CNY Batam Trip!

Spent the new year’s eve and the beginning of the lunar new year in Batam~ This year it’s only Mommeyyyyy and I; no crazy bunch like last year. But we still didn’t mind a mini getaway and thank goodness we managed to book one in the end despite it being full house everywhere!

I can’t help but keep comparing last year’s Bintan trip with this trip, from ferry to hotel to itinerary, because I remember how bad last year’s was, if not for the people! Luckily this year’s trip was much better~

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Our ferry

The ferry was not stuffy or lok-kok compared to last year’s, nor was there any cockroach spotted. We sat at the top deck to enjoy the sea breeze! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee~
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出海咯~!
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Next week’s resolution: I must visit the pretty Keppel Bay!

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Humongous Star Virgo cruise!

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Another resolution: I must be on a cruise one day!

So sunny that my eyes couldn’t open fully! But the sea breeze was shiok~
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Candid shot by Mommeyyyyy
I think I have a naturally angry face -_-

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Blue sky and blue sea ❤

Makes me miss the beach so badly!
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Did not take that many photos because it’s supposed to be a relaxing getaway, not like a trip “trip“, so not much shopping done as well. We basically went to quite a number of 土产 shops, a few shopping malls, a temple and also had 1 hour of massage~

Loots were mainly handmade local delicacies, food and more food. Got a pretty dress as well for only 6 bucks and it totally made my day! I was a bit disappointed when the shop didn’t wanna accept SGD (we did not change any rupiah) but Mommeyyyyyyy insisted on changing S$50 worth of  rupiah for me just so that I can get my S$6 dress!!! So much love (((:

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Temple run tour

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笑佛

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Hope to be blessed with abundance of happiness and laughter

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Candid shot again~

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Cute mini Buddha!

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It’s the 12 Chinese zodiacs!

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With my snake! Hiss~

As usual, Mommeyyyyy and I came up with crazy ideas! Riding on the horse to welcome the arrival of the horse year~ Not sure if it’s rude to do so but at least I’m not riding on the Buddha right =/
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马到成功!马上发财!Huat ah~!

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My crazy idea for her rat shot xD

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Colourful buildings

Unglam candid shot while I was buying chips at a street stall -_-”
My pig brother actually finished 1 whole big packet in a night! Maybe that explains my shocked face.
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Lunch was provided and it was at this rather famous place – Golden Prawn 555.
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I wanna stay at a kelong!

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Lunching by the sea!

The lunch was also so much better than last year’s because at least we weren’t served fish ball soup as seafood! We had real seafood – crabs, mini lobsters, clams and etc~ Definitely a sumptuous meal!
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Even got a bowl of real bird nest after the meal! Super value for money trip~
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Saw a couple of the “cat shit coffee” in a shop and we were trying to figure out which is the authentic one. Then we spotted this and I told Mommeyyyyyyy this one confirm fake one, cause it says LIAR! Whahahaha~
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My shoe shop!

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Spent a long time looking at these cute figurines!

Finally arrived at our hotel – Harmoni One in the late noon and ended our tour for the day~ Our hotel is also 329147391732 times better than our Bintan one and it’s quite pretty!
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Our room

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Mini “garden” outside

Food can also be easily found just a street across the hotel and we settled in Sanur for some authentic local delicacies. Despite it being an atas-looking restaurant, the food are damn cheap~
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With 2 “cocks” above my head -.-“

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Tom Yum soup, beef rendang and tahu telor
YUMS~!

Back to the hotel for some drinks at the lounge while the beautiful piano pieces serenade us~
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Hotel buffet breakfast

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My sumptuous brunch

Went up to explore the pool and oh my~ We didn’t know it’s so beautiful up there!!! A pity I did not get to swim despite bringing my swimsuit 😦 The weather was so hot!
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View from rooftop

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I didn’t know we are near the sea!

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Overseeing the whole of Batam

Spotted a bee tram in the mall!!! Waited for it to go one round around the mall before I finally got a chance to take picture in it…haha!
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Such a funny bee! xD

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VivianBee on the bee tram!

Did not have the chance to visit the beach this year! Must stay at the beach resort next time!!!

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10 thoughts on “CNY Batam Trip!

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  2. Hi dear,

    Very glad to read your nice experience in Batam. Batam is wonderful island & have many place to visit.
    For other experience you can spent your holiday time to Spa relaxing with your mom too..
    Batam have any Nice Spa & massage centre…
    My friend said, he go to Batam & find cheap package from application & website http://www.batamciti.com
    All about Batam is there.

    Hope information above help.
    Nice to hear your feedback.

    regards,
    Zhen2^^

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  4. Hi i want to check with you, you went to bintan @batam on th CNY? Can you advise if where i can go if i planning to go on CNY from lunar eve to chu 2? like a 3 day? will there be any budget trip to advise ? Hope to receive your reply soon. Stay pretty..

    • Hi Wendy, sorry for the late reply. Yes, I have been to both Bintan and Batam during CNY, but usually Batam. May I know which are you intending to visit? I have only been to Bintan once and it was through some Groupon deal. It was a boring trip because most shops were closed during CNY, unexpectedly, so I would not recommend going there. Unless you stay in a beach resort with facilities, or you go for water sports, then it will be fine. I have no suggestion for the resort because I stayed in a new and small hotel in an ulu place (part of the Groupon deal), which I will not recommend. I know Batam better because I spent the past few years of CNY there 😅 Batam budget hotel will be Batam The Hill Hotel, which is just opposite the most popular mall – Nagoya Hill. But you have to cross a busy street to get to the mall. The hotel is very small and simple, no pool and not much facilities but cheap and convenient. Other wise you can look out for Groupon deals (take note of terms and conditions though; might have blackout period for CNY) or can check out Harmoni One Hotel and Pacific Palace Hotel. But both of them got no mall nearby, so gotta take hotel shuttle service or a short cab ride to the malls. The main malls to visit are Nagoya Hill (with lots of cheap and good massage places outside the mall) and Batam City Square. Activities in Batam is only shopping (shops are open during CNY), cheap massage and eat 😆

      • Thankyou vivian for the replies ! I intend to go batam, but bringing my mum and family. So all the shop is open in batam? I prefer harmoni one. Has good review i think, do you have advise/guide for CNY season that i could save some money and enjoy HAHA. Nice talking to you. my family prefer shopping than a resort relax stay. but budget still.. very headache. Do you try harmoni One before?

      • Yes I have stayed Harmoni One before, Groupon deal also 😅 The hotel is nice but not much at the surrounding, only remember an Indo restaurant opposite the hotel. To get to the nearest mall I think gotta either take cab (short distance only) or there might be free shuttle service from hotel (can’t remember). The shops in the shopping malls are mostly open during my past few CNYs here 😅 Cause mostly operated by Malays, so they will still open.

      • Cool, Thanks for your reply again. Do you have suggestion which few shop is open? that can last abt 2 to 3 days haha…

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