Jalan-jalan Nagoya, Baloi and Batam Island October 2016

Actually we had been to Batam Island some 20 over years ago from Singapore. At that time, Batam was just a small town scarcely populated. As there is now ferry service plying between Stulang Laut Johor Bahru to Batam, we decided to visit this island again.

Purchasing tickets at the counter

Purchasing tickets at the counter

Ready to board

Ready to board

Arrived at Stulang Laut ferry terminal at around 8.30 am. Immediately we bought a to and fro ticket to Batam Center for the 9.00 am trip. The price is RM 126 per pax.

Inside the ferry

Inside the ferry

Leaving Duty Free Zone ferry terminal

Leaving Duty Free Zone ferry terminal

The trip took about 2 hours along the Straits of Johor. The boring 2 hour trip was made up by the beautiful coastal line of both Singapore and Johor especially when the ferry was approaching Changi Airport. Here you can enjoy the taking off and landing of aircrafts. Along the way, you get to see some fishermen trying their luck to get some catch. There are also a lot of ships anchored near to the port, both at Singapore and Pasir Gudang.

On the upper deck of the ferry enjoying the sea breeze and the beautiful coastal line of both Singapore and Johor

On the upper deck of the ferry enjoying the sea breeze and the beautiful coastal line of both Singapore and Johor

Aircraft landing at Changi Airport

Aircraft landing at Changi Airport

Arrived at Batam Ferry Terminal after a two hour ride. Batam has actually developed tremendously with a lot of hotels and shopping malls, not to mention a lot of restaurants.

 

Arriving at Batam Ferry Terminal

Arriving at Batam Ferry Terminal

View from the ferry terminal Batam

View from the ferry terminal Batam

To the arrival hall

To the arrival hall

Immediately we took a taxi to our hotel, I hotel Baloi. It cost us 70K Rp for the 15 minutes ride.

We were not allowed to check in as it was still early as check-in time is at 2.00 pm. So we left our luggage at the concierge and walked to Batam City Square (BCS) which is just a few minute walk. We surveyed around to look for restaurant for our lunch. Finally we decided to try the authentic Indonesian cuisine at D’Penyetz Restaurant. We had ayam penyet asli, Balinese grilled duck (bebek bakar), French fries  and the chocolate cheese fried bananas. The fried bananas blended well with the chocolate cheese. Real good I would say. The duck was well grilled and very crispy. It’s really delicious together with the sauce.

At the D'Penyetz Restaurant, BCS Mall

At the D’Penyetz Restaurant, BCS Mall

Interior deco of the restaurant

Interior deco of the restaurant

Nice food!

Nice food!

We also tried the signature dessert, Es buah mixed fruits ice. It was really yummy, highly recommended if you are in Batam Island. All in it cost us 140k Rp. We also shopped around the Mall to get some clothes and shoes for Kimberly!

Delicious dessert

Delicious fruit dessert

After lunch we went back to check-in. we were delighted that the hotel is very new and clean.

After taking a shower, we took a cab to Nagoya Hill shopping centre which is about 4.5 km from our hotel. It costs us 60K Rp one way. Nagoya Hill Mall is more crowded and congested. I find it is more comfortable to shop around at BCS. We bought some clothing at Matahari Departmental Store. In fact I like to buy local Indonesian made apparel than those branded ones. Then we took a cab back to Baloi again.

At Nagoya Hill Mall

At Nagoya Hill Mall

I Hotel Baloi

I Hotel Baloi

Aerial view from the hotel room

Aerial view from the hotel room

Then we went to the wet market just opposite our hotel to look for some fruits, especially the snake skin fruit or ‘buah salak’ which is a very popular local fruit. We managed to get some, but not cheap.

At the wet market opposite the hotel

At the wet market opposite the hotel

Attracted by the promotion banner at Reborn Reflexology Centre opposite our hotel, we decided to try out the massage at this parlor. I thought it was  fabulous to rejuvenate ourselves after walking for hours. We opted for 1 hour foot massage and 1 hour Balinese massage.

The massage itself was okay. However this  cannot be said about the level of hygiene at this massage parlor. After 2 hours of massage, instead of getting rejuvenated, I ended up having itches at some parts of my hand and back! The facial towel was also quite smelly!

Dinner was simple. We just took noodles as it was quite late already.

Woke up early in the morning, wanted to go for a swim at the swimming pool at the 5th floor. Too bad, it was raining! So we changed our plan. Instead of swimming, we went to the gym for a light workout. We tried the tread mill for about 20 minutes then went for breakfast after resting. Breakfast was good. We had a long breakfast as we were not rushing for time. By the time we finished our breakfast, the rain had stopped. So we decided to go for a swim after resting! Expectedly we were the only ones at the 25 m pool. Water is clean and visibility is good! We swam for half an hour and the sun began to shine on us. So it was time to leave.

The gymnasium

The gymnasium

Quite big pool on the 5th floor of the hotel

Quite big pool on the 5th floor of the hotel

The road in front of the hotel turns into a hawker center at night

The road in front of the hotel turns into a hawker center at night

A2 Food Court next to the hotel

A2 Food Court next to the hotel

We checked out at around 11 am and proceeded to Batam Ferry terminal for departure.

One last shot before leaving the hotel

One last shot before leaving the hotel

We went to Batam Centre for our lunch.

Overhead bridge joining Batam Center Mega Mall and the ferry terminal

Overhead bridge joining Batam Center Mega Mall and the ferry terminal

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Customer Service at the Mega Mall. You can keep your luggage here foc!

Customer Service at the Mega Mall. You can keep your luggage here foc!

After hunting around for gurames, finally we found one at Baresto Café gurames is a very popular dish in Indonesia. I always try it whenever I go to Indonesia. We opted for gurames cooked in mango sauce, long beans in XO sauce, [not XO liqour] and ayam kriuk [fried chicken with some local spices]. The fish gurames was really crispy and not over cooked. The mango sauce was superb and appetizing. But the chicken was not so delicious. [117k Rp]

Famous gurames dish

Famous gurames dish

This restaurant is big and spacious. From the restaurant, you can get a panoramic view of the sea as part of the restaurant is facing the sea.

Panoramic view of the sea from the restauran

Panoramic view of the sea from the restauran

We didn’t order any drink as we had found one dessert outlet there. Yes it’s 77 Es Teler, a franchise out let selling noodles and the popular es buah, a mix fruits blended ice. I was elated to find it here as I first tried it when we were at Malioboro Mall at Yogyakarta.

77 Es Teler Restaurant at the Mega Mall

77 Es Teler Restaurant at the Mega Mall

Doesn't look impressive but yummy!

Doesn’t look impressive but yummy!

We really liked it very much. In fact we went back the next day to try again. After that we tried to find the same outlet in Surabaya and Bali, but were disappointed not to find there. Over here we found it again. so must try! It’s a mixture of jack fruit and avocado with coconut milk and milk blended with ice.[30k Rp per bowl] The only complaint is that the ice is not fine enough. Else it will be perfect match!

We walked around the Mega Mall to look for anything that is worth buying. But we didn’t find anything to buy back!

Kim Kim will be very happy to be here!

Kim Kim will be very happy to be here!

Then it was time to bid goodbye, another 2 hours ferry ride back to Johor Bahru!

Waiting for departure

Waiting for departure

Our ferry back to Johor Bahru

 

p/s : Rm 1 = 3200 R

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An experienced Form 5 chemistry teacher from Johor Bahru.