fully booked, we had to settle for an evening one.