One night in Batam: Turi Beach Resort: Instagram Heaven

 Helloo there, 
welcome to the guide from my first ever BATAM trip!
Here’s a nice picture of the resort i stayed at,
Which is why you guys should consider this place as a weekend getaway option.

Decided to get of the country to celebrate AT’s birthday 
since we both needed a break badly. 
(Not going overseas for xmas this year cause of aaron ahah)
So… as a first timer to BATAM,
I’ve researched for days to decide where to stay at, 
where to go for massage(YES MASSAGE AND SPA MUST HAVE) and 
where to have seafood dinner near my hotel.

Those who have been there before advised me to decide between 
1.Shopping area
2.Beach/Resort area
(cause the hotels are at located in very different areas.)
And travelling takes roughly 30 minutes to get to either area.

Finally, we’ve decided on 
TURI BEACH RESORT
for our 1 night staycation

I understand that MONTIGO resort is really popular.
But honestly, it’s is rather expensive for a one night stay?
(I’ll rather take my hols to bangkok/hongkong)

And Turi Beach Resort sort of won 2014’s best resort award,
(Actually, no i don’t care about the awards ahahha, 
the resort room simply look nice and comfy enough)

Just look at this picture of the resort’s surrounding (Taken from web)
How bad can this be seriously?
I think it’s even more awesome than MONTIGO…
Cause Turi Beach Resort has all kind of watersports as well.

We took a Batamfast ferry
 from the Tanah Merah Terminal to the Nongsapura Terminal in Batam
(Nongsapura is the nearest terminal to Turi Beach, Montigo, etc)

Tickets cost us $90+ SGD for 2 pax.
Cause i can’t find those groupon deals that goes to Nongsapura.

BATAMFAST is the only ride to Nongsapura ferry Terminal.
Sindo ferry and Majestic ferry are all towards Batam center terminal.
I would personally advise you to save time on travelling as much as possible
cause it’s really very inaccessible in Batam.
The ferry took about 35-45minutes from SG to Batam.
Take note that the time difference is 1hour. 
So we took the 2:20pm ferry in SG time and then when you reach,
it’s roughly 2plus Batam time.

Had land transfer from the ferry terminal to the resort itself.
So glad that I’m already in love with this place the moment i saw 
the structures, the ambience and surrounding views.

When we start to walk towards our hotel room,
Everywhere is black and white, and wooden.
The place is just really pretty…
(Maybe i wasn’t expecting much at first due to the haze season
The resort area really look exactly like the picture below)

Another plus point for our fellow Singaporeans,
this place is an Instagram Heaven!
Not kidding… every angle, every corner is so instagramable and looks so good.
Unfortunately i’m here to enjoy and didn’t take much #OOTD

But here, let me brief you through all the OOTD Spots.
(which i would have taken an OOTD but i was with anson so….
he’s damn lazy to take photos ahahha)
# Instagram alert
When on your way to your hotel room

We booked a Premier room in the Tirta Wing (the newer wing unlike riani wing).
But we got upgraded to a Beachfront Premier Room 
as subjected to availability.
This is WHY you need to book from their website, in order to receive this kind of free upgrades and services which you might not be entitled to if booked via any other external booking sites.
It cost roughly SGD 146 per night (After all those taxes)
With this pricing, the room’s definitely better than what you can find in SG.
What’s more, it’s near the sea!

# Instagram alert

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in front of our beachfront room 

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The swimming pool itself/ from the side 
Everywhere’s so pretty right!

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The view outside our apartment
And there, this is our room, room 106.
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The view standing from our beachfront’s platform.

Inside the room, it’s so cozy!
The room is really pretty, 
but we sort of took a nap before doing anything else hahahahahah
Therefore, when we woke up, it’s already 6plus 7 hehe.
Didn’t adjust any lighting, dim and cozy exactly it is!

# Instagram alert
(This lighting’s edited)

So, if you stay at Turi Beach Resort..
We’ll recommend you to go to 
Rezeki Seafood
It’s roughly 10-15minutes from Turi Beach(really near)

Since it’s really dark, inaccessible unlike Nagoya area,
Remember to ask the cabby to wait for you.
Pay them for a 2 way trip.
If not, i’ve got no idea how you’re gonna grab a cab
Their cab don’t have any Taxi sign,
i guess the restaurant will have to help you get one instead?

Here, really cheap and fresh seafood!

Food ordered:
1 chilli crab (the crab is kind of different from SG’s)
1 black pepper crayfish (MUST! I prefer this to the crab)
1 Gong gong
1 Gang Gong
And 1 fried rice
Plus drinks…
Total cost: 400.000 IDR
Cause we bargained from 450,000 IDR HAHA

Therefore, money spent is roughly 40bucks SGD?
OMG i want to eat seafood everyday man.
So cheap!

After which, we cabbed back to hotel room to continue with celebration!

Under my booking, there is a complimentary birthday cake.
Some other random pictures of the rest of the trip..

Oh yea, i forgot to mentioned
They did a pretty setup of the Happy birthday deco with petals hehe
The next morning.

Woke up for breakfast, which will not be available after 1030am
The only thing i’m upset about this place is that 
i woke up with mosquito bites on my eyelid and arms:(
But i can only blame my sweet blood type..
#Instagram alert 
A pity no one’s around that area to help us take pics…

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Here, the famous bridge you see on insta and tv all the time.
Rmb to take lots of good pics if you ever go to Turi!

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Part of the Riana Wing

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So, here’s the trick, we bought an open ticket back to SG
So we can choose whether to go straight back from the resort to Nongsapura Terminal
or head to Nagoya Hill Shopping Centre and then 
return to SG from Batam Centre terminal.

We went to the famous Spa Secret opposite Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall.
It’s just across the street,
so don’t end up being tricked to take a Taxi from Nagoya Hill.


They have really reasonable pricing for massage, spas and baths.
You may check the pricing here:

For ladies, plus point cause ya got to do your nails and hair as well.
We both did the Hot Stone Massage only.
This cost us Rp. 420,000 / 2 hours
It’s worth it for 2 hours of massage!

After which, 
we head to Batam Centre Terminal,
It’s prolly 20mins-45mins ride from the mall to there terminal
So don’t be late for your ferry!

And for our open ticket, 
we had to top up $2 each to return from Batam centre instead of Nongsapura

Lastly, from Batam Centre to SG,
 it’ll arrive at Harbourfront Terminal instead of Tanah Merah

The total spending for the trip: Approx. $400-$450 for 2 pax.
Inclusive of resort, ferry, massage, eats, taxi fares, simply everything!

I should just go to BKK in future seriously ahaha
But o well, never go, never know!
Overall, It’s not too bad..
It’s near SG and ya know..i don’t have to take an airplane to get here.

Hope you guys find the guide slightly useful ahaha
IF you don’t wanna spend so much for Batam, 
just stay at a normal hotel, not a resort.
Or purchase a groupon deal.
Or… go for a one-day trip, have some massage/seafood and then head back sg!

Hong Kong Guide Pt 2: What to Eat!

What’s Hong Kong without these fantastic food?
Hong Kong is really famous for it’s food and shopping!
So i’m sure my guide is very important to you as we spent almost the whole trip eating!

So now, take this down.
PLACES TO EAT!

1) TIM HO WAN 添好运
Dim sum is a must!
It’s not because it taste oh-so-heavenly..
The reason to try Tim Ho Wan at HK is because we Singaporeans, 
have been queuing up all day for this restaurant in our country.

Naturally, it makes sense to try the authentic version at HK right?
What’s more, it has been award the Michelin award.
It’s also cheaper than the outlet in SG.
But don’t worry, after you’ve tried this, 
I’ll recommend other much tastier HK dim sum/ food(:

Food that you must order:
Char Siew Bao
Chee Cheong Fun
Malay Steamed Cake (Ma Lai Gao)

2) MAK’S NOODLES  麥奀雲吞麵世家
Another not the most-fantastic noodles, 
but the one brand that has gotten to our Must-try list for tourists in HK!
Don’t get me wrong once again..
the noodles taste great!!! It’s delicious!
But for this restaurant, the downsides are that the portions are too small and 
probably too over-rated cause it’s expensive compared to a local stall.

But try it anyway! it’s really good(:
I’ll recommend another noodle place which is so good that
you will have to go back twice during your trip at least!! 
(RESTAURANT NO.4 BELOW)
But guys, try this first, then you’ll get what i mean.

Food that you must order:
Shrimp Wanton noodles
Beef noodles

3) AUSTRALIA DAIRY CO. 澳洲牛奶公司
Definitely another MUST-GO!
But i don’t think this place is over-rated at all..
it’s really up to it’s name!
Blend in to the local flavours with reasonable local prices.

You may come here for breakfast/ desserts!
Don’t be shocked to a super long queue, but it moves really fast so just queue anyway ok people, don’t give this up on this is awesome shit!

Food that you must order:
Scrambled egg on a buttered toast
Milk Tea
Macaroni
Dun Nai Original Milk Flavoured
(MY FAVOURITE CAN-EAT-ALL-DAY-EVERYDAY, 
and i personally likes the dun Nai from PLACE NO.5 more actually)

Had fun taking photos while queueing too!
The stairs are so damn photogenic.

4) SUPREME BEEF BRISKET SOUP 
澳門九記清湯腩王 
46 Portland Street , Yau Ma Tei 
油麻地砵蘭街46號

 MUST TRY MUST EAT MUST COME BACK!
haha pardon me if i exaggerated but it’s really so good and so so affordable!
Words just can’t describe anymore ahahaha
It has famous actress/actors pictures all over the restaurant 
which is similar to our Founder’s Ba Ku Teh.
Somehow their local delight i guess!
The beef literally melt in my mouth ahahaha

Food that you must order:
Shrimp Wanton noodles
Beef noodles
Beef brisket (single dish)- 80 HKD

5) YEE SHUN MILK COMPANY
 義順牛奶公司 
Well, if you have read my comment in place no.3, yep i like the desserts here better!
There are also stuffs like red bean desserts and you can always stop by here 
for snacks like sausages with sunny-side up.

Food that you must order:
Dun Nai Original Milk Flavoured
(IS REALLY GOOD HERE! especially if you like it more milky!
It is really smooth and sweet.)

6) Lian Xiang Lou (莲香楼)
Another MUST-EAT!!!!
The food here are so damn good!!!
Regardless whether it’s dim sum/ dinner.
However, the dim sum here is a must try.
And it leads you back to the old hongkee days where you have to “fight” for the dim sum.
Old ladies would push out trolleys and trolleys of dim sum so you just go to them and get yours!
An advice would be to go earlier in the morning to get your dim sum as 
when it gets later, the variety runs out!

Get their traditional tea instead of the one in a pot if you would like to experience better!
(Will upload dimsum pics soon)

OKAY, those guides above are all about the restaurants..
Now, i’ll introduce some awesome snacks/ cafe bites!

7)  COLD NOODLES 百塔冷
Located in the heart of Mongkok, at the entrance of one the shopping mall.
It is almost like yong tau fu, where you get to choose the type of ingredients you want in your noodles.
The noodles is bitesize, maybe 5 mouth worth of noodles?
It has this sweet and spicy sauce that makes it taste so good
I personally love the octopus cause it’s so fresh!
Must grab this cold bite okay!



8) CAFE-HOPPING!
Yes, imma hipster hahaha #shameless
but i do realised that nowadays, Singaporeans love cafe-hopping more than anything!

In a hidden street of HK Da hung area,
lies many cafes/restaurants which allow you to cafe-hop like crazy!
It reminds us of our very SG Tiong Bahru Area.
Quite pretty for ya to take lots of hipsters photos,
and have local food/jap food/ ice creams!



Plus-point:
HELLO KITTY CAFE
is located inside this area as well.

Just in case any ladies would like to dine in,
the cafe is super small and the queue is super long, 
Do go early to queue if you really wanna dine in..
Take Note:
And they don’t allow takeaway as well, 
Takeaways are only available in their counter cafe i
Causeway bay SOGO mall basement food place.


9) BISTRO & PUBS 
AND SOME CAFES- SOHO AREA
It reminds us of our very SG Holland Village/ Clarke Quay.

You can always pop by here at night to have a good bistro dinner and some beer!
Besides, LAN KWAI FONG is just round the corner,
so feel free to eat nearby before going clubbing!

Some other visuals..

Clubbed at MAGNUM…
And it’s too damn packed on a saturday night.
Too squeezy ahahha

Their beautiful toilet hhahaha..

Must buy cosmetics/beauty products..
3CE STYLE NANDA!

And a MACAU DAY TRIP perhaps?

Ruins of St Pauls

Alright, that’s all of my visuals available for now!
Hope you’ve taken down some pointers for first timers,
Enjoy HongKong well(:

Hong Kong Guide Pt 1: Where to stay!

Hong Kong has been hou good ah!
(I’m so stuck with the canto-ish chinese accent)

HK is a city of food, shopping and late night fun!
So all we do all day is eat and buy and party {on repeat} ahaha
So…. if ya haven’t been to HK, 
there are a few pointers here that i might be able to help/guide you along to enjoy your holidays better(:

Firstly, 
PLACE TO STAY

My advise would be to either:
1. Stay near Mongkok (旺角) MTR station
It is a place that you must go to anyway, 
all the shopping places are around this area.

2. Just stay near any MTR station that is within walking distance of 2-5 minutes from your hotel
Preferably along Mongkok till Causeway Bay (Red to Blue line)
Because you would probably be travelling along these few stations throughout the trip!
(EVERYTHING IS THERE)
I like booking all my hotels through www.agoda.com
It is easy, convenient and you earn points 
which could be exchange for $$ to be waived off for your next trips(:

For my first time in HK, i stayed at 
ROYAL PLAZA HOTEL (帝京酒店) -5 stars
93 Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon, Mongkok, Hong Kong

It is located beside a shopping mall, above Mongkok East MTR.
Able to walk to Mongkok shopping area within 15minutes.

Cost approximately $250 SGD per night during non-peak hours/agoda promo 
I got a plaza deluxe room the other time!
This hotel is crazily comfortable! And of course kind of expensive..
Don’t book this if you have a budget for the trip.

The bathtub is so comfortable and they provide Crabtree and Evelyn toiletries.
smells damn damn good!


For the 2nd time back in HK, my friends have some budget.
So we stayed at 
WING SING HOTEL (永星酒店) – 2 Stars
1B Wing Sing Lane, Yaumatei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
3 Star Hotel

It is located at Yau Ma Tei MTR, 3 minutes walk from Exit C
(1 station from Mongkok)

Cost approximately $60+ SGD per night during non-peak hours/agoda promo 
We got a Triple room.

It has one queen bed and 1 single bed.


As we were really on budget.. this hotel is decent enough.
I would say, a place to crash and then go out quickly the next day. 
Although it is small, but really really good enough for us!

Unlike other budget hotels, you get some walking space for this..
And the toilet is actually not small and cramped, quite spacious!
It’s really recommended for people who find no point in spending too much on hotel rooms!
If you’re feeling rich, feel free to checkout hotels near MTR Central (中环)
It’s an pretty awesome place to stay at as well!
JUST A REMINDER:
ALWAYS ALWAYS TAKE THE MTR!
Unless it’s too late for MTR as the taxi in HongKong is more expensive than in SG!
The meters jump every 200m!

MTR is so so so much faster and cheaper(:
Get an octopus card instead of day passes!
At the end of the day you can refund the remaining money in the card 
with a deduction of 9HKD for processing fee

Hope my guide helps!
Will continue on which places to shop and eat on part 2(: