First time for us, Aqila and I to go to Batam. Second time for hubby, after...many years ago.
The husband had a team-bonding time with his office colleagues, the son and I just tagged along since it is school holiday.
The ferry ride was smooth. The water was calm although it rained throughout the journey. I was little worried prior to the journey because I get seasick quite easily. Besides, past experience of braving the sea from Bali to Lombok Island and Bali to Lembongan, were quite nerving. The waves in these two crossings were torturous and choppy. The waves were high and unexpected, and the jetboat went up and down wildly. Sickening...so sickening haha
So...i was sooo relieved when I learned that it was not the case with the water between Singapore-Batam.
Two day and one night trip to Batam proves to be tiring to my old body. Upon landing on Batam, Aqila and Ayah and the rest of the team went for a paintball game at Harris hotel, whilst I went for foot reflexology. So yeah, we went to another hotel to play paintball game. Ackward.
Dinner was a fabulous array of seafood at Weiwei restaurant next to Harbourbay Mall.
The hotel where we stayed in is called Amir Hotel. It was one of many budget hotels around in Batam. It costs Rp.338.000/night including breakfast. That is around SGD 34 per night, very very cheap. Well, please dont ask too much from that price. The hotel was small, with bare necessity. Room was small, with individual airconditioning unit. No mini-fridge nor water kettle in the room so we could not boil water for coffee/tea. Oh yeah, no complimentary tea or coffee around, except for two 500ml size mineral water bottles. There was no swimming pool nor other basic hotel facilities. It had a very modest spa though. More about it on next paragraph.
The next morning passed by like thunder, very very fast. Our ferry ride back to Singapore was scheduled at noon so we all woke up early to have breakfast at the hotel restaurant afterwhich I went for my appointment for massage at the erhm...hotel spa. Btw, breakfast was allright, western and asian breakfast, coffee and tea, bread and cereals for kids, though the choice was not many.
The spa was far from descent. It was more apt to be called massage parlour, with no negative connotation. Oh well, i guess it was okay as I went there for a massage, not for a spa treatment. But if you wish to be pampered in a spa, I suggest you book the session elsewhere 😬
The lady masseur's name was Siti. Siti had a very strong pair of hands. The massage was effective but painful haha. Every time i told her that the area that she was working on was painful (implying to her to please reduce the pressure!) she would instead suggested, that i should endure the pain while she was massaging the area so then i would feel better afterwards!! Errr and where was the logic to that? Hey...but i did not protest further! Silly me. And now, I have bruises all over my body. They show how powerful this lady masseur was. Do i feel better now? Well i will tell you in several days time, as soon as the pain from the bruises has gone 😆
So that was my experience going to Batam island. I was not impressed by the place. It was too ordinary. Well maybe we needed a guide who could show us the beauty if the island. Until then, i wont miss going to Batam again.