Went to Batam for the weekend with my crazy colleagues. 6 of us booked 2 nights stay at Nongsa Village. We started planning for the trip with the wrong-est focus – drinking. On Friday, we brought lots of mixers, 4 bottles of alcohol (Vodka, our favorite Chivas, Cointreau and Rum), 4 packets of cup noodles and bags of chips there. It was an absolute disaster, the kopitiam at TMFT was closed, the food stall after clearing customs was selling non-palatable food and the villa turned out to be really out of the way with no restaurant there. Luckily, I shared a box of beehoon with Jackie on the ferry and Shruti’s cup noodles after my shower. Needless to say, after shower activities is drinking. Haha. I survived the first night until daybreak, then slept in the spare room cos the air-con in the bedrooms were too cold.
Saturday was awesome, but the villa’s ulu-ness really got to us. No restaurants meant no breakfast. And also, they charge SGD50 for a two way ride to a place for 3 hours, or SGD45 for a one way ride out. Trying to milk their customers due to how ulu it is. We waited for everybody to get ready, then walked to Turi Beach Resort where we could hire drivers for a better rate (I stayed there previously in Dec). Hired two cars for the day and we started off with food and grocery shopping at Nagoya Hill. Then to Waterfront City for some sea activities. We paid for a 4 person package deal for para sailing, jet ski and banana boat at SGD50 per pax. We could also add on additional people to any of the individual activities if we wanted. Para sailing was nice, and I got dipped in the water (Vivian and Shruti were dry!). Everybody insisted that the boat driver did it of his own accord, but I don’t believe. Hahaha. Jet ski was lousy la. I had a head start, but I suspect my jet ski’s max speed is lower cos Terence managed to overtake me at 1/4 into the route. It was quite funny. The instructor sitting behind me trying to push the speed up, but it was already max. Banana boat was awesome. The speed boat driver was trying his hardest to capsize us, we countered his efforts by shifting out weights around. Hahaha. He took a long time taking us down, but it was fun. 🙂 There were two really cute dogs, an unfriendly parrot and a quirky monkey at Waterfront City. The monkey is really cool and was always asking for ice cubes to eat. The weather was too hot for her. We ended the day with more grocery shopping and a seafood dinner at Rezeki kelong, where only the fish was nice. 😡