Saturday, 9 January 2016

Unique Story while Traveling alone

As I told you before in my previous article, that traveling alone is challenging. Here I would like to share one of my unique stores while I traveled alone. Before last time, stranger man followed me in Singapore then he asked me to take his pictures and so on, then on my vacation in Kepulauan Riau or Riau Island, Sumatera, Indonesia also has very unique story. 

When I was staying at Batam, I decided to go to Bintan Island, the biggest island in Kepulauan Riau, then go to Penyengat Island to see the mosque made by egg white. Firstly, I went to Tanjung Pinang Port at Bintan Island, which was about 1 h by ferry from Batam Island. After that,  I walked for 10 minutes to reach the other port to go Penyengat Island. At the boat, I talked with the stranger who after the little conversation I know that they will go to Penyengat Island in for research. After my arrival, I came to the yellow mosque which I mentioned before. Then, I go around the island by walked with traditional wall map guiding. Not so long time after my alone walking, I met a group of elementary student who walked bare foot after school. They asked me to take their picture, then only short time for me to close with them and they happily guide me to the whole part of island. Yes! I got free tour guide! 

My tour guide

After finished playing and touring with the elementary school students, I went back to the port to come to Tanjung Pinang port. At the boat, stranger woman ask me many thing then we had a warm confersation with her and her family. I told them about myself vacation to Batam Island, Singapore, and other places. They just amazed with me then one of their family, the stranger woman daughter, asked her mom whether she want to go to Trikora beach or Lagoi beach where is far from Tanjung Bintan beach. All of sudden, I said, “Could I go with you?”, and they said, “Of course!” just like that. They said, they would go to Lagoi Beach where not everybody can enter that place, which I knew that this place is protected by Singapore. What?!! Are you kidding me?! I went to good strange place with very kind strange family and all for free! How lucky I am! I went to Lagoi beach with them, and one of them take so many my picture, and we have so much fun! After that, they picked me to the other port where I only need 15 minutes by speed boat to reach Batam Island again! Oh my God I could not believe that I spent myself travel with very kind strange family! Despite our first time meeting, I already care for them! 

From this story, I plan to go another “myself trip” again!
Have a nice day!!!

Hidden Beauty of Riau Islands (Kepri) : Penyengat Island

Have you ever heard this Island? if never, neither do I. I have never heard about the name of this island until my auntie reccomended me to go here just for fill my free day. I went to this island from Batam island by ferry to Tanjung Pinang, Bintan Island, then continue to ride small boat leaving for Penyengat island.

At the first glance, there are no special with this island. Surrounded by "not so clean" sea water (South China Sea Pollution) made I doubt to go to this island. However, when you go there your eyes will widely open with the strong malay and arab culture. 

Sultan Riau Penyengat Mosque which made from egg white

Traditional wall map of Penyengat Island

Penyengat Island Castle

One of Roads in Penyengat Island

Another castle
One of The Graves in Penyengat Island

King Building

Another part of Penyengat Island

One of Reccomended Foods of Penyengat Island

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Hidden Beauty of Riau Islands (Kepri) : Miraculous Batam

Batam island, located in north west Indonesia, and south of Singapore, is a small industrious island. People go here mostly because of job. Many job seeker from all part of Indonesia come here. This island also called as "mini Indonesia". At the first glance, there are nothing special about this island in the case of tourism. But spend about 1 week in this island make me realize that this place is quite special. Foods, view, and also trade was so unique. In this article, I want to share to you some place that good for spend your holiday in Batam.

1. Barelang Bridge

Barelang bridge is an icon of Batam island. the unique architecture of this bridge with the beautiful "sea" view makes this place worth to be visited. Furthermore, an batam special seafood name "Gong gong" also available here. In this place also sell many delicious seafood such as crabs, squid, shrimp and fish with cheap price.

 View from Barelang bridge
Barelang bridge

2. Batam Center

Batam center has port which serving transportation between Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. In this place, there are the biggest mall in Batam, name Mega Mall. 

3. Jabal Arafah Mosque

For moslem people, pray in the mosque in the new place is very special experience. Jabal Arafah mosque, located in Nagoya area has good place for both pray and vacation. This mosque has tower where from there we can see Batam from above. Near this mosque, there are Nagoya hill, one of famous mall in Batam where we can get many cheap things compare to other place.

Jabal Arafah Mosque Tower

View from Jabal Arafah Mosque Tower

4. Tanjung Pinggir Beach

Tanjung Pinggir beach is famous place where we can see Singapore from Batam Island. The beautiful night view from Singapore light can be enjoyed from here. For Buddhis, they like going here for pray. One of the most special things here is the beautiful sunset which is breathtaking view. 

 Sunset from Tanjung Pinggir Beach

Singapore from Tanjung Pinggir beach

5. Park of Traditional Mini House of Indonesian Culture, Bengkong
In this park there are mini house from all provinces in Indonesia.

6. Mata Kucing Park

Here another wonderful nature view that successfully captured by me from Batam Island

 Full moon 


Red sand hill