31 December 2017 – 1 January 2018
T had been to Singapore twice, hence, he had already been to most of the touristy places around here. As a Christmas present, I didn’t want to give him something material. I wanted to give him memories.
He had been telling me that he liked to go back to Batam, hence, my Christmas gift to him was New Year Batam overnight experience which included a city tour, overnight stay at Novotel Hotel, fireworks and a New year’s eve party.
Weather that day wasn’t very friendly. It was pouring heavily the whole day and it limited our movements a little bit. First stop was a visit to a factory that specializes in our favorite product, coffee. We had fun learning more about it, tasting the different kinds available in Indonesia, like Long bean, Peaberry, and Luwak. T went for a bit of coffee shopping as well.
The bus ride was made fun by the narration from our tour guide. To cap the tour, we went for a 1-hour full body massage. According to our guide, people usually go to Batam for 3Ms Makan (Malay word for Eat). Markets, Massages. Massages which were usually very cheap as compared to Singapore standard.
We checked-in after the tour. Rested for a bit then headed out for a New Year’s Eve dinner buffet with entertainment. After filling our tummies with these delights, we decided we would go to our room and rest till a few minutes before the New Year strikes.
I suddenly woke up and it was 2 minutes before 12am! We ran out of the room and we still at least saw ninety-five percent of the fireworks display. I was asking myself, was that a sign? Haha
We checked out and went back to Singapore the next day.
Anyway, Happy New Year!!!!!!! This was my last trip of 2017 and first of 2018. Hopefully, I/We can have more next year!=)