Sunday, December 22, 2013

[TRAVEL] 2D1N Batam Turi Resort - DAY1


Konichiwa mina-san !





Went for a short getaway to Batam - Indonesia last Sunday with bf and friends . Coincidentally, after all discussions of dates available for all, the trip falls on my bf birthday !

We bought a deal from deal.com.sg and it costs us $99/pax which includes the following:-


One downside of this resort is - there is no free wi-fi in the rooms .

I'm fine with it tho, but this spoils bf's plan to play this mobile game called Iruna . (his current favourite mobile game). Orbi ! HAHAHA. The upside is - we did more awesome things in the resort instead !

We took the earliest ferry (7.40am) to Batam and the last ferry (5.10pm) back to Singapore by wavemaster (included in the deal). 

We need to check in 1 hour before the ferry departs meaning we have to reach the ferry terminal by 6.40am ! No complains as the next ferry was 11plus and I was really excited about the trip !

So we left our homes for Batam at about 6am and cab down to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal . The timings for public transport will not take us there on time . hurhur .


That notsobulky pink flora backpack was all I brought there. Inside it, there are 2 sets of clothes and swimwear ! I also brought along some sachets of cleanser, moisturizers, shampoo, conditioner, etc. And of course rupiah sgd and our passports .



Camwhore when we reached the ferry terminal !


Called my mom and bid goodbye. She reminded me to eat something before the ferry in case I 晕船 (felt dizzy on the ferry). The 7-11 there wasn't open until 7am sharp . So we head to this Killiney Kopitiam to fill our tummies !  




Collected our boarding passes. On top of the $99 we paid for the trip, there is some charges "payable directly to Batam Fast ferry operator" - passenger's departure fee at $6 and fuel surcharge of $14 per pax;
When returning - Batam terminal fee of IDR 50.000 per pax; "payable to Nongsapura Ferry
Terminal Batam"

If it's your first time there, do take note of these charges ! :)





We were one of the first few to enter . HAHAHA




Took this photo on our way to the ferry ! A quick snap .



And so, this is the ferry we took . Feels like the one I took to Tekong during bf's BMT . 




Goodbye Singapore !



On our way to Batam, we sat at the upper deck of the ferry for the view .




Only Steve is paying attention uhh .



Whee!








After about 35 minutes, we reached  Nongsapura Ferry Terminal Batam !

It was a fast ride !

Land transfer from the terminal to Turi Beach Resort was provided.

Was greeted by friendly chauffeur when we spotted their mini coach and off we go !




The lobby area of the resort ! Only place with free wi-fi.

We reached there at about 8am batam's time. The check-in time is 2pm so, we have about 6 hours to roam about ! 

Staff were friendly. We are allowed to leave our baggage with the reception.









Oh ! There is also a free welcome drink - Chilled Ginger Tea. A tinge of spiciness . and I didn't like the taste of it . Bf finished it tho . LOL


After all the check-in procedure , we left our baggage with the recept and bwah ! Off for water sports !

We didn't carry any camera/phones with us so there are no photos :( 

Initially we went for a swim at the pool in front of the Tiata wing as the watersports only open at 9am batam's time.

After swimming/relaxing at the pool, we went over to book our watersports!

We took 30 mins of the jet ski which costs $57 (twin sharing) for the "older model" and $65 (twin sharing) for the "newer model".

And.

IT WAS AWESOME ! 

Driving on waters was so so so awesome ! Definitely an unforgettable experience . Our main goal there was to play their jet ski , so  . task completed ! Totally worth the money .

We tried kayaking as well, not our first time but chasing and splashing each other adds so much more fun to it . HAHAHA .

After enough soaking and tanning ourselves , we bath and got dressed up and head down to Nagoya Mall !

The resort provides shutter bus service to Nagoya Mall and costs $8 per pax for a return trip . However, on sundays, the only time slot they have is 10 am (to) and 1pm (fro). We made a smart decision to play watersports in the morning instead of the afternoon as the sun was freaking hot during mid day ! >_< . Also, we didn't like the idea of limiting ourselves to less than 3 hours of shopping . 

Alternatively, we took a "cab" from the resort to Nagoya Mall which costs us Rp150,000 for a one-way trip . One thing to caution is , the driver will "recommend" you to many many places like seafood restaurants / places that sell kueh lapis . When they do, just politely decline . The prices ain't gonna be cheap . I was cautioned of these before our trip , when the driver really does that , I was like "OMG ITS TRUE", HAHAHAHA . So we didn't fell for it lah .

Oh another thing is , we didn't want the return trip which costs Rp300,000 as they only limit us 4 hours of shopping . >_< . Didn't like the idea ya .

Anyway, it's easy to get a cab back to the resort from Nagoya Mall ! :D



Snap a pic while the cab was on the go.



Then I was "forced" to take a pic we papamei (Steve and Rachel's daughter) ! HAHAHA



And papamei photobombed :O



Building opposite Nagoya Mall . Didn't went in .




BFC ? HAHAHA



Our lunch ! The long lost in Sg A&W !! Not very awesome tho . 



Atrium of Nagoya Mall. All decorated for Christmas !

We then went to opposite of the mall for a full body massage ! It's super cheap . Rp100,000 for 1 hour 45 minutes of massage !!! 

Bf said the Thai massage at BKK is better . hurhur.

After lots of shopping and dinner, we head back to the resort at about 9pm batam's time !




Comfy beds, fully amenities provided :D





The bathroom is super duper spacious !




But no bathtub :O







 Balcony facing the sea !





Ceiling fan and lamp . Wondered why there's a fan ? I wonder why too . Guess it's for people who want seabreeze and not the aircon ? Hmmm.



Overall, the rooms and bathrooms were super clean !



Played card games till about 2am and off to sleep ! 

And we concluded our Day 1 in Batam . :D

*some photos of the resort's lobby and room are taken on day 2. Day 1 no time take lah . HAHAHA*

To summarise our itinerary:-
6am - head to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal
7.40am - Board the Ferry
8am (batam's time) - Reached Turi Resort
8am to 12pm (batam's time) - Watersports in Resort
1pm (batam's time) - reached Nagoya Mall, massage, dinner
9pm (batam's time) - check-in pack stuffs, played card games
2am (batam's time) - sleep ! 

:D

thanks for reading, xoxo

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