Guide to BATAM!Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Their main language is Malay I think. Cos the signage boards everything are in Malay.
Nvm, they don't even have flyers, catalogs, maps for us. SO we were kinda lost. and stranded. Paid $47 to see trees, polluted water and run down buildings. Haiz.
So we decided to go on our own.
Went to eat A & W because one of his friends told him that it was mad cheap! Only $2 for a meal. But when we went there, we FORGOT to see the smart lunch deal and we just bought the meals. It costed $13 for two people and the portions were really small. :(
If you're visiting Batam, DO NOT EVER EAT their fast food outlets -_- Everyone come here to eat their drop dead cheap SEAFOOD. Except for KFC, because they have something in chocolate which I forgot, hehe.
After being a little pissed and everything(because we simply didn't know where to go), Thank god the nearby cafe Black Canyon Coffee has WIFI. We went in for some drinks and used their WIFI, researching where to go, and I was reading blog reviews about Batam shopping, food etc.
Forgot to mention, Black Canyon Coffee's Black Tea is AWESOME! And their coffee is superb. Super cheap for such a pretty and nice environment.
Finally, we decided to go Nagoya Hill Shopping Centre. One of the A&W customers also recommended to us when we were eating.
So next stop, Nagoya Hill Shopping Centre!
You don't have to worry a single thing about not getting a cab, because there are ABUNDANT of cabs in Batam. Just exit the mall and the guard will shout, "TAXI?!"
It costed us 50.000Rupiah, which is around $6 for a taxi ride.
Some of the dresses (like what u see in shopping centres) are going for as low as $6? The shirts were $3!!!!!!!! Like wtf!
After that, he kept on insisting to go for massage massage massage so we went to the Spa Secret, which the taxi driver recommended us to go, and Ironladychef also recommended it. It was just opposite Nagoya Shopping centre.
It was pretty late and we couldn't go to the Waterfront City and play Go-Kart :(
So we went back to Nagoya Hill Shopping centre and ate there. The staffs there were asking us to enter their restaurant. There were approx. 10 restaurants there -_-
We decided to settle down for Kimura since the environment was pretty nice.
Ordered ayam penyet (Chicken), Fried Udang(prawn), egg, Fish, watermelon and mango juice :)
(F.Y.I: I woke up at 5am in the morning because I had such a bad stomachache because of this egg, and when I poo poo, my ass felt super hot too. Haha if you have a sensitive stomach like mine, do not take this)
Overall, we thought the food kinda sucked.
Especially the fish and the egg!!!!
But for the price we're paying, I guess it's alright. We only paid $18 for so much food!!
But be careful, there's tax too - 10%.
Yeap. After we ate, it was time to go back to Batam Centre to take our ferry back to Singapore!!!!
We went to the entrance and as usual the guy shouted, "TAXI?!"
We replied yes and he said, "60k rupiah to Batam Centre" and I immediately shouted back, "Just now we come only 50k rupiah! You don't try to cheat us!"
In the end, he charged us 50k rupiah.
So if you're taking taxi in Batam, do haggle the price with them because they do not have a fixed price. I learned from Google that they actually set the price taking advantage of us foreigners.
Super big huge cruise!
And he told me we'll go for a 3D2N cruise for our 1 year anniversary!
Oh well, Batam wasn't exactly fun, but I guess dear made the trip pretty pleasant. There aren't much to do there unless you're planning to stay at a resort or travelling with a tour guide.
But still, pretty ok!
AND FINALLY, MY FACE SHOP ITEM IS HERE.
Outside is retailing at $18 for this, and I got it for $10.10. Directly from Korea's factory :)